Could Scotty McCreery's age have kept him from getting 'American Idol' top prize?
He didn't have to deal with that added stress going into Wednesday's finale after a state judge in Los Angeles approved a minor's contract that cleared the way for the 17-year-old country crooner to take the top prize, according to the Associated Press.
Superior Court Judge Marjorie Steinberg reviewed and approved a draft contract on Monday, paving the way for McCreery to receive $250,000 for winning the title and recording his first record.
The judge approved the same type of agreement for runner-up Lauren Alaina. The second-place finisher is set to receive $87,500 as an advance; that figure will double if she records an album.
Legally binding contracts for performers under 18 require a judge's approval. This season featured the youngest-ever "Idol" final contenders in McCreery and Alaina.
-- T.L. Stanley
Photo: Scotty McCreery and "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. Credit: Fox