American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery has been selected to perform the “goodbye” song for Season 11 of American Idol. When a contestant is eliminated, McCreery’s version of Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me” will play over video highlights of the individual’s journey. The song will debut on American Idol tonight (3/8) when the first contender in the Top 13 is cut.
“It’s always a sad time whenever this song is played, but it’s definitely a really big part of the show,” says McCreery. “I never had to experience that feeling personally, but I always felt the pain because we became such a close family on the show…The send-off song was always a way to stay connected to the show. I’m glad they chose me to do it.”
McCreery’s first album Clear As Day (Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts and garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released in 2011. The album’s first two singles, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls,” have been certified gold and he is currently playing to massive crowds on Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour 2012. McCreery is also nominated for the 2012 Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award, which will be presented April 1 at the 47th Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas.