Lady Gaga and Scotty McCreery don't have all that much in common. He's a religious and conservative part Puerto Rican country singer from Garner, North Carolina and she's an eccentric superstar who wears dresses made of Argentine skirt steak, who arrives to awards shows inside a womb. Yet somehow, when Gaga showed up to mentor the final four contestants on last night's American Idol, she managed to help Scotty loosen up for his performance of The Coasters song, "Young Blood," (watch the performance below).
Gaga, who wanted Scotty to sing into the center of the microphone, told him to imagine that the mic was his girlfriend. "If you don't stick your tongue down my throat, we're through," she said. "You've got to make love to that microphone — that's your money, right there." Scotty, who thought the whole thing was hilarious, joked with Gaga right back: "I better have a good looking microphone," he said.
But as awkward as their interaction was on the show, Gaga's advice to Scotty actually paid off. After his performance of "Young Blood," Scotty received praise from all three of the judges and judge Randy Jackson raved about his versatility as a performer. "I think we just saw both sides of a Scotty concert," he said. Steven Tyler also loved the performance, saying, "You made Gaga's yaya go lala," (whatever that means).
But that was Scotty's second song. For their first song, the final four were asked to pick a song that inspired them, and Scotty picked Alan Jackson's "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning," a ballad about war, love and Jesus. "I think it's the perfect song choice for where we are now as a country," Randy explained. "Those lyrics to that song, just a simple guy singing simple songs, I hope that you keep that because I think you've set your mark on this stage this season. You're ready for superstardom dude and I hope you make it." We couldn't agree more! Team Scotty!