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Finally. After watching the entire season of American Idol and cheering Scotty McCreery on to his big ol' win, I had the chance to chat with him on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards. Even though he hasn't had time to make a music video for his debut single, "I Love You This Big," he said he knows how powerful videos can be. "They really let people see your personality while you are singing the song, and hopefully they can even see what you are feeling when you're singing that song," he told me. And Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina, who was walking the carpet with him, finished his thought by adding, "When you hear a song, and then see the art that goes with it, it lets you creates all different types of emotions."
They have some country favorites, too. His is Brad Paisley's "Waitin' on a Woman," while hers is a tie between Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova" and the JaneDear Girls' "Wildflower." McCreery said he had a little bit of acting practice from shooting clips on Sundays for Idol, so he says he is ready. I can't wait to see how he brings that "Big" song to life.