Scotty McCreery’s Lip Sync â€˜Clear As Day’ at Macy’s Parade
You know, it’s not very becoming to gloat. But sometimes you just can’t help it, like after you’ve been attacked by a mob of very angry (and curiously, very Asian) Scotty McCreery fans who told me that their beloved American Idol alum Scotty would NEVER lip sync, as I asserted he did on The CMA Awards a couple of weeks back. Among other things, I was accused of lying to to bring myself web traffic, and was told that McCreery’s father was “upset” by my article, and that it was “hurtful.” Someday people will learn to trust the eagle eye of the lovable, huggable Triggerman, as well as the keen ear that, among other things, pointed out that Taylor Swift had issues of singing on key way before it was popular to say so.
But honestly, I feel sorry for all the Scotty fans who are now being forced to eat their words after he so egregiously lip synced his performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning, on this most grateful of holidays, that now the transgression is undeniable. They gave him their heart and trust, and now he’s let them down. Scotty was clearly caught off guard as the music started, seconds behind syncing up with the recorded track.
I found it most curious that after his CMA performance, not one clear tape of it could be found anywhere on the internet, unlike so many of the other performances. Well now the transgression is “Clear As Day” (name of his album, huh? Get it ?!? Ha!), and as I said before, in light of another scandal where another reality show contestant was found to be lip syncing, it calls into question the legitimacy of all of these talent show franchises.
November 24, 2011 @ 1:28 pm
“Hey Scotty, do you want auto-tune applied to your mic?”
“Nah man, just play the track over it”
Although this is probably expected at the Macy’s parade.
November 24, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
November 24, 2011 @ 4:28 pm
not to defend him but for the most part when artists perform at the parade they usually lip sync, they almost have to. the cma’s however are unforgiveable.
November 24, 2011 @ 4:57 pm
Im guessing almost all macys performances are done this way.
most recorded albums are no differant, they are edited to sound as best as possible. Most people out there today cant sing worth a damn at a live concert.
November 24, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
Maybe he was singing with his mouth closed?
November 24, 2011 @ 6:14 pm
Wher’d you come up with his fans being asian? LOL
November 24, 2011 @ 8:42 pm
Ha. Go read the comments on the first article about this. It will make sense.
November 24, 2011 @ 6:42 pm
He’s clearly a ventriloquist.
November 24, 2011 @ 11:01 pm
ok ok . its probably true that this type of set up has to have a “canned” soundtrack. i imagine that the whole wireless mic on a float is really or nearly impossible to make happen on a city street. nonetheless, if that is true why try. i blame the “industry” for trying to make this happen. but goddam,,, don’t you think they could coach and practice him up better than that if this is the type of chicanery you were trying to pull? bottom line is its a bunch of crap. this kid hasn’t proven himself good or bad, he just hasn’t done anything but been pushed too high too fast by too greedy of a type of people.
November 24, 2011 @ 11:11 pm
and when i say hasn’t done anything, i mean hasnt done ANYTHING. anything to make me think he is anything but make me think he is a puppet.
November 30, 2011 @ 4:43 am
I think he’s not used to lip-syncing.
November 25, 2011 @ 10:38 am
greatest lyp sync job ever..
November 25, 2011 @ 12:36 pm
Ugh…Taste of Country.com reviewed his performance at the parade as “McCreery handled his performing duties like a seasoned pro, as the kids on the float were beside themselves knowing that the teen heartthrob singer was only inches away.”
I couldn’t help but giggle and I had to ask if we watched the same performance and the rabid McCheesedick fans jumped my ass too. I wanted to go and fight but my husband told me that fighting with teenagers and old women on Thanksgiving on the internet was rock bottom. Damn it.
November 25, 2011 @ 1:58 pm
I have long since solidified my place as the black sheep of the country music blogosphere, and I’m OK with that. I’m sure Rita we are just mistaken, blinded by our bias, and Scotty really did an excellent job.
November 26, 2011 @ 7:43 am
Yes Trig, you really are the ONLY person with a blog that shits on popular country. No one on the internet has ever called an American Idol winner a sham before either. Your comment is worse than the usual punk rock kid who starts hating a band because they “sold out” and they gotta tell everyone they liked them before the band got famous.
November 26, 2011 @ 10:02 am
Always love when people deal it certitudes.
Nowhere in this comment, or on this article, or anywhere else have I ever asserted that I am ” the ONLY person with a blog that shits on popular country” or that “No one on the internet has ever called an American Idol winner a sham before”.
Nor can I really see where that has ever been implied. More what I was getting at is, since Rita also runs a website that is willing to speak the truth about the obvious, how funny it is when certain websites clearly spin a story to tow the pop country company line.
