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Poll: 'American Idol's' Scotty McCreery -- Future flop? Superstar?

May 25, 2011 | 11:06 am

Scotty McCreery American Idol music newsMany pundits claim Scotty McCreery is poised to squash Lauren Alaina and emerge as the new "American Idol" champ. Win or lose, he's defied the odds to survive this far, so that begs the question: Can he launch a successful music career -- the kind that wins Grammys and other music trophies?

Past "American Idol" champs haven't fared well at the Grammys -– with two exceptions. Carrie Underwood (a country crooner like McCreery) has won five Grammys, including best new artist. Kelly Clarkson has won two in the pop categories.

However, many "Idol" also-rans such as Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert have had breakout careers. So maybe it's best that he doesn't win?


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Photo: Scotty McCreery. Credit: Michael Becker/ Fox