Newly crowned "American Idol" Scotty McCreery reflects on his "crazy ride"
With the song "I Love You This Big" already atop the iTunes charts, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery said the last 12 hours have been "pretty wild."
"It's a whole lot more than I bargained for coming into this," McCreery told reporters during a Thursday (5/26) teleconference. "I never would have expected it. But I'm handling it well. This is what I asked for. This is my new life. It's been a crazy ride so far."
McCreery doesn't have any plans to slow down. He'll be recording his debut album while out on the road with the other "Idol" finalists on the American Idols Live! tour, the itinerary for which is at the right. He also said that management is trying to book him and second-place finisher Lauren Alaina on this year's CMA Music Festival in June.
"They're trying to work out the specifics right now about where we're going to be playing, the booth signings and maybe playing the Grand Ole Opry," he said excitedly.
McCreery was considered a frontrunner in the competition, but last night (5/25) he wasn't so confident that he was going to win.
"My thought was [Lauren] wrapped it up when she sang that momma song," he said of "Like My Mother Does." "That's one of the most beautiful songs I've heard. I was more than nervous coming into it last night. It worked in my favor, but Lauren, she's sweet. She's been supporting me and I've been supporting her through this whole process. We're really close friends and we both came out winners last night."
"How close are they?" was the question that fans were asking last night after the two finalists quickly kissed.
"We've been getting that question a lot today," a poised McCreery said. "It's more like the brother-sister thing. She's a character. But she's lovely. We're really close friends. I met her day one of Hollywood week. We were schoolmates through this whole experience. It's great but it's more of a brother-sister thing between us."
But he's impressed with her skills as a singer, he said.
"Lauren Alaina, she's something else," he said. "She sings like a bird. She's an amazing young lady."
McCreery said he never let self-doubt get in the way of his vision of winning "American Idol," even with all the blog chatter of him being a frontrunner.
"I've heard people say the frontrunner stuff and the favorite," he said. "To me, it never even crossed my mind like that. Everybody this year from Top 40 down was so talented. It was just an amazing ride. As far as doubting myself, I don't think I ever gave myself a chance. I've always had confidence in me. It was weird, the nerves for this show. It's something else."
He admitted he had a game plan going into the competition -- sticking with country music.
"Everybody had their own niche," McCreery said. "Casey [Abrams] was singing this jazzy kind of rocker growl music. Jacob [Lusk] sang his gospel music. James [Durbin] sang his rock music and I sang my country music. We all had that same niche. They do different songs, but we all had that same genre we like to stay to. Country music's me. It's what I grew up with. It's what I do. I didn't have any intention on changing. If it got me this far, why change it up?"
Now that the show is over, McCreery is looking forward to getting his music out in the marketplace. He said is work on "Idol" is done, and now "it's time for the real job to start."
"We've already recorded two [songs]," he said. "We weren't sure which one we were going to do. 'I Love You This Big' turned out to be the one that we did. The other one I'm really excited about, too. I think it's going to be a great album. I gotta pick some good songs. That's what it's all about after the show is getting good songs. The fans got me to where I am now. So it's my job to get them the music they want to hear. Hopefully me and Lauren Alaina get to do a duet sometime. I'm not sure about the first album, but hopefully sometime soon."
6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
8 - Everett, WA - Comcast Arena at Everett
9 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
11 - Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Pavilion
12 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
13 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion at San Jose
15 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre LA Live
16 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena
17 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
19 - Oklahoma City, OK - Cox Convention Center
20 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
21 - Houston, TX - Reliant Arena at Reliant Park
22 - New Orleans, LA - Lakefront Arena
24 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
26 - Duluth, GA - Arena at Gwinnett Center
27 - Raleigh, NC - RBC Center
28 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
30 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
21 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
2 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
3 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
4 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
6 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
7 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
9 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
11 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
13 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
14 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
19 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
20 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum
21 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
23 - Long Island, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
25 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
27 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
28 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
30 - Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center
31 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
1 - Worchester, MA - DCU Center
3 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
6 - Syracuse, NY - OnCenter Complex
9 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
10 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena