Audio: 'American Idol' Goodbye Song by Scotty McCreery
Shortly after the first elimination night of "American Idol" on March 8, a song which was used to bid adieu to the outcast hit the web. Titled "Please Remember Me", the farewell track was recorded by last year's "Idol" winner Scotty McCreery. It's a revamped version of Tim McGraw's 1999 hit single.
"It's always a sad time whenever this song is played, but it's definitely a really big part of the show," Scotty said. "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."
He went on, "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."
Scotty shared that he already got approval from Tim. "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. 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," he stated.
Scotty is expected to perform on "Idol" later this season. "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," he gushed.
The Thursday night episode of "American Idol" ended with the elimination of Jeremy Rosado. He's on the bottom two with Elise Testone, but the judges decided to let him go. "I've been so blessed to know each and every one of these contestants. I love them - they're my brothers, they're my sisters. I'm so happy that Elise got to stay," he said in a Q&A session after the show. "She deserves it."
Actually, both Jeremy and Elise got mixed reviews from the judges during the performance night. He sang Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky", but got criticized by Randy Jackson for lacking of "swag". Elise did Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight", but failed to impress Jennifer Lopez. The female judge thought it wasn't her best performance.
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