Heard on the Hill: North Carolina’s ‘Idol’ Factory

Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:22pm

Sen. Kay Hagan (D) will host the North Carolina delegation for an “American Idol” finale viewing party tonight.

The group will be cheering on 17-year-old finalist Scott McCreery from Garner, a suburb of Raleigh, as he competes to be America’s musical Idol.

The state has been something of a music factory for top Idol contestants in recent years, producing winner Fantasia Barrino, runner-up Clay Aiken, semifinalists Kellie Pickler and Chris Daughtry and a couple others whose names we’d be embarrassed to admit we know.

“North Carolina has a history of bringing the best competitors to ‘American Idol,’ and Scotty is maintaining that tradition and making us proud,” Hagan said in a statement. “I know everyone in Garner is rallying behind him, and my staff and I are pulling for him to bring another ‘Idol’ crown to North Carolina.”

The Senator even called McCreery to wish him luck.

There was no word where the “Idol”-watching will be held, but we picture lots of couch space and ample popcorn.