American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina must not be in direct competition for fans or attention. How else to explain that the two new artists, who share not only a label, but also a manager (Idol guru Simon Fuller, natch), released videos within 24 hours of one another? That said, there’s no reason we can’t put them head-to-head:
LAUREN ALAINA “LIKE MY MOTHER DOES”
“Like My Mother Does” would resemble a sequence from a horror movie—a distracted young woman alone in an overlit prop home—if Lauren Alaina didn’t spend so much time smiling and looking at the camera. The video is interspersed with projections of what’s presumably home movie footage of Alaina and her mother, as befits a maternal tribute from someone whose stardom stems from a period having lived in the public eye. We even get a teardrop to signify the key change!
SCOTTY MCCREERY “I LOVE YOU THIS BIG”
Scotty McCreery plays a wide-eyed Cupid in “I Love You This Big.” He spends much of his non-singing screen time looking pensive while not helping his band set up their equipment. But this naive thoughtfulness is belied by the cosmic serendipity of lights coming on and fireworks going off to the rhythm of the song, as the young folks in the crowd at the concert-on-the-green pair off one by one. This is about as scandalous as McCreery gets at this point, but it’s a good direction, since “I Love You This Big” ends where many country songs would begin.
We have to give the edge to McCreery on this one. Alaina’s video suits her song well, but McCreery’s clip suggests, in a way the song alone did not, a broader range for his future career as a country artist. Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments!
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