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'American Idol' favorite Scotty McCreery has family ties to N.H. and Maine

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Scotty McCreery is already a fan favorite on "American Idol" Season 10, thanks to his unique, deep voice.

Judge Jennifer Lopez said she was falling in love with the "legendary" 16-year-old country singer. Another good sign: Scott attends the same N.C. high school that "American Idol" Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken did way back in the early Pleistocene.

And you can now add a New England chapter to Scotty's growing fan base, since his father and aunt grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Eliot, Maine.

Scott's aunt, Tina McCreery Creech, told the Portsmouth Herald that she and Scotty's father, Michael, attended Dondero School in Portsmouth before moving to Eliot and graduating from Marshwood High School in 1977.

Tina, who now lives in Southern Pines, N.C., has to watch "Idol" each week to learn Scotty's fate — just like everyone else.

"It's really secretive, like the CIA or something," she told the Herald. "I found out he tried out for 'American Idol' after he'd made the first cut ...; on Nov. 18, when the producer showed a clip on 'The View.' Lo and behold, it was Scott! I was stunned."

Read more from Scotty's aunt here at

*Spoiler alert*

According to Joe's Place's top 24 spoilers, Scotty does make the list of the top 12 boys. Congrats, man!



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