Scotty McCreery – “I Fell in Love” – Relationship has Been Building All Year.

American Idol always delivers a few surprises.

But this year the big story seems to be the relationship between winner Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.

Maybe we should have seen it coming, but producers didn’t want it out for public consumption until the competition was over.

One insider says,

“We didn’t want it to effect the voting. It was something that happened over time and we knew it would get out eventually. Now that the show is over it will just add to their popularity and success.”

Indeed, Scotty and Lauren have become close, and Scotty even told E! Online that he had fallen in love.

After hearing his name Wednesday night the two quickly embraced each other with hugs and kisses and the rumor mill went into Hollywood overdrive.

But are they dating? Are they a couple? Is there really a relationship there? Insiders say yes.

In fact, after announcing the winner, host Ryan Seacrest ask "Scotty the Body" how he felt and he replied,

"It's been a year since me and Lauren Alaina have tried out now. Me and her have been together since day one and we're gonna stay together."

This was the first time most fans had heard such words from the 17-year-old country singer, but suddenly it seemed everybody wanted to know how serious things were.

For her part, Lauren told Entertainment Tonight when asked if they were boyfriend and girlfriend,

"He might be my boyfriend, ask him."

When asked by reporters about the on-air kiss and possible relationship after the show she said,

"I kissed him on the lips, yeah. He might be my boyfriend, he might not be my boyfriend."

Scotty on the other hand is being a bit more subtle with his remarks and comments. After the show he told reporters,

"I'm sure those rumors are spreading, but we're just really good friends. We've been friends since day one in Hollywood. We've been in class together in school. We've gotten really close, but I don't know about the more than friends stuff. I'm still single, but me and Lauren are really really really close friends."

That’s how it starts kids. Think back to when you were in High School and imagine how you would feel with 50 news cameras stuffed in your face and only 10 seconds to think of your answer.

From here, McCreery is already slated to be back in the studio to record his first single “I love you this big”, and Lauren is recording her first song “Like my mother did”.

Related: Watch Lauren Alaina sing “Like my mother did”

The couple will also appear together starting next month in the “American Idol Summer Tour” and have said they plan to record at least one duet together on each other’s first album.

We think this is a perfectly tender moment for the two and wish them nothing but the best. In terms of conspiracy and intrigue there were far more sinister moments that fans never got to see or hear about this season.

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