What Does Scotty McCreery Have In Common with Clay Aiken?

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Yes, they're both from North Carolina. But these two Idol finalists have more in common than just twangs and good singing voices. Scotty McCreery‘s high school chorus teacher, Meredith Clayton, will be in the audience tonight as he sings his final songs. She runs the music program at Scotty's high school in Garner, NC (the one that had a bit of a bear problem last week). But this isn't Clayton's first run-in with an Idol. She attended high school with Clay Aiken in nearby Raleigh. And, adding to the layers, Clayton's mother, Diane Covington, was the chorus teacher at Leesville High School who taught Clay. [Full disclosure: Meredith and I were classmates at Leesville, although I am completely tone deaf and never took chorus.]

What is it about North Carolina that breeds Idols? Fantasia Barrino, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, and Anoop Desai all hail from the Tarheel state. Even if Scotty doesn't win this week, he still counts himself among fine company.

Update: My mom reminded me that Bucky Covington is also from North Carolina. Sorry, Bucky! And Mom!