I said I was the black sheep of the country music blogsphere, but I did not say I was the only one, the first, or the most important one. Where that comes from is many other country music blogs regularly get information or opinions from here, but rarely to never cite it as a source. There was an instance of this just the other day from USA Today. A few weeks ago I compared Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” to Rebecca Black’s “Friday”.
The USA Today clearly used that as the basis for their article, linked to CMT, who in turn linked back to them, but never mentioned SCM.
That is because sites like this jeopardize corporate news, because they are willing to publish the truth, and honest opinion regardless of the political or financial ramifications. Trust me, I am not bitter. I find it funny. But that is where the “Black Sheep” comment came from, not self-gratification.
November 29, 2011 @ 9:49 am
What the hell is your problem with Scotty? He messed up because he never had to lipsync before. Everyone at the parade had to lipsync. I noticed that they didn’t do so well themselves. You and all his critics are just waiting for him to fail. You all may as well get use to having him around, because he’ll be around a long time!! I don’t know why I respond to his critics on this site because you all are just a bunch of sorry assholes!!!!!
November 30, 2011 @ 3:34 am
You are just too funny… really, you and your fellow haters here made us LOL…
Hey, come on, who said Scotty never lipsync at all? We just told you Scotty never lipsync at that CMA, and you just made such a big deal with us? What’s wrong with you when you mock Scotty’s fans as “very Asian”??? What is your point in this statement anyway? Do you have problem with Asian ? HA?
OMG you didn’t know that almost all singers perform at Macy’s Parade every year, they HAVE to lipsync with no choice? THEY HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO LIPSYNC…OMG, give us a break please!!! Very funny =))
And you know what, you don’t have to feel sorry for us because we don’t need that from you at all. Keep it for your self, I think you need people feeling sorry for you more than anyone. We still love him even more and bigger than you think…LOL…
Please next time if you want to push this kid down – just find another better reasons to satisfy your goal. And hey, who bothers to care you and your fellow haters will or will not give him a chance????? I’m SICK!!! Eat your words and stay away from him, then we will give you a chance to come here more often.LOL And maybe as Clear As Day we will become your fans in somehow soon… laughing out loud… =)) =)) =))
November 30, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
I don’t have a problem with Asia, or Asians. The sarcasm got lost in the translation. 🙂
November 30, 2011 @ 12:09 pm
Where did I state I have a “problem’ with Scotty? And up to this point, I have yet to remark on his music. I simply have pointed out his propensity to lip sync, which many folks find disingenuous. If it is a shallow accusation, then why do you care?
November 25, 2011 @ 5:34 pm
Hmm.. I didn’t see all of the acts but I think they were all supposed to be lip-synced. Of all the things to hold against this cornball, this seems like one of the least substantial. I imagine the decision to play the recorded versions was not left up to each singer in the parade.
November 25, 2011 @ 11:12 pm
Is it more substantial if he lip synced at the CMA’s as well, where acts are not supposed to? I was told by many of his fans that he would NEVER lip sync. I agree, the decision may have not been up to him, but like Nirvana in a comment someone posted above, he could have refused, or protested. The accusation was already out there that he has been lip syncing. It came up when he sang the National Anthem at the World Series as well. At some point he has to take personal responsibility. Is he going to be a puppet, or does he want to be respected? And then there’s the aspect of even if it is acceptable to lip sync at a parade, is it acceptable that he blew the performance nonetheless?
November 26, 2011 @ 9:31 am
What? The CMA accusation is so far unproven, and there is no way the World Series performance was pre-recorded. He missed notes and slurred the last line so it sounded like “no jose can you see”…
He’s a senior in high school. I don’t think he even knows if this is what he wants to do with his life. If some executives want to market him as some teen heartthrob with a pitch-perfect voice, I would not expect an 18 yr old kid to know any better.
And are you saying it’s unacceptable that he’s a bad lip-syncer? I think the gut feeling we all get when these accusations come up is that we’re being lied to and that the singer is being dishonest. But now it’s unacceptable to be bad at dishonesty?
November 26, 2011 @ 10:31 am
I understand Scotty is young, and I certainly hold open the idea many of these decisions are being made for him, because I couldn’t imagine it is any other way. But I struggle to feel sorry for the guy. If he doesn’t want the criticism and scrutiny, don’t try out for American Idol, and step out of the hot spotlight. DON’T play the Macy’s Parade if they insist on you lip syncing.
