Scotty McCreery Sings American Idol 11 Exit Song “Please Remember Me” (Snip)

Listen to a snip of it below, from USA Today:

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Scotty joins David Cook, Will Young, Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard and Daughtry as Idol alums who have recorded boot songs for Idol seasons.

Check out the press release below:

NASHVILLE, TN – American Idol Season 10 winner and platinum-selling country artist Scotty McCreery has been chosen to perform the “goodbye” song for Season 11 of American Idol, FOX’s hit singing-competition series.

“It’s always a sad time whenever this song is played, but it’s definitely a really big part of the show,” Scotty says. “I never had to experience that feeling personally, but I always felt the pain because we became such a close family on the show. We were such a tight-knit group of people, so it was always sad to see people go. The send-off song was always a way to stay connected to the show.  I’m glad they chose me to do it.”

Scotty selected the Tim McGraw hit “Please Remember Me” as the “goodbye” song that will be played after a contestant is eliminated and video highlights of the contestant’s experiences on Idol are shown. The song will debut on American Idol on Thursday.

Simon Fuller, creator/executive producer of American Idol and CEO of XIX Entertainment, says, “Once again this year I wanted to have one of Idol’s past winners sing our farewell song. The success Scotty has enjoyed since he won Idol last year is incredible. He has a platinum album selling over a million copies in just a few short months and has enjoyed a sell-out arena tour with Brad Paisley. With the release of this special song, ‘Please Remember Me,’ his success is set to continue and hit new highs. Idol is proud of all the incredible stars that have come from our show.”

Scotty says “Please Remember Me” is a great song with lyrics that are very appropriate for this setting. “When you are eliminated, whether it’s early on or down the road in the competition, you always want people to remember you. You want to get to work and put out some good music, and through that music, people will remember you.  This is one way this lyric can be interpreted for this goodbye song.

“Tim did such a fantastic job with it when he cut it. Hopefully we will live up to his expectations and he will like it,’ Scotty says. “I sent Tim a message and told him that we cut it and I hope that he liked it. He told me, ‘Great man. I can’t wait to hear it. I’m sure you nailed it.’ It was cool hearing that feedback from a country superstar.”

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America and American Idol executive producer, says, “Since being crowned the American Idol last year, Scotty has become a platinum-selling recording artist with legions of fans and immense popularity. He’s the ideal choice to sing the ‘goodbye’ song this season.”

Scotty will perform on American Idol later this season. “I am pumped!” he says. “That was my launching pad and what gave me my platform to do what I’m doing now. Anytime I can go back and see some familiar faces and say thanks, I will be the first one to do it.

“I am excited to go up there and sing and hopefully have some one-on-one time with contestants and see what they are up to and maybe have a chance to give them some advice and some of my ins and outs of the competition that I learned through my experience.”

Since winning Season 10 of American Idol in May, he has quickly emerged as one of the most successful country stars of the last year. His debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million units in just three months, and he was named No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. He also won New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards in December.

His debut album on Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope, Clear As Day, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks.

The album’s first two singles, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls,” have been certified gold. He is currently touring the nation as part of Brad Paisley’s “Virtual Reality World Tour 2012″ presented by Chevrolet.  Since mid-January, he has performed in front of nearly 225,000 people.

Scotty has been nominated for this year’s Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award, which will be given out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 1.

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  • Kirsten

    “Please Remember Me” was one of 3 songs Scotty was asked to consider.

    Okay, now I want to know what the other two songs were.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to hear it…can’t on hear. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it’s a “great” boot song, but Scotty sounds good. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s not available in my region. Oh bummer. 

  • Anonymous

    Like what I heard. The exit songs tend to be hit or miss. Daniel Powter, Ferras, Daughtry & Carrie Underwood’s ones are the only ones I liked.

  • Kylee

    I like it! It sounds like it will be a good one.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just thrilled we have a new song “out” there!  Yay, Scotty!

  • Anonymous

    Nvm, I just heard the original version and listened to the snippet. I flove it! Scotty sounds really good. 

  • Anonymous

    Scotty sounds good I think it should work for the boot song OK.

  • Anonymous

    It’s an excellent elimination song!!! Scotty sounds amazing…..can’t wait to buy it on itunes!! Scotty is the best…This is what i have to say about this song!

  • Anonymous

    As a devoted Scotty fan, i can’t wait to buy the full version from Itunes! IMO, in addition to the AI airplay; if, Scotty adds this song to his setlist as he continues to tour with Brad, it potentially could be another gold single for him!

