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Turner surprises American Idol finalist McCreery

Monday, May 16, 2011 – Josh Turner traveled to Scotty McCreery's hometown of Garner, N.C., on Saturday to surprise the American Idol finalist at his hometown celebration in front of more than 30,000 fans. McCreery performed a few songs for the thousands of screaming fans before he sang his self-proclaimed "theme song," Your Man.

Just as he was getting started, Turner walked on to the stage, completely shocking the American Idol finalist. A stunned McCreery and Turner performed the song followed by what McCreery says is his "favorite song of all time" - Long Black Train.

"I think he was surprised," joked Josh Turner. "He didn't see me until we were almost face-to-face. I think I almost gave him a heart attack."

McCreery, 17, chose Your Man to be his ticket to Hollywood during the initial American Idol auditions in Milwaukee, Wisc. Since then, the deep-voiced McCreery, a student at Garner High School in Garner, has performed two of Turner's songs on the show, including Long Black Train.

This episode of American Idol will air this Thursday, May 19 on FOX.

Turner's current single I Wouldn't Be A Man, is moving up the charts.

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