We interviewed “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina when they were in Manhattan recently. You can go see them perform live at Nassau Coliseum Tuesday and Wednesday.
Scotty, how did you feel when your name was announced as the winner of “American Idol”?
Scotty: It was pretty wild. It was a moment I will never forget. There was a nerve-racking moment going up to that because Ryan actually made a 20-second pause. But it was pretty cool.
What did you think of the three judges the first time you met them in person?
Lauren: Well, I’m obsessed with Aerosmith, Steven Tyler’s so cool, so I was like in awe of meeting him. Jennifer Lopez is probably the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen in my life. I was taken back. So immediately how pretty she is, and Randy, I’ve seen him since the very first season, so it was cool to finally meet him. I’ve always dreamed about auditioning in front of the judges. So it was really cool.
Are you excited to go on tour?
Lauren: I am. I get to reunite with the other 10 contestants and we’re going to spend the summer together. I get to see all of the United States, and it’s going to be so cool. And we’re actually going to the Philippines and Canada, too.
When you made it to the top group and saw your competition, were you nervous or confident?
Lauren: Nervous, because everyone’s so different and you never know how people are going to take to different types and styles.
Scotty: And everybody was so good this year, too. Everybody can sing.
Did you like living in the big house with everyone?
Scotty: Yeah, it was fun while it lasted.
Lauren: I don’t really know if I liked it because this ghost pushed me down the stairs.
Scotty, how does it feel now having a record deal?
Scotty: It’s pretty cool. You know both me and Lauren have one. We’re looking forward to getting out there and recording and getting some new songs out there. Lauren: It’s cool.
Was it hard saying goodbye to the other contestants when they were voted off?
Scotty: It was at first, yeah. But then, when you got down lower, we realized we’d be seeing each other for rehearsals.
Lauren: Starting , like Jacob, we knew we’d be singing in about two weeks. Because we had to rehearse for the finale, which was fun.
Are you guys going to be singing a duet?
Lauren: Yeah, of course. We always get paired together.
Scotty: I think we’re going to try and work out what song we’re doing, but I think that’s the plan.