Were there any contestants in particular that stood out to you?
Oh, well I've known that David Leathers, Jr. guy before from a previous competition. Schyler Dixon and Colton Dixon. They were with me last year when we were at Hollywood Week, and we became good friends. So, I'm rooting for them this year. They're good pals.
What kind of advice do you have for the contestants once they hit the live portion of the competition?
Oh man, just don't let it stress them out. I made that mistake a couple times. You're just there to sing, have fun, and really entertain the crowd. If you let the stress of the TV part of it, the live show part of it get to you, the singing and the entertaining won't be fully there. Stay laid back, get your songs right, work hard, and you'll be set.
Other than winning Idol, what has been a real standout moment for you in the last year?
Oh, goodness gracious. There have been a lot of really cool things I've gotten to do. I've gotten to sing at the World Series. I got a chance to go on the Grand Ole Opry. A lot of really cool things have really happened this year that I'll never forget. I'm telling you, its been wild.
For more information on Scotty McCreery, check out his official website.
1/26 – Boise, ID - Idaho Center
1/27 – Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
1/28 – Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
2/9 – Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
2/10 – Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
2/11 – Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
2/16 – Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena
2/17 – Las Cruces, NM - Pan AmericaCenter
2/23 – Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
2/24 – Moline, IL - iWireless Center
2/25 – Springfield, MO - JQH Arena
3/1 – Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
3/2 – Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
3/3 – Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
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