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HitFix Interview: Scotty McCreery of 'American Idol'
HitFix: Lots of people had to sweat it out, but you were the first person put through to the Top 10.
Scotty McCreery: Yeah, I got through pretty quickly. That was great. When he called my name first, I didn't know what to think, but luckily I got through it.
HitFix: How have you felt the past couple nights hearing the people scream for you?
SM: Oh man, it's been great. I love all the fans out there, I appreciate their votes and they've been getting me through this, so I really appreciate it, for sure.
HitFix: I was in the audience for the first two nights. Could you tell that people really were saying your name more than any other contestant?
SM: I could hear my name a lot and I was trying to acknowledge them, but we all love each other the same out here at "American Idol." We're a tight family, for sure.
HitFix: So nobody's started kidding you about your groupies?
SM: Aw, they've all mentioned it, like "Scotty's got some fans out there," but it's all fun and games.
HitFix: I think the big question on everybody's mind is how long can you keep doing what you're doing? Not just country music, but this particular kind of deep-voiced, old school country music?
SM: You know, that's me and that's who I want to be. But I'll have to change it up for America. I don't want them to get bored with me in the competition. I might have a few tricks up my sleeve. A lot of people don't know that for my first couple auditions before the show, I sang John Mayer and Frank Sinatra, so I can sing a little different stuff. But country's who I am and who I want to be.
HitFix: But your Top 24 performance, that's a Scotty performance?
SM: Yeah, that's a Scotty performance for sure. Yeah, I can get up there and play my git... my gee-tar, do a bunch of different stuff...
HitFix: Now I heard that! You almost just said gi-tar instead of gee-tar!
SM: [Laughing.] I know, man! I know! I'm kinda losing my country feel out here in LA! I don't want to lose that country-ness in LA.
HitFix: And what does being young do in terms of your song choices?
SM: Well, you know, I'm still a kid. I can't be singing about all the country guys drinking whiskey at the bar. Know what I mean? But I'll just stay true to myself. I'll have some pretty good song choices, I think.
HitFix: Gimme a couple of those things you want to sing?
SM: I'd love to sing some Garth Brooks, maybe some Tim McGraw. There are so many good songs.
HitFix: And how much do you want to play your guitar?
SM: You know, I think you're gonna put a limit on us this year. I don't think they want us playing every performance. Guitar is what I normally play with at home, but I can change it up for sure, so who knows?
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