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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) --American Idol Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery, says it's a challenge juggling a North American tour with being a college student. WDRB's Lindsay Allen got the chance to sit down with the country music star Friday before his show at Horseshoe Casino. He shares his future career aspirations, his biggest highlight yet and what he really thought of this year's panel of Idol judges.
Scotty McCreery admits he's a busy guy. So busy in fact he doesn't always catch the show that made him famous.
"It was a little tough for me to watch this season in between touring and in between college," he says.
Yes, college. He's a student at North Carolina State University.
"I have classes Monday and Wednesday and then Thursday we hit the road… I don't think I'd do college if I was doing it online because the education is very important to me I guess that's the main reason I'm there but it's also the comradery with the students I room with 3 of my buddies I've known since I was 2 years-old going to basketball games and football games it's the experience of what I'm looking for," he says.
But McCreery's real passion is of course music. With his next record he wants to take his career to the next level.
"I think we're kinda doing that right now. We're making our second record right now and writing it and recording it and the sound is really cool for this record and I think people will hear this and hopefully go to that next level...yeah, I don't see any acting or dancing just music strictly for Scotty," says McCreery.
Back to American Idol, McCreery was at the Thursday night's season finale and offered up this advice to winner Candice Glover.
"I got the chance to speak with Candice after the show and I just told her to buckle up because it's about to get crazy. You would think the relief would come after the show is over but it only gets crazier," he says.
But it's another Idol star who McCreery says he'd like to work with more than anyone else.
"It'd be cool to do something with Carrie (Underwood). The fact that she kinda was the one who kinda paved the way for me and other country artists off of idol to be able to have a career…I'd love to do a song with her do something down the road," says McCreery.
As for the judges....
"Two divas and a country guy and Randy it was definitely a different vibe. The drama it made for some good TV. You know they gave solid critique ," he says.
The rumors are swirling as to who will return. McCreery has an idea of who might be a good choice on the panel.
"I was on the road with Brad Paisley and he's a class act, good guy, knows music. So he would give good critique," he says.
This self-proclaimed baseball fanatic says his biggest pinch me moment yet was performing the national anthem at the World Series. But even in those unbelievable moments he tries to remember one thing.
"Stay to yourself and that was the first thing I heard when I got on Idol and it was the first thing I got off idol and it's the thing I hear every day ya know just be who you were don't change. You know you got to change a little bit but that just comes with time but stay true to your values and faith and what made me, me," says McCreery.