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60 Seconds With Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery
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Scotty McCreery is a busy young man these days. The ‘American Idol‘ winner is not only attending college, but he’s also touring to promote his platinum debut album, ‘Clear as Day,’ pushing his new Christmas record, and getting together the songs for his follow-up album.

Despite his incredibly busy schedule, McCreery took a minute — literally — to answer a series of rapid-fire questions for us, graciously opening up about everything from his early Christmas memories, to Rod Stewart, the importance of Rice Krispies on a grueling road trip, politics and more.

60 Seconds With Scotty McCreery

Question 1: What did you ever do to get grounded growing up?

I think one time I actually tried to run away. I packed a bag of Rice Krispies and hit the road [Laughs]. And then I got to the end of the neighborhood and came back ’cause I got scared. I don’t think my parents took too kindly to that.

All I took was Rice Krispies — no clothes or anything, just Rice Krispies.

Question 2: What is your most memorable Christmas gift?

I’d put it between two: my first guitar that my grandfather got me when I was about ten, or, I got a pretty big telescope when I was younger. I’m a huge moon and stars guy; I love sitting out at night checking out the constellations, so when I got that, I was pretty ecstatic. The guitar is probably number one, though.

Question 3: Have you decided who you’re going to vote for, and why?

Oh [Laughs]. Uh, you know, for me, I’m going to keep my politics kinda to myself. I’m a singer and entertainer, not a political analyst on the news. But I’m definitely trying to get informed and watch the debates and stuff. This will be an interesting presidential election, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it pans out.

Question 4: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever autographed?

There was this one time I had this really, really big guy come up to me, and I think he’d had a few to drink that night. And he came up to me and lifted up his shirt and had this hairy belly just hanging out, and he said, “Sign my belly, man.” And I said, “Are you kidding me?” And he said, “No.” So I signed his big old belly.

Taste of Country: Oh lord.

That’s what I was thinking!

Question 5: When was the last time you were starstruck?

It was a couple of days ago. I was in L.A. going to my ENT, checking out my vocal chords, making sure everything was healthy, and as I walked in, Rod Stewart was walking out. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’

Taste of Country: Did you speak to him?

No, I didn’t. He’s Rod Stewart — I let him go on his merry way. But it was definitely, we all turned around, and our jaws were on the floor, like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It was cool.

Next: See 10 Things You Didn't Know About Scotty McCreery

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