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'American Idol's' Scotty McCreery, Pia Toscano Talk Tour Secrets, Future

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery performs on GMA's Summer Concert Stage August 12, 2011. ABC(NEW YORK) --  American Idol's Top 11 finalists rocked out New York City's Central Park Friday, performing at Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. GMA's Lara Spencer talked to season 10 Idol winner Scotty McCreery and finalist Pia Toscano after their performance and got the inside scoop on life on the Idol tour bus and much more.

The "Idols" are currently on the American Idol Live Tour, which wraps up in September. So what's life been like on the road with so many of their competitors?
"We have a girl's bus and a guy's bus, so us girls are so exhausted by the end of the show ... we just go to sleep," Toscano said.

"The guys, we stay up late," McCreery quipped. "We're jamming in the back and playing pranks on each other.

"We all get along really well," Toscano added.

McCreery Loves Elvis

Growing up, McCreery, who was born and raised in North Carolina, did impersonations of music legend Elvis Presley. "I was the Elvis fanatic when everyone else was into N'Sync and Backstreet Boys … so I was the weird kid back in elementary and middle school," he said.

McCreery grew up singing in church choirs and began guitar lessons at age 10. At 13, his voice changed and dropped to the famous deep tone that made him "Idol." At 17, McCreery became the youngest male winner in the show's history.

What's Next?

Both McCreery and Toscano have big plans for the future. McCreery's debut album, Clear as Day, comes out Oct. 4. His single I Love You This Big earned the highest debut for a new artist's first single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since 1990.

"We didn't expect it to do as well as it did on radio … so that was a really humbling experience … and it was really cool to see that," he told Spencer.

Toscano recently released her debut music video for the single This Time and she will release a new album this fall.

"Down the line I would love to act sometime … but I just think I am going to stick with music right now," she said.

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'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery May Score Top-10 Hit This Week

FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Scotty McCreery may have won American Idol, but now the real test begins -- will anyone buy his debut single or play it on the radio?  So far, the answer seems to be yes.  Billboard reports that the country ballad "I Love You This Big" is projected to sell around 180 thousand downloads in its first week, which will give Scotty, at the very least, an instant top-15 single, perhaps even a top-10 single.  If those numbers hold up -- and we'll find out Tuesday or Wednesday if they do -- Scotty will be looking at the best debut sales week for an American Idol winner's first single since David Cook's "Time of My Life" back in 2008.

Other recent American Idol winner numbers include Lee Dewyze's #24 debut for his first single, "Beautiful Day."  Kris Allen's "No Boundaries" came in at #11 but only sold 134 thousand copies, fewer than Scotty is projected to sell.

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Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' Season 10

FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Scotty McCreery was voted the winner of American Idol season 10 on Wednesday night.  He defeated Lauren Alaina to win the final showdown between the youngest-ever contestants in the show's history -- McCreery is 17, and Alaina is 16.

Both Scotty and Lauren will join the remainder of this season's top 11 contestants for the American Idols Live Tour, which kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah, and wraps Sept. 10 in Rochester, N.Y.  Tickets are on sale now.

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'American Idol' Finale: Which Big Stars Will Perform?

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -– Which stars will be joining the finalists on Wednesday night's blowout American Idol finale, which will see either Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina take home the title?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren will duet with her personal idol, Carrie Underwood, while Scotty will sing with Tim McGraw.

Beyonce will perform with the female finalists and James Durbin will take the stage with Judas Priest.  Haley Reinhart will get to sing with legendary jazz vocalist Tony Bennett, while Tom Jones will sing with the male finalists.

That's all in addition to the previously reported pairing of Jack Black with Casey Abrams, plus Lady Gaga and U2's Bono and The Edge.  There's still no word on whether Steven Tyler will sing, but word has it he's been rehearsing with an orchestra.  Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is also expected to take the stage, but with another artist or artists.

The two surviving members of '90s girl group TLC -- Chili and T-Boz -- will also appear.

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Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Both Ready to Win 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will be your new American Idol winner: Scotty Mccreery or Lauren Alaina? Both finalists will perform one last time on Tuesday night, about 24 hours before one of them succeeds Lee Dewyze as the new champion of the Fox competition.

Scotty, a 17-year-old aspiring country singer from Garner, N.C., never expected to be in this position. He says, "I didn't come into American Idol looking to win this thing. In my initial auditions I never even thought about it. I never even dreamed I'd make it past the arena. But now that I'm here it's just uh, I want it. I want to win it."

Scotty may want to win Idol, but he won't be upset with Lauren if she receives the most votes this week. He says, "We both tell each other at this point we've both won. So whoever wins Wednesday night it's just uh, it's going to be good times and no hard feelings, and it's a competition but we don't think about it like that."

Lauren, the 16-year-old from Rossville, Georgia, echoes that sentiment, saying she loves Scotty. She sounds like she could use a boost in confidence -- she says Randy Jackson has told her the the number-one thing she has to do is believe in herself. However, she adds, "I'm not always good at that."

Part one of the American Idol season finale airs Tuesday on Fox at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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