Entertainment Weekly posted exit interviews of this week’s 4 bootees. Here are a few excerpts.
Now that you’ve had a chance to sleep on it, do you regret choosing ”Careless Whisper”?
Yeah, I do. Honestly, it wasn’t what I wanted to do. It was sixth on my list of songs. My first choice was Donnie Hathaway, ”I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, ” but my top five songs didn’t clear and so I had to go with option number 6. I wasn’t really comfortable with it and on top of that, I got sick and had to lower the key half a step, which made it kind of boring. But I have no excuses. I just didn’t sing as well as I should have, that’s why I went home. I’m really mad at myself for that, but I did try.
You’re a musician, too. Was the group performance hard for you to handle?
It was a little cheesy for my taste, and it’s funny that Randy used the word corny for my performance. But that’s the thing I love about the show. Obviously, they’re doing something right ‘ Idol is the biggest show to ever air on TV. It may be a little corny, but it’s also so much fun!
Your song choice, ”I Can’t Make You Love Me, ” turned out to be prophetic, huh?
Yeah. I wish that Paula would’ve stuck up for me a little bit more because she has in the past. But to have all three judges sort of say the same thing was a huge eye-opener for me. As much as the criticism was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to take, it definitely made me take a look at something that I’ve always struggled with, which is trying to fit in somewhere and feeling comfortable in my own skin. And Simon kind of let the entire world know what I’m going through, which was not so fun in front of 30 million people, but I want to do this for the rest of my life and if that’s something that’s going to hinder me, I want to know about it so I can work on it. It’s been a huge growth and learning experience, which is what this show is about for me.
Randy used the phrase ”too urban” to describe your performance. How did you interpret that?
To be honest, I don’t know ‘ maybe I should ask Randy what he meant. I guess he just thought it wasn’t the right song for me, but I had fun with it. I love R&B and soul, that’s where my heart is. I don’t regret the song; I thought it was very me, and I had a blast doing it.