Scotty McCreery: 21 Under 21 (2012)
Scotty McCreery at Billboard Studios, October 2011.

S cotty McCreery has snagged a new role on "American Idol" as the voice of the Voted-Off Song, which serenades teary-eyed castoffs after they hear the bad news via Ryan Seacrest.

The baritone twang of last season's winner will be heard on a cover of Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" starting Thursday on Idol's results show. Wednesday night features performances by the top 13 finalists, one of whom is slated for elimination.

"I was ecstatic and I'm glad to get to be on there. It's cool to still be connected to the show every week," McCreery told USA Today. "Most likely, I'll be able to come back and perform and get to see all those familiar faces and give the current Idols some advice."

As previously reported, Adam Lambert, James Durbin and Chris Daughtry are among the alums slated to perform on the Idol stage this spring, in the show's 11th season. McCreery is expected to make a cameo as well.

The country singer, practically a lock to win the thing in 2011, has a bright future ahead of him: he's been on tour with Brad Paisley, and his debut album, Clear as Day, went platinum in January.

Besides McCreery, past Idol stars who've recorded the so-called Voted-Off Song include Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, David Cook and Ruben Studdard.

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