OFFSTAGE: Scotty McCreery Always Had the Cutest Little Baby Face

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Scotty McCreery‘s got it all. The cowboy hat, the red bandana, the blue fringe pearl-snap shirt, the baby teeth. Even as a toddler, McCreery looked the part of a Nashville superstar. In this American Idol photo gallery , you can see baby pictures of all the contestants. But this one stands out to me because you can almost see in his eyes — and his sweet western threads — that he was destined for Idol greatness. Not just the reality-show win but the real-life aftermath. His debut single, “I Love You This Big,” has already made history by having the highest debut on the chart for a new artist since 1984. And right now, McCreery is busy in Los Angeles, getting ready to hit the road with the other Idol finalists for the American Idols Live tour. Then, hopefully, he will come back to Nashville, get into the studio and sing his little baby face off.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.