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For the sixth consecutive year, I covered the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Upper West Side by the talent trailers, starting my morning with a Starbucks hot chocolate on 82 and Columbus and ending with a photo of Santa before returning to my apartment for video editing.

But for the first time, that trip to-and-from my perch involved more than a walk two avenues over. Sure, the commute time from the Financial District to my old hood affected my alarm clock, but it didn’t stop me from feeling the holiday spirit and enjoying the time-honored tradition of the parade.

First of all… I told you so.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s fast forward right to the end of the evening. Scotty wins, he heads to hug his family, and sure Jack Black isn’t his fam, but how you gonna leave JB hangin’ like that?!

But before he left the stage, McCreery embraced runner-up Lauren Alaina. Then, they embraced a little more. Then, uh oh…

Looks like we might have a little young romance this summer on the “Idols Live” tour. Cameras quickly cut away when the two locked lips but cutting to the reaction of a shocked group of finalists on stage wasn’t the best look if you’re trying to cover this up. Perhaps the bigger question is… how jealous is Steven Tyler of Scotty McCreery right now?


Ashley Sullivan will forever live in “American Idol” lore as the first contestant to get married on the show. The Massachusetts-born singer did not make the top 40, but she made it way farther than most, and has since relocated from Lowell, Mass. to Hollywood.

In an interview which aired before Wednesday’s “Idol” finale, Sullivan predicted Lauren Alaina would beat out Scotty McCreery. Sullivan had originally picked McCreery to go the distance – even telling Scotty personally after she was eliminated that she thought he could do it. According to Sullivan, the country singer humbly dismissed her claims. But after seeing Alaina sing to her mother, the former contestant had a change of heart. Sullivan noted that because Lauren was only 15 when she tried out, her mother was with the Georgia-native every step of the way.

As for Sullivan, she is enjoying both the married life and living on the west coast as she searches for her next venture in either music or comedy.