Scotty McCreery will return to American Idol on Thursday, March 29, to perform his new single, “Water Tower Town.” Crowned last year’s American Idol, Scotty is looking forward to reuniting with his Idol family and spending time with this year’s batch of contestants.
“That was my launching pad and what gave me my platform to do what I am doing now,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and spending some one-on-one time with the contestants. I can’t wait to give them some advice and the ins-and-outs of the competition that I learned last season.”
His return to Idol is a homecoming of sorts. It makes performing “Water Tower Town” a little sweeter as the song reflects how he grew up in his own hometown of Garner, North Carolina.
“’Water Tower Town’ is my Garner song on the album, my hometown song,” he said. “It reminds me of Garner, which has a big water tower right across from the baseball fields where I grew up playing ball. It has a lot of elements in there that remind me of Garner. The first lyric in the chorus is, ‘Friday night football is king,’ and that is true in Garner. Everybody stops what they’re doing in Garner to go to the game. It was tough on me missing some of the games being out here on the road, but I was able to make it back for a few. The song says, ‘Sweet tea goes good with anything,’ and that is all we drink back home. All of the lyrics really relate to my hometown.”
While Scotty will be returning to the Idol stage to perform for the first time since he was crowned season 10′s Idol, he’s already an integral part of the show. He recorded Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me” as this year’s ‘goodbye song.’ The track plays after a contestant is eliminated during a video highlight of their time on the show.
Scotty will also perform “Water Tower Town” on Sunday’s ACM Awards airing live on CBS at 8/7 CT. Scotty is up for the fan-voted New Artist of the Year trophy along with Hunter Hayes and Brantley Gilbert. Don’t miss our LIVE coverage of the ACM Awards red carpet on GAC, starting at 7/6c!