Classmates of Scotty McCreery's got a surprise Saturday night when the 'American Idol' finalist showed up to his high school's prom. The 17-year-old arrived without a date -- unless you count the TV crew -- and looked country chic in a dark jacket, open dress shirt and pink-and-white carnation boutonniere.

Chris Lester, whose son Bryan attended the event at Garner High School, tells Taste of Country that McCreery's visit was short. The singer posed for pictures and took time to perform a snippet of Montgomery Gentry's 'Gone,' but left almost as quickly as he arrived. The News and Observer, Raleigh's daily paper, reports the arrival took two takes as McCreery was overcome with emotion the first time. His crew climbed back in the SUV limousine, took a lap around the block and taped the entire thing again.

Throughout the weekend, television interfered with honest entertainment, but only minimally. While performing for 30,000 fans Saturday afternoon, McCreery took time between songs to tape something with his back facing the audience. His reaction to Josh Turner arriving on stage seemed genuine, but the high school junior has proven himself to be fluent in the language of show business.

No one will argue McCreery's tears were anything short of truthful, however. He was frequently overcome by his fans' support and love Saturday afternoon, no more so than at the end of his concert when he told the cheering crowd he would "work his tail" off to win 'Idol.' With Scotty McCreery, what you see is what you get, and that's a good thing.

Scotty McCreery Poses for Cameras at His High School Prom

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