Saturday, August 20, 2011

Scotty McCreery - Kidsday Meets Idol's

We interviewed “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina when they were in Manhattan recently. You can go see them perform live at Nassau Coliseum Tuesday and Wednesday.

Scotty, how did you feel when your name was announced as the winner of “American Idol”?

Scotty: It was pretty wild. It was a moment I will never forget. There was a nerve-racking moment going up to that because Ryan actually made a 20-second pause. But it was pretty cool.

When you made it to the top group and saw your competition, were you nervous or confident?

Lauren: Nervous, because everyone’s so different and you never know how people are going to take to different types and styles.

Scotty: And everybody was so good this year, too. Everybody can sing.

Did you like living in the big house with everyone?

Scotty: Yeah, it was fun while it lasted.

Scotty, how does it feel now having a record deal?

Scotty: It’s pretty cool. You know both me and Lauren have one. We’re looking forward to getting out there and recording and getting some new songs out there. Lauren: It’s cool.

Was it hard saying goodbye to the other contestants when they were voted off?

Scotty: It was at first, yeah. But then, when you got down lower, we realized we’d be seeing each other for rehearsals.

Are you guys going to be singing a duet?

Lauren: Yeah, of course. We always get paired together.
Scotty: I think we’re going to try and work out what song we’re doing, but I think that’s the plan.

This was a little lengthy, so I mainly posted Scotty's answers - you can click the link below to read the full article.

Scotty McCreery Brings Country to Coliseum

Scotty McCreery brings country to Coliseum

Scotty McCreery brings country to ColiseumWhen the "Idols Live" tour kicked off July 6, season 10 champ Scotty McCreery and some of his fellow contestants found the perfect way to chill before performing for the crowd in Salt Lake City. "The very first night we pranked Jacob Lusk. We poured a bucket of ice on him in the shower," McCreery said by phone from Milwaukee, coincidentally the city of his "Idol" audition. "It just got us laughing so hard." Who knows what sort of ice breaker McCreery and the rest of the top 11 have in mind when the tour hits Nassau Coliseum Tuesday and Wednesday nights? (Perhaps a shoutout to semifinalist Robbie Rosen of Merrick, who'll be in Tuesday's audience.) For the country crooner from Garner, N.C., the whole "Idols Live" experience has been "pretty crazy," but in a good way. "Coming off of the show, I don't think any of us knew what to expect, but it's definitely a lot more fun, a lot more free," he said. "On the show, you're always worried about what the judges are going to say afterward. What the people are thinking back home watching the show. And now you're just up on stage having fun and you're just going out there to entertain, and that's what we want to do. It's cool for us." And it seems to be selling tickets, too. According to Billboard's Boxscore chart, "Idols Live" tickets sales have averaged 97 percent this year, with sellouts in at least eight venues, a sharp boost from last year's soft sales which resulted in seven tour dates being canceled. Audiences seem to be responding to this year's top 11, and headliner McCreery, in particular, who performs a mix of up-tempo and slow, sentimental songs, including his coronation anthem "I Love You This Big." ("I thought it was a really good song for the 'Idol' moment," he says.) And he's also gotten to perform "When You Say Nothing at All" with runner-up Lauren Alaina, a frequent duet partner on "Idol." But, McCreery says, the two aren't making beautiful music together offstage. "We're just good friends. People always speculated because they wanted to make something out of it in the teen magazines, but we've never been anything more than friends and I don't think we ever will be," he said.

Songs a mother could love

With his hectic schedule, McCreery wouldn't have much time for romance anyway. Besides the tour, he's been a fixture in the recording studio working on his debut album, which should drop in time for the holiday-shopping season, "Now we're getting the master mixes and getting it to where it's exactly to what we want it to sound like on the album," he says. "People can just expect a nice, fun album. There'll be some songs that will make you dance and get up and move around, and there'll be some songs where you'll just sit back and ponder life and think about things."

And then there are those tunes that passed what McCreery calls "the Mama cryin' test." While choosing which songs to put on the album, McCreery's producers would email demo versions of many tunes, which McCreery would listen to with his family.

"There were a couple of times that Mama would cry, and I'd respond, 'Well it passed the Mama cryin' test, so it must be a good one," he said.

But fans shouldn't expect to hear McCreery's own songs on his disc. "Hopefully the next one I do, if I continue to stick around, I'll be able to get more of my own stuff on there," he said.

It's all still a big leap for a 17-year-old kid from Garner, N.C., who last year was bagging groceries and was a star player for his school's baseball team when he decided to audition for "Idol." He was understandably nervous that his brand of old-school country might not fit in with "Idol's" emphasis on finding a pop star. "I always knew I was going to do country if I made it and then I'd sing Frank Sinatra afterward. When I got done with my first song, the lady looked at me and she said, 'This is not "Nashville Star." You've got to be able to sing something different.' I said, 'I know, I'm country, but I can sing different stuff.' I just wanted to stay true to me and hope that worked out for me."

It did and he got his golden ticket to Hollywood, where he immediately became the one to beat on "Idol," especially after the early elimination of power belter Pia Toscano. McCreery is still at a loss to explain why he connected with viewers. "I just think Middle America could relate to me. I was just a high school baseball player, bagging groceries. I was just a normal kid who tried out for a show."

He remembers Gaga

His experience on "Idol" was anything but normal, from performing before millions of people each week to filming those Ford music videos. And then there was Gaga.

"Scotty McCreery. Lady Gaga. I couldn't think of a better fit," joked "Idol" mentor Jimmy Iovine the week that the flamboyant superstar took the finalists under her wing. McCreery seemed on the verge of blushing when Gaga suggested he make love to the microphone.

"She was definitely interesting," says McCreery in a diplomatic tone worthy of Henry Kissinger. "She's very unique and that's what makes her her. I think me and her are very different as far as style and it made for some good TV."

McCreery had a hard time following Gaga's advice, but listened up when the "Idol" judges spoke. "Pretty much everybody would tell me just stay true to yourself and you'll be all right," McCreery said. "Randy and Jennifer told me a couple of times to just stay in my lane. That was the phrase they used. I think I did that and I'm going to continue to do that and hope that it works out for me."

Scotty McCreery - People Magazine Pictures

I couldn't find a link online for these pictures so I thought I'd take a picture and at least get it posted on here. If anyone knows where the link could be found online or wants to scan the picture and send it in that would be great.

There is a rainbow in the background - very pretty

What we learned from Scotty's Twitter party

In the comments section a few of you have said that you don't have a Twitter account but I wanted you to know some highlights Scotty mentioned during his Twitter party last night.

He tweeted while listening to some songs on the album, so it sounds like they are all done and waiting to be released on October 4!

There will be 12 new tracks on Clear As Day.

He informed us that the funniest guy on tour is Paul and the funniest girl is either Pia or Haley. Scotty later said that the funniest prank involved ice and the shower in the dressing room. He mentioned in an interview that the boys all pranked Jacob by pouring ice in his shower.

Scotty said that it's "all good" when someone mispronounces his name on the radio. He wrote that it's tough for him to say as it doesn't exactly roll of the tongue.

As he was "hitting the hay" as he likes to call it, Scotty said that he was falling asleep to one of his favorite songs on the album. But he failed to mention the name, instead choosing to plug Clear As Day and say to find out you'll need to buy the album. The wait is getting harder and harder!