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1/26: Anthony Fedorov interview

Before I get to the interview, I do want to thank the publicist Michael Cilnis for setting up the talks with Anthony, Bo Bice (coming later this week), Nadia Turner and Vonzell Solomon. And he wants me to promote “American Idol Rewind” (season four) starting this weekend. You can catch it locally on MyATL Atlanta at 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 p.m. on TV Guide Channel Sundays.

So there you go. Now onto the interview:

You may remember Fedorov as the Ukranian native with the tracheotomy as a child. He turned things around and became a singer. As a teen, he came on the show with a reputation as a balladeer and ended up finishing fourth, ahead of Scott Savol and Constantine.

Since the show ended, he has popped up on a couple of reality shows (including “Fear Factor” with season two’s Carmen Rasmussen). He has also performed on an off-Broadway production of “The Fantasticks.” He also toured on the “Simply Ballroom” dance tour with Debbie Reynolds last year. That’s pretty much what I’ve chronicled on this blog over the years. In other words, his career hasn’t been huge but he’s hanging in there. He said he has also performed for troops in Europe.

“It will be good to be back on television for awhile,” he said.

He admits that when he was 19 years old on the show, “I didn’t really knew who I was. I didn’t know what I was doing. I needed some time afterwards to figure out who I was as a singer and an artist. These past four years, that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Fedorov cringed watching his old performances back. “I could have done better,” he said now. “That’s not the real me. I wasn’t there yet. I wasn’t ready to take that next step. I don’t think I always connected with the music I sung on the show. I picked songs because I didn’t know what else to do.”

Last year, he said he signed with a management company and is on the verge of getting a major distribution deal, with a possible single out by early spring. He said he wants to become an “international crossover pop singer” along the lines of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, “big vocals and strong powerful melodies.” He even plans to have an Italian song on his album.

He likes ballads because “personally, I find the most passion in sad songs. It’s where I find my greatest fulfillment.”

Fedorov lives in New York (like Nadia and Constantine). He has a flat in Brooklyn with his girlfriend. “This is where I’m from,” he said. “It’s good be back.”

He is glad he still has his fans who keep up with his doings at www.anthonyfanclub.com. “This year will be the year for me,” he said. He admits life post-”Idol” was “tough. When you get off the show, you think everything is going to happen right away. But it doesn’t. You have to put in a lot of work. You almost have to step back and work your way back up, rediscover yourself. I believe that I finally got to this point and I’m almost there.”

Fedorov said he’s lost his chubby cheeks and his glasses. “I’m 23 now and I’ve changed for the better,” he said.

His thoughts on Carrie Underwood: “I had a feeling she was going to win from the beginning. I’d tell her all the time. And country fans are very very loyal. They voted relentlessly. Bo also got the country rock vote.”

45 comments Add your comment

JTesla

January 26th, 2009
11:53 am

“Tracheotomy boy” has grown up! Good for him, it sounds like he has things figured out and knows where he wants to go. He certainly looks different. Thanks for the interview Rodney.

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Lisa

January 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

That’s a really short interview. Could not you ask him more questions ?

Nana

January 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

What a great interview Rodney. I always did like Anthony and I wish him well in his future. And, yes, it certainly looks like he has grown up and that he has his mind straight. Good for him!

Cadre1338

January 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

Hey all. I can’t believe the weekend is already over. JTesla, I read where you watched Gone Country over the weekend. Tara Conner is still a hot mess. She didn’t know who any of the other celebs where. I ROFL when she made the comment that drummers couldn’t sing to Sheila E & Micky from the Monkeys.

JTesla

January 26th, 2009
1:59 pm

Cadre1338: I had a good laugh at that comment regarding drummers as well. She may be easy on the eyes, but that girl is messed up.

Nana

January 26th, 2009
2:50 pm

Tara is still a very pretty girl, although she does seem to have some issues that need to be addressed.

I’m about to wrap up my day and head home, so as usual, be safe, be happy, love the ones you’re with and above all, please be careful when driving. One of our VP’s here at the office had a sister to get killed over the weekend in Cobb County in a crash caused by a drunk driver, so PLEASE be careful.

Catch ya later……………

Lara

January 26th, 2009
3:02 pm

Nice interview, Rodney. But you know I can’t wait to hear what you got to ask Bo. Looks like Anthony took some time to figure things out. I think some of these young kids really do need that time to figure out who they really are, rather than what their parents, their agents or some show told them they were….
Good Monday. I am back at work – still on meds, but working!

harriett

January 26th, 2009
3:09 pm

It is a pleasure to witness maturity in someone such as Anthony Federov. His “cringing” at seeing his old performances is evidence of the maturity. He seemingly has a great head on his shoulders, and I am happy for him. I did enjoy his time on Idol.

