Garner teen makes 'Idol' top 24

Posted February 24, 2011
Updated March 1, 2011

— Scotty McCreery's road on "American Idol" has been rocky, but it isn't over yet. The 17-year-old from Garner was named to the top 24 on Thursday night. 

Now, McCreery will perform for America's votes each week, with the hopes of making it to the top 12 finalists. 

McCreery's "Idol" journey began last year when he auditioned in Milwaukee singing Josh Turner's "Your Man" and Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive in Your Country."

"I was a bundle of nerves inside, but I tell you what, in the moment, you're just there," McCreery told WRAL News during an interview earlier this month.

Following his performance, judge Steven Tyler let loose a spirited comment that was partially censored.

"I didn't know what to say when Steven made that little remark. I just kind of stood there and smiled. I had never heard that remark before. It was funny," McCreery said.

McCreery's audition was featured on promos for the show and aired on "The View." 

McCreery was handed a golden ticket to Hollywood, where he wowed the judges with "Your Man" again and was solid during a group performance.

The teen ended his stay in Hollywood by faltering and forgetting the words to Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." His improvisation of the lyrics made him a viral sensation and a target for some bloggers. But the judges sent the Garner Magnet High School student to the next round, where he shined in Las Vegas with a group performance of the Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye." 

"Winning 'American Idol' would be great, but just to get into the industry and to be a part of the music industry and be in Nashville and sing with the greats – that's a dream," McCreery said.


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  • HeadPro Feb 25, 2011

    Josh Turner has a hard enough time making it. Scotty, while talented, will need to make his own way. He won't do very well singing someone's song... so start writing Scotty and try to sound like you... not Josh Turner.

  • itsmyopinionandeveryonehasone64 Feb 25, 2011

    Good Luck Scotty, you will definatley go places whether you win AI or not! KEEP SINGING YOUR HEART OUT!

  • myprayers Feb 25, 2011

    Hang in there every minute you are on TV you are becoming known.
    Good luck

  • Lars Marson Feb 25, 2011

    Ill be rooting for you man, just because your are from the state of NC..and I dont even LIKE country music, but you seem like a good guy, even though you guys kicked that fat kid out of your group! Good luck in the competition!

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 25, 2011

    lapj -- Spilling the beans early is a violation of the shows least that's what I've been told. I thought somebody from a former season got kicked off because they spilt the beans on a top competitor result...

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 25, 2011

    american idiolt

  • lapj Feb 25, 2011

    Sorry--I meant to say the top 24. We knew that he was going on to the point that people other than the judges get to vote for him. I don't normally watch AI and got the rounds confused, but he did spill the beans early.

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 25, 2011

    Congrats Scotty. And it's even more impressive that your character surpasses your talent. You're already a winner, in more ways than one. Top 24 out of how many thousands? We'll be voting for ya!

  • IAMAmerican Feb 25, 2011

    Maybe he'll be up there with Kelli Pickler and Carrie Underwood............we're rooting for you Scotty!

  • smcallah Feb 25, 2011

    "Local yokel...Ok,,name somw great teachers...that YOU you can't or you woud just talk..and talk...and don't really say anythng!"

    I think you're missing the point. Idols don't have to be named. Idols don't have to be famous or well known to have an impact on someone that carries on through their lives.

    If all you idolize are famous people that everyone knows, I feel very sorry for you.