Third Place, American Idol Season 10
What's been going on with your career since Idol?
It's been amazing. I just dropped my album, Listen Up!, yesterday and it's been wonderful. It was #5 [Tuesday] night on iTunes and getting really great reviews. It's a pleasure hearing all the great feedback on material that I wrote and put a lot of hard work into.
What was your favorite performance this year on the show?
I think that Jessica took a big risk doing "I Will Always Love You," and I think that she nailed it. She's such a young singer – it was pretty incredible.
If J.Lo doesn't come back next year, what would you miss most about her?
Her clothes. No, I'm just kidding. She's given me a lot of great input, and she shed a new light to the show and had a good dynamic with Steven and Randy. It would be sad to see her go so soon.
Who would you like to replace her?
The person that comes to mind is Prince. Maybe him or Elton John. We already have Steven, which is amazing, so it would be cool to get another crooner in there.
Did you see the SNL with Mick Jagger impersonating Steven?
No, but that sounds amazing. I'll have to check it out. I always thought that mouth was way too similar.