Negativo

January 26th, 2009
3:21 pm

I skipped most of the season he was on, so I don’t remember him at all. From what I can gather about his teen balladeer description, I’d have really been a hater.

BTW, speaking of hating, Jason Castro, my most hated finalist of all time, actually has a brother that I like. The dude was really good, and I loved the way he mocked JC for being like a girl.

JTesla

January 26th, 2009
3:37 pm

Note to self: avoid any Bo Bice insults to keep from incurring the wrath of Lara.

Negativo: For Anthony, picture a David Archuletta with a more interesting back story. I have hear more from the Castro brother, the name alone instills AI loathing in me.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2009
4:27 pm

Hey,,,fellow blogsters….I have just returned from the west coast. Sorry, JT and GAgirl, I didn’t get as far north as Oregon or any further east than Studio City while I was there. Had a great time and I’ll tell y’all about it when I get unpacked and settled in.

JTesla

January 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

Welcome back Deirdre, that was a quick trip!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

wow. that WAS a quick trip D, I didn’t know you’d actually GONE, LOL!!!

harriett

January 26th, 2009
4:50 pm

Glad you made it back, D! We missed you. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. BTW, D, I went to see Slumdog Millionaire and really liked it. I know we are mostly talking about Idol here, but we do compare notes on movies occasionally.

JJ

January 26th, 2009
4:55 pm

Yeah, what was up with Jason Castro?! Don’t even get me started on that one.

It’s interesting to read about how people feel that they had terrible performances, etc….I think that says a lot about their lives’ experiences, and yes Nana, growth. Look forward to seeing what he can do with himself, as I liked him as well.

rho

January 26th, 2009
5:25 pm

I just added some more blog links to the right of other Idol blog sites such as rickey.org and of course, votefortheworst.com. Send me any others if you happen to know of good ones.

JTesla

January 26th, 2009
5:39 pm

Blogroll looks good, not overly cluttered. The notes that pop up when you hover over a link are well done.

The blog, or the internet, ate one of my posts from earlier. Since we are talking about season 4 contestants (Anthony and Bo) what ever happened to Lindsey Cardinale?

Harm

January 26th, 2009
6:33 pm

Hi! Popping in to say that. I will be watching the Batchelor and True Beauty tonight. I like the widow from Alabama on the Batchelor. For those of you that haven’t seen True Beauty,those people are full of themselves,which makes for some hysterically,hilarious comedy.

Welcome back Deirdre!!!

GAgirl

January 26th, 2009
6:40 pm

D, glad you had a good time in CA. Studio City is not that far from my location. Welcome home…

stevie

January 26th, 2009
6:49 pm

Irt doesn’t sound like Anthony has anything going on right now. That talk of a major distribution deal sounds like he’s blowing smoke.

donna

January 26th, 2009
7:12 pm

Thanks for the interview with Anthony!His vocals have gotten even better and he is looking way hot now, with longer hair!I am still waiting anxiously for a cd from him….he is worth the wait!!!!!!

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Nana

January 27th, 2009
6:52 am

Good Morning Blogesters. Hope ya’ll had a great night and got plenty of rest.

Today’s Quote: “Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.”

Welcome home Deirdre and glad to know that you had a nice visit with yoiur son and that all is well.

Tonight during the Jacksonville auditions, a high school senior from Newnan GA named Alan Jackson (not the country star) will audition. I heard a radio interview with him on my way to work this morning and he actually sung on the air, and that will be the song he will do tonight. He’s really good. He said that in the first audition with the judges you can do song of choice, that is within reason and appropriate, but the second you have to choose from a list. He stated that most of the ones that are put through to HW aren’t shown due to their song choice and song rights. If AI has had permission previously for a song, then they can show the audition, and if not, the audition can’t be shown. That may explain why we don’t get to see alot of them that are going to HW. I know that I have always wondered why the producers don’t show more of the better ones that are put through and less of the terrible ones.

Harm: I’m so glad that someone else on here watches the Batchelor. I’m with you on Stephanie (Alabama gal). I have a hunch that Jason will choose her. I hope he does, anyway. I’m so glad that Nikki didn’t get a rose last night. She cried at any and everything. Now, if he would only get rid of Meagan. Don’t care for her at all!! :(

Nana

January 27th, 2009
6:57 am

LOL… Deirdre, sorry I can’t spell this morning. In my 6:52 post, the word should have been, “YOUR” son. I just had an extra vowel in there.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2009
7:30 am

Morning!

That’s ok, Nana…I’m a little groggy myself this morning.

