By Jeff Labrecque
Updated May 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM EDT

“SCOTTY WINS!” “SCOTTY WINS!” screamed the giant video screen. Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old North Carolina boy with the deep voice, is your American Idol, and if this final lacked real suspense, the show made up for it with genuine emotion. Scotty’s crowning performance, the debut of his first single, “I Love You This Big,” seemed to encapsulate his journey, with opening lyrics of, “I know I’m still young, but I know how I feel. I might not have much experience…”

He struggled through the song, inserting aw-shucks chuckles to keep himself together while he embraced his family and the other singers. No one seemed to mind. In hindsight, maybe it’s how a song like this ought to be expressed. Take a look.

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