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American Idol – Bad Song Choices To Blame For Brandon Roger’s Elimination

March 17, 2007 12:19 PM by Joe Reality

Brandon_interviewIn a recent media conference call, Brandon Rogers handled numerous
media questions like a true professional.  Brandon Rogers acknowledged
the areas where he struggled and wished he could have done better.  His
realization of his mistakes and hid commitment and desire to improve
showed that he is an artist that will likely grow better over time.
Brandon didn’t blame his fellow finalists (even though a lot of
questions tried to get him to call out Sanjaya), lack of rehearsal
time, or his going first as being the primary reason he was
eliminated.  Ultimately, Brandon felt he fell victim to what seems to
be the most common cause for most Idol eliminations: bad song choice.

When questions started to point the finger at Sanjaya Malaker, Brandon Rogers was quick to defend his fellow finalist.   When asked if he thought Sanjaya was going instead, Brandon said “No.  I think you get a feeling when it’s about time for you to go.  I messed up my words, and I hadn’t created enough momentum musically to sustain a mistake like that.”  When asked if he was surprised he lost to Sanjaya, Brandon said “No.  I didn’t lose to anybody; I just got the least amount of votes.”  When questioned why Sanjaya had a devastated, almost mortified expression when leaving the stage, Brandon said “I actually have no idea.  I just know I love the kid and he’s a sweet guy.  We’ve all grown very close to each other being on the show, so it’s hard to see anybody leave.  I think every week, there’s no mistake and there’s no confusion, as to why we’re all in tears.  We generally care about each other, all of us, so I think it’s rough to see anybody go.  I can’t tell you why he felt one way or the other because I’m not him, and I can only speak for myself.”

When Brandon Rogers asked if lack of rehearsal time could have contributed to his forgetting the words during his song, Brandon said “I prepared as best as I could as I did every week, and,We all have the same amount of time, so I can’t complain about my mistake.  It was my mistake, and I’m not going to pass it off over into anybody.”

In regards to if going first hurt him, Brandon said “I think going first is a double-edged sword.  It can be the best thing.  If I would have went out there and knocked it out of the park and the judges had nothing but great things to say, then it would have been a great thing for me.  But you can’t go out there and forget your words in the first going, you just can’t.  Unless you have a huge fan base to be your parachute, then you can’t survive stuff like that.  I knew that when I made the mistake.  That’s probably one of the reasons why I was so at peace with being cut.  I saw it coming.”

When faced with the age-old question of if American was a singing contest or a popularity contest, Brandon Rogers gave one of the best answers we had ever heard from an American Idol finalist.  Brandon said “You know what, I don’t know if this is a singing contest or a popularity contest, or which one is more valid, but the factor of the matter is, it’s a contest.  By whatever means people decide to vote, whether it’s on your voice, your looks, or whether they like you as a person, it has no bearing on the validity of the winner.  It is what it is.  We all knew this going into it.  You just try to do your best on the show and hope that it works out for you, and hope that you can pick up some fans along the way that keep you going.  I got all the way to our top 12, man, I’m pretty elated just to be there.”

Brandon Rogers also was asked if he had a chance to do it over again, then what he would do differently.  Brandon said “If I had to do it over again, I would probably pick better songs that showed the range, and I think some of the bigger qualities of my voice.  I think I would have done a better job of making myself stand out vocally, like I think a lot of people were waiting for me to do.  I never quite did that.  But, then again, I have no regrets.  Just songs that I like and love to sing, but I didn’t necessarily picked songs that showed up my voice as best as I could have.”

When talking about what the judges and other finalists said to him after his elimination, Brandon elaborated on how bad song choice hurt him. Brandon said “They all came up to me after I got voted off the other day, and nothing, but positive stuff.  They all told me it was my song choice and it was not my singing, and not my ability.  It’s all about song choice.  I didn’t choose the right songs.  And in retrospect being 20/20, hindsight rather, I know that to be true.  I know I didn’t pick songs that best displayed what I can do.  I had the luck of choosing a good song for the first audition, “Always on My Mind.”  Honestly, maybe that was a bad song choice because it made them hold me to that standard, and I never quite lived up to it.  That essentially is why I got sent home.  I think it has very little to do with me forgetting the words.”

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8 Responses to “American Idol – Bad Song Choices To Blame For Brandon Roger’s Elimination”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    March 17th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    I do not think that is true. It depends on how many people vote for him.

  2. gladyswiggins Says:
    March 17th, 2007 at 3:40 pm


  3. The Truth Says:
    March 17th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Brandon Rogers is a wonderfully spoken, mature young man, and the way he handled criticism and a lot of ignorant questions is respectable. I’ve always liked him (not necessarily the songs he chose to sing) and I really wish there were more contestants like him on the show. He’s a very classy individual.

  4. Mary Says:
    March 17th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Yes, Brandon is a class act and a telented singer. I trust he will do well whatever he decides to do. He will be missed on the show.

  5. ReginaldL Says:
    March 17th, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    I agree that Brandon has class. His professionalism shows through and I hope it helps him get back quickly doing the work he loves.

  6. Darla Says:
    March 18th, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Brandon was much better than that LaStinka Jones who should have been the first to be booted out of there!!!

  7. Anonymous Says:
    March 18th, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Brandon showed so much potential, but never quite lived up to it. His exit interviews make me wish he had gotten more of an opportunity. He truly seems like a balanced, mature individual with a kind spirit.

  8. Donna Says:
    March 20th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    I think it is time that there should be a techno programmer out there that can program only one call per phone number….


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