Scotty McCreery Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of ‘American Idol’ Audition: Relive His Journey on the Show

by Emily Morgan

A decade ago this week, Scotty McCreery’s “American Idol” audition aired on Jan. 26, 2011. Little did he know, this week would be a defining moment for his musical career. 

On Tuesday, McCreery took to Instagram to reminisce on his audition, which took place during Season 10 of the beloved singing competition.

“Absolutely cannot believe its been a DECADE since my Idol audition aired!” he captioned. “10 years ago tonight started me on the most insane journey I could ever dream of. Thanks for being there with me every step of the way! Here’s to another 10 years yall.”

On his Instagram Story, he added, “Can’t believe it’s been a decade since this aired,” and humorously added, “and to think I was just trying to meet @JLO.”

16-Year-Old Scotty McCreery Proves Vocal Talent During Audition

McCreery sang in front of “American Idol” judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. Before performing, he revealed to the judges that he was only 16 years old. 

Lopez noted that he had a “deep voice,” to which McCreery replied, “I get that a lot.”

McCreery then proved he had the chops when he performed a rendition of Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” which allowed him to show off his impressive vocal range. 

“You make me smile,” Lopez said before Tyler requested McCreery to sing another song. 

For his second song, he performed Travis Tritt’s “Put Some Drive in Your Country.” 

“Well, hellfire, save matches, f— a duck and see what hatches,” Tyler declared once McCreery finished singing. 

“It ain’t nothin’ I ain’t heard in high school, brother,” McCreery said. All three judges unanimously voted to send him to the next round, where he continued to impress them and audiences, ultimately winning the season at 17-years-old. 

McCreery’s Rise To Musical Success After ‘Idol’

After winning, the North Carolina native released his first studio album, Clear As Day, in October 2011. The singer’s debut album included the Top 20 singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls. 

The next Christmas, he released his first holiday album Christmas With Scotty McCreery. 

In 2013, McCreery released his third album, See You Tonight, which earned him a Top 10 hit with its title track. In 2017, he released the single “Five More Minutes,” which gave McCreery his first No. 1 hit and became the first song released without the support of a record label to ever chart on the “Country Aircheck/Mediabase Top 50.” 

After signing with a new record label, McCreery released the No. 1 singles “This Is It” and “In Between.” 

His most recent single, “You Time,” was released in September as the first single from his upcoming fifth studio album.