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McCreery goes Idol

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – American Idol Season 10 winner and platinum-selling Scotty McCreery will perform the "goodbye" song for Season 11 of American Idol.

"It's always a sad time whenever this song is played, but it's definitely a really big part of the show," McCreery said. "I never had to experience that feeling personally, but I always felt the pain because we became such a close family on the show. We were such a tight-knit group of people, so it was always sad to see people go. The send-off song was always a way to stay connected to the show. I'm glad they chose me to do it."

McCreery selected the Tim McGraw hit Please Remember Me as the "goodbye" song that will be played after a contestant is eliminated and video highlights of the contestant's experiences on Idol are shown. The song will debut on American Idol on Thursday.

Simon Fuller, creator/executive producer of American Idol and CEO of XIX Entertainment, says, "Once again this year I wanted to have one of Idol's past winners sing our farewell song. The success Scotty has enjoyed since he won Idol last year is incredible. He has a platinum album selling over a million copies in just a few short months and has enjoyed a sell-out arena tour with Brad Paisley. With the release of this special song, Please Remember Me, his success is set to continue and hit new highs. Idol is proud of all the incredible stars that have come from our show."

McCreery said Please Remember Me is a great song with lyrics that are very appropriate for this setting. "When you are eliminated, whether it's early on or down the road in the competition, you always want people to remember you. You want to get to work and put out some good music, and through that music, people will remember you. This is one way this lyric can be interpreted for this goodbye song."

"Tim did such a fantastic job with it when he cut it. Hopefully we will live up to his expectations and he will like it,' McCreery said. "I sent Tim a message and told him that we cut it and I hope that he liked it. He told me, 'Great man. I can't wait to hear it. I'm sure you nailed it.' It was cool hearing that feedback from a country superstar."

McCreery's debut album, "Clear As Day," was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million units in just three months, and he was named No. 1 on Billboard magazine's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. He also won New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards in December.

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