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If you see American Idol winner Scotty McCreery in the audience at Sunday (April 1) night’s ACM Awards , do not be surprised if he looks, well, surprised. It’s because he can barely believe this new life of his is really happening and that he’s rubbing elbows with the country stars he loves the most. “I remember just watching the show and wanting to be there,” he said in an interview with the Academy of Country Music. “I always wanted to just sit there and gaze at the artists and see the people walk onstage. That’s still me. I’m still the fan. You better believe when I’m there at the ACMs, I’ll be watching everybody’s performance, and you’ll probably catch me with my jaw on the floor.” And be he ever so humble, McCreery added that this kind of stardom is possible for anyone who truly wants it. “You think this 16-year-old kid who bagged groceries for a living — making a couple of dollars an hour — you think I thought this could happen? Just go out there and sing, and crazy things can happen,” he advises.