I snatched this story from MJs Big Blog because it was too funny to resist.
Scotty McCreery took to Twitter and shared humorous anecdotes about his original audition for American Idol.
And I laughed and I laughed!
Here is what he had to say:
“Three years since I auditioned for Idol! Crazy!! Here’s a little inside scoop from audition day I don’t think yall know about… 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. 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 it far on 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!
Wanna hear some other fun facts?? My very first audition, the one thats not filmed in the arena, I sang Your Man too. The producer ‘judge’ (who I love) looked at me n said “this isn’t Nashville Star ya know?” I told her, ‘I know, just gimme a chance’. She asked me to sing something besides country, so I sang The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. Imagine that in my country voice, haha. Then she asked for another non country song and I told her I didnt have one ready, and I didnt want to butcher one. So I sang In Color by Jamey Johnson. Then after some thinking she finally gave me that first arena golden ticket, but not without some homework. She told me to go to the hotel, learn a pop song and sing it the next day at day 2 of the non filmed auditions. I went and learned Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer and sang that the next day.
And guesss what… Day 2 of the non filmed auditions, they make all the contestants learn a single song(the same song for every contestant) that they choose. The song everybody in Milwaukee had to learn? Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. Hahah… They tell you, you may or may not have to sing it, but its required you know it if they ask you to sing it. So day 2 I sang, Your Man, then Slow Dancing.. and at that point I could kindaaa tell they were gonna send me through, then they stopped talked amongst each other(the 3 producer judges) and then asked me to sing Bad Romance…. smh. I started into those rah rah’s and then stopped midway through and told them “this aint on my country station back home, I don’t know this”.. They busted out laughing and said they just wanted to hear a country boy sing Lady Gaga, lol. I love all those producers 2, theyre cool! but then they sent me through to round3! Hahaha.
Really tho, auditioning for @AmericanIdol was 1 of the best times of my life and has changed my life forever! Season 13, who’s it gonna be?! I’ll try n think of some other cool stories and have twitter story time on here again sometime. Hope yall enjoyed a little inside scoop, lol”
So, next time you are bemoaning the fact that the singers have chosen the wrong song, think again!
They can twist and turn this competition every which way but, at the end of the day, these singers barely have any say in song selection.
Lesson learned here: do not take yourself too seriously and be afraid to laugh at yourself and the situation you are in during these auditions.
There is no doubt in my mind that Scotty’s genuine and engaging personality played a huge role in his success on American Idol. He handled his early phase auditions with grace and humor – who wouldn’t love a kid like that?