American Idol Season 10 Finale: The Winner Is...

After what Ryan Seacrest labeled a “world record” 122 million votes, American Idol‘s wild and wooly 10th season has its champion. [UPDATE: Check out our full finale recap here.] Indeed, at the end of a fast-paced and mostly entertaining results-show finale punctuated by a fabulous Haley Reinhart-Tony Bennett duet, a fascinatingly campy Tom Jones tribute featuring the Top 6 guys, and shining moments for James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, and pretty much every eliminated member of Season 10’s Top 13 — but which strangely seemed to downplay the presence of the two remaining finalists — the confetti shower went to…Scotty McCreery!

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After registering the news of his victory, Scotty gave a shout-out to runner-up Lauren Alaina, then tearfully hugged almost every member of his family in the Nokia Theater, all of his fellow Top 13 finalists, and the show’s three judges, while barely able to deliver an encore performance of his first single, “I Love You This Big.” It was a moment of raw emotion for a sweet North Carolina kid, and a charming, Kleenex-grab of an ending to an inconsistent season that only intermittently delivered on its massive amounts of promise and talent.

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And with that bit of news unleashed into the Idoloonie universe, I’ve got a full recap to write! [UPDATE: Full recap is now liiiive!]

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In the interim, I turn things over to you! What did you think of the Season 10 Idol finale? Did the right person win? What were your favorite and least favorite performances from Wednesday night? Sound off below, then hit the comments to share your thoughts, feelings, and conspiracy theories. And for all my Idol news, reviews, and interviews — including video Q&As next week with the Season 10 Top 3, as well as ongoing summer coverage of The Voice, Platinum Hit, So You Think You Can Dance, and all your favorite reality shows — follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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