Today’s featured American Idol 10 Top 40 contestant was featured in clips Nigel Lythgoe brought with him to his recent interview on The View. Could a teen male country music singer go all the way on Idol this year?

Gangreen29 spotlights the teen twanger below.

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Scott McCreery – Featured on the clip Nigel showed on The View. A judges favorite. Has a very deep, soulful voice. He is reminiscent of Josh Turner.

A teen male country singer could be exactly the type of star that idol has been looking for.

Videos after the JUMP…

Ol’ Red cover

Long Black Train cover

 
  • tomr

    An amazing voice for his age!!! Could go far!

  • Valentin432

    He looks like the first sure finalist to me. If the judges and producers like him a lot, he has a very good chance to go far, at least top 5. He has a lot of things going for him as far as potential votes go. He’s a WGWG with the southern charm (even if he’s not really from the South).
    He’s also very defined as to what type of music he’s going to do afterwards and AI contestants have had the best success rate going the country music route.

    All that said, his voice sounds really twangy to win a majority of votes and the competition demands some versatility (at least the last 9 years). Carrie had a powerfull and clear voice that adapted well to other genres, not sure about his.
    To me he seems more like a niche contestant that could do very well post idol than a winner (see Kellie, Josh and Bucky).

  • Falfor

    Very, very Country. Sounds good for Country. Not a county fan, but he can carry a tune.

  • everything

    Another WGWG. Wow, this guy has a pretty heavy twang. He may make it in the Top 10, but I can’t see him in the upper tier. Idol has never really pushed traditional Country singers. Even Carrie Underwood is not all that traditional. I just hope that Season 10 finally breaks the lock of the last 3 seasons – and a girl triumphs.

  • girlygirl

    Nice voice. VERY country. But traditional country singers haven’t done all that well on AI. Especially not in the past several seasons — Since Season 5, I can’t think of anyone who has finished higher than 5th (no Danny and Casey do not count — neither is a traditional country singer; neither is Carrie, really, although she’s closer)

    I can see this guy making Top 10 easily and maybe Top 5. Can’t see him winning, unless the past voting habits make a drastic change

  • wordnerdarchie

    People say that most votes come from the South. I can see this kid going a LONG way, twang or not. Now if he shows up with a Bieber haircut, watch out.

    ETA: It could be that Aaron Kelly was the “trial balloon” for a young, male country singer. Time will tell.

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ onlinepastrychef

    I live near Clayton–hooray for the local boy! :)

  • jumpstart

    Country / WGWG / teenager / who the heck cares? This kid has serious talent … something AI sorely needs in S10.

  • tierbee

    That is quite a voice on this kid – will be interesting to watch him!

  • TwigLA

    I think he’s going to get a lot of fans.

    I think this is a good year for him. Didn’t they say that this year contestants will stick to their genres throughout the competition and they’d be doing eras (or decades)?

  • chearts77

    Like I said yesterday in another post, he’s my favorite. AI hasn’t had a Male Country Winner yet. I think he will go far, but I doubt he’ll win though. Being a judges favorite usually works against the idols. I still can’t believe he is only 16. Amazing voice for being so young.

  • jammasta

    Deep is an understatement. Holy crap. I almost wish that kinda puberty hit Justin Bieber.

    I like this guy, I like country even though it is horrendously out of place with my types of music…. Then again, as a person who likes headbanging hard rock and alternative like Muse and Metallica and soulful R&B like Alicia Keys and Keyshia Cole, those genres are really different. I wanna see this guy, Jerome Bell, and Janelle Arthur in the Top 12. Hopefully Steven Tyler’s rock influence chose a rocker as well, I want my face to melt.

    I am not that sure what songs I can picture this guy singing. The country I have on my iPod is more country pop than this guy. Maybe he could try one song as a crooner?

  • cookcricket

    Uh oh, I liked him until he started singing “In Color”, by Jamie Johnson. I’m biased on this song because hubby covers it and does an amazing job. From the little I heard this kid wasn’t doing it justice, but everyone has off days/moments, right?

    He does have a great deep voice though, hard to believe that’s a teen’s voice.

  • sr4mjc

    Not a country fan, but this kid has a nice voice. Will be interesting to see how the voting goes, it’s time for another country winner. I wanted a female rocker, but wouldn’t be upset with a teen country guy either.

  • idolbeat

    That is a very mature voice! I like all 3 songs I have heard by him. Good luck to him!

  • windmills

    cookcricket: ITA Scott didn’t do a very good job with In Color. But he’s sounded very good on everything else. I’m a big Josh Turner and Chris Young fan so I love me some deep traditional country male voices. I’m hoping Scott does really well and finds a way to keep things interesting on the show.

  • aidancash

    MJ No disresepct to you or to what nigel said but male teen country singers dont work. Its different with teenage girls such as taylor. There is no audience for a 16 yearold male country singer. Men who listen to country wont listen because of the kid being so young. Woman can relate tp young girls who sing country. country males dont have success until they are at least 25. Chris young was like 20 when he won NS star. He is what you would call country to its fullest and he struggles for a good four years before finding success.

  • mickeybordentwo

    He reminds me a lot of Allison, his voice and his style far too mature for his years. When has this church going kid ever been anywhere near a prison farm in Georgia?

    You don’t get to be Janis Joplin or Johnny Cash simply by singing their songs. You’ve got to lead their lives to start to understand what their lyrics mean.

    He’s a nice kid with a great voice, but ten seconds after he’s a finalist (if not before) he’s going to be known as McCreepy.

  • aidancash

    Ok I just watched the video. MJ your right he is lot like josh Turner. We would need to see soemthing orginal and different from him. He sounds like a copy cat right now.Teen guys are in an odd spot for country because like with him singing old red it isnt believeable because if his age.

  • idolbeat

    He has a great tone to his voice! I don’t agree that he won’t have fans. I’m not sure how many people watch NS compared to AI but I think AI has quite a bit more. Aaron Kelly has a lot of younger female fans but maybe because he has a little more pop/country appeal to him? Scott sounds like he has a more full-bodied vocal. If he makes it to the semi-finals (and I hope he does) with the right songs, I think he can amass a large fanbase. I am looking forward to hearing what he can do!

  • aidancash

    Noone said he cant have fans. Tell me one country singer that is under 20 or even under 25 that is male. this kid is kind of hindered even more because he doesnt have pop leaning you can cross market. is a 30 yearold country male fan going to by a cd of a 17 yearold kid. No. And its all about gaining fans outside of ai. You cant have success with just your ai fans.

  • platoken

    I think he is great, and the age won’t matter for future success in the country world, as long as he has a mature sounding voice, age shouldn’t matter. I want him to be the last male standing(aka he gets runner up while a female wins). And to the people saying he is just another WGWG-at least he is different from the last three winners. He isn’t in his mid-twenties. He doesn’t sing rock/soft rock. And he can put down his guitar when needed. I think he will go far! He is an amazing singer.

  • idolbeat

    Sorry! Didn’t mean it that way. If anyone can turn a 16 year old into a star (besides Disney), American Idol can. Hit a song out of the park and 30 million people have heard it. Because there isn’t a 16 year old known male country singer now, it is a ripe market. But, I do agree he will have to be able to cross over. Whether he is the one to do it, we’ll have to wait and see!

  • platoken

    Tell me one country singer that is under 20 or even under 25 that is male.

    Again, as long as he isn’t marketed as a “teen country singer” and is taken seriously as an artist, then the age shouldn’t matter. I never would have guessed he was that young watching the videos. I think if people look past the age, then he could be huge.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    We’re talking Season 10 and beyond here…not fighting the same tired Season 8 fan wars. I’ll be deleting posts to keep this thread on topic.

  • windmills

    I just wanted to point out it’s gangreen29 who’s doing the profiling of the new contestants, like MJ already said :) I love this stuff so thanks to both of them :)

    aidancash: You’re right about it being hard to market a teenage country boy with such a deep traditional country voice. BUT if he’s smart about song selections during the show and people don’t feel a huge disconnect between his voice and his age then he’s got a chance. I agree the songs he’s covering in these videos are all a little old for him though he should’ve been able to do something with In Color. But he might be able to make the right choices when he’s on AI.

  • Miss Chaos

    He has a good voice. With that being said, he could get boring real fast, he is made to do ballads, not sure if he can do much upbeat songs, and if he can get rid of the guitar, and move around, once and a while, he may be Top Ten material. I want to be entertained, and a couple of times of them same old croner singing will bore me. I loved Chris Young on NS, and as said, it took him 4 years to get noticed. I will see with this kid. I hope he does good.

  • TheOther

    I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that in all 9 seasons, there has never been a male Country winner. That’s just not a genre that TPTB has ever whole heartedly championed. And the battle I see with Scotty McCreery is that he sounds really hardcore Country, more so than Bucky Convington or Josh Gracin. I also think the fact that he sounds way more mature than his age, will work against him (as it did with Allison Iraheta). And I agree, Carrie Underwood has always had a more contemporary, Country pop sound. And on the show, she showed the versatility of being able to move between different music styles with ease.

  • aidancash

    I wasnt really talking about that he couldnt do well on the show. I could totally see a kid like this winning. Especially if they let them sing in their genre of choice. My point was success after the show and how it is very hard to market a teenage boy in country music that is why you dont see it. Fans like their males lived in and mature and older.

  • JazzRocks

    Good DEEP voice. Otherwise ho hum. Looks like I’ll be skipping another season if this is indicative.

  • windmills

    aidancash: What I was trying to say is IF Scott makes the right song choices to do well on the show, it’ll be easier to market him after the show because he’ll have his lane. I don’t think Scott can win or do that well on the show singing Long Black Train type songs each week because he’ll come off as a 2nd rate Josh Turner: good but not good enough. So if he figures out a way to make people see him as a true next big thing in country then he’ll do well on the show AND he’ll be in a good position to do well after the show. I think it’ll be hard but it’s possible.

  • sonyab

    WOW! He is really good. And he is 16?! DAMN! Well I gotta keep my eye out on him too! :)

  • chearts77

    Again, as long as he isn’t marketed as a “teen country singer” and is taken seriously as an artist, then the age shouldn’t matter. I never would have guessed he was that young watching the videos. I think if people look past the age, then he could be huge.

    ITA with everything you are saying, platoken. When I first watched his video while reviewing other contender videos, I told a friend of mine that I like this guy. My friend informed me that he was 16. I was floored. Couldn’t believe it. Not only does he not sound like a youngion, he presents himself as older than he is. I think he has great potential and country listeners aren’t going to pay attention to his age if he proves to be a great artist.

  • aidancash

    Once again you dont know country music as far as being male if you think age wont matter. Its more about what does a 16 yearold sing about. They arent old enough to sing stuff like in those videos becuase it doesnt come across as authentic becuase it isnt believeable. And this isnt the kind of kid who can sing about puppy love because he is a typical country singer. When your a male your stuck in country. Chris young is full blooded country and I knew he would eventually hit it big becuase he had the look and the country voice. But even with how mature he was it took him about four years. someone like this can make it on ai and probably win if they can sing their genre of music but as far as after idol being a male hei is about 9 years aways from when country male artists hit it big and can make it.

  • BootStar

    This kid has an amazing voice, especially for his age. I think if the judges avoid going overboard with the “and he’s only 16!” nonsense, the folks at home won’t care one way or the other how old he is. Song selection will be really important for him, but there are tons of country songs out there he could cover on the show that could work for him.

    I don’t really care what genres are represented this season, as long as there’s a lot of variety, and the talent is there.

  • platoken

    Once again you dont know country music as far as being male if you think age wont matter. Its more about what does a 16 yearold sing about.

    Its doable. Song writers know what they are doing. He could sing about God, girls, his life experiences, etc. Josh Turner’s type of songs would be a good fit for him. Not all country songs are about drinking and that other “adult” stuff. Like I said, a lot of country songs are about religion, girls/ex’s, and even the simple things. Like The Band Perry’s, if I Die Young.

