Remember When Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Joined Forces To Sing a Randy Travis Hit On ‘American Idol?’

The pair performed “I Told You So” on the Idol stage in 2011.

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 20, 2022

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In 2011, country stars Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery rose to fame on American Idol, where they made their way to the finale to face off for America’s vote. 

McCreery ultimately took home the title of American Idol champ, however, both artists went on to create wildly successful careers in country music. 

During their time on the show, Lauren and Scotty shared the stage for multiple duets, including a rendition of Randy Travis’ hit “I Told You So.” 

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The then-teenagers shared the stage for the “I Told You So” duet during the American Idol Top 11 results show. Seated on stools, Lauren and Scotty effortlessly belted out the lyrics to the iconic song in front of a live audience. 

The pair reprised the duet at McCreery’s fan club party in Nashville several years later. 

During a recent interview with Audacy, Scotty recalled the moment he first heard Lauren sing while on the show. 

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Lauren Alaina; Photo via Facebook
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Lauren Alaina; Photo via Facebook

“I’ll never forget the first time I met Lauren Alaina, it was Hollywood Week, and I’m listening to her sing thinking, ‘Oh my God, she is incredible.’ Thinking she’s going all the way, and obviously she did.”

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery reunited American Idol for the show’s 20th Anniversary in May of 2022.

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina; Photo by ABC, American Idol
Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina; Photo by ABC, American Idol

The pair made their long-awaited and much-anticipated return to the Idol stage for a stunning rendition of “When You Say Nothing At All.” 

McCreery and Alaina showcased their growth as vocalists and entertainers. McCreery’s Southern drawl and Alaina’s powerhouse vocals proved why they are two of the most successful Idol contestants of all time. 

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Dubbed “The Great Idol Reunion,” the show also featured performances by Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Laine Hardy, Laci Kaye Booth, Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Willie Spence and Grace Kinstler.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.