Scotty McCreery Offers Advice To Idol Hopefuls: ‘Go Out There & Learn’

Scotty McCreery knows what it’s like to be in “American Idol” finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips’ shoes – he stood on the stage and accepted the “Idol” crown (beating out Lauren Alaina) just one year ago.

With months of experience now under his belt, the country crooner shared his advice for the Season 11 finalists with Access Hollywood.

“Go out of this thing looking to still learn,” Scotty told’s Laura Saltman at “American Idol” on Tuesday night, when asked what tips he’d share with the remaining two “Idol” hopefuls. “Don’t go out of the gates and just try to do as much as you can and conquer the world your first year out. You wanna go out there and learn.”

Through “Idol,” the 18-year-old star has been afforded the chance to learn from some of the biggest stars in country music – an experience he doesn’t take lightly.

“I got the opportunity and the blessing to go on tour with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry right now and I’m out there every night just trying to learn from them,” he said. “Those guys are at the top. They’ve worked hard to get where they’re at.”

Adding, “I think if you go out of this with a learning attitude, you’ll take a lot away from it.”

Find out who won “American Idol” – tonight at 8/7c on FOX.

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