March 15, 2013 02:14 PM by Megan Thompson
Last night American Idol had its first live elimination. After 26 million votes, Curtis Finch Jr. was the first contestant sent singing off the stage. Hear what Curtis had to say about being the first of the top ten to leave the show. Was he embarrassed? Plus, find out what he has to say about Nicki Minaj missing his performance!
Curtis belted out his song one last time with the hopes that he could persuade the judges to use the one and only save of the season on him, but it didn’t work. Curtis graciously left the show, while the montage of his Idol experience played behind him. Today Curtis spoke with the media about his AI experience; keep reading to find out what he had to say.
So what does Curtis have to say about his American Idol experience? The young man spoke about his chance of a lifetime and his plans for the future.
Is there any embarrassment about being the first one sent home?
Absolutely not. I really feel that if I was going to get eliminated, there is no embarrassment being cut tenth or fifth. It really is just what it is. I get a chance to go on tour with these guys, I get to travel the world and grow as an artist with these guys – so no embarrassment, all gratefulness.
Were you shocked about your elimination?
Not at all. I have learned to expect the worse, so if the worse does happen I don’t look surprised. Because people are always watching, people are always watching how you handle things. It is always my responsibility, whether things work in my favor or not, to remain calm and to know that I have to set the best example when I eyes are on me.
Did you regret your song choice for this week?
I don’t regret any decision I made on the show, because American Idol has been so influential on my life. I don’t just make these decisions on a whim. If I can commit myself totally to the song and the lyrics, then I’m going to do it. I don’t regret anything.
What were your plans for next week?
Really the same as every week, to give it my all - to do the best I could. But America didn’t see it that way, so here I am.
Nicki Minaj was such a big supportive of you, do you think it hurt you that she missed your performance?
Absolutely not. Nicki Minaj isn’t the only judge on the panel. At the end of the day if I get done singing and the judges have responses, it’s really up to America. I think things were really inevitable. You can’t change yesterday; you can just really focus on tomorrow.
What was your reaction to Nicki Minaj saying she would leave the show if you went home?
It made me feel good, because I sing from my heart. I really felt like I have touched Nicki’s heart in a way where she didn’t want to see me leave.
Do you think your chances of getting the save were lower, because you were the first to go home?
You never know, some things work in your favor and some things don’t. They didn’t choose to use the save on me, but I’m sure whoever they choose to use it on – since everyone left is so talented- it will be well-deserved. I really just look toward the future and strive to be the best that I can be where I am now.
There is a buzz online that your fans say they are going to stop watching the show now that you have been eliminated. What do you have to say to them?
I really want everybody who has been supporting me to keep supporting my friends, because I’m talented, I know that, but at the same time there are nine other talented people on the show. I want them to call and vote for them as well, because every single one of them deserves to be the next American Idol.
How do you feel you have grown as an artist?
I have grown so much. Because really you have to sing a lot for this show, be it for live recordings or dress-rehearsals for the show daily. I’ve had to be vocally prepared for that. I had to rest up at night, I had to really prepare. There are so many things I know now that I didn’t know before.
If you could sing with one singer, who would it be?
It would definitely be Marvin Gaye, I think he is an incredible singer.
What kind of album do you see yourself making in the future?
I see myself being a very inspirational type of singer. Just talking about love, just talking about how you can make it. I don’t really know what that entails at the moment. I really live to inspire everyone across America.
What are your plans for the future?
First of all the summer tour is coming up with the other idols, I am elated about that! I get to cry, I get to laugh, I get to act goofy. I get to hang out with the other nine contestants. I would love to sit down in the studio with Alecia Keys, R. Kelly, maybe go on Glee one time. Do some acting, maybe broadway - the sky is the limit! We shall see, so tune in guys!
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