  • Anonymous


  • Chrissie H

    ” It’s not available in my region. Oh bummer. ”

    nor in mine – shoot

  • Anonymous

    This is a great score for Scotty that will definitely add to his already impressive sales. 

    I’m kinda surprised that Idol doesn’t ALWAYS give the exit song to the previous year’s winner.  Seems like a no brainer to use the chance to promote your own people.  (Although if they did that we would never have had my all time favourite Idol exit song, Ferras’ “Hollywood is not America” – which come to think of it might have only been a Hollywood week exit song and not the main exit for the top 10.)

  • Angela Lim

    I kinda feel bummed that they totally skipped the Season 8 Idols’ chance to sing the boot song. Was really expecting a Season 8 alumni to do the honors for this season.

    Wouldn’t mind Kris or Adam (or even Allison) singing it :(

  • Kariann Hart

    It may not be the best “boot” song, but Scotty sounds really nice.  Think of what his voice will be like when he’s 25!

  • Anonymous

    I will remember you Scotty, love this kid ,can’t wait the full version :)))

  • Sim Ai Khaw

    sound so  great give me a goose bump scotty

  • Sim Ai Khaw

    go to usatoday then at above scotty picture his album picture exclusive click play you can hear it. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad Idol is back to supporting past winners.  I can’t wait to see both Scotty & Kris back.  I would love to hear a past Idol finalist each week along with a celeb guest on the results show.

  • Scottyasia

    WOW – WOW – WOW —-

    Can’t wait to see how this song is going to chart on Itunes, Can’t wait to hear him singing it live on the finale night…. LOVE…. 

  • Anonymous

     They didn’t “skip” season 8. No one from Season 1,3,6, or 9 has had the boot song either….

    I like the song, I just wish they had picked an album cut of Scotty’s. It just seems like such a good idea I don’t know why they always go with covers.

  • Anonymous

     They didn’t “skip” season 8. No one from Season 1,3,6, or 9 has had the boot song either….

    I like the song, I just wish they had picked an album cut of Scotty’s. It just seems like such a good idea I don’t know why they always go with covers.

  • Lexie

    Can’t wait to buy this, either:))

    As far as what the other two songs were…I bet they were by artists who haven’t essentially done Scotty favors.  Yes, Tim McGraw got more exposure by singing with him on last year’s finale, but Tim didn’t really need it.  And one thing we’re seeing (maybe it was there all last year, too), but Scotty seems to be really smart about this type of thing…he’s been sending signed CDs to the Idol staff and thanking them, etc.  Good for him.

    Is it selfish to be glad it’s another cover?  I’ve played his cd to death, glad for more music.  And, while I agree Back on the Ground would have been a good boot song…I don’t think it would be a good next single (another ballad) and so would it disrupt things if it had been used?

  • hoa_teca

    The snipet is already uploaded into youtube for those who can view the link

    I can’t wait to hear the full version.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like this for a “boot song” as I do not like the song. You just can’t beat Daughtry’s “I’m Going Home”  IMO. The boot song did nothing for David Cook’s sales last year so I do not think it really matters. I hope he does well with it.

  • TwigLA

    The sentiment of the song sounds perfect for a ‘boot song’. I’m not so sure on the countrified flavorings though. 

    Congratulations, Scotty!

  • Anonymous

    So this is the boot song …….. meh, don’t like the song. 

  • Tess

    I think Scotty has proven to be the “type” of Idol the show had in mind from the first (just like Kelly and Carrie…even though he and Carrie don’t fit the “pop” vibe).  As trite as it is to say he is a very good representative of the “franchise”…he didn’t just sell his album, out of the gate, to the Bubble but has managed to stay in the top 50 of album sales for 20 weeks, has a platinum album, 2 gold singles both making it to the top 15/16 on country radio, is touring with one of the “names” in country music, has been selling very well for his personal gigs, is invited and welcomed at country awards shows, is thought of well enough by the Idol power structure that he is being given the boot song as a first year alumnus and, even though he has managed his personal life so that he has been able to finish high school and play baseball he has stayed in the limelight and is ever-increasing his name recognition and visibility.

    This is one of the best jobs of marketing I have seen from an Idol for a very long time.  I can’t recall a major misstep or a bad quote from Scotty.  He hasn’t overstepped his place in the country world…is willing to stand back and learn while at the same time proving that he has the goods to move forward.  He might not be everyones cup of tea musically but I sure think he has been an enormous asset to Idol and I am glad the show is recognizing that by having his voice on the current show every week.  He sure deserves it.

