January 20, 2010 02:15 PM by Christine McDow
We have it for you!Â Another exclusive interview with American Idol alumni.Â Did you see our interview with Mandisa last week?Â This week we interviewed Lisa Tucker and wait till you see what she had to say.Â Will American Idol season 9 give us as many memorable performances as seasons in the past?Â That remains to be seen!
SheKnows: As an artist, with this American Idol opportunity you’ve had the opportunity to work with a very fascinating and inspiring people in life, Miss [Diane] Warwick. I’m curious what you’ve taken away in the last couple of years since Idol that you think has solidified you as a performer.
Lisa Tucker: Wow, actually, on Idol, we had Stevie Wonder week and he is just one of those people that you never think you could ever meet. They are just so amazing that they’re unreal! I sat down at his piano with him, and I play piano too, but this was just an amazing moment for me. He taught us a song about anything you every thought about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! It was totally random and he said, “It’s not what you sing, it’s how you sing it,” and that is one line that I will take with me forever.
SheKnows: You grew up in Southern California?
Lisa Tucker: Yes, I grew up in Orange County.
SheKnows: Did being near the entertainment industry influence your desire to become a part of it?
Lisa Tucker: Not necessarily. I think I’m far enough away from LA to be fine not doing music, but I just think that music has always been a part of me. It’s kind of an undeniable thing that I’m just glad to be doing.
SheKnows: There are several aspects of what you do. There’s being in the studio, there’s putting songs together, there’s performing live. Is there one aspect that’s more enjoyable for you than the others? Or are they all equal, all a joy?
Lisa Tucker: It is all a joy. Being in the studio can be very tedious. I’ve always loved performing live because that’s what I’ve been doing since I was young. The studio was actually a new thing for me when I first started recording. I actually love writing and just sitting down with a guitar or piano and just having that time and finding what you’re going to say how you feel. It’s really enjoyable.
SheKnows: This American Idol phenomenon that you are forever linked to; it’s amazing that a competition show like this could come back and thrive on reruns. With your season having been on American Idol Rewind, what’s it like for you? Obviously your world is very different now than when you started on that little show at 16.
Lisa Tucker: I have learned a lot from the show, just in terms of performing under pressure. You’re really just thrown out there, and you go from just ordinary Joe or Jane and then overnight everyone is blogging about you! It’s really crazy just because it’s so instinct. Learning how to deal with that is really like a crash course. I think that I grew as a performer doing that too. So now, when I go on auditions, I think “Wait, I performed on Idol!” I find myself comparing things to it.
SheKnows: I just talked to Kevin, your fellow American Idol Top 12 veteran. You both were 16-years-old, there in the American Idol top 12. Was there a special bond there with you both thrown into this whole thing?
Lisa Tucker: I was a senior in high school when I did it, so Kevin, Paris (Bennet) and I were all in school at the time. We would wake up three hours earlier than everybody else, and go downstairs and go to school! Here we are studying Economics just before you are about to go on stage in front of millions of people. I think we definitely had a special bond because we were all going through the same thing at the time.
SheKnows: Lisa this was a true pleasure. Thank you so much for visiting.
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