“American Idol” contestant Scotty McCreery: a one-trick pony?
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Can “American Idol” contestant Scotty McCreery sing in any style other than country? Whereas most “Idol” contestants are encouraged to break out of their comfort zone, McCreery has stuck to his guns. In lieu of choosing songs and diction that might make him more accessible to a wide set of viewers, McCreery routinely rejects the masses and panders to his base.
It might not be a bad strategy—male contestants have enjoyed a historical advantage, as do those from the southern United States. And, the judges seem to praise whatever McCreery sings.
But there seems to be a double-standard. Contestants like Thia Megia and even Pia Toscana were advised to show their range after sticking to the same types of songs. Meanwhile, McCreery rendered Elton John and Stevie Wonder songs unrecognizable without reproach.
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