We caught up with the newly crowned ‘American Idol’ top 12 at Thursday’s coming out party in Hollywood and got the low-down on their dreams, secret passions, and thoughts on everything from Simon Cowell’s nasty comments to Kara DioGuardi’s tears and more.
To find out who might be sporting some purple locks soon, who is thinking of channeling Axl Rose, and who tells Cowell just what he really thinks, read on….
Casey James’ Female Attraction: “I don’t even think about it to be honest with you. It doesn’t even cross my mind. I’m just as excited to see somebody who’s seen the show and knows me as they are to see me. That’s what’s funny. When the crowd comes into the show they’re looking up and they’re waving and I’m looking down and I’m waving at them.”
Tim Urban’s Secret Passion: “If I had to pick [a theme week] that I would have a lot of fun [doing], I would love to do a swing big band style. A lot of people don’t know it, but I love that style of music. I would have a blast with that.”
Siobhan Magnus’ Guns N’ Roses Roots: “When I was little growing up, [my father] was in a lot of bands and they did lots of Guns N’ Roses.” So can we expect some GNR on rock night? “Maybe. I’ve thought about it.” Another maybe for Magnus? “Maybe somewhere in the near future I’ll have purple hair.”
Katie Stevens’ Kelly Clarkson Aspirations: “I feel I that I need to stay true to who I am. They put me in this competition for being an old soul and yes I can young it up. But the type of artist I want to be is like a Kelly Clarkson. She has a soulful voice, yet a youthful edge to her. That’s really what I want my music to be about. I’ll go younger, but I still want to stay true to who I am.”
Crystal Bowersox’s Style Plan: Are her dreadlocks staying? “Of course! The stylists get frustrated with me as far as my clothes go because I don’t want to branch [out] too far. I like wearing dark colors. I’m going to stick with it. I’m not going to change for anyone, just for myself.”
Lacey Brown’s Real Answer: Who are you as an artist? “They asked me that question and in the middle of the craziness [on the show] you don’t really think about what’s coming out of your mouth. So I want to answer that for real this time. If you could put together a more of a crooner type voice and add in [an artist like] Imogen Heap, something a lot more indie. It’s just kind of a mix of folk, indie, [and] pop. I have a lot of roots in folk. And I’m a Texas girl. We like the organic feel of it.”
Aaron Kelly’s Best Advice: “I heard that somebody else had said that Danny Gokey said the best advice I could give you is, ‘do not Google yourself’ because everybody has something negative to say. There’s going to be good comments and bad comments.” Is he taking Gokey’s advice? “Yes!”
Didi Benami’s Song Choices: “I pretty much am who I am and I don’t want to change to try to impress. This is me. ‘Terrified’ was me. That’s why I picked the song. That was my heart on the line right there in that moment. That is the kind of music I would do if I were writing an album. With ‘Lean On Me,’ I was trying to show people that I had range and then it went over really badly and I was like, ‘ahhhh.’ But it was still very close to my heart. It’s a great song and means a lot to me.”
Andrew Garcia’s Desperation? In reaction to Simon Cowell’s comment that his version of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” was “a little bit desperate,” Garcia laughed it off, saying, “Yeah, that’s what he thinks. But I was doing what I do. I’m like straight up Simon. Get over straight up! Don’t tell him I said that. I love him.”
Michael “Big Mike” Lynche’s Tearful Reaction: “I thought Kara [DioGuardi]‘s tears were amazing. It was a good moment. I don’t know about [being] surprised as just really trying to take in the moment. It’s such a weird platform to be on. It’s like nothing else. Everything is new and you can’t get too overwhelmed by anything. It felt good. It felt like I was hitting the point I wanted to make in the song.”
Paige Miles’ Dream Week: “Jacksons week! Gotta have it. The Jackson brothers, they wouldn’t just mentor us they would actually perform on the stage with me. And I would sing like ‘Dancing Machine’ and I want to do the dance moves. That would be my dream.”
Lee Dewyze’s Take on Critiques: “I think that with every negative there’s always a positive and there’s a nice medium you can try to find and you just focus on that. I know who I am as an artist. I go up there and put it all on the line and just do my thing. I love performing for people. I love writing. I love all of it.”