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Josh Turner on Scotty McCreery: "Long-term potential"


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Josh Turner weighed in on last year's American Idol winner Scotty McCreery during our phone chat and the deep baritone country star is impressed with the rising deep baritone country star. "Scotty has a lot of potential and he hasn't gone through all the training I've had," the South Carolina singer/songwriter said. "Scotty's coming from great upbringing and doing things the right way and he has his head screwed on right."

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As you might recall, Scotty, the 17-year-old standout from North Carolina on the 10th season and one of the more successful Idol winners, spent much of last year singing Turner's Your Man and Long Black Train. Of course, the comparisons were obvious. Both are country traditionalists, both have deep, resonant voices, both aim for the same market.

"He's not trying to rush this," Turner, 34, said. "He tried out for Idol and grew up in front of the whole world and has handled it extremely well. He's extremely busy juggling school and his music career and I think there will come a day when it really all comes together and his schedule will get easier and he will have time to breathe and develop himself as an artist. He has long-term potential.


"I've been there for him," Turner continued, "and I encourage him and have let him know if there's anything I can do help him to let me know."

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Just a correction: Scotty is from North Carolina and Josh is from South Carolina.


Thanks Jessie. I knew I was going to mix them up!


I saw Scotty on his audition and since I know that he has a potential and I will become one of his fan.

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