American Idol Season 10 Winner Scotty McCreery will make his way back to the Idol stage on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Season 11 finale episodes on FOX.
On Tuesday, Scotty will sing “Please Remember Me,” the song he recorded as this season’s “goodbye song,” which was played each time a contestant was eliminated. On Wednesday, he will help celebrate the winner of Season 11.
“I am so excited about going back to American Idol and seeing everyone again,” he says. “I hope to spend some time with the finalists, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, and share some of my experiences with them. I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I was in their shoes.”
Scotty has had quite a year since he won American Idol last season. To date, he has earned a platinum debut album, two gold singles, two new artist awards, and is currently nominated for two awards at the Teen Choice Awards, which will be held July 22 at the Gibson Ampitheater at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Scotty is nominated for Choice Male Country Artist and Choice TV: Male Reality Star (American Idol). The Teen Choice Awards also air live on FOX and honors the year’s biggest achievements in music, movies, sports, television, fashion and other aspects of popular culture.
“I am so grateful for all of my teen fans. Since I’m still a teenager myself, their support has meant everything to me over the last year,” he says.
This weekend will be a big one for Scotty, who returns tonight to Brad Paisley’s “Virtual Reality Tour 2012” presented by Chevrolet . On Sunday, he will be up for two awards—the all-genre Top New Artist and Top Country Album for Clear As Day—at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Since winning Season Ten of American Idol in May 2011, he has quickly emerged as one of the most successful country stars of the last year. He won New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April, the same award he received at the American Country Awards in December.
His debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million in just three months, and he was named No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s list of Top New Country Artists for 2011.
Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also gathered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. The album’s first two singles, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls,” have also been certified gold, and his current single, “Water Tower Town,” is climbing the charts.
Don’t forget to set your DVR’s for the American Idol this week to see who wins and to see Scotty’s return!