Scotty McCreery
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Reigning American Idol Scotty McCreery never had to suffer an emotional public elimination, but he’s ready to help this year’s contestants through it! He’s recorded season 11’s “goodbye” song, a cover of country ballad “Please Remember Me,” first released by Rodney Crowell in 1995, and made a hit by Tim McGraw in 1999. Watch their videos for the song below. McCreery’s cut will debut on American Idol this Thursday as we watch a montage of the ousted contestant’s time on the show. He’ll perform live on Idol later this season.

The song is about the end of a relationship, and the person singing it knowing that the ex will find “better love/strong as it ever was/deep as the river runs/warm as the morning sun” and hoping that she will remember him. So if the song is meant to inspire the contestants to move forward with their careers, does the line “please remember me” mean the contestant is supposed to remember the show, or are we, the audience, supposed to remember the contestant? McCreery seems to think the latter (which doesn’t actually track with the rest of the song, but is probably what the contestants are wishing at that moment): “When you are eliminated, whether it’s early on or down the road in the competition, you always want people to remember you. You want to get to work and put out some good music, and through that music, people will remember you,” he says in the announcement. “This is one way this lyric can be interpreted for this goodbye song.” Okay then!

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