Unless MC Hammer is his financial adviser, Scotty McCreery will be set for life. Using American Idol, he hop scotched dozens, maybe hundreds of other young country talents that were way more worthy of the spotlight, and possibly could have handled it better. If he doesn’t want to be there, then get the hell out, chart a different direction, get the puppetmasters off your back and gain control of your music and marketing. But don’t bitch when you fall down and other people point it out. And what’s funny is, what is CMT and other outlets saying about Scotty? Everything is rosy. No mistake was made. They’re sweeping it under the rug. This forces my hand to point out the obvious.
And I’m not saying he lip synced at the World Series. What I’m saying is the accusation came up then, and came up again at the CMA’s. At that point he could not afford to lip sync at the parade, and could afford even less to screw it up so badly that there was no denying it.
I hope Scotty gets free of the machine. To me what’s happening with Scotty right now is the perfect illustration of how the American Idol dream of instant fame and riches is a broken promise. More times than not it doesn’t work out, and leads to other problems all the money and fame in the world can’t solve. Instead of selling the American dream of being famous, we should teach people to dream of being themselves.
If Scotty McCreery would stop being The American Idol, and started being Scotty McCreery, then maybe me and others could give him a chance.
November 26, 2011 @ 12:36 pm
There are many views of yours in regards to Nashville pop country I don’t agree with, but you hit the nail right on the head with this one!
November 27, 2011 @ 9:09 am
It’s a good point that the concept of an “American Idol” is shallow and ill-suited for country music, at least as far as the show is currently set up. But I don’t think Scotty is bitching about any criticism either. His fans might be, but only because the two alleged lip-syncs are so far unproven, and the third was to be expected considering the venue.
Personally, I think his voice needs another 5 years or so of development to actually sound like his own, rather than what I think of as “Josh Turner karaoke-style.” But if he ever gets to that point of actually making meaningful music, his ultimate contribution to the genre won’t be stunted his decision to play the Macy’s Day parade at 18 where one condition was that he had to lip-sync.
November 27, 2011 @ 10:06 am
That’s a good point, Scotty McCreery is not bitching, and he’s probably smart not to. And his fans should probably understand they did Scotty a disservice by saying he would “never” lip sync. And you’re probably right that he and his career are still young, but don’t underestimate an artists ability to get typecast real quick.
I think Scotty would be well-served to study how Carrie Underwood forded the waters from American Idol to country superstar. Many country folks gave her little chance, and now she is one of the least-polarizing and most-beloved personalities in mainstream country music.
November 26, 2011 @ 4:51 am
A little off subject…. When Those Poor Bastards play “Open Wounds” live they have a pre-recorded organ track playing as part of the music. Is that cheating as well?
November 26, 2011 @ 10:15 am
When Those Poor Bastards play the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, then that will be a fair comparison. And if that ever happens, I will eat my hat.
Look, do I feel comfortable with Those Poor Bastards or anyone using pre-recorded instruments on stage? No. But this has to do with honesty of approach. Those Poor Bastards are two dudes, and probably have a pre-recorded organ because they can’t afford to bring a whole other person on the road with them. I don’t know if I see the deception. Scotty McCreery (or his handlers) have made the conscious decision to attempt to deceive a public who wants their pop stars to be perfect by having him lip sync.
I see similar comparison to when artists like Scott Biram sing into megaphones and the use of Auto-tune. One is an effect, one is an attempt at deception.
November 26, 2011 @ 7:04 pm
Something I feel the need to point out here is with my coming around on Taylor Swift, appreciate that she NEVER has lip-synced a performance, and never sung with Auto-tune. She’s sung off key, many times. But that is the different between not being perfect, and purposely misleading people. Even Taylor Swift, and undeniable pop star, never crossed that line, and never would. If Scotty McCreery wants to be taken seriously, he can’t cross that line either, regardless of how accepted it is in whatever context, or however much it is other people forcing him to do it. It is a deal killer with many folks, and will put a low ceiling on his career.
November 27, 2011 @ 1:26 pm
I witnessed the truth to the whole “perfect” pop star scenario just this weekend. My cousin, who is a 13 year old girl, told me that Taylor Swift is “such a fake” because she misses notes. She has to be fake because she’s not perfect. I felt it was my civic duty to inform her on the uses of auto-tune and rooms full of song writers and how the deifference between real and fake is truth. 2 hours later and she looked at me like I’d been speaking spanish. Backwards! … I find very little hope in that generation!
November 27, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
I think we must be fair to the runner up,Lauren Alainia,and point out she fudged up the National Anthem on Thanksgiving.Great day for American Idol indeed!
