Here are excerpts from the Top 2 interviews with Fox News:
- On being an “overnight sensation”, “10 years [it took me] and every one of those years was worth it, you know. It’s amazing that the road that I’ve been on and the journey that I’ve taken and I want to say thanks to all the voters ’cause if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.”
- On maturity and gratitude, “Yeah, I think appreciation is key. You can get lost in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and as soon as that appreciation gets lost, then it can be taken away from you like that. Being on the road and paying dues helps me appreciate an opportunity like this. I was at a crossroads in my career, working at a bank, supporting a band on the road, I chose “American Idol” and as soon as I was allowed to go through from the Vegas audition, it was an opportunity that I had to seize, and luckily I seized it.”
- Second thoughts about auditioning for AI? “I had some seconds, it didn’t allow me to be who I was as an artist, as far as a songwriter goes, but I think it’s a great way for people like me in this area that I live in to be able to be exploited vocally and a good way to get my talent heard.”
- About walking “the green mile” playing the harmonica, “…You have to premeditate your moves, especially in a competition where the stakes are so high, like this. You can’t get lost in the moment in all this, you have to storm out, and luckily the harmonica helped me out.”
- Favorite song to perform, “‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow, ‘ that’s why I chose to do it again and I was really debating whether or not I should do it again, and I think I made the right decision. I wanted to do it again and I think the fans liked it. It was all for them.
- Dream movie role, “I would love to be in “Moulin Rouge” or something like that. I thought that was a great film — it’s a tear-jerker and yet she got to dance and sing and have these great scenes. That would be a dream role.
- Favorite actresses, “Nicole Kidman…and [Sandra Bullock] and Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan … I love actresses that seem accessible to the public. I love someone who you see in a movie and their personality just comes out and it’s someone you just think you can be their best friend.”
- Her personality, stage vs. home, “I don’t focus on people saying things about me, they don’t really know me so the way I come off on camera on the show is part of who I am … I definitely have a fun, silly side of me, I like to make people laugh and just be silly, but sometimes it’s hard to do that when you’ve just sung and performed, and the judges are suddenly judging you and you can’t speak out, ’cause you’re worried that the fans will think ‘She’s stuck-up, who does she think she is?'”