We left Atlanta Friday morning and returned Monday afternoon. LA was not its usually warm and sunny self. It rained the first 24 hours we were there so we went to a movie. Saturday we visited Santa Monica and enjoyed the atmosphere there as it started to clear up a little. Mr Hollywood surprised us with tickets to the US National Soccer teams game with Sweden. That was really fun…USA won 3-2. We then had dinner in downtown LA(another place I had never been)right near the Staples Center. On Sunday, we went to the Getty Center which is a fine art museum on top of a mountain. The art was wonderful, the museum is fascinating and the VIEWS almost put the artwork to shame. Leaving the Getty Center we rode in an elevator with Keanu Reeves, who smiled and held the elevator door for us as we were exiting. All in all, a very good trip! :-)

Thanks for the welcome back. I tried not to be too specific about when I was going because this IS a public blog and you just never know who’s here looking for info about empty houses.

Rodney, thanks for the Federov interview. I’m looking forward to the others.

Nana

January 27th, 2009
8:20 am

Dounds like you had a great weekend. Just spending time with your son was worth it all. As we mothers know, all to soon they grow up and leave the nest.

Nana

January 27th, 2009
8:22 am

OMG, WHAT is wrong with my keys this morning? They seem to be in the wrong place when I type. I promise to do better as the day wears on.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2009
8:41 am

SPOILER ALERT

The blind guy, Scott McIntyre, is rumored to be on the top 50 list.

Lara

January 27th, 2009
8:49 am

Linny – did you watch 24 last night?!

They are talking about this Alan Jackson kid all over the radio already…hope he lives up to his 15 minutes.

JT – thank you….

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 27th, 2009
9:14 am

OMG Lara yes, I watched 24… I’m as hooked as ever!!! 24 Spoiler I was SO rooting for the “first husband” to survive that a-hole’s attack!!!! i almost cheered out loud when he started flexing his fingers and making fists, LOL!!! And I figured, in the pre-season movie, when the lady was being sworn in as president, she was NOT going to let her female presence be a weak presence; i’m pleased to see that they are letting her hang in there tough — but i do wonder, what WOULD she have done if her husband were killed too!!! anyway … hope that didn’t spoil anything for anyone

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
9:14 am

Sounds like a great trip Deirdre. Keanu Reeves…. interesting.

kelly&carriefan

January 27th, 2009
9:25 am

Hey, y’all… new Idol tonight! Whee!

JT, Lindsey Cardinale is living in Nashville and working on writing/recording. She’s really close to Carrie.

KPH

January 27th, 2009
9:32 am

Good Morning Good People! Nana when that happens to me I just say I have my stupid fingers on. :-) Sounds like a wonderful action packed trip D. I hope we cleaned up everything at your house after the party. By the way if you find a rolex it’s mine. LOL!

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
9:35 am

Thanks K&CFan. She was one of my favorites.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2009
9:42 am

Rolex???? Hmmmmm! If I find one I’ll be sure to let you know, KPH!

We had a good time, JT!

I’m looking forward to the last week of auditions. Hollywood week is much more interesting.

linny, happy to hear you caught up with Lost. and yes! OMG!!!

kelly&carriefan

January 27th, 2009
9:47 am

JT, I agree with you. I was surprised she was voted off that quickly…

I still haven’t seen LOST, but feel free to spoil it! ;)

Lara

January 27th, 2009
10:20 am

Linny – 24 was awesome! I just love Jack Bauer! I was rooting for the first husband to get back his muscle use in time to warn the girl, but we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. I really missed this show while it was gone.

As far as Lost is concerned…I am more confused than ever…with all that back and forth stuff? Do they exist in both times?

Smoochie

January 27th, 2009
10:23 am

Why does Mike S not make crystal ball prediction? May I suggest Fog X from local Pep Boys.

KPH

January 27th, 2009
10:32 am

Deirdre the Rolex is err umm fake yea that’s it it’s fake so you wouldnt want to keep it. ;-) Linny it looks like this seasons 24 may be the best one yet! These punks dont want to mess with Jack much less Madam President.

JJ

January 27th, 2009
10:43 am

Good Morning all!!

Just found out that my position is safe from being eliminated. *wipes brow and says whewwww…..* so today is going to be a good day.b :)

Anyways, heard Alan Jackson’s interview on radio this morning. Interesting…enjoyed the insight.

D….cool about your trip! The only time I have really “spent” any time with a celebrity was when I was working as a manager for a drug store chain right after college and Steve Martin and a certain mistress came in to buy some batteries on Halloween Evening. He is definitely a lot shorter in person.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 27th, 2009
10:43 am

Exactly, KPH.

Nana

January 27th, 2009
11:18 am

KPH – I like that “Have my stupid fingers on”. I’ll have to remember that one and use it.

JJ – Happy for you and your job. Things aren’t