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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
"It was a short trip," Scotty McCreery says of his visit to D.C., but he still managed to sneak in a little sightseeing. Besides taking in the brights lights of the Capitol Christmas tree, he also visited young patients at the Children's National Medical Center, the hospital that benefits from the Christmas in Washington concert, which airs Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
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To ensure that he's pitch perfect for the next day's Christmas concert taping at the National Building Museum, McCreery does a run-through of "Mary Did You Know?" on Saturday afternoon.
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McCreery, who released a Christmas album in October, snaps up the scenery during a break from rehearsals.
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Singing for the President is "nerve-racking," American Idol's season 10 winner admits, but he has plenty of support from a wonderful choir.
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HOST WITH THE MOST
McCreery shares a laugh backstage with concert cohost Conan O'Brien at the National Building Museum on Sunday.
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"That was pretty cool to be on stage with her," McCreery says of fellow performer Diana Ross, adding that he was blown away by the music legend's performance of "Amazing Grace."
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FIRST (ROW) FAMILY
Look closely at that crowd! The First Family sits front row as McCreery performs "Santa Clause Is Back in Town." The singer tells PEOPLE he and the President bonded over college basketball, with North Carolina State University student McCreery telling the UNC Tar Heels fan, "When you make your annual NCAA bracket this year, show the Wolfpack some love."