March 25, 2009 03:30 PM by Christine McDow
After the surprising elimination of Jasmine Murray on American Idol during week one, she sat down and answered the questions on many people’s minds. We have posted some here so that you can get to know the young start a litle better!
Question: What advice, if any, did the judges give you afterwards and know what it was like to go up on the stage and talk to you guys. I was wondering what advice you received.
Jasmine Murray: They were just encouraging me to keep going and keep singing, which I’m so glad they did. They’re so nice and I’m definitely going to keep singing and keep trying to pursue my dreams.
Question: What are your immediate plans now that American Idolis over?
Jasmine Murray: After this, I have to finish high school, because I’m a junior in high school, so I have to finish that. I’m going to definitely go to college and just pursue music. I really want to have a career in music and maybe other things, but this is really where my heart is.
Question: Are you going to your prom this year?
Jasmine Murray: I don’t know.
Question: What would you say your biggest obstacle was just going through the process. Judges were giving you the comments about the robot thing and all of that kind of stuff. Were you having any trouble connecting in any way?
Jasmine Murray: I didn’t feel like I did, but everyone has their opinions and I really value that, but no, I just really tried to give it my all every time I got up on stage with anything I did with this. I had a great time. I truly enjoyed singing up there and being with such wonderful people and doing everything I got to do.
Question: Did the new rule give you any lasting hope, or did you think that the judges probably wouldn’t use it this early?
Jasmine Murray: You never know in this kind of competition because the wild card. It was just unbelievable that they picked me for that. You always have to have hope. You have to have faith and believe that it could happen and that there was a possible chance. They could have said yes, but they didn’t and it’s okay. I understand. They know what they want for their competition and they wanted to probably save it so it’s okay with me.
Question: I’m sure you heard you had a ton of support coming out of Mississippi everywhere in places you may not even have heard of, and even back here at the School of the Arts definitely. I wanted to know what that meant to you and how it carried you through while you were performing.
Jasmine Murray: Support from people means so much to me. I really appreciate it so much. It’s unbelievable, because American Idol really does get you out there and a lot of people see you. I’m so happy to know that I had fans and that people actually like to hear me sing and that they voted for me. I really appreciate that.
Question: What about specifically all the students back at MSA? I saw it myself. It was rowdy at times. They were really pulling for you. How do you get back with your students when you come back to us?
Jasmine Murray: That means a lot to me as well because all my friends, I miss them so much, so I’m so glad that they support me. When I get back to school, I’m just going to be happy to see them and talk to them and catch up on what’s been going on there, so I’m excited.
Question: Are you ready to come home?
Jasmine Murray: Yes, but not so soon.
Question: What was the buzz amongst all the singers when they teased the other night that there was going to be a big rule change? Were there any theories on what it was going to be?
Jasmine Murray: No, we had no idea at all. It was a mystery. We were all wondering, of course, but we didn’t know.
Question: What do you think of the judges save? What’s your opinion on it?
Jasmine Murray: I think that’s actually a good idea. Amongst other things they’ve gotten to do this year with the top 36, the wild card, and the top 13, I think it’s great. They’re giving people extra chances to get closer to reaching their dreams and to reaching their goals and I think it’s a great idea.
Question: I know that you just touched on this with the judges’ save, but I know they’ve done a lot of different things this season. Do you think that it might make America feel a little bit like they don’t trust them with the decision? Because American Idol has always been about viewers being the one to choose and now that there are all these other elements in there with the judges’ save and other things happening, is it taking away from that?
Jasmine Murray: I don’t think so. In the first place, the judges put us all here from the very first audition and America really gets to decide the total outcome in a way, but I think it’s a good idea that the judges are getting to increase the numbers with the top 36 and the wild card and the save. I think that was really great that they feel like they get to have a little bit more of a part in it too.
Question: I know didn’t have any judge interactions before the show and while you’re on the show until you guys actually get to talk to them. After you are voted off, do you have any time to spend with them, or is there anybody that comes and says okay, you did a great job, this is what you should do next. Is there anybody doing that, or do you get to spend any time with the judges or anybody like that?
Jasmine Murray: No, we don’t get to spend any time with the judges during anything. They came up and just encouraged me to keep singing and just keep doing what I’m doing. That meant a lot to me and I’m glad they did that.
Question: This season seems to be more about big notes and switching up the songs than ever. What is your take on that?
Jasmine Murray: I think that with whatever song the contestant is choosing, you have to make it your own and that’s what it’s all about. You really want to put your personality in it. You really want to show off what you can do and I think that’s really important.
Question: What, to you, is the most rewarding aspect of being on Idol?
Jasmine Murray: The most rewarding thing for me has just been being able to perform. That’s the most important thing anyway. That’s what this competition is all about is singing and getting up there and showing everyone what you can do. That has been so rewarding to me, because I felt like I’ve been able to really do that and I’m so happy that I have.
Question: You were really great on the show. I was sad to see you go last night. I just wanted to ask you, as far as living in the mansion, I know your mom has to be with you because you’re a minor, so was she like the fourteenth roommate? Did she keep you in line while you were in there?
Jasmine Murray: Yes, kind of. She’s my mom. She’s a mom. She does her job, but she’s always been there supporting me and encouraging me and helping me do things, so it’s really great to have her.
Question: Did the other contestants get along with her?
Jasmine Murray: Yes, certainly.
Question: Jasmine, it’s country theme next week. What song did you have picked out for next week?
Jasmine Murray: I had various songs that I was going to do. I was thinking about something by Leann Rimes or something by Carrie Underwood, but now I’m not going to get to do it, but it’s okay. I was really looking forward to it and on after that, but I don’t know. I guess you’ll get to see what everyone else gets to do, so I’m excited to see that.
Question: As a follow-up, why did you pick “I’ll Be There” for this week’s competition?
Jasmine Murray: I thought it was a good song choice. It’s a beautiful song and The Jackson Five, they were really young when they did it, so I thought it would be a good idea for me to also do something that they did when they were young. It’s just a beautiful song with a great message and I really liked it.