Tuesday, May 21, 2013

'Idol' Scotty McCreery will 'See You' in Orlando

Season 10 winner performs Friday night at House of Blues

'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery performs at the House of Blues in Orlando on Friday night.'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery performs at the House of Blues in Orlando on Friday night. / FOR FLORIDA TODAY
WHO: “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: House of Blues-Orlando, 1490 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive
COST: Tickets are $32.
INFO: Call 407-934-BLUE (2583). For more on McCreery, visit www.scottymccreery.com or send him a Tweet @scottymccreery.

THE STORY: With his new single “See You Tonight” climbing the charts, and a new CD in the works, Scotty McCreery, the season 10 winner of Fox’s “American Idol,” makes a stop at the House of Blues tonight.
What can you tell us about the CD you’re working on?
ANSWER: I guess you could say this is my true sophomore record, since my last album was a Christmas album. We have 12 songs done so far and we will cut 17, so five more to go. We are writing songs, and it’s a record I am very proud of. It has a better feel than my first album. I was proud of that record, too, but I think I am just more comfortable this time around.
Q: Do you plan on being more involved in the songwriting on any upcoming albums?
A: I am doing a lot of writing in Nashville, and I am very glad that the first single “See You Tonight” was one that I co-wrote. Even though that wasn’t planned or something I demanded, it was a good feeling. I enjoy writing and co-writing and getting into a studio; that is where the creative stuff starts, so I think I will always be involved that way.
How was it adjusting to life on a tour bus?
A: I actually love it. It’s a good time, and I think it is better than flying because on the bus I have a TV and a bed to sleep in. For this tour we have two buses, and I can bring a friend or family member along. It’s pretty fun.
What do you miss most about life before “American Idol”?
A: Discreetness and being incognito. There is no laying low anymore. I mean, people know me everywhere I go and that is not a bad thing. But you can never lay low and just hang out. I wouldn’t change a thing, though.
Do you miss playing baseball, too?
A: Oh, yeah, I miss baseball. I went to a Dodgers game a few days ago and it made me miss it more. I knew I wasn’t going to go on and play college baseball, though, because I wasn’t that good, so baseball was going to be ending for me soon, anyway. The competitive side of me misses baseball for sure.
Q: What was your most embarrassing moment onstage?
A: In New York, I fell off the stage and landed in this lady’s lap. I was pretty embarrassed, and I met her after the show and gave her an autographed picture to say I am sorry. Another time, a guy in the band kicked this ball up in the air and it came down right on the microphone, and I dropped it and it landed on this girl’s head. She was great about it, though, but it was pretty embarrassing, too.
Q: What do you say to critics who say “American Idol” rewards talented people who may not have necessarily paid their dues in the business?
A: To some degree, that might have merit. I mean some have become overnight successes, but make no mistake, being in the finals of “American Idol” is a 34-hour-a-day job, and you are always in the public eye, always rehearsing and performing in front of millions. I challenge those people who criticize it to go try. You can be a nobody and play in front of a few dozen people at bars for years before you make it, or you can be a nobody suddenly expected to perform on live TV in front of millions of people without cracking. I would say that isn’t exactly easy.
What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done to try and meet you?
A: Right after the show (“American Idol”), I was still in high school, and we would have people drive from all over the country to see one of my baseball games. It was flattering, but I wasn’t that good of a ballplayer, they should have seen me at a show.
How difficult has it been to juggle your school schedule at NC State and touring?
A: It has been difficult, but I am up to the challenge. I am off for the summer now, so it is not too bad. It is not like I am taking advanced calculus or anything right now. I am just doing the general ed thing right now. When school is in, I go to school Monday through Wednesday and then tour Thursday through Sunday.
Tell me about ScotTv.
A: I am excited about that. It was just a way to interact with fans. It shows people a different side of us and shows what goes on behind the scenes. We have a videographer that basically just follows us around and shows us what goes on. It was a little strange at first, but now we are all used to it.

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