  • lorenzo

    He’s ok, but his tone is way mono.. zero range. Aaron has WAYYY better tone.

    And Adam set the bar so, so high!

  • sr4mjc

    Age didn’t stop LeAnn Rimes at 14, her buyers couldn’t have been all teen girls. But I could see a lot of young girls liking this boy, no? I don’t listen to country, but if there are tweens who like Bieber, why can’t there be a country alternative to that? I wonder how he is at upbeat songs. Guess we’ll find out.

    I didn’t see the deleted posts, but I’m chuckling at what the heck could S8 have to do with this kid? LOL

    ETA: oh, Allison and freakishly mature voices for their age. After Jackie E, maybe that will be in style this year. poor allison might have been too early

  • BootStar

    He’s ok, but his tone is way mono.. zero range. Aaron has WAYYY better tone.

    And Adam set the bar so, so high!

    Aaron and Adam are both tenors; this kid is a deep baritone. I’m not sure why you’d compare him to two guys whose voices couldn’t be less similar.

    There’s no way to tell what Scott’s range is from these performances, but his tone is fantastic. He reminds me a little bit of a young Randy Travis too. Would love to hear him cover Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had A Boat.”

  • aidancash

    I said age is different when it comes to girl country singers. read my posts

  • BootStar

    aidancash, while I agree with your point in general, Blaine Larsen was only 18 when he recorded “How Do You Get That Lonely.”

    There are always exceptions, and with Idol behind him, Scotty could be one. But we’re a LONG way from his winning the whole shebang — he hasn’t even made it to the finals yet! :-)

  • everything

    What I was trying to say is IF Scott makes the right song choices to do well on the show, it’ll be easier to market him after the show because he’ll have his lane.

    Song choice would apply to all contestants. McCreery is way too traditional Country. I just can’t see the mainstream AI audience rallying around that. They never have before.

    He could sing about God, girls, his life experiences, etc. Josh Turner’s type of songs would be a good fit for him.

    Not sure how much life experiences some one at 16 has. Josh Turner at 33, is more than twice this kid’s age.

    and with Idol behind him, Scotty could be one.

    That hasn’t appeared to have help Lee Dewyze.

  • girlygirl

    Lee isn’t a country singer, so why compare him to this kid?

  • everything

    Lee isn’t a country singer, so why compare him to this kid?

    Was making the point that just because a contestant has Idol behind them, it doesn’t translate to real world success – i.e., Lee Dewyze certainly had TPTB pushing him. But he has the weakest sales of any winner and one of the weakest of those in the Top 2.

  • platoken

    And Adam set the bar so, so high!

    Oh please…Didn’t you read Mj’s comment on NOT making this thread a Season 8 fanwar redux? You should take her advice. And not everybody will agree with you, ESPECIALLY country fans. Most country fans aren’t even huge fans of Adam. So for me Scotty > Adam. No contest. Now lets get back to Scotty.

  • platoken

    Was making the point that just because a contestant has Idol behind them, it doesn’t translate to real world success – i.e., Lee Dewyze certainly had TPTB pushing him.

    But after Idol left Sony, I think that caused Lee not to get enough promotion behind him.

  • koshka

    platoken I don’t think the Sony situation had everything to do with it though. If you have a highly marketable product you are going to promo it no matter the source. Lee shares this with a few of Idol’s winners. Lackluster product, lackluster sales, lackluster radio interest = lackluster promo.

  • chessguy99

    Scott probably has the best vocal for a male contestant of a mainstream genre. First time I heard him I thought Josh Turner, who is probably the top deep voice of country the past few years. Scot will benefit much from the dropping of genres themes. My only reservation is the disconnect between the voice of a grown man and the image of a teen boy. The predominant voting block of 30-50 females, may not go for one so young. And as we’ve seen in S7, mature women trump tween/teens and grandmas.

    Scott is the best of the high number of male teens reportedly in the Top 40. I see him going far, but I don’t know if he could win it all. Certainly he’ll get a UMG contract afterwards, just to lock him up until he’ll have a better chance to breakthrough when his looks catch up with his voice.

  • Hazehel

    He has an interesting voice, but I’m not sure if he knows how to use it yet. Yes it can sound monotonous if doesn’t know how to make it sound more varied. Also the low notes sounded a bit forced, and he would also sound better if he isn’t so twangy – I do think many country singers sound affected rather than natural, trying too hard to give a country sound.

  • aidancash

    BootStar:
    12/31/2010 at 7:47 pm
    aidancash, while I agree with your point in general, Blaine Larsen was only 18 when

    And where is Blaine Larson now. nowhere.

  • windmills

    BootStar: There are always exceptions, and with Idol behind him, Scotty could be one. But we’re a LONG way from his winning the whole shebang — he hasn’t even made it to the finals yet! :-)

    Couldn’t agree more! All I know is I like this guy’s voice though not as much as I like Josh Turner’s voice. Can he prove he brings something new not just to AI but to country music? I hope so! But I think he’ll have a tough path. It’s way too soon to crown him the winner or write him off as unmarketable. There’s some singing and pimping/depimping still to be done ;)

    But I’m pretty happy we’re already having an impassioned argument about a s10 contestant. Bodes well for the season ;)

  • Incipit

    With a predilection for baritone and dramatic tenor male voices, and a real aversion to the lyric tenor and counter tenor sounds, I like this guy’s voice, a lot. He can learn much about how to use it to better effect. But, I. do. not. like. country. At all.

    I’ll bow to the knowledge of people who do – insofar as post Idol chances for success, if he should place anywhere in the Top10 – and hope TPTB cast other people with a choice of genres that does appeal, and older than 15-18. Life experience and seasoning do make a difference, IMO. These youngsters have little to say that has any relevance to me…I’m not a potential buyer.

  • lkny1

    Unfortunately I don’t like country music but do like some of the smoother sounding cross over hits and voices. I don’t think it will be so much his age but more the type of sound he does on idol that will determine if he will be able to connect with those who do not like this type of country sound. For me this was hard to listen to although I know a lot of people here really enjoy it (nothing against him I’m sure he’s talenented just not my type of music at all). Someone mentioned Aaron and I think the main difference is Aaron had a country leaning sound where this is more hard core country.

  • platoken

    And where is Blaine Larson now. nowhere.

    Geez, why so pessemistic? He is actually about to release an album soon and he had 2 songs chart this year. Scotty WILL be successful if he wins-I’m sure most people will look past his age and buy his music if it is good. I have showed my parents and grandparents videos of him and they all said they think he will be successful and they would buy his music. In the end, his age won’t matter. People probably doubted a teen country star before Tanya Tucker, and doubted another would come around until we saw LeAnn Rimes, and then Taylor Swift. Now that Taylor is 21, we need someone, regardless of gender, to be that “token teen” in country music.

  • gabriel oak

    I’m afraid he sounds like a lot of other country singers. And I thought Nigel wasn’t allowing singers to use instruments this year?

  • platoken

    I’m afraid he sounds like a lot of other country singers.

    Lee sounded like a lot of other “rock” singers and he still won. Same with Kris and Cook. Jordin sounded like a lot of “R&B” singers. Carrie reminds me of Martina McBride. I think he is pretty unique in todays country world.

  • jammasta

    Scott is the best of the high number of male teens reportedly in the Top 40.

    I’ve only seen a few, but there really doesn’t seem to be much competition against him so far. Jorge Gabriel is alright but not a standout, Alex Ryan is alright, and Brett Loewenstern…. Let’s just say that if he has a spotlight in any spoilers posts I’ll probably write a gigantic horrible essay.

  • revolution

    First of all if they do allow guitars his weak guitar play would only hurt him…I think he is a one trick pony who lacks the range to win idol. I think he will sound the same every week and get old quick…

    I have been watching these guys, Maybe Randy is right…Thia is the best I have heard in the spoilers. She has the wow factor.