April 20, 2010 05:55 AM by Christine McDow
After Katie Stevens was sent home last week on American Idol, she talked to reporters about her experience on American Idol.Â We were very sad to see her go but believe that she will have a great career ahead of her.Â Did you like Katie Stevens?Â Do you think it was time for her to go?
Question: What did the fan support mean to you.
Katie Stevens: It meant the world to me. I mean having all of Connecticut behind me was just such an honor. I mean I was doing this for my grandmother, but I was also doing this for everybody else back home, because I wanted to make everyone proud and show that Connecticut can do something great.
Question: Whatâ€™s next for you. Is it back to school as a teenager? Do you get to go to prom? Did you pick a date?
Katie Stevens: I actually donâ€™t think I will be able to attend prom or graduation because thatâ€™s when tour rehearsals will start. But definitely, Iâ€™m going to go back home; hang out with my friends; keep up with school so that I can graduate and get my diploma. But Iâ€™m really looking forward to the tour and, hopefully, after that writing an album. Weâ€™ll see how it goes. Iâ€™m excited for whatâ€™s to come.
Question: Adam Lambert was the mentor this week. What piece of advice that he gave you are you going to take with you?
Katie Stevens: He told me to always stick to what I love and what I believe in. It was great to have him as a mentor because heâ€™s been through the American Idol process, so he was able to give us feedback on what he did and how he was able to evolve throughout all of the pressures and everything, so it really helped us kind of try to hone into that and do the best that we can.
Question: Why specifically your grandmother was it that you were doing it for? Also, a side point: It said you speak fluent Portuguese. I was wondering how that came about.
Katie Stevens: Well, growing up my parents, when they went to work I would stay with my grandparents. They were both from Portugal and they spoke Portuguese ultimately, so they would always speak to me and my brother and my cousins in Portuguese, so we kind of picked it up and so now we all know how to speak.
My grandmother raised me and she was just such an inspiration. Sheâ€™s been to every performance that Iâ€™ve ever been in and she always inspired me to follow my dreams. So this was always something that I had wanted to do and when she was diagnosed with Alzheimerâ€™s it kind of affected me and I wanted to do something great that she could see while she still remembers me, so Iâ€™ve accomplished my goal, which was to have her be proud of me and to be able to see me do this. I reached my goal and Iâ€™m happy.
Question: What for you has been the most difficult aspect of being on Idol?
Katie Stevens: I think the most difficult thing was each contestant, we go out there and we try to do our best each week. Itâ€™s just very hard knowing that youâ€™re going to be judged afterwards, because you donâ€™t know what to expect. You donâ€™t know if theyâ€™re going to give you good comments or bad comments. So youâ€™ve just got to try to manage your nerves as best you can, because I think the singing part was probably easiest, but it was nerve wracking going into the judging part of it, so definitely the judging was most difficult for me.
Question: I know Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi particularly had a sort of tug of war the whole time you were there. You know, â€œShe should do country. She should do pop.â€ Iâ€™m curious as to where for you do you feel most comfortable and then also, was that sort of frustrating as a contestant to sort of have that happening? Because it seemed like if you made one happy the other one would criticize you.
Katie Stevens: I think where I went at fault in the beginning of the competition, during the top 24, when I was getting all of the bad comments and stuff, I think that was when I was trying to please the judges and I wasnâ€™t pleasing myself and doing what I love. So I decided going into the top 12 that I was just going to be myself and so everything that I did at that point was what I love to do. I think that that kind of showed off, so the judges started giving me better comments.
Simon telling me that he thought I was country; I mean they all know what theyâ€™re talking about, but ultimately I need to, again, do what I love and do what I feel is best for me. I kind of side more with Kara in the pop with R&B leanings. In an album I would like to record things like Kelly Clarkson, where she has the soulful voice, kind of R&B, soul, pop with rock background. I hope to record that kind of album soon.
Question: If you had made it to next week and got to pick kind of an inspirational song were you already starting to think about what you had in mind?
Katie Stevens: I definitely was. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was definitely a song that Iâ€™ve wanted to sing for the entire competition. I had never found the right time to do it, so I would have done that, but I mean I know that Iâ€™m going to have plenty of opportunities to sing for America again, so hopefully at some point I could be singing that song.
Question: What was the reaction of your parents? I know we heard of your dad being very nervous about hearing about the results every week. How did they react to what happened this week?
