As the number of "American Idol" finalists gets smaller, the acclaim for Scotty McCreery grows louder.
Entertainment Weekly wondered over the weekend about whether anyone can beat McCreery, the Garner High School senior. The magazine's bloggers theorized that he's so successful because he draws from two key groups of "Idol" voters: country music fans and young girls.
USA Today consistently ranks McCreery near the top of its "Idol Meter." And of the seven finalists, he's one of the few who have never placed in the bottom three. (The other two are rocker James Durbin and McCreery's fellow high school country singer, Lauren Alaina.)
Tonight's show: The contestants will be asked to sing "songs from the 21st century" on the live show, which runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
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What McCreery might sing: As he showed last week, McCreery is perfectly fine keeping it country from week to week. And there's a lot of 21st-century country music for him to choose from. Taylor Swift or Sugarland probably wouldn't work with his deep voice, but how about something from Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson or Zac Brown Band?
But please don't sing: No more Josh Turner for a while, McCreery. We've heard enough "Your Man" to last us a bit. ("Baby, lock them doors and turn the lights down low ...")
What's next: The finalist with the fewest viewer votes will be eliminated in Thursday's 8 p.m. live show, which will include performances from Katy Perry and "Idol" alum David Cook.