I think that if Scotty, Lauren or any of the other kids that did so well, later, end up not having much success with their music, no one will feel worse about it than they will. Time will tell. They will just have to let the insults roll off their back. That's one reaon it's so tough on young kids. It's a very competetive business. You're only as good as your last CD or movie. It's not a kind field.
This reminds me of a country song by Toby Keith called "How Do You Like Me Now?" It's a great song about a guy who people laughed at in high school and then he made it big in music and was all over the radio. In real life music producers laughed at Toby and turned him down quite a bit. I guess he showed them. LOL