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Scotty McCreery talks about Thanksgiving and the Macy’s Tree Lighting at Lenox

Scotty McCreery at the "Idols Live" tour at Gwinnett Arena earlier this year. CREDIT: Robb D. Cohen

Scotty McCreery at the "Idols Live" tour at Gwinnett Arena earlier this year. CREDIT: Robb D. Cohen

“American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is doing double duty Thanksgiving.

In the morning, he’ll perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, then fly to Atlanta for the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall in the evening to sing George Strait’s “Christmas Cookies,” the hymn “Mary, Did You Know?” and the Burl Ives classic “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

“This will be my first Thanksgiving not at my grandma’s,” McCreery said in a quick phone interview from his home in Garner, N.C. Tuesday. “But I’ll have my family with me. We’ll probably have turkey on the plane!”

And this will be his third trip to Lenox. He was there two days after winning “American Idol” to open the Microsoft store. When “Idols Live” tour rolled into Atlanta in July, he had a day off and remembers walking around Lenox, cap pulled down, incognito.

He also made it to a Braves game and met the players, though he admits he’s a bigger Boston Red Sox fan. Both teams collapsing in September on the same day, he said, was rough.  “It was terrible,” he said. “I was at home watching it on TV. I let out this big yell. My mom thought I was hurt!”

Q: How much of senior high are you missing now that you have an album out and a tour coming up with Brad Paisley?

McCreery: I’m missing some of it. I’ve been around for the big stuff like homecoming. My football team is one game from the state championship! Fortunately, I’m doing what I love. It’s all good.

Q: You just saw Brad Paisley at the CMAs. Do you still feel like a fan when you meet all these country stars?

McCreery: It’s still weird to me. When I’m walking around backstage, I have to pick my chin off the floor. It’s amazing to be around all those stars. It’s just wild.

Q: Country radio rarely embraces male singers until they’re in their 20s. How have they treated you so far?

McCreery: I’m still working hard to prove myself. I’m still trying to win some radio people over. They see me as the new guy. Is he legit? I have to pay my dues and hit the ground running.

IF YOU GO

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting with Scotty McCreery, gospel duo Mary Mary and “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Melanie Moore. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. Lenox Square Mall. 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-233-7575. www.simon.com

On TV
“The Macy’s Great Tree Lighting,” Channel 2 WSB, 7 p.m. Thanksgiving

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

44 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
9:54 am

Winning American Idol has its ups and downs. Leaving some family traditions behind is hard no matter what the reason. The boy is putting it all together however and I hope he finds some success. He’s certainly busy!

Mercedes S.

November 22nd, 2011
9:54 am

See, it’s pleasant, polite people like Scotty we want to win talent shows…

Mercedes S.

November 22nd, 2011
9:57 am

Wrote friend.in England to inquire if British XF is still popular. Response:

“British X-Factor is dying the death. Being beaten each week in ratings by other Brit reality show ‘Stricly Come Dancing’.”

JTesla

November 22nd, 2011
9:59 am

[...] ‘Idol’ Scotty McCreery will perform at both the Macy’s Parade and at the Macy’s Great Tree lighting at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta. If you can’t make it down to Lenox Square, you can watch the local event on Channel 2 Action news beginning at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving night. [...]

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

XF UK has been on for 7 or 8 years. I doubt that XF USA will make it that long.

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kelly&carriefan

November 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

Hi y’all…..

XF USA has the problem that it came at a time when we already have/had way too many talent shows..and Idol, tho aging, is still around.

Rodney Ho

November 22nd, 2011
11:17 am

KCF is right. Simon is desperately trying to pump fresh life into a concept that is already well worn. “The Voice” was actually fresher and more interesting than “X Factor.” NBC basically trumped Simon.

timbo

November 22nd, 2011
11:22 am

Just what we need; another no-talent country hick representing Atlanta…

JTesla

November 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

I’m still trying to figure out what part of X-Factor is fresh. I guess having a Robo-Host is something that hasn’t been tried before. Granted, it’s not the best way to shake up the genre, but I think Simon over estimated his ability to know what interests the American public.

kelly&carriefan

November 22nd, 2011
11:31 am

In essence, XF USA is like bowling alley shoes. If you want to play, you have to wear old, used shoes. Or you can get new ones, like The Voice.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
11:32 am

Pop Idol(the birth mother of American Idol and other international Idol shows) only ran 2 seasons in the UK and was replaced by XF. The last Pop Idol season was in 2003 and then XF came on the scene. Simon waited WAY too long to bring XF to the States.

I still like that Idol keeps the whole process relatively simple compared to Idol. I would hope that Idol thinks about raising the age limit instead of lowering it…the only thing about XF that I prefer over Idol. Definitely don’t want to see Idol’s age limit lowered…..the little rapper boy has already given us ample reason for that.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
11:33 am

“compared to XF” sheesh!

Loretta

November 22nd, 2011
11:43 am

I would love to see the lighting at Lenox Square & hear Scotty sing. Will it be televised on a satellite station? I live in the Midwest and didnt know if a satallite station will also carry the event.

Rodney Ho

November 22nd, 2011
11:46 am

@Loretta Hopefully someone will tape it and stick it up on YouTube.

Harriett

November 22nd, 2011
12:29 pm

Hey, y’all. Peeking in from time to time, but trying to get everything done in order to be gone the rest of the week. I agree about Simon waiting way too long and NBC trumping him. Unfortunately for him, Idol was not his “baby” and he’s been trying to have another one that works as well. Fail

blkshepherd

November 22nd, 2011
12:59 pm

Winning AI certainly does have its ups and downs because several folks that did win didnt do to well or are NOT doing all that well. Ruben Studdard..Fantasia(she cant stop getting pregnant.eyes rolling .).) Taylor Hicks where is he? and a couple of others..sooo..Jennifer Hudison did do ok even though she got kicked off early because of her attitude not her talent, or lack of.

Speaking of attitude theres one constestant on X-Factor whom I cant stand the sight of. I wont Mention any names..hint named after a TV cartoon..legs turn to Jets..A Crappy attitude wont get you far in this world. Dont matter if its entertainment or Regular Life. The contestant I am talking about Will get a dose of Reality..Real soon.

kelly&carriefan

November 22nd, 2011
1:00 pm

To be fair, if I remember it right, the problem for Simon was that he was “barred” from bringing XF to the USA until now when he settled a lawsuit with Simon Fuller. Fall 2011 was the earliest it could premiere. Guess he wasn’t counting on others like The Voice stealing his thunder.

I’ve never seen XF UK, but XF USA has potential in some ways. I just can’t believe that the final 9 we have really are the most talented people they saw. And not to mention, it still feels like 4 different show in one stage. I think if they got a more charismatic host, that would go a long way with making the show run more smoothly and be more enjoyable.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
1:02 pm

Hey b-shep! I’ll name names. Astros attitude needs adjusting

The Pink Pig

November 22nd, 2011
1:02 pm

It is a little unusual to see a black country music singer, I guess. But I think it’s kinda neat. Atlanta has a great crop of budding young talent, and McQueery is no exception.
I look forward to taking my whole family to the tree lighting at Lenox again this year. Hopefully they will still work. I remember being in a big hurry when I put them away after the holidays last year. I would be sad if any of them got broken.

JTesla

November 22nd, 2011
1:06 pm

I’m confused, is Scotty a “black country music singer”?

Forsythmom11

November 22nd, 2011
1:10 pm

JTesla: what difference does it make? Why can’t you just decide to either like the guy’s music or not without having to bring his race into the equation? Stop trying to live in the 1950’s already.
Yes, his mother is black. Are you satisfied?

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
1:14 pm

Forsythmom…untwist those panties! Pink Pig seems to think Scotty is African-American and JT was responding to that. Nobody really cares what color he is.

JT, I know out there where you live on the west coast, a person’s race makes no difference. That’s not the case here.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
1:19 pm

And where in the sam hill did you get the idea that Scotty’s mother is black? One of his parents has a Puerto Rican grandmother

The Pink Pig

November 22nd, 2011
1:25 pm

Deirdre: I hope this doesn’t come acros as rude, but I believe you have received misinformation. But anyway I’m sorry I brought up the issue. It honestly doesn’t matter to me.
I really enjoy it when artists “cross over” into genres in which they might not be expected to perform.
If Lil’ Wayne can make a rock hit, Scotty can certainly do country.
I like all different kinds of music. Atlantans are lucky to live among such a diverse group.
It might be unfair of you to try to pigeonhole everyone into one category or another.
Can’t wait for the tree lighting!! :)

JTesla

November 22nd, 2011
1:28 pm

Oh we have those issues out here Deirdre. Well, it’s not as evident, not as intense, but it’s still here. I just happen to know that the concept of race is a myth. There is more genetic difference between some “white” people than there is between many “white” and “black” people.

Forsythmom11, it seems that you didn’t read the post above mine, that happens at times. I understand.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
1:35 pm

Pink Pig..what misinformation? I’ve seen a picture of both Scotty’s parents. Neither one of them is African-American.

kelly&carriefan

November 22nd, 2011
1:39 pm

blkshepherd

November 22nd, 2011
1:44 pm

Deirdre

I didnt want to even give him that Much Credit by calling his name seeing that was one of my favorite childhood cartoons..Hes really an embarrassment and is Not worthy of one of my favorite tv cartoons. LoL.

ANYONE that found nothing wrong with his behavior has serious ISSUES. A few folks to blame(in my opinion) Beginning with the Mother(I TOO am from Brooklyn whom HE EMBARRSSED he did not Represent Brooklyn) When I was 14 if I had addressed adults like that my moms wouldnt have waited until a commerical break. she would have Stormed the stage and went up side my head right there on the stage in front of Millions. But sorry, I had Good home training and would NEVER ever NEVER had constantly interupted those GROWN folks and be so disrepectful. A very Very Bad message they were sending that kid and other kids watching the show.

