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Radio Disney launches 'American Idol Insider,' weekly show hosted by 'American Idol' alumni

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Tue, Feb 27th 2018 08:00 pm
Scotty McCreery hosts debut
Radio Disney will launch "American Idol Insider," a weekly hour-long show hosted by former "American Idol" winners and contestants. Country music singer Scotty McCreery (winner of "American Idol" season 10), who is currently on the country charts with his top 3-and-rising smash hit single "Five More Minutes," will host the premiere show today at 8 p.m. EST.
The new program will air every Tuesday on Radio Disney with encore airings throughout the week and across multiple platforms, including the Radio Disney app, RadioDisney.com, Sirius XM, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Sonos, Aha Radio and HD Radio.
Radio Disney is known for identifying and boosting the careers of music talent who have quickly grown to be some of today's biggest artists, including Selena Gomez, Alessia Cara, Kelsea Ballerini, Shawn Mendes and its current "NBT" (Next Big Thing), the recording artists Why Don't We. Its new program will feature the journeys of "American Idol" alumni each week and include show results and recaps of the first season of "American Idol" on ABC from Radio Disney on-air personality Morgan Tompkins.
A related video series, "American Idol Insider Direct Message," in which "American Idol" alumni pose the questions to each other, will offer even more compelling stories. It will be presented on Radio Disney's digital platforms including in the DisneyNOW app.
"American Idol," the iconic series produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group's 19 Entertainment, revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre. "American Idol" will return to airwaves on Sunday, March 11 (8-10:01 p.m. EDT), at its new home on The ABC Television Network.
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series. 
McCreery made history in 2011 as both the first country artist and the youngest male artist of any genre to debut his first studio album, the RIAA Platinum-certified "Clear as Day," at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200. All three of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard albums chart, with current combined sales nearing 3 million copies. He's earned one Gold single, three Platinum singles and achieved two Top 10 hits with "Feelin' It" and "See You Tonight." The latter song earned McCreery both his first BMI Award for writing one of the Top 50 country songs of 2015 and his first Music Row No. 1 Challenge Coin.
The singer won the 10th season of "American Idol" in 2011; was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011; won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year ("The Trouble with Girls") in 2012; and American Country Awards for New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013. In 2016, McCreery released his first book, "Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream," and won the Rare Country Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year Award for his live performance of "Five More Minutes," which became an internet favorite viewed by millions on YouTube before becoming the highest-charting single of his career thus far.
McCreary's new album, "Seasons Change," will be released on March 16. For more information and a current tour schedule, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com.

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