Friday, July 26, 2013

Scotty McCreery Reveals 'American Idol' Secrets on Twitter

The Season 10 winner says his famed audition of "Your Man" nearly didn't happen. Also: Did the country crooner actually sing Lady Gaga?

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Three years ago, a country teenager from North Carolina walked into an American Idol audition and wound up winning the whole thing. That teenager was Season 10 alum Scotty McCreery. 

The biggest revelation? McCreery’s signature song, “Your Man,” by Josh Turner, nearly wasn’t cleared in time for the then 17-year-old’s big moment in front of judges Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.  To hear McCreery tell it, it was a nail-biter to the end.

“Fun Fact: For the Idol auditions you have to sing a song that is cleared by the show for rights and stuff. Your Man wasn’t cleared my audition day,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site. “If you sang a song that wasn’t cleared they wouldn’t put your audition on tv, which makes it tough on ur chances of making the show. I told the producer’s I didn’t care, and I was singing 'Your Man'. Miraculously, about 15 mins b4 my audition they told me they got it cleared! If that had not happened, we would’ve never got to hear Stevens crazy line, and who knows if I’d be here today!”

McCreery also said the producer he met at the first stages of auditions told him, “This isn’t Nashville Star" and asked him to sing a different song, not country. McCreery’s choice? “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.  “Imagine that in my country voice, haha,” he tweeted. He then did a quick take on “In Color” by Jamey Johnson before he was awarded his first arena golden ticket and a homework assignment to learn a pop song. His choice? “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” by John Mayer.

After performing that in the second round of non-filmed auditions, the producers threw the Idol hopeful a curveball: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. McCreery said he gave it a go with the rah-rah intros, but stopped midway and “told them “this aint on my country station back home, I don’t know this.”  He added that the producers “busted out laughing and said they just wanted to hear a country boy sing Lady Gaga, lol.“  McCreery said he holds no hard feelings, since they did sent him through to round three.  “Love all those producers 2, they're cool!” he wrote.
Twitter: @MicheleAmabile, @Idol_Worship 


  1. My wife Linda enjoyed reading Scotty's tweets as they were happening and then sharing them with me. Next morning I saw the same stories Scotty shared the night before in this article. His fans heard it first on twitter!

  2. That's really cool to know that about auditions and Scotty that's really awesome I'm glad he stuck to his roots and didn't change it!

  3. That's really cool to know that about auditions and Scotty that's really awesome I'm glad he stuck to his roots and didn't change it!

  4. Thank God our Scotty auditioned for American Idol, made it through and won the whole thing! I have never been a country fan but Scotty McCreery changed that for me. But I do have to admit I did like the old country songs he sang throughout Idol. I just love his current songs See You Tonight, Suntan & Rock this night. Can't wait for his album to come out! Let's make it platinum!


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