If the other Idols aren’t careful, Scotty McCreery is going to ride his country train right to the “American Idol” finale without changing a thing. He is likable, he is charming, he’s kinda cute and the country music is going to play very well with the “Idol” audience.

Scotty is extraordinarily lucky that the contestants are not made to sing random genres that don’t reflect the kinds of artists they are – he might have some trouble if that was the case. But he can stay right in his country lane and be perfectly wonderful every week.

On top of all that, he’s talented. He’s maybe not blowing the doors off like Garth Brooks or George Strait, but he’s young and he’s learning. Clearly the instrument is there. What did you think of Scotty’s “The River” performance? We thought there were a couple missed notes, but overall it was pretty good.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."