Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Are Just ‘Really Good Friends’

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery

Michael Becker/FOX

updated 05/26/2011 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 05/26/2011 AT 4:45 PM ET

They say a kiss is just a kiss but was it romantic, friendly or just congratulatory?

After Ryan Seacrest announced that Scotty McCreery was the winner of American Idol on Wednesday’s finale, runner-up Lauren Alaina planted one on the country heartthrob.

Are they an item? “Oh no,” McCreery, 17, said during a conference call on Thursday. “We’ve been getting that question all morning. Me and her – it’s a brother-and-sister relationship.”

As for the kiss, McCreery knew Alaina, 16, was going to do it if he won.

“She told me before the show she was going to [kiss me],” he said. “It was kind of like a joke. She’s a character.”

The finalists – the youngest pair to compete in an Idol finale – have a lot more in common than both being country singers on the rise.

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