OFFSTAGE: Scotty McCreery Goes to Washington

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This ain’t Scotty McCreery ‘s first rodeo, so to speak. He’s been all over the nation since winning American Idol in 2011, but I’m assuming this is his first time hanging with Conan O’Brien, Diana Ross and singing for the president and the first family. McCreery was in Washington, D.C., recently to tape the Christmas in Washington concert that airs Friday (Dec. 21) on TNT. He will perform “Mary Did You Know,” “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” and more. And from the photo gallery on People.com, it looks like he had some good ol’ American fun. He told the magazine that while he was in the capital, he had a chance to do some sightseeing and talk college basketball with the president.

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