Scotty McCreery Tells Celebuzz His Friends Won’t Let Him ‘Go Hollywood’

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American Idol winner Scotty McCreery hasn’t let fame get to his head. And he won’t — because his friends would never let him!

In a candid conversation with Celebuzz, the singer says he remains true to his roots even after scoring a number one debut on the record charts with his very first album.

Plus, we got him to open up about his relationship status (good news, he’s single ladies!) and that oh-so-awkward National Anthem flub!

Your whole life has changed since American Idol. What has stayed the same?
Me personally, I’m still the same. My life at home hasn’t really changed all that much. I just went to school today and when I’m home, it’s all the same and it doesn’t change until I’m out on the road.

When the show wrapped, there were all these rumors about you and Lauren. Are you single now?
I’m still single. I’m a busy man nowadays and I don’t have much time to focus on anything except work.

A couple of weeks ago when you were singing the national anthem, the microphone wasn’t on. What went though your mind when that happened?
I was dealing with the mic for about fifteen minutes prior, I was telling them the mic wasn’t working and they told me that it would start working when I started singing but it never did. Once they panned on the flag, they gave me a new mic so it wasn’t a huge deal.

Were you nervous at all to sing the national anthem?
You better believe it. That’s a big song, so I just wanted to go up there and do a good job with it and stay true to the way it’s supposed to be and that’s what I think I did.

Is there anything you do to fight nerves that you have?

I just kind of roll with it. Sometimes, when I hear the right music, I’ll try to get myself pumped up … once I get on stage and I see the crowd, it just kind of flows and I’m fine.

Do you think Idol helped you deal with pressure?
Oh definitely, we had to move quick on that show. Being a coffee shop singer here in North Carolina to playing local gigs to all of the sudden playing in front of 25 million people, that’s a big step up so you had to kind of grow up and deal with that pressure. It taught us a lot of ways to do that.

How have your friends and family reacted to all of this?

What’s cool is that most of my friends think it’s wild, but they still treat me the same. It’s been great with family and friends, but it’s the people who didn’t really know me who got weirded out. With my friends, it’s like nothing ever changed … I’ve grown up with them in church and playing baseball my whole life.

So they’re not going to let you get too big of a celebrity head.
Oh no! They keep me grounded.

How does it feel to have your first album debut at no.1?
That was incredible, something a lot of people dream of but never really get there. I felt awestruck, amazed and extremely blessed.

What are your plans going forward?
I don’t know about the next single. I’m just going to let this one breathe for a little bit. I am going to tour with Brad Paisley for a little while and that’s a big deal because I’ve grown up loving his music.

What would you say is your favorite song coming off of this album?
I’d have to go with “Water Tower Town” because it’s a fun song that reminds me of my home town. It’s easy for me to sing because I see all the imagery going around my head when I’m singing it.

What would you say to anyone who may be auditioning for American Idol?
You really gotta bring it every step of the way, because people at Idol have an idea of what they want on the show and sometimes the singers can really change their minds and really impress people and keep on moving forward. You just gotta bring it and don’t be nervous but I was nervous…

What is some of the best advice that you have gotten?
Stay true to yourself and don’t let it get to you because it’s easy to get caught up in the fame and the Hollywood lifestyle. I never want to change; I want to stay the same guy that I was before all this.