Katie Stevens: They have been behind me since I started to sing when I was little. Obviously, they saw that I was upset, but my mom even said to me yesterday afterwards when I was upset about the outcome, she said, â€œYou know what, Katie? If you started out and you were at the stadium and they told you, â€˜Katie, weâ€™re going to let you be on the show, but youâ€™re only going to make it to the eighth spot,â€™ would you have done it?â€ I said, â€œAbsolutely.â€
So they basically told me how proud they were of me and how I should have no regrets about anything and I donâ€™t. I have no regrets and Iâ€™m so proud of myself that I was able to have strength enough to go through this at my age. So Iâ€™m very proud of everything that Iâ€™ve accomplished.
Question: Did anybody actually send you his phone bill to try to take you to prom?
Katie Stevens: No, but the day after I had made that proposal to send me phone bills, I actually got a bunch of people who said, â€œWe will send you our phone bill.â€ I havenâ€™t received any of them, but they told me that they would.
Question: This is the first week that the save wasnâ€™t available since Michael Lynche was saved last week. Did you feel like you were happier that you were singing at the end without having that pressure or were you sad that that opportunity wasnâ€™t available anymore?
Katie Stevens: I love Big Mike and I was so happy that he got saved and all of us contestants were able to spend another week with him. I mean it was weird, because I had this feeling that it was going to be me when I was standing next to him. Iâ€™m so proud of him and all of the other contestants. Theyâ€™re amazing. I was so privileged to be able to spend time with them and work with all of them. I was definitely happy to sing at the end. I mean, obviously, itâ€™s a little emotional, but I tried as best I could and that wasnâ€™t the last time that America is going to see me, so just got to keep that in mind.
Question: It was hilarious on Tuesday with Ryan dancing. What did you think? Did you see that back stage? Did you think he was being hilarious that night?
Katie Stevens: Ryan is always funny and heâ€™s such a sweet person. What you see on the TV is what you get. It was an honor to be able to meet him after watching the show for so many years. Heâ€™s just a character and heâ€™s hilarious. We all were very entertained.
Question: Did you see yourself in a no-win situation this year? I mean the judges kept telling you, â€œBe young. Be fresh,â€ but then you were made to sing Elvis and Beetlesâ€™ tracks.
Katie Stevens: I mean it definitely was difficult getting the whole young comments and then having to do older songs, but Iâ€™ve never been afraid of a challenge and I was happy to sing those songs. I mean, obviously, everybody wants to win, but I still wanted to keep myself in check and say, â€œYou know what? Donâ€™t forget where you came from.â€ It was definitely the experience of a lifetime and it has helped me so much learn who I am as an artist and as a person. I mean I didnâ€™t see myself in a no-win situation, but youâ€™ve always got to be prepared to go home, because everybody is going to go home but one.
Question: Each week during the elimination episodes you were always really emotional. Can you talk a little bit about the relationship that you formed with the other contestants?
Katie Stevens: I was very emotional because we are like a family and itâ€™s not a competitive environment. Everyone is so supportive of each other, so itâ€™s really, really difficult to see people that you love leave. I think that it was harder towards the top 24 and with Lacey and Paige because theyâ€™re not going on tour with us. So I mean itâ€™s kind of like you donâ€™t know when youâ€™re going to see them, but I think that I got less emotional saying good-bye to the people that were in the top 10 because Iâ€™m going to see them and spend so much time with them over the summer, so itâ€™s kind of like a see you later rather than a good-bye. Weâ€™re all really close and I think thatâ€™s ultimately why I got so emotional.
Question: Youâ€™ve got a fairly mature voice; in other words, itâ€™s not a light voice. Itâ€™s slightly deeper than some singers. You also mentioned in taste you like Bing Crosby. You like Rosemary Clooney. Is it kind of hard to have people aim you towards that young thing when maybe thatâ€™s not your natural vibe?
Katie Stevens: I mean I grew up hanging out with my older brother and his friends and my older cousins and everything, so I usually hung out with people that were older than me, so I think thatâ€™s how I came to have a maturity level beyond my years. I think that it was kind of a little bit more difficult for me to be young and go towards that kind of; itâ€™s not immaturity, but the younger vibe, because I do spend so much time with people that are older than me, especially in this competition. So many people were older than me. But itâ€™s always good to be young and fresh and I mean I am 17, so I am young in itself. I love the older music and everything, so thatâ€™s where my inspiration lies. It was definitely difficult, but again, you have to do what you have to, so I tried my hardest and Iâ€™m not ashamed of anything that I did.
Question: Do you have any closing remarks?
Katie Stevens: I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me throughout all of this, because it was an incredible journey and Iâ€™m so honored to be one of the nine and in the top ten and be able to go on tour. So hopefully Iâ€™ll see all of you. Thank you for all of your support.
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