This is just in from our Washington D.C. correspondent, Barb Barrett:
By Barbara Barrett
WASHINGTON – Scotty-mania hit Capitol Hill today, where North Carolina’s congressional delegation appears to agree that Scotty McCreery ought to win “American Idol” this week.
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, has invited the entire state delegation and their staffs to a watch party this evening at the home of one of her staff members. Hagan also called McCreery last week to congratulate him on coming so far in the contest.
Meanwhile GOP U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, whose 2nd District includes McCreery’s hometown of Garner, wanted to chat this afternoon about her famous constituent’s chances. She met him more than a week ago at a homecoming parade.
“I mean it was really amazing, and to think he is 17 years old and this is all happening to him,” Ellmers said. “And his family is so wonderful; they’re all so down to earth. They’re faithful, and they’re so proud of him. And he’s proud of him as well.”
Ellmers won’t make tonight’s watch party because of a previously scheduled dinner with other freshmen women, but she hopes to tune in to the nearest TV.
Tonight’s the night when McCreery and the other finalist, Lauren Alaina Suddeth of Rossville, Ga., sing their selections.
Ellmers, who insists she’s no expert, would love to hear McCreery croon “Tomorrow” by Chris Young.
“Oh, it’s a great song, and it would just clinch it,” Ellmers said. “But I think Scotty is going to do so well, he is definitely going to be the winner.”
The winner will be announced Wednesday.