He has Talent? Thats a matter of opinion. Sorry I have been around long enough to see Others Rap just as good and better than him and they also were Flash in the pans! Anyone remember Kris Kross and their single Jump? or Lil Bow Wow? they were just as good if not better than this kid and they didnt have Near the attitude. This little person cant Hold a candle to Little Michael Jackson when he was 14 Nor Stevie Wonder when he was 14. I remember BOTH when they came on the scene. I have Never ever witnessed such Disrespectfulness and lack of home training. So yes I blame his mother, and his mentor LA Reid for souping this child’s (Yes CHILD’S head up.) Simon too. all the judges. But None to fear. I promise YOU all on here. that the Voting Public will Deflate his oversized Ego. Also I dont see why everyone is so hyped. I am not impressed with Rap I dont care who is doing it. Dont matter to me if its Emimen Jay Z or Kenyae West. Give me good Old fashioned GOOD SINGING. I love Scotty because his warmness and sincereness shines right through. You can Tell he’s a nice fellow when the lights on stage go down.
I also like Drew on X Factor..sweet as can pie a little Dingy but very humble. I do believe HOME TRAINING Played a major factor with Astro Boys HUGE INFLATED EGO which hes going to find out come Voting time. He dosent realize how many VOTES he will NOT receive for the rest of his Short stay on X. I see him going home..SOON.reallllll SOON. mark my words.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
1:47 pm

Thanks k&cf. That is a really nice tale. And, as pointed out in the story, Scotty mentioned his gram from Puerto Rico while he was Idol.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
1:48 pm

And here’s a video of Scotty’s mom and dad after he won Idol:

http://www.scotty-mccreery.net/2011/05/what-scotty-mccreerys-parents-had-to.html

GHOSTRIDER

November 22nd, 2011
3:38 pm

Who really cares, I wouldn’t go see Scotty for nothing. He makes me cringe everytime I hear his voice…I wanted him to loose on idol. Obnoxious little putz. And no I’m not jealous, just can’t stand him.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
3:48 pm

Astro strikes again(from mj’s):

X Factor contestant, Astro, who revealed to the Hollywood Reporter yesterday that he did not believe he was really in the bottom two–hence the onstage hissy fit–tells the New York Post that his mom wants him to quit the show, but he’s willing to give it another week!

Those of you who assumed Astro’s mom gave him a stern lecture…think again! “She knew what was going on,” he says. “She was tellin’ me, ‘Just leave. You need to leave and go home.’ It’s stupid, you know. But I told my mom, ‘Let’s at least try it one more time. Let’s get one more week in.’ ”

That’s mighty big of Astro, but at this point, I think the voting public is going to take care of that little dilemma for him.

“I don’t see how you can have the most followers on Twitter out of everybody in the competition and get voted in the bottom two. So, I thought something was jiggy,” the 15 year old rapper tells the Post.

Astro thinks he’s being punished, reportedly for wearing a pair of Dr. Dreheadphones onstage. A competitor, Sony, is an sponsor.

I think this is probably the controversy that Simon has been looking for. Unfortunately, it will probably end this week when the voters turn Astro over their collective knee!

Harriett

November 22nd, 2011
3:51 pm

To all my blog friends:

Thanksgiving is upon us, and I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you I am thankful for all of you. You have brightened many a day, entertained and enlightened, all the while keeping me company. I value the opportunity to connect with you, share your joys and sorrows, and hear your opinions. Some would offer that I should get a life, but I really am thankful for the one I have and the fact that you are all a part of it. Rodney, a special thanks to you for keeping us going. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
4:00 pm

Thank you Harriett. You beautifully said how I feel.

Deirdre

November 22nd, 2011
4:02 pm

My brain must be addled from too much cross-country flying. Kat McPhee’s new series, Smash and The Voice are NOT in competition with each other unless you count the effort to be the highest rated show on the same network.

JTesla

November 22nd, 2011
4:02 pm

“reportedly for wearing a pair of Dr. Dreheadphones onstage”

Well, at least he came up for an original reason to justify his martyrdom. Two things wrong with the world today: over entitlement and lack of personal responsibility. Astro is the poster child for both.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Harriett.

Harriett

November 22nd, 2011
4:14 pm

Thanks, JT. I am about to head out of here. Need to have something on my car checked before driving to Charlotte in the morning. Hope each of you has a wonderful day, full of good food, good times, and special family visits.

kelly&carriefan

November 22nd, 2011
5:10 pm

Harriett, what a lovely post! Here’s wishing you and everyone a safe, and Happy Thanksgiving!

(Tho, I’ll still be around tomorrow…)

Scotty Black

November 23rd, 2011
10:10 am

It’s true.

Brianna

November 23rd, 2011
11:07 am

@Deirdre Just wanted to add after you said you hope Scotty finds some success while he is headed to superstardom he has already found HUGE SUCCESS and made history landing NUMBER ONE!

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2011
11:09 am

Scotty Black…show me some proof other than internet conspiracy theories. I showed you a picture of his parents.

Barb

November 23rd, 2011
8:47 pm

I could listen to Scotty all day long. He sounds a little like a young George Strait. As for ASTRO, he’s such an egotistical little boy, that Idon’t understand how anyone votes for him. He has ok talent, just NOT 5 million $$$ worth!!! Hope he’s gone tonight!!!