Interview: Megan Joy: ‘No Beef with Simon,’ No Regrets

by | April 3, 2009 at 7:00 AM | American Idol

Megan Joy wasn’t for everyone and she knew it. So when it was time for her to go on ‘American Idol‘ she took it all in stride. That didn’t sit well with some folks, including judge Simon Cowell.

Megan said “I don’t care,” when host Ryan Seacrest asked her about Simon’s criticism, but some people took that to mean she didn’t care about the competition. She clarified her comments Thursday in a conference call with reporters from across the country. She also talked about missing her son and explained that it was her brother who heckled judge Kara DioGuardi on Tuesday. Keep reading to see how that exchange went, and more.

On whether she had any regrets about saying “I don’t care”…
No regrets, ever. I wouldn’t take anything back. I was happy to go the way I did. I just was honest and I cared about the competition. I didn’t want people to misunderstand me not caring, I just didn’t care that Simon didn’t like my song. So I couldn’t help but be honest.

On her wing flapping as she went to the stools of doom…
You know, I love birds and bird noises, and I just decided that if I’m going out, I’m going out with a bang and I’m just going to be myself. So I flew the whole time.

On which of the “Idols” make her laugh the most…
Honestly, every single person is really funny. There’s not one person that isn’t tossing jokes into the mix. Allison has been my roommate for a long time and from the minute we wake up, she makes me laugh. I love her.

On her brother’s heckling on her behalf Tuesday…
I’m always proud of my brother. He’s my boy. And he’s like me, he just can’t help but be himself and I wasn’t surprised at all that he did it. I actually was really glad that Kara took it light-heartedly.

Justin Guarini’s Take On Megan’s Departure

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On whether she agreed that Kara was a broken record…
Well, we do hear that comment a lot. It kind of gets, like, alright we already know that.

On her reunion with her son…
I’m going to hold him for as long as he’ll let me, and I’m going to try not to sob like a lunatic, because he’ll probably be confused and scared. It’s just going to beautiful, I can’t wait. Hopefully (that will be) Wednesday.

On what she learned…
I learned that there’s always going to be negative people — haters, if you will — trying to bring you down, but you’ve just got to forget about them and move past it always.

On whether she thought she could win it…
I have always just kept the mentality of whatever is supposed to happen will happen. I didn’t put any expectations on myself. I wanted to make the tour, which was my only goal. But I wanted to enjoy the ride.

On whether it was more difficult or easier to sing Wednesday knowing there was no chance for the save…
It was for sure easier, because I didn’t care if I messed up, which I did. I was just stoked to flop around and be right in their faces and sing it right at them.

On whether she was relieved at the end…
You know, as sad as I am that I’m leaving and I’m done with the show, there is a very big part of me that cannot wait to see my son. It’s been way too long and I can’t wait to hold him in my arms again. So part of me is ready.

On Simon’s turning on her after supporting her early on…
You know, I think his opinion of me changed a little bit and he was pretty hard on me. I think that maybe he likes me as much as he did, but maybe just not for this competition. But I’ve got no beef with Simon and I don’t think he really has any with me.

On whether she has any acting aspirations…
I would love to. I like cartoons, I like doing voices. I like Pixar. There’s a couple of shows that I’d like to make appearance on, sure. I’m up for anything. Whatever life wants to throw at me, I’m up for.

On her most amazing “Idol” experience…
Probably the night I was sick, the miracle that I actually got through my song, because I was literally lying down on the floor with IV’s in me two seconds before, so that was incredible.

On what the judges said to her after the show…
They said that they loved me, great things are going to happen, be happy.

On Kara’s words with her brother…
I think she was kind of, like, “How dare you? Who do you think you are?” And then she was, like, “Who are you?” And he said, “Her brother,” and then she was, like, “Oh, I see!” And then it was kind of funny.

On whether saying she didn’t care sealed her fate…
I really woke up feeling like I was going home, no matter what, yesterday.

On what song she was planning to sing from 1985…
I was going to sing “Separate Lives” by Phil Collins, because it’s beautiful and I was ready to show the world that I can belt it just like everyone.

On who inspired her voice and style…
I grew up listening to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston and things like that, but when I was entering my teen years, I was introduced to Bjork and she changed my life. Then, from there, I got into some Adele and Amy Winehouse and I think that’s developing into what’s going on now.

On whether she’s getting a new tattoo to mark her “Idol” experience…
I definitely am, I’ve got a lucky ring that I’ve worn the entire time, and I’m going to have that tattooed on my ribs.

On the criticism from viewers on the Internet and, specifically, being on “Vote for the Worst”…
I actually was pretty good at completely staying away from it. I didn’t even log on to the internet at all. I’ve never been big into MySpace or Facebook, so I just steered clear.