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?

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Scotty McCreery - Day Jobs

Day Jobs - Part 1
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Day Jobs - Part 2
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Andy Warhol-Styled chair design of Scotty McCreery part of the Chairs of Hope silent auction

The annual Chairs of Hope silent auction will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Vandora Springs Elementary. More than 40 hand-painted chairs will be auctioned off in a silent auction format with all proceeds going to benefit Garner’s Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. The theme for this year’s chairs are famous works of art. Included in these chairs is an Andy Warhol-styled chair design of Garner’s own Scotty McCreery. For more information, go to

The Chairs of Hope project is an art-based community outreach project in which students and staff at Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner, North Carolina paint wooden chairs to raise money for the fight against cancer through our local Relay for Life. Each year, over 30 chairs are hand-painted with a specific theme in mind. Our finished chairs are then auctioned off in a silent auction format in April, with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. As of now, the Chairs of Hope project has raised over $10,000 in just three short years.

Click on the link below to see pictures of chairs from previous auctions.