Yes, yes, I know. I already posted a video of Scotty the other day. Indulge me a little, ‘k? This might be my favorite of his mainstage performances. (Though he sure made it tough. )
Scotty definitely made it his own, no question about that. His voice is deeper, though I think Strait is a little smoother. I would still give Strait the edge, but both versions are beautiful.
McCreery has loads of potential and IMO already deserves to be counted among the best country singers out there. He’s poised to become this generation’s Randy Travis. I’d say at this point the main thing he should work on is smoothing out his upper register. The judges pointed out that he does tend to fall off his high notes a little. But that sort of thing should just improve naturally with more practice and experience. The kid is 17 for crying out loud!