Ryan Seacrest says the "American Idol" contest between two teenage country singers drew a record number of votes.
More than 122 million votes were cast for Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, "American Idol" host Seacrest said as the finale got under way Wednesday night.
More than three-quarters of a billion votes were cast over the course of the season, Seacrest said.
The finale vote tally may reflect interest in the show's first all-country finale. The 16-year-old Alaina and 17-year-old McCreery also are the youngest pair of finalists.