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“American Idol” may be over, but the whirlwind aftermath is just beginning for winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina. They stopped by the “Today Show” Summer Concert Series Thursday (June 2) to perform their “Idol” singles, but they also dueted on Randy Travis’ 1988 hit “I Told You So” and frankly, it was awesome. Video above.

In between the songs, the two denied the romance rumors (“Friendship,” says Scotty, “We’re BFFs,” echoes Lauren) and credited their moms for all that they do.

“I wouldn’t have made it this far without my mama here. She’s been great for me, really,” says Scotty.

“My mom’s my best friend. She sticks with me through everything and I give her a hard time sometimes, but no matter what, she’s always there,” says Lauren.

Lauren also says that their new-found fame is not going to change them because of their faith in God. “It’s our faith in God because we are the same people we were before this competition and we’ll always be the same people. We’re smalltown people, ya know?”

Video below of Scotty performing his “Idol” single “I Love You This Big.”

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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."