Plaid shirts, denim jeans and cowboy boots filled the John W. Hart Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 15 for the sold-out Scotty McCreery concert.
Over 3,000 students roared in anticipation as the booming bass kicked off the concert.
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McCreery sang several of his original songs, including “Feelin It,” “See You Tonight,” “Water Tower Town,” and a new, unreleased song called “Five More Minutes.”
“I love his new song, ‘Five More Minutes,’” said Kayla Hesen, a sophomore studying elementary education. “I can’t wait for that one to come out.”
This was McCreery’s second performance at BYU-Idaho.
Don Sparhawk, coordinator for Center Stage & Performance Tours, said after a successful show in 2014, many students asked when McCreery would come back to BYU-I.
“He has those morals and that foundation to build on that can relate to a lot of us with our standards,” said Marissa Wilson, a junior studying marriage and family.
Aside from his clean country music and Christian values, the audience was energized by the passion of McCreery’s performance at the concert.
“Everyone around me was all up dancing the whole time, looking around you could see people clapping, cameras going off, Snapchats being taken and a big party in there,” said Hesen.
The strobing lights and giant inflatable beach balls had the whole crowd standing, and cheering.
“He made me want to party,” said Hesen.
McCreery thought the show went well also, tweeting afterwards “best show of the year tonight @byuidaho!”
At one point, McCreery invited the audience to “light it up,” by turning on their phone flashlights.
“The spirit was so energetic; I loved how they brought their phones out and started swaying from side to side,” Wilson said. “I was like, ‘That only happens in movies!’”
McCreery, Season 10 winner of American Idol, talked about his experience in the audition process for the popular TV show.
McCreery said to the audience the reason he auditioned for the show was to “Hang out and fall in love with Jennifer Lopez.” He said he thanked the audience for helping him get to where he is in his career.
“I remember watching him and voting for him,” said Amy Sumsion, a freshman studying political science.
Towards the end of the concert, McCreery vanished from the stage, and appeared in the audience, walking through a spotlight and touching fan’s hands.
“I jumped over the chairs; I ran over there, and then he grabs my hand and looked into my eyes,” Sumsion said. “It was beautiful.”
After McCreery completed his final number, the lights went dark. Beckoning cries from the audience emphatically pleaded his return.
“The energy was so contagious,” Wilson said.
McCreery played one last acoustic piece to close the concert.
“I think the encore number was the best of the night,” said Wilson. “After coming here tonight, I was like ‘I definitely want to listen to him more.’”