More than an hour before the live telecast of Tuesday night's (May 24) "American Idol" performance finale, nearly every seat in the house was filled. Judging by the signage inside the Nokia Theater in downtown L.A., where the showdown was taking place, many of the people hooting and hollering were voting for Scotty McCreery. Judging by the loudest screams, however, many of the people inside of the concert hall were rooting for judge Steve Tyler.
Audience members carried colorful posters that proclaimed Scotty a superstar, with some young girls asking him to be their prom date. A small group of Alaina fans huddled together in the theater, bowed their heads and prayed for who they hoped would win the competition.
During the breaks, the night's MC passed out Scotty McCreery T-shirts and Lauren Alaina poster boards to eager fans. One small group of fans brought with them a vintage Aerosmith album and came armed with bright yellow posters asking Tyler to sign it for them.
There was signage all around the theater warning people not to bring in cell phones, as they might be distracting, but there was nothing preventing them from bringing in a shrill whistle. A group near the mezzanine blew their whistles in unison at the end of every round, harmonizing with the ear-piercing screams of fans shouting the name of their favorite finalist.
In the end, the judges called it for Alaina, but the Nokia crowd was a Scotty-leaning bunch.
Who do you think won the night?