American Idol

Season 10 Episode 39

And The Winner Is...............

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 25, 2011 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Ryan announced it as "the winner of Season 10" as suppose to the winner of 2011, which is how he normally announces it.

    • The Ford Music Video was "Whenever You Remember" by Carrie Underwood. The Idols sing with flashbacks of the season playing behind them.

    • There were 122 million votes. Ryan mentioned that a quarter of a billion (about 750 million) votes were cast all season.

    • Lauren kissed Scotty right on the lips after he won, and she kissed him a few more times on the cheek after his performance. Rumours quickly spread about the two dating, but Scotty said they were just "really, really close friends".

    • Scotty was given a trophy after winning.

    • During Jacob's performance with Gladys Knight and Kirk Franklin a number came on screen which people could text to send a $10 donation for disaster relief.

    • Season 7 contestant Michael Johns, Season 7 Winner David Cook, Season 8 Runner-Up Adam Lambert, Season 9 Winner Lee DeWyze and actress Lori Laughlin were in the audience tonight.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series.

    • Scotty becomes the 7th winner and 10th contestant in total to have never been in the Bottom 3/2.

    • Here is a list of all the performances tonight, with some having special notes:
      Top 13-"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

      Judas Priest & James Durbin-"Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law"

      Jacob Lusk, Gladys Knight & Kirk Franklin-"I Smile"
      Jack Black & Casey Abrams-"Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen

      The Girls of Top 13 (minus Lauren Alaina) sang a Beyoncè medley with the songs "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)", "Irreplaceable", "Get Me Bodied", "If I Were a Boy", "Deja Vu" and  "Crazy in Love". For the last song Beyoncè came out on stage to sing with them.
      Tony Bennett & Haley Reinhart-"Steppin' Out with My Baby"
      Lil Jon TLC & The Girls of Top 13 sang a TLC medley with the songs "Come Get Some", "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls". Lil John only rapped briefly at the beginning of the first song (on which he is featured in the studio version) and then was not present for the remainder of the performance.
      Tim McGraw & Scotty McCreery-Live Like You Were Dying"
      Marc Anthony-"Aguanile". Jennifer Lopez came out part what through and started dancing with the back up singers
      Boys of the Top 13 sang a Tom Jones Medley-"Kiss", "She's a Lady", "What's New, Pussycat?","Green, Green Grass of Home", "Love Me Tonight", "Delilah" and "It's Not Unusual". Tom Jones came out and sang with the Boys for the last song.
      Lady Gaga-"The Edge of Glory"
      Carrie Underwood & Lauren Alaina-"Before He Cheats"
      Reeve Carney featuring Bono & The Edge-"Rise Above 1"
      Steven Tyler-"Dream On" by his band, Aerosmith. He becomes the third Judge to perform on the Idol stage

      After winning Scotty McCreery sang his debut single song-"I Love You This Big"

    • Many fans of the ninth season winner, Lee DeWyze, were upset that he did not take part in the season ten finale like he was rumored to. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe responded on his Twitter that he asked DeWyze to take part in the finale, but he declined, "I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn't present the winners trophy to Scotty," he wrote. "Especially as he'd been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy." However, DeWyze said that he was actually not asked to take part in the finale, "Just for the record… I was not asked to be involved in the Finale. It wasn't until about 2 minutes before they announced that Nigel had approached me and asked if he could "borrow" me for a second. I didn't feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment. I appreciate American Idol, and the opportunity it has given me. And the people who have made that show possible. I am not angry, or bitter etc. It was an amazing Finale, and I would have loved to be a part of it. I just wasn't asked."

    • This is the first season finale in which the Top 2 do not sing a duet together. However, they had previously sung three duets already during performance shows.

    • Season 10 auditioner Joe Repka, who wanted to become a DJ, got to play the part in a video clip where he recapped some of the season's worst auditions.

  • Allusions

    • At the end of the Spider-Man themed song, the man dressed as Spiderman came upside down from the ceiling to the Judges' table right in front of Jennifer. She pulled the mask down a bit and then poked his nose. This scene is a play off of the famous scene from the 2002 "Spider-Man" film, in which Spider-Man goes upside down and Mary-Jane Watson pulls down his mask and kisses him.

    • Scotty McCreery: (talking to his teacher after revealing she is getting a car) A new car!
      The way Scotty said this was the same way that the announcer on "The Price is Right" announces the prize of a new car.