Aidin Vaziri | Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old country singer from North Carolina with the big smile, crooned his way to victory on the 10th season of “American Idol.” Now comes the real test: taking his aw-shucks act on the road for the annual American Idols Live tour. We caught up with McCreery, whose new single is “Out of Summertime,” in Los Angeles just as rehearsals were wrapping up.
Q: Are they making you do any of the big group productions?
A: There are a couple of those.
Q: You looked miserable during those things – especially with pop songs. Has it gotten easier?
A: I’m definitely more used to it now. The ones we’re doing aren’t exactly like that. The stuff I’m singing is the stuff I’m comfortable with and have been singing my whole life.
Q: I’ll never forget when they put you in a room with Lady Gaga.
A: You only saw half of what she said to me. That was rough.
Q: What was the best advice you received on the show?
A: I think what Randy said at the beginning: “Stay in your lane and don’t change you.” I just did me. During the interview, I remember they asked me what makes you different. I said what makes me different is my being normal. My mug shot is not on the Internet. I don’t have any crazy tattoos.
Q: Not yet anyway. I’ll check back with you after the tour.
A: I’m not planning on it. I don’t plan on changing me.