March 24, 2006 12:12 AM by Joe Blackmon
Kevin Covais was the butt of many jokes during his run on American Idol, but it turns out that Covais has a sense of humor and maturity that is well beyond his young age. While most sixteen year olds might be apt to take offense or break down in tears if anyone compared them to a cartoon chicken, Kevin Covais wears his Chicken Little moniker with pride. Kevin recently told reporters, “I’m loving it because I’m a fun-loving guy and I enjoy that type of stuff. I’m sarcastic and witty and I have a sense of humor, so I really appreciate it and it’s nothing against me. I know that because one of my good friends, Paris Bennett, made it up so I really have nothing against it. It’s all great.”
In fact, Kevin Covais was not only ok with the ribbing that he often took on the show, he actually encouraged it. Kevin explained “And that was the producer of the show saying, ‘Kevin, do you want try this? Do you want to do this? Is this okay with you? Is this going to offend you?’ And I said, ‘Go for it.’ Because with me, I just want to have a good time and I’m a sarcastic, fun kid and I have a sense of humor and that’s what I wanted to show people. So as far as any of those comments, I wasn’t offended in the least. I loved it and I encouraged it. I said, ‘Milk it for all it’s worth because I might as well while I’m here.’"
When told that the Chicken Little DVD was being advertised on the American Idol website, Kevin quipped “I’m sure if they were advertising over the Idol Web site, I may have had a little something to do with that. Maybe they’ll give me a piece of the pie. No, I’m just kidding. But no, it’s all good. I’m sure I had something to do with that, the whole connection. I mean, when people think Chicken Little, not only do they think of the Disney character, they think of me now, which is pretty cool.”
While Kevin seemed ok with the teasing from the judges, host, and other Idols, he had strong words for message boards and other Internet activity. Kevin said “I avoid that stuff because most of it – Most of the people that have good stuff to say don’t take time out to write it on the Internet. That’s what I’ve figured out. And you know what, early on in this competition, I took a look at a few of them and I saw negative stuff and I’m like, no, this isn’t for me. I’m doing something right now where I need to be focused. I need to put 100% into this show and focusing on making it far and that’s the last thing I need to be looking at, stuff like that. So early on I figured out not to look at it. It’s not worth it and most of it is just, as Simon would say, ‘Rubbish.’”
Kevin Covais confirmed one rumor about him while denying another. When asked if he parents stayed with him and Bucky, Kevin replied “Yes, in our place, yes. I don’t want to get too much into that, but me and Bucky were in close quarters and me and Bucky were really tight. Bucky is an amazing guy and I’m just thrilled for him that he’s going to continue on this journey.” However, when asked if he broke up with his girlfriend in order to improve his votes on American Idol, Kevin responded “Just for the record, I broke up with my girlfriend before the voting even started. You can tell that to all the people. But no, I mean, it’s ridiculous. It’s tabloids trying to come up with stuff. Honestly, I broke up with my girlfriend because I just wanted to be friends with her. I’ve got nothing for you, I’m sorry.”
While many had predicted Kevin’s elimination in earlier weeks of the competition, the timing of his actual elimination came as a surprise to many, because it came after one of his best performances. Kevin also felt it was his best week, telling reporters, “I would say that this was, by far, my best week. I was never into the song as much as I was this week and the song was perfect for me. It was fitting. I felt I did the best I could on it and everything seemed right, so that fact that I was eliminated this week, it’s a little bittersweet. But it’s nice to go out on top like that; to go out knowing that I did the best I could, and that’s a great feeling. So no harsh feelings about that. No, not at all.”
One of Kevin’s most memorable moments during the competition occurred when after receiving some particular negative feedback, he told Simon Cowell “I wasn’t expecting much from you anyway.” In regards to the incident, Kevin said “I think I won respect. As far as the votes, I have no idea. Maybe people voted for me for it; maybe some said, ‘Oh, he’s arrogant,’ and didn’t vote for me because of it. But as far as I’m concerned, I wasn’t even expecting to say what I said but when I said it, I was happy I did because I had taken four weeks of negative comments from him and I kind of just flipped the script a little bit on him. And I think that he actually respected me for it, that I stood up to him because I think he was trying to test me and I think that I passed the test and I think he realized that. So, there’s a respect between me and Simon.”