At least she didn’t lip sync it though
November 28, 2011 @ 8:26 am
Just updated the previous Scotty McCreery lip syncing article from the CMA’s with a new video that is better quality, and has the audio and video synced up perfectly so people can decide for themselves.
November 30, 2011 @ 1:56 am
Regarding this issue, I will just say it briefly:
All singers that day lipsync. You didn’t mention it, but Rodney Atkins (and others) did a bad job at lipsync too. And no one can say he can’t sing live well.
It’s just the nature of the parade that makes it hard to sing live. This has happened for years and you can’t just based on that to question a singer’s singing live ability. In this case, singers are required to lipsync. They can’t do that without prior arrangement with the one in charge of the parade.
Scotty had a lipsync fail – that’s true. But juding from Rodney and other’s videos, all had the same sound problem and so, lipsync fails for them too.
A bunch of singer bad at lipsyn that day and the media just chooses Scotty to attack before he is hot and new. That attracts viewers.
It’s up to you to believe Scotty lipsynced at CMA or NA. It’s not like you want to change your mind about it, no matter what so I don’t want to mention it.
In short, it doesn’t prove that Scotty can’t sing live. Lipsync is required at that event.
As for why singers still participate in that event despite being required to lipsync, well, they need exposure. If given that chance, no celebrity says no. It’s it’s not like many people expect them to sing live either.
November 30, 2011 @ 12:27 pm
Two wrongs don’t make a right. If all the performers lip-synced, then they all deserve to be criticized. The only reason I pointed out Scotty exclusively is because he slipped up, and because it is in the context of an ongoing conversation about him lip syncing.
Yes, Scotty may need or want exposure, and that is exactly what happened at that the Macy’s Parade, he got exposed. Many people find lip syncing disingenuous. I don’t care how many other pop stars do it as a common practice, that doesn’t make it right.
But take for example Taylor Swift, who has NEVER lip-synced a song in her life. Scotty McCreery could sing circles around Taylor. She has an average to weak voice, and Scotty is a great singer. But by insisting on being REAL, which means NOT being able to performs at parades or National Anthems, etc., it has endeared her to people, and that is why she is the best-selling artist over the last 5 years. If Scotty and his handlers were smart, they would follow Taylor’s lead.
I know a lot of people think I am an asshole to Scotty, but that is not the way I see it. I am being honest with him, and honest about him, which is something the money-driven people around him are refusing to be. Believe it or not, I have Scotty’s best interest in mind when I say to him “DO NOT LIP SYNC, IT IS DESTROYING YOUR CAREER.” It may seem “hurtful” to some, but to me, the most respectful thing you can do to someone is to be honest with them, that is why so many people are offended by Scotty’s lip syncing.
November 30, 2011 @ 4:39 am
Meh. It looks to me that this kid is untrained in lip-syncing. lol he didn’t bother to cover up that he’s lip-syncing! lmao
Lip-syncing at the CMAs? That’s news to me, never heard of it except from here.
November 30, 2011 @ 7:44 pm
Because you say:
– Scotty is a great singer
– Yo have no grudge against him
so I will not take your post as a personal attack towards Scotty. Rather, I will think of it as a personal grudge against lip sync.
Still, the way you write your article suggest the complete opposite, though.If you don’t reply to comments, any reader of this article will think you hate Scotty to the bone.
Anyway, just leave it at that because now you make it clear you are not a hater.
Concerning lip sync, I don’t think singers who can really sing will like the idea of lipsync. By the time of writing, Scotty is singing, live of course, for a charity concert in Duham and his set-list is supposed to take about 50 minutes.
If Scotty could be able to sing in sync with the record track, I guess there will be no media news about it because lipsync is common at parade and lipsync is not actually a big deal with those who can sing.
Taylor, well, let just say there’s a lot of difference between her recording and her live singing that when she sounds well, people will know immediately that she lip sync. Maybe that’s why she chooses not to lip sync. People know about her live singing ability anyway. I am not her hater – I just don’t care about her voice. Other country singers can sound live even better than CD. So well, good for her for not lip sync but it’s bad to sit through a concert with her live voice without other dancers, stage set-up to cover.
Of course I don’t want Scotty to lipsync – it’s not like he wants that either. But people doesn’t come to the parade to hear singer sing. They are there to see these celebrities and have fun. Viewers also are mainly expected to see singers lip sync in sync. Think of it that way, you will see that choosing an event that requires lip sync like this does not make a singer look worse. This incident doesn’t affect Scotty’s career as a professional singer.
Apart from the parade, I don’t see any other event that Scotty can lip syn.
Ah, pls be sure to catch Scotty’s performance at the CMA Country Xmas and ACA Awards. I am sure no lip sync there.