OFFSTAGE: Scotty McCreery: “Idol‘s Fun, but …”

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Fun, but what? A pressure cooker, that’s what. That’s what Scotty McCreery admitted to the Hollywood Reporter about his American Idol experience. He was talking about his mom and sister and how completely supportive they have been. “They have both been right by my side from the start — my mom since the show started in February and then on tour. Idol’s fun, but it’s a pressure cooker. It’s a tough thing to do seven days a week, all hours of the day,” he said. “I don’t know how the rest of the kids did it without a mom or somebody there to help them out. It was definitely a nice plus for me.” He added that his mom is great with the business side of his career. “I told my mom that I just want to sing some songs!” he said. Besides the pressure cooker comment, McCreery does have one tiny complaint about being thrust into the celeb spotlight. “People want to know stuff about your personal life, and that comes with this job, being out in front of the public eye, but sometimes … just keep things on the low,” he said. I think people are genuinely curious about McCreery because they genuinely like him. So I hope he gets used to all the personal questions soon. I don’t think people are ever going to stop asking them.

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