Scotty McCreery fondly remembers a touching moment with Priscilla Presley, where she told him, “Elvis would have loved you.” He described it as the best compliment he could receive.

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The country star achieved victory on ‘American Idol’ at the age of 16 in 2011.

During an appearance on The Jennifer Hudson Show on June 12, Scotty McCreery reminisced about a memorable encounter with Priscilla Presley backstage at American Idol. Reflecting on his favorite performance from the show — singing “That’s All Right, Mama” by Elvis Presley during rock and roll week — McCreery shared the touching moment.

“I love that guy, but the kicker was that Priscilla was there at the show, and I got to talk with her between commercial breaks,” McCreery, now 30, recalled. “She looked at me, and she said, ‘Scotty, can I tell you something?’ I said, ‘Absolutely, Priscilla.'”

Then, he recounted Priscilla’s words to him: “She said, ‘Elvis would’ve loved you.'” McCreery was deeply moved by her comment. “Oh my God. I had to sing after that! But that was the best compliment I’ve ever received,” he said.

The exchange highlighted a special moment for McCreery, affirming his admiration for Elvis Presley and the impact of his performance on the iconic singer’s legacy.

Reflecting on his journey since winning the singing competition at age 16 in 2011, Scotty McCreery described it as a “wild ride.”

“If someone had told me at 16 when I auditioned for the show, ‘Hey, 13 years later you’ll still be doing it. Writing country songs. Touring the country, the world, having fun’ — I would’ve shaken their hand in a heartbeat and said I’ll take that deal. This is fun,” he expressed.

While grateful for his experience on the show, McCreery made it clear why he wouldn’t want to be a judge himself.

“Absolutely not. I don’t want to do that. Do you?” he asked Jennifer Hudson, who appeared on the show in 2004. “I know what it feels like being on the stage, being judged. I don’t want to put that on somebody else.”

On May 10, McCreery released his fifth studio album, Rise & Fall, which serves as a reflection of his journey since his teenage years on Idol.

“Where I’m at, as a man and a husband and dad … I mean, life is just great,” he shared with PEOPLE at the time of the album’s release. “Career-wise, I’m not sure I’ve ever been more thankful. I’m just enjoying where I’m at, and I think making this record, I allowed myself to try new things because of that.”

He emphasized his approach to the album: “This time around, I didn’t want to put up any guardrails — no rules. Let’s just go write what feels good.”

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