Scotty McCreery returns to ‘American Idol’ to perform new single

With his new single released to radio and iTunes this week, Scotty McCreery will return to the show that made him famous to perform the song Thursday night.

McCreery, the Garner native who won the 10th season of “American Idol,” will sing “See You Tonight” on the results show, which airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox.

McCreery wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell. It ranked 47th on the iTunes singles charts Wednesday. It’s one of several songs on his upcoming album that he played a part in writing.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to take my time making this record, and it’s been fun for me to have a hand in writing songs for the album, which I wasn’t able to do with ‘Clear As Day,’” McCreery said in a statement.

“Clear As Day,” his debut CD, was released within months of his “Idol” win in 2011. It went platinum, with more than a million copies sold. Last year, McCreery released a holiday album, “Christmas with Scotty McCreery,” which went gold.

A release date and name for the third album hasn’t been announced.

McCreery is a freshman at N.C. State University during the week and is traveling and performing on weekends with his “The Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013.”

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