March 11, 2010 10:11 AM by Christine McDow
Michelle Delamor was one of the contestants we were actually shocked to see leave American Idol so soon. When it comes down to it we think it can be chalked up to bad song choice. What do you think? Should Michelle Delamor lasted longer on American Idol?
Question: Well, Iâ€™m glad to hear that.Â Hey, one of the things that really stuck out that struck me about you is your great stage presence.Â You look like a star up on stage.Â How do you think you developed that? Because itâ€™s something that some of the other contestants really could improve on.
Michelle Delamor: You know what? I think itâ€™s just because Iâ€™ve been singing on stage since I was about five years old, mostly at church, though.Â But thatâ€™s been my platform and my playground, really just practicing onstage at church so I definitely think thatâ€™s helped me and doing gigs.Â I do a lot of gigs back at home.
Question: Just wanted to ask, can you talk to us about how Crystal is doing, if you know how sheâ€™s doing? And what was the reaction, your reaction, and sort of everyoneâ€™s when you found out that she was going to the hospital?
Michelle Delamor: You know what, Iâ€™m not too sure of like Crystalâ€™s health.Â I just know that she seemed fine when I saw her.Â She seemed pretty healthy.Â So yes, I just, I wish her the best.Â It wasâ€”everybody just wants everyone to be healthy, and we were all concerned, but Iâ€™m just happy to see that sheâ€™s healthy now.
Question: Iâ€™m doing excellent.Â I was really sad to see you go last night.Â Now, the one thing that really shocked me was seeing your elimination when, how Kara DioGuardi told you, it was almost like she totally turned on you and she said she came and she watched your tape afterward.Â But were you a little shocked to see she was praising you at first, and all of a sudden, she was like it wasnâ€™t as good as I thought? I mean, was that a big blow or how did you feel after her being on your side 100% after your performance?
Michelle Delamor: You know what, it was a little bit disappointing, but knowing myself, Iâ€™m really a perfectionist and I know that I didnâ€™t do my best.Â I know Wednesday was not close to my best performance.Â So I understood where she was coming from.Â I was a bit disappointed that she had those things to say, but I couldnâ€™t reallyâ€”I couldnâ€™t say that she was wrong for it because it wasnâ€™t my best performance.
Question: Preempted a little bit.Â But well, you said the whole thing with Kara said your best performance for me ever.Â And then for that to happen, that had to take you back a little bit.
Michelle Delamor: You know what it was for me? When she actually said that on the stage that day that it was my best performance ever.Â I was really shocked because I didnâ€™t feel like that was my best performance at all.Â So yes, so when she took it back, I wasnâ€™t too surprised, but I was surprised that she took it back because I felt like she was going to stay true to what she said but, I mean, I knew that it wasnâ€™t my best performance.Â I really knew that.
Question: Are you coming back to town now? What are your plans?
Michelle Delamor: Iâ€™m actually staying in L.A.Â Iâ€™m going to do everything that I can to make something big come out of this.Â I feel like Iâ€™ve come this far and I know that I was made to do something big with music so Iâ€™m not going to give up and you guys will see me one day doing something big, I promise.
Question: Did you, after this has all happened, question using the Creed song at all?
Michelle Delamor: You know what? I did.Â I really did question it.Â As a matter of fact, I think part of what messed me up a little bit is that I questioned it before I got on that stage. And so when youâ€™re not sure of the song that youâ€™re performing, itâ€™s going to be noticed and people can feel that.Â So I definitely would have done my next song, like I would have reversed it.Â You know what I mean? What I would have wanted to do next, though.
Question: What would you do next?
Michelle Delamor: I wanted to do â€œCome Togetherâ€ by the Beatles, but Michael Jackson style.
Question: Why that song?
Michelle Delamor: I love it.Â I feel like it has so much drive, so much intensity, and itâ€™s a song that I feel, like I love it.Â And my idol, my inspiration Michael Jackson, he covered it, and he did an amazing job and Iâ€™ve just always loved that song and I thought it would be so much fun to perform it for everyone.
Question: So I guess I kind of want to know how much part did you have in like what you were going to wear.Â And I know that you also design and make clothes, so tell us a little bit about that.
