updated 05/26/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/26/2011 AT 8:25 AM ET
Arriving on the red carpet for the American Idol season finale on Wednesday, finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina had a chance to look back at season 10 – and their friendship with each other.
“Every day’s been a special moment with Lauren,” said McCreery, 17. “I met her day one of Hollywood Week. We were in groups in Vegas, and she’s my classmate out here in L.A. We’ve been together a whole lot. We talk about a lot of things. We’ve had a lot of special moments.”
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this night to be here,” added Alaina, 16. “Tonight’s going to be awesome.”
Contestants from past seasons and the current season came out to support the pair, with Carrie Underwood saying she voted – but not revealing for whom.
Jack Black, who sang with contestant Casey Abrams during the star-studded finale, was also on hand. “My advice to these guys?” he said. “You should always have fun. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing. Having fun and performing. That’s what makes the best performances, I think.”