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Scotty McCreery Tackles Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once in My Life’ on ‘American Idol’

Scotty McCreery
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Just the notion that it’s Motown Week on ‘American Idol’ made us start gnawing on our cuticles in nervous anticipation of how country music’s ‘Idol’ Scotty McCreery would rise to the occasion. McCreery admitted that he didn’t grow up with Motown music, but that didn’t stop him from tackling the challenge, as he opted to sing Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once In My Life’ with a twangy, country flair.

McCreery started out sitting on the steps, singing in his signature, deep drawl. He showed off his range, hitting high notes and made the song his own. He did say he didn’t want to come off “like a lounge singer” and that he wanted to stay true to the spirit of Stevie, all the while “making it a little more Scotty.” He sure did accomplished all of his goals! McCreery tied off the song with a dramatic, higher register ending, too.

Steven Tyler compared McCreery to Glen Campbell and said that while McCreery took a big chance, and that he “really ripped it.”

“This was a great version of this song. I didn’t know what you were going to do with this,” Jennifer Lopez admitted. She also appreciates the fact that the low note is the singer’s niche, saying, “You get me every time.”

Randy Jackson was smiling the whole time, simply because he sees McCreery taking risks all the while still staying true to what he does. Jackson’s parting salvo? Deeming McCreery’s low notes “the young lady killer low notes.”

In the pre-performance interview, host Ryan Seacrest showed a clip from the ‘Idol’ house which featured McCreery sinking a basketball from a sizable distance. Who knew that McCreery was a baller?

Watch Scotty McCreery Perform ‘For Once in My Life’

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