  • CanadianLady

    Tess, I totally agree. I’m old enough to be Scotty’s grandmother, but I have just watched in amazement as he’s taken the right step over and over.

    I actually know more than I ever wanted to about marketing and doing interviews, and so forth, and I am constantly saying, “Wow! How can he possibly be this good at his age?” A key word to describe him might be “kind.” He seems to genuinely be interested in and care about the person he’s talking to or the people he’s with. Even his “prank” on Brad was perfect.

    He’s always respectful, never appears to lose his cool or be at a loss for
    words, very quick to respond, in control of every situation, and in my opinion is everything Idol could
    want as a representative.

  • GS61

    Even though I’m not a fan of country, I love this kid!
    That voice coming out of that face still kills me!

    The song’s okay, but his voice is so rich I don’t think any one will mind.
    When they play this each week, it will just be more obvious how all the guys this year are so weak in comparison. lol

  • sf3456

    Heard the snippet.  Meh.  I like the Tim McGraw version better.

  • hoa_teca

    I know it is hard to top Tim’s version – he is a great singer, no doubt. Scotty has a very traditional voice which surely isn’t everybody’s taste.

    However, as I always like Scotty’s twangy tone, I feel that he tries to make the song his own and differentiate it from Tim’s version. He has his own way of delivering the song.

    I know Scotty’s voice is deep but, it is even much deeper in “Please remember me” than in other songs in CAD. It’s so rich.

  • Anonymous

    I like McGraw’s version better because he has the maturity and grit to sing the lyrics. Scotty does very well though – as usual, his voice is smooth and his phrasing is good.

    My concern for him is that here is another slow song that’s going to be promoted. I honestly hope it doesn’t get much traction and Scotty can quickly move onto one of his upbeat tunes. After ILYTB and TTWG, he really needs to bring out something with a different flavor.

  • hoa_teca

    Yah I totally agree.

    His 3rd single will be out soon and 100% is an uptempo song. I expect him to sing it when he’s back to Idol in a few weeks.

  • mlm707

    I am a devoted Scotty fan, so I’m probably a little biased when I say I love the cover! Of course, “Please Remember Me” is one of my favorite Tim songs too. I’m so pleased that Idol is proud enough of Scotty to showcase him every week. He’s been getting great exposure, and this will only help him.

    I understand he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m wondering why people are iffy about it being a country song. Hopefully it’s because you’re not a fan of country music in general because Scotty has always been, is, and will continue to be country, so why would he change?

  • Trina

    I’m so glad Idol is back to supporting past winners. 

    A winner was used last year.

    The boot song was never something exclusively for winners and has been mixed through the years, and if it wasnt fair for a season 8 Idol to get skipped over then it wasnt fair for season 9 which is the most screwed over season ever. I completely get why they would wanna showcase Scotty though. Like Tess said hes pretty much everything they wanted in a winner and the biggest successful winners in a few years. The song just might sell well for him because hes on a roll right now still selling albums and his other 2 songs. Hes fresh in viewers minds.

  • Anonymous

    Love the snippet !!!
    Cover or not, I am just dying for a new Scotty-song fix.
    Sooo buying this from itunes tomorrow.

  • Pam

    We know obviously Scotty will be back to perform this song later in the season.  I do agree with those who say that McGraw’s version is the better of the two.  Yes, I vote for an uptempo song for Scotty next single!  

    Trina is right.  Scotty is still fresh in people’s minds right now.  He’s got 2 certified gold singles and a certified platinum alum (on it’s way slowly to selling that figure officially) under his belt so I can see why they would give Scotty the boot song this year.  Hopefully, the label will move on to the next single soon and he can have a special apperance just for that.  :)  Make no mistake about it, the show is very proud of Scotty’s success. 

    Thanks hoa_teca for the vid and thanks mj for the thread.  :)

  • iFoundIt

    I just have never been a fan of Scotty’s deep Country sound.  But again, I am not a big Country music fan.  To each, their own. 

    That said, I do think it’s appropriate that he sings the boot song.

  • Tara Muscillo

    You don’t like anything Scotty does. So, I’m not surprised by your snarky remark.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I haven’t heard the original, but I think he sounds really good! :)

  • Anonymous

    The snippet is VERY country, which of course isn’t at all surprising. I’ve never heard the original so I don’t know how different this will end up being. It’s hard to tell from the snippet if it really fits the whole “boot song” theme, but I’m going to assume it does, otherwise why pick it, right?

    I wouldn’t expect it to sell a lot — aside from Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”, I don’t think any of the boot songs have really gotten a lot of radio play or sold a ton, have they? But considering Scotty’s track record so far, that could definitely change.

    Good for him. I wonder when he’ll be back on Idol to perform this?

  • Chrissie H

    I don´t feel the need to compare Tim´s to Scotty´s version of this song, and if somebody held a gun to my head and would force me to chose between them,  I would not be able to point out the “better” version.  I like the song and hear two  different versions and two different voices, and I love them both.

  • Anonymous

    I love this song, but I prefer Tim’s voice on it. I like the higher octave and the more emotional feel he has behind his words. Tim has a vocal maturity that adds so much to this beautiful song. This is my favorite verse:

    Remember me when you’re out walking
    When snow falls high outside your door
    Late at night when you’re not sleeping
    And moonlight falls across your floor…
    And I can’t hurt you anymore

    I’m still very impressed with Scotty at his young age. The pain behind his words will come with time and real life experiences, and then he will be even a better artist. Congrats to Scotty and his fans! It will be a treat for them to hear Scotty each week!

    I could see this song selling well on itunes off and on. It’s old enough that the younger country fans may not remember it and it wasn’t a crossover hit, so non-country fans will probably not even know the song from Tim McGraw. It’s a good choice!

  • Anonymous

    The alumni that have done boot songs have been done by what I would precieve as Idols well liked by the public and the producers.  The thing I see in common with Ruben, Carrie, David, and now Scotty is that aside from being very talented, they appear to be hard working, pleasant people. 

  • TylerWV

    I think AI viewers fell in love with Scotty the person when he told the judges “he wasn’t the man he should’ve been” re. a group member being kicked off during Hollywood rounds.  Add to that a great, unexpected voice and a humble, kind, genuine young man when young celebrities are mostly noted for the trouble they are in.  This is a winning formula and it all came together last year for Idol.  Here’s hoping another one is in the works this year.

  • Anonymous

    Do you know what the single is? Sounds like you do!

  • Anonymous


  • Lexie

     Pretty sure the next single is going to be, “You make that look good.”  It was the only song he sang at the UMG luncheon in Nashville during CRS, and it’s the background music on a commercial for the National Education Association…of course, they could fool us, but hope not and doubt it:))

  • Lexie

    Oh, I got distracted:) 

    Wanted to say, wow, love that full press release! Thanks, MJ, for posting.  What a great advertisement to go out to radio stations and so on (some of which are talking about Scotty having the boot song, so that’s good advertising:))

  • Lexie

    Okay, I’m going to say one more thing and then stop posting:))  The song will be available both at itunes and Amazon:)

  • Anonymous

    I can’t see Adam or Allison doing a boot song. Kris, maybe.

  • Anonymous

    That’s ok Lexie, we always welcome any news about Scotty!! ;-) The Amazon snip is a little different than the one from yesterday, .. I Love It!!

  • Lucie Laniel

    I have listened to both Tim’s version and Scotty ‘s little snip and call me bias, I prefer Scotty’s.

  • CanadianLady

    I agree. While I like some of Tim’s music, I’ve never actually bought any of it. On the other hand, I’ve bought everything Scotty has put out. He has a richness to his tone and an ability to interpret lyrics, both of which I love.

  • Pam

    That press release confirms what I and others here said earlier before mj posted it.   The show is indeed proud of Scotty.  There is no doubt in my mind that Scotty would have received the special pimpage that Carrie received with the St. Louis auditions this year if the show’s audition process had made the rounds to Milwaukee last summer.    

    I’ve gotta say, I’m proud of this kid.  :)

  • Anonymous

    Meh…I like Scotty’s better. ;)

  • hoa_teca

    I love the Amazon snipet. So tender.

  • Anonymous

    I thought you were a rocker???  It’s nice that you like
    But I don’t see how he compares to the rock and rollers that you profess to love.

  • Anonymous

    Well I now have the entire song, “Please Remember Me” auto repeating on my computer. The full song is a thousand times better than the snippets so Scotty fans are gonna be beside themselves.  His vocals are so much fuller and richer than on any of the songs on Clear As Day.  His voice just shines on the chorus and I can’t even imagine how rich it is going to sound in concert since his live voice is so much better than the recorded one. I really do think this will be a big hit for him.  It is the voice millions fell in love with on Idol. Sorry these comments are so over the top but I really love this song! And I liked Tim’s version but this one is full of hope and promise of better days ahead.

  • Anonymous

    mmmtx.  I don’t find your comments over the top coz I totally feel the same way.
    Totally love the full version!

  • hoa_teca

    Official single cover