McCreery Returning to Perform on “American Idol”

Scotty McCreery is returning to the American Idol stage…

The 22-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer and former AI champion will return to Fox’s reality singing competition to perform with one of this season’s contestants.

Scotty McCreery

On this Wednesday’s show (Feb. 10) MacKenzie Bourg, Emily Brooke, Gianna Isabella, James VIII, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, Stephany Negrete, Jenna Renae, La’Porsha Renae, Jordan Sasser, Thomas Stringfellow, Sonika Vaid and Avalon Young will each get a chance to perform solo.

The next night (Feb. 11), the semi-finalists will have the opportunity to duet with McCreery, Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Caleb Johnson, Lauren Alaina, and Nick Fradiani . Each Idol will duet with 12 semi-finalists, seven of which will move forward to the next round, according to a Fox release.

The Feb. 17 show will feature Jenn Blosil, Amelia Eisenhauer, Trent Harmon, Lee Jean, CJ Johnson, Adam Lasher, Tristan McIntosh, Dalton Rapattoni, Olivia Rox, Manny Torres, Kory Wheeler and Shelbie Z.

The next night they will get their chance to duet with alums Constantine Maroulis, Haley Reinhart, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks and David Cook. The judges will then announce which contestants are moving forward and who is going home.

The following week (Feb. 24), the judges will reveal which eight singers are definitely moving forward to the top 10, leaving six remaining vocalists to compete for America’s vote.  The show will go live the next night (Feb. 25), when host Ryan Seacrest announces the results and which two singers will complete the top 10. As a bonus that evening, Kelly Clarkson will return to the show to perform and serve as a guest judge.

Beginning Feb. 24, public voting will be live at, on the FOX NOW app, via Google Search, via text messaging and by toll-free calling when the Idol vote window opens.

McCreery: A “Clear as Day” Number 1…

Scotty McCreery has more to celebrate than turning 18 this past weekend… The “American Idol” winner’s first studio album debuts at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The part-Puerto Rican country crooner’s debut album, “Clear as Day” sold 197,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“My head is just spinning,” says the North Carolina native. “It started out kind of low: They said 100,000 maybe. Then every day I saw the numbers climbing. It’s wild: It wasn’t a year ago that I was a normal cat, and now I’m number one on Billboard. It’s insane, it really is.”

McCreery’s first week sales of  the most for an American Idol winner since David Cook’s debut album sold 280,000 in its initial week back in November 2008.

He’s also the first champion to enter the charts at Number 1 with his debut album since second season champ Ruben Studdard’s “Soulfultopped the chart in 2003.

“McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 with their first studio album, and at 18 years old, the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with his debut release.” Says Billboard’s Keith Claufield.

But that’s not all… He’s the first country act to debut at thetop of U.S. album chart with his first studio album and he’s the youngest male artist to go straight to Number 1 on his  first try. Prior to McCreery, then-20-year-old Omarion was the youngest male artist to score a Number debut album back in 2005 with “O.”