Thursday, April 12, 2012

‘American Idol’ Singers – Then and Now


By Billy Dukes
Country music has been a happy home for a number of ‘American Idol’ contestants, including two winners — three if you count Kelly Clarkson, who just recently decided to try her luck in the genre. Since their time on the show, the singers have grown up considerably. Even Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina — who are just one year removed from the FOX reality series — look different than they did when fans met them in 2011.
Take a look at 10 ‘American Idol’ singers who’ve enjoyed the most success in country music. We’ve dug up a few photos these men and women might not want to share and compared them with similar photos from 2012. A few people, like Josh Gracin, look surprisingly similar, while others — like Clarkson and Bucky Covington — have made many changes. Click the big orange button below to see how they’ve grown.

OK, it’s only been a year since Scotty McCreery took home the ‘American Idol’ grand prize, but he does look a little — just a little — more manly in the “Now” picture on the right. Perhaps he’s just gotten over some of the anxiety of walking a red carpet, or maybe he is truly settling into his adulthood and newfound country fame. The North Carolina native certainly dresses better, but who doesn’t look good holding their first ACM Award?

For the complete article: http://tasteofcountry.com/american-idol-then-and-now/

32 comments:

  1. Well, well...here we have the snarky commenting Billy Dukes again. In answer, Scotty doesn't look a little more manly, rather great looking as a young man, a teenager.

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    1. Nothing wrong with BD 's short write-up here. Actually, comapred to 1-2 yrs ago, Scotty does look "more manly" especially since he's been working out with a personal trainer. Everybody knows he's a teenager and just turning into a young man, but not yet a man.

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  2. My goodness to be 18 again,he such a handsome young fella.Hang on to that trophy you make that look good.I hope you win many more.

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  3. Refuse to give him a hit on their website - can't stand that guy!

    Not on topic but there is another pole that Scotty is in: see the link below. He is behind everyone on the list right now and needs some votes. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the list.

    http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival

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    1. IA - even this time his article seems ok, I´m done with BD.

      about the poll: I tried but I don´t see Scotty on the list

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  4. When Scotty is living his music life he seems such the mature young man and artist; when he's living his life back home with his friends, he's a kid just like the rest of his friends. I think he's the former as he has grown up so much since that audition in Milwaukee, but he wants to be the same kid he was with his friends back home. Nothing wrong with that. I think his parents do not want him to grow up too fast.

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    1. Love your comments, K!! You're so spot on, often expressing exactly my thoughts!...Scotty does a wonderful job of handling his "double life!" He is so wise beyond his years!...Gramma S

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    2. "Double lives" are dangerous, tricky, so I hope it's just him taking this time to join his class in their last year in high school. I think [he] his parents just want him to not miss out on all the activities that go with it. He's back on the road in May until October, with spot concerts in between. All about establishing momentum if he wants to make this a life-long career.

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    3. Scotty is just fine. a steady pace is what he is probley going to do . leaving fans hanging a little bit sometimes is a good thing . his family is smart . look at Garth brooks to much to fast he needed a break. Shania Twain needed a break faith hill also. but Reba slow and steady still made time for family that's the way to go . josh turner another good example.

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    4. He is really fortunate to have the kind of family he has, parents who have given both him and his sister such a good, normal, grounded life -- Glad he is taking this time to join his class as they graduate and finish with high school -- it's just really a few months and we all know that we cannot take back those days of carefree youth -- He values his education and college is really important (for those who can afford to go) -- just think of all those other kids who would want to go to college or get a higher education but cannot -- He'll establish his own momentum and his fans will respect that, after all he also has his own life to live -- He's only 18 after all --

      I have a whole bunch of teenage nieces and nephews and I really encourage them to not neglect their faith, and to value their education and not only finish college, but to pursue a masters if they can or to pursue a course that will pave the way for them to have a life-long career and not just a job -- because the world now is so much more complicated and I feel that it's best that they prepare themselves not only academically, but with maturity too, for them to be able to make the right decisions -- When I was 18-21, I felt like an adult already; nowadays that is still young --

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  5. It seems to me that singers now try to pursue their careers in Nashville even though they are technically pop and not country. Because it is highly competitive in all the other genres and Nashville has been struggling with a whole new and younger generation of fans. Ergo, the influx of pop and the Hollywood culture into the world of country music. And the music has not been great at all. So many overrated singers. I hope that changes. I was just listening to Trisha Yearwood (I've missed her) and she is just awesome!

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  6. Is that ever the truth!

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  7. BD is so cynical....just gotta feel sorry for him. Jealousy is such a huge pill to swallow.

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  8. Scotty definitely has gotten vert handsome. He's grown up when he needs to be and when he's with his friends and going to sporting events, he's a kid and I love seeing him enjoy himself. He's said many times he's still a kid and has a lot learn, meanwhile he feels his friends are needed close by, they keep him grounded and that is so great. A lot insight for such a young kid. Hurry with a new vudeo!!!

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  9. If graduation is June 7th, when is his prom. I'm sure he doesn't want a lot of attention for himself or her. Hope we do get a picture with them all dressed uo. Bet they will look great...whoever she is.I'd be nice if it is Gabi, she's so cute.

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  10. April 21st is prom. I am sure his date is Gabi. I, too, hope for a picture of the two of them. Nice looking couple.

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  11. So much drama on AI 11 - #smh - these 3 judges need to stop acting like that - like telling America who they should vote for - it's a talent contest for goodness sakes! - and fan voted! - Last year they behaved the same way although not as dramatic, but America GOT IT RIGHT! - This season the ratings and votes have dropped, and you know this because Ryan Seacrest never mentions the figures like he usually does. And so all the drama. A lot of AI fans are saying that they miss last year's contestants. I cannot stand this year's show mainly because of the antics of the 3 judges, specifically ST and JLo.

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    1. Everyone knows that they want a girl to win the title for a change -- but I have to admit that 2 guys are the stronger performers.

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    2. ...and we know that's why they had everybody take off the season 10 videos from youtube.

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    3. I kinda sorta have to agree with you! I missed Scotty this year!! He is so amazing!

      Jane cash

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  12. Who is Gabi? Have we seen her before? Is she in the TWG video? Hope we do get to see a pictures of Scotty at prom no matter if he has a date or not.

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    1. Ya, Gabi is in the TWG video--Scotty's lab partner who looks so sweet and cute with a dimple!

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    2. Oh, good. I think she is adorable, so sweet and "so dang pretty"

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    3. that's the type of girl Scotty will end up with not some bleached out ding bat jumping around the stage trying to be someone she isn't.

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    4. ha ha hah hah hah ha ahahahahaha agreed.

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  13. Agree with Karee. Everyone I know feels the same way. The AI judges were WAAAAAAY out of line last night. Surely the
    Other contestants were stunned. Designed for an unfair advantage. Wouldnt be a bit surprised if that stunt causes an opposite
    Reaction just to show the judges. I say VOTE for your favorite not the judges' favorite. Be interesting to know how the AI producers feel about that impromptu "celebration"

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    1. Maybe we could all get together and pick 1 or 2 and vote for them alone a whole bunch like we did Scotty. I like Colton and Skyler the best. i think Scotty said early on those 2 were his picks. Not sure though.

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    2. Colton auditioned last season but the judges eliminated him early on during Hollywood Week, so Scotty may have met him then -- Skylar is good, but Colton has "soul" -- so I can see Scotty picking Colton -- Scotty Fans voting for Colton just to send those judges/producers a message? hahahaha --

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  14. remember Hayley.last year they did the same and then they pushed for lauren Jennifer even said at the finale that Lauren won after she sang like my mother does . but I knew Scotty had it in the bag .

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    1. Remember, J Lo told Scotty how much she loved him! She said it was going to be hard for America. It wasn't hard though. I understand he won by a big margin!

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  15. You know...the producers and the judges all had their say or vote in the selection of contestants from all the auditions and "Hollywood Week" -- then from the Top 15 to Top 11 the judges share votes with the fans/viewers to pick the Top 10 -- after that it is ALL FAN VOTED! and the judges can only critique performances -- Their behavior this season has really been ridiculous and such a turn off -- They may know the music industry/business, but they certainly cannot sing or perform without all the drama and stage props to cover for their lack of vocal talent, at least as far as I am concerned -- Colton Dixon is by far the most talented as an artist and performer and in what he brings to his performances -- so what if he is "alternative rock" -- I hope the fans who are voting this season vote him the winner --

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  16. What's even worse is that some AI fans (or not even) are starting to make this an issue of race or religion and not talent -- Others are now determined to vote hard for Colton just to send the judges a message -- When I saw the Top 10 this year I already picked Skyler and Colton and Philips -- all the rest were just boring -- It's just too bad that the boys are the better, stronger performers and all about style and artistry -- Last season, of all the girls I had my eye on Haley, but she just lacks something in her singing, like it isn't "full" or "whole" -- I have heard her new single and other songs off her debut album and really not that great -- the fans made their choices and it's all good -- Scotty was a sure winner from Top 13 on --

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