Scotty McCreery became the 10th season winner of “American Idol” Wednesday night and the good news just keeps coming. McCreery was ecstatic to hear that his first single, “I Love You This Big,” shot all the way up to #1 on iTunes.
“Oh man, really? That is the first I’ve heard that. That is amazing,” Scotty McCreery told CNS. “This is wild. This is really wild.”
“I know I’m still young / But I know how I feel / I might not have too much experience / But I know when love is real,” McCreery sings on the track.
“The song is just a great song to start off with it. When I was presented with it, I fell in love with it.”
McCreery said it’s one of two tracks he recorded to be his “Idol” single, and he’s already going to start work on his debut album in an effort to get it in stores before the holidays.
And if you hadn’t fallen in love with the 17-year-old North Carolina native before, maybe you did after he took the time during his final performance to hug each member of his family, as well as each of his “Idol” competitors.
“Last night when I sang it for my finale performance, it was kind of a choked up performance,” he said.
Following the performance, “I Love You This Big” beat out Adele’s monster hit “Rolling in the Deep,” as well as tracks from Pitbull, Lady Gaga, and even a song from runner-up Lauren Alaina, who he said he hopes to duet with on his new album.
Depending on the success of the single in its first week, McCreery could earn his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. McCreery took a moment during our interview to tell his mom about the song taking the top spot on the digital music retailer.
“You’re kidding,” his mom replies.
“I told my mom,” said the “American Idol” winner. “Sorry.”