Every American Idol contestant has a song picked out to sing if they get eliminated, and Scotty McCreery chose Tim McGraw‘s hit “Please Remember Me” last season. Of course, he never performed it because he ended up winning the competition.
Now, Scotty’s version of that song has been chosen as this season’s American Idol elimination song. It will be played on Thursday night’s results show when one of the top 13 contestants is sent home. Scotty’s version of the song will be available on iTunes Thursday.
In a statement, Scotty says he’s glad he was chosen to be the one who gets to sing the exit song, explaining that it’s a way to “stay connected to the show.”
He adds, “It’s always a sad time whenever this song is played, but it’s definitely a really big part of the show. I never had to experience that feeling personally, but I always felt the pain because we became such a close family.”
As for the choice of song, Scotty says he thinks that thematically, it’s perfect. “When you are eliminated, whether it’s early on or down the road in the competition, you always want people to remember you,” he explains.
His version also has McGraw’s blessing. “I sent Tim a message and told him that we cut it and I hope that he liked it,” explains Scotty. “He told me, ‘Great man. I can’t wait to hear it. I’m sure you nailed it.'”
Scotty’s runner-up from last season, Lauren Alaina, is set to perform on Thursday’s American Idol results show too. It starts at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.
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