Speaking of your fans, any fun stories from this tour?
The fans are incredible. They never cease to amaze me. They're always at the shows with their signs and stuff. The funniest thing that's happened to me is a big guy came up to me and said, "Scotty, sign my belly!" and lifted his shirt up. I had to commend the fella, so I signed his belly for him. He walked away and said, "I'm never washing it again." And I said, "You better wash that." [laughs] It was funny.
What are some things that are your must-haves on tour?
On the last tour, the Idol tour, I was big into the sweets. But now I'm coming up on baseball season, and I just need to get back in shape, so I'm eating healthier. We've got the XBox on the bus. Other than that, I've got my iPod. That's about it. I'm not really too demanding when it comes to a bus rider.
Is there a certain city that you're looking forward to playing on this tour?
Denver will be pretty cool. And Vegas. I think that's one of the biggest cities we're heading up to, so it'll be cool to get back there. I think we're playing Mandalay Bay. Maybe after my set I'll walk down the strip and enjoy the lights.
You're a senior in high school this year, so how has it been balancing your career with having a normal high school life?
Oh, it's been all kinds of fun. I enjoy high school, I enjoy being there with my friends and getting to hang out. But, I also enjoy the music and getting out here with the fans and singing a lot. It's really cool for me to be able to do both. It's been a fairly nice balance with schoolwork and being on the road. We've made it work pretty good, I think.
Since you'll be graduating this year, what are your plans as far as college goes?
Well, I've applied. I've gotten into East Carolina. That's the first place that I've heard back from today. I've applied to North Carolina State as well. Also, Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State. We'll see where I end up, but we're not certain yet.
Did you happen to watch the Idol premiere last night?
What did you think about seeing yourself in the opening credits?
It was pretty cool seeing that. I remember coming off the show people were saying, "You're going be part of the introduction next year." It was pretty wild seeing that.