Idol's Lauren Alaina: "I Knew in My Heart" Scotty Would Win
Lauren Alaina's not about to be a sore loser.
Although many (including Kelly Clarkson) pegged her as the season-10 winner of American Idol, the singer wound up in the runner-up spot as fellow country crooner Scotty McCreery took the prize on Wednesday's finale.
"You would expect that I felt disappointed, but I didn't," Alaina, 16, told Us Weekly after the show. McCreery, 17, won the life-changing honor after a record 122 million viewer votes were cast. On Tuesday's performance show, judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler suggested Alaina deserved the crown.
No hard feelings at all, Alaina told Us. "Scotty's my best friend and we went through this whole process together...I knew it in my heart and I'm just so proud of him and I'm proud I got second place to him, it's just unbelievable."
Idol fans were also abuzz about the duo's kiss -- on the lips -- and the intimate convo after McCreery's name was called. "I said 'I told you so' and 'I love you'," Alaina revealed. "He said 'I love you too' and I said 'go get 'em'!"
She also shrugged off Tuesday's night's laryngitis drama. "Never once did it go through my mind that I wasn't going to sing," she said. "Even if I sounded like someone was holding onto my throat I was going to go out there."
Next up, the teen plans to move to Nashville and work on her debut country album. "Nashville is the place for me!"
About that kiss...?
"Ask Scotty!" she said, laughing.
McCreery's explanation: "She told me she was going to do that before the show," the champ told Us. "It's all fun and games, she's just a sweetheart!"
Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Heidi Klum all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
Diva Double Date
Beyonce and Alicia Keys double date with their famous hubbies on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Where Are They?
See what the cast of "American Beauty" is up to today.Watch Video »
J.Lo's Mini Me
Jennifer Lopez shares an adorable photo of her look-alike daughter, plus more celebritots on social media on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Prince Harry, Jessica Alba and more stars who threw out the first pitch at baseball games.Watch Video »
Sofia Vergara poses in a revealing neon bikini while her "Modern Family" castmates hit the beach in Australia on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »