Scotty gets a sit down with Host Ryan Seacrest before his performance. If Scotty makes it to the Top 3, he'll "go home and kiss the grass." Scotty keeps the theatrics to a minimum, and simply sits on the stage with a guitar and a violinist, so just the lyrics come powerfully through. A bit of a mis-connect with this song though, as Scotty was only 7 when the Twin Towers fell. Lines like "And I remember this from when I was young," just didn't hold true. Since Scotty didn't have an emotional connection to the events of 9/11 (because he was just a child), the song didn't nearly have the emotional impact it does when Alan Jackson sings it. But the Idol audience seemed to love it. Randy Jackson praised, "That’s a great amazing song, Alan Jackson. It's a great lyric. All these songs are inspirational because they mean so much to you. Perfect song choice for where we are now as a country. I think those lyrics, "I'm jut a simple guy singing a simple song" - I hope that you keep that. I think that you've set your mark on this stage this season. You’re ready for super stardom, Dude, and I hope you make it. Very nice." Steven Tyler added, "Scotty, Man, that was beautiful. Saw you almost lose it in the middle because of your passion for what you were singing about. I see it in your eyes now. You keep that up. That was beautiful." Jennifer Lopez raved, "I’m in love with you. What you stand for. What you bring to your music. I can tell how much you think about it. You know who you are. You know what touches other people. It’s the mark of somebody who was really meant to do this. I’m glad that we’re here to witness it."
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