GARNER — When Scotty McCreery found out he was shooting a video for his latest single, The Trouble With Girls, he knew the perfect spot: his high school.
So on Saturday, the American Idol winner and Garner High School senior invited about 70 of his friends to take part in the production. For one day, the school became a video set, complete with bright lights and a professional crew.
Scotty and his friends walked the halls, conducted a science experiment and passed notes in class, all while cameras rolled.
For me, its all about making it believable, said Scotty, 17, whose album Clear As Day will be released Tuesday. Even the songs in my album theyre about my life.
Scotty's school is ideal for the video and the song, said Roman White, a music-video director Nashville production company Revolution.
Its kind of a high school story about boys and girls and first love kind of innocent glances, said White, who has also directed videos for performers such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Justin Bieber.
During his time on American Idol, Scotty talked often about his hometown and the Blue Crew, the schools athletics booster club. He was determined to return to Garner High for his senior year.
His friends said they were thrilled for the chance to appear in a country-music video especially since many of them have grown up with Scotty since elementary school.
Its kinda hard to believe, said Tyler White, 17, a senior at Garner High. When he left, we were proud of him, but we never thought it would come down to this shooting a video here. Its kind of surreal.
In one video shot, Scotty, clad in chemistry goggles, pours soap into a beaker of vinegar and baking soda and then watches the concoction fizz. The crew made him repeat the scene three times.
Gabi Dugal, 17, a senior at Garner High, sat next to Scotty during the scene. But the teen said she wasnt nervous. Seeing the video on national television, though, might be a different story.
I never thought Id be on TV, so its going to be really weird, Dugal said.
But before the video shoot, some students started their day with a dose of reality: they had to take the SAT college-entrance exam.
See the front page of Sunday's News & Observer for more coverage of Scotty McCreery, including how you can get free tickets to his concert next Saturday.