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Scotty event in Garner to give away 'Idol' Tour tickets

The Garner Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking event tonight at which they'll be giving away two tickets to next week's "American Idol" Tour concert. The concert, of course, features Garner's Scotty McCreery, who won "American Idol" back in May.

In addition to the chance to win tickets, the Chamber promises live entertainment, food and beverages, video highlights of Scotty's performances, and some giveaways.

The Chamber's "Business After Hours" event takes place at Aversboro Square in the Aversboro Restaurant parking lot tonight at 5:30 p.m. It will end at 7 p.m.  Call the Chamber with questions - 919-772-6440 or check out the event's Facebook page.

Scotty and the "American Idol" Tour come to Raleigh on July 27 at the RBC Center, and will be in Charlotte on July 28 at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Scotty McCreery's 'Idol' homecoming gets Emmy nomination

We'll try to have more on all the Emmy nominations a little later (our opinions, like you care!), but this jumped out at us: the segment featuring Scotty McCreery's Garner homecoming on "American Idol" was nominated for an Emmy in the category of "Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing." We agree it was outstanding!

Note that the nomination is for "Scotty's Home Story," not the whole episode or anyone else's story. Scotty's story. 

"American Idol" received 10 nominations in all.

Scotty's story is up against some tough competition. That entry will have to battle the Academy Awards, the ESPY Awards, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Here's the full list for that category:

Scotty and the "Idol" tour: First reviews are in

The first three stops on the "American Idols Live Tour" have been completed, and we're seeing the first reviews of how homeboy Scotty McCreery and the other finalists are doing.

"[James] Durbin got them worked up, and winner Scotty McCreery got them out of their seats," wrote Ryan White in The Oregonian, Portland's newspaper. "The 17-year-old has big presence, a classic country voice and a single called 'I Love You This Big.' "

White said the song's title sounds like "a board book for toddlers." His review, which focused a lot on the commercialism and marketing power of the "Idol" machine, said the females generally do a better job than the men.

'American Idol' auditions in Cary

If you think you have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Garner's Scotty McCreery, you'll want to strike out for Cary early tomorrow morning.

Fox 50 is holding a one-day audition for "American Idol" tomorrow (July 9) at Cary Towne Center (1105 Walnut Street). Registration starts at 9 a.m. between Talbots and Dillards, and auditions begin at 10 a.m. You can start lining up at 6 a.m. but no lining up before 6 and no camping is allowed.

Fox 50 says one person will get a guaranteed audition with "Idol" producers in Charleston, S.C.

You must be between the ages of 15 and 28 to audition for the show.

Check out the Fox 50 site for a full list of rules and a downloadable registration form.

Scotty, other finalists launch 'Idol' tour tonight

The next stage of Scotty McCreery's "American Idol" journey begins tonight in Utah, when this summer's live concert tour gets under way.

The "Idol" winner from  Garner will be touring with the other Top 11 finalists of the past season through mid-September. After tonight's show at the Maverik Center near Salt Lake City, the finalists will head across the nation, stopping at arenas in most every medium-to-large city.

The tour will play Raleigh's RBC Center on July 27. Scotty said he's particularly excited to play here.

A Scotty McCreery app for iPhone, Android

A Scotty McCreery iPhone app. Didn't see that one coming.

It sounds crazy but it's actually a pretty neat idea. The new app, which bills itself as "the official app for American Idol Season 10 Winner Scotty McCreery," is developed by BlueHaze Inc and promises to help fans "stay connected with up to the minute updates from Scotty."

The "Scotty and Me" feature, which allows you to take a picture of yourself with Scotty that you can share with your friends (see below), is reason enough to download the free app. (Can't you see the love in WarmTV's eyes?)

But there's much more to the app. There's a Scotty McCreery Trivia Game, the complete American Idol Tour schedule, Scotty's Twitter feed, a Fan Wall to share Scotty thoughts, the latest Scotty news, and more.

It also plays all of Scotty's songs from the "American Idol" show.

Scotty on Leno: Five whole minutes!

Even though "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" only started 5 minutes late Wednesday night (due to the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals), I knew we were in trouble at 12:20 a.m. when Leno was still on his first guest, Blake Lively, and he still had Blake Shelton to go before getting to Scotty McCreery.

So this recap was written while I was sleepy and hatin' on Jay Leno.

Blake Shelton hit the couch at 12:28, so that means he and Scotty get to split about 12 minutes, not counting commercials. Woo-hoo, thanks Jay!

Scotty McCreery on 'Leno' tonight

Reigning American Idol Scotty McCreery will perform tonight on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

You know what that means: my "I'm not watching Jay Leno" streak must come to an end (I'll have a recap here on the blog after the show ends).

The other guests on tonight's show are "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively and country singer Blake Shelton. Shelton is also a judge on NBC's "The Voice," a reality singing competition in the same vein as "Idol." Hopefully, Scotty will get some couch time and can chat with Shelton about the merits of these type shows.

I just hope Jay asks him something other than if he and Lauren are dating. I'm so sick of that, and I'm sure Scotty is, too.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m.

NOTE!!!!! Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals airs tonight on NBC, so "Leno" may run late. If you're recording, set your device to catch "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" after Leno -- just in case. You don't want to have to deal with any heartbroken 11-year-olds tomorrow morning...

Scotty McCreery's Grand Ole Opry performance will stream live online

Thanks for all your anonymous phone calls and comments. Your pleas have been answered -- more Scotty McCreery news!

First up, Scotty and his shadow ('American Idol' runner-up Lauren Alaina) will tread on holy country ground Friday night, when they perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage. WSM Radio will live-stream the "Friday Night Opry" show on their website (click "Listen Live Now" in the top right corner). The show begins at 7 p.m. and will also feature Roy Clark, Randy Travis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bradley Gaskin, Charley Pride, and Mel Tillis.

-Also, N&O preps reporter Tim Stevens mentioned earlier this week that Scotty will also be playing ball in Nashville this weekend. On Saturday, June 11, he is scheduled to play in the 21st Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge in Nashville. The game starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, but I have no information about any way to view it online. Scotty is in Nashville for the big CMA Music Festival weekend.

-And in case you missed it, the Garner-Clayton Record had a story on Wednesday about Scotty attending an American Legion baseball game while he was home this past weekend on a break. Scotty got a team hat and jersey and sat in the press box for part of the game.

-Finally, check out this awesome new map the town of Garner has published of their town, complete with Scotty points of interest highlighted. Cute, but I'm sure I'm not the first person to point out that there's no tag on Bojangles!

Scotty on the Nashville awards circuit

Just two weeks after he won the "American Idol" title, Scotty McCreery took the stage of the live CMT Music Awards tonight. The awards, from Nashville, Tenn., honor the year's top videos on Country Music Television.

Joined by his "Idol" runner-up and friend Lauren Alaina, Scotty talked about the tornadoes that devasted parts of his native North Carolina this spring, as well as parts of Lauren's home state, Georgia, and Missouri and Alabama. The two then introduced the band Sugarland, which sang a special version of its song "Stand Up."

The song can be purchased on iTunes, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross to support tornado victims.

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