Michelle Delamor: First, the beginning stages, every episode where I was, you dress yourself completely, like you buy your own clothes.Â You dress yourself completely. It was whatever I chose to wear I kind of put it together.Â And my sister and I, we went shopping together.Â I am really big in fashion.Â Thatâ€™s why, I guess, some of the things were a little out there.Â I love fashion, and I got so excited when Vera Wang was in the audience.Â I was like oh, my God.Â Because sheâ€™s amazing.Â And yes, I am going to start working on my clothing line.Â I want to get that together.Â Yes, just like glam funk kind of clothing.
Question: When you picked the Creed song initially, what was your thought process?
Michelle Delamor: Well, after my first performance, you know I had done Alicia Keys and the judges all thought I needed to take a risk and do something that they wouldnâ€™t expect me to do.Â So thatâ€™s why I chose to do Creed because I knew they wouldnâ€™t expect that.Â Itâ€™s kind of like a rock ballad and Iâ€™m not a rock singer. I thought it was taking a risk and I believe that I kind of tried too much to go by what the judges said.Â I just wanted to make sure that I did the right thing and I was too caught up in my mind and I should have, more than anything, just stayed true to who I am as an artist.Â And I feel that I still did give my own style to it, but I maybe should have chosen a different song.Â But everything happens for a reason. I really love the song.Â And the lyrics really went with what was going on in my life at that moment.
Question: So can you talk about maybe a little bit about how you got comfortable from week one to week two? Because I can imagine that first week is really stressful.
Michelle Delamor: The first week, just knowing that youâ€™re going to step on that stage, like, Iâ€™ve watched every single season of American Idol.Â And when we first walked into the room where the stage is and I saw the lights, I was like oh, my God, like is this for real? Everything Iâ€™ve ever watched for like the past eight years, Iâ€™m about to step on that stage and make it happen.Â So there were nerves, but it was so much excitement and the adrenaline rush.Â And I was driven mostly by that.Â And I was very confident in my song choice.Â So I was more excited than anything.
The second week, I was a little bit unsure of my song choice and I think that thatâ€™s what came through.Â And thatâ€™s why you saw the difference in one performance to the next.
Question: Were you bummed at first when you started watching the show that you didnâ€™t get necessarily a lot of screen time? Do you think that affected how some people voted?
Michelle Delamor: You know what, I wasnâ€™t really bummed.Â Actually, like in the very beginning before the show started, they had made a whole commercial that said like meet Michelle and stuff.Â And I thought that was amazing.Â I was like oh, my God, I canâ€™t believe it.Â So I was excited about that and then I saw that they didnâ€™t really show me too much, but I figured they know what theyâ€™re doing.Â And I know that I didnâ€™t really have a story, story.Â I kind of have a normal lifestyle back at home, not so much tragedy or anything like that and I donâ€™t think that makes for good TV so I understood.
Question: What was your favorite moment about your time on Idol?
Michelle Delamor: You know what, working with Dorian.Â Iâ€™m sure you donâ€™t recognize his name, but he worked with Michael Jackson.Â And if you saw This is It.Â Heâ€™s in the film.Â And I was like if Iâ€”I watched the film five times.Â And Michael Jacksonâ€™s my idol.Â Heâ€™s my inspiration.Â And so I watched it about five times and I was like one day when I become successful, I just pray to God that Iâ€™m able to work with this man.Â And when I walked into the room and I saw him there like I just started crying.Â I got so emotional because I felt like oh, my God, a dream of mine just came true.Â Like this is as close as Iâ€™ll ever get to Michael and he really like, he really helped take me to the next level.Â And that to me was the highlight of the whole Idol experience.
Question: Moderator And now, weâ€™ll have to turn it over to Michelle for closing remarks.
Michelle Delamor: Well, Iâ€™d like to thank everybody so, so, so much for supporting me.Â I know Miami has been a huge support, but all of America and all the people watching, and even the people that didnâ€™t vote, this was my biggest dream to sing in front of millions of people and I got to do that.Â And I know Iâ€™m going to go forth and continue to do that.Â And Iâ€™m just so grateful.Â This experience has taught me so much and Iâ€™m so blessed to have gotten this far.Â And I can only go up from here.Â And I promise you guys will see me at the Grammys sometime soon.Â I will make it.Â So thank you, guys, for the support.Â Iâ€™m so grateful.Â Iâ€™m so blessed.Â And thatâ€™s really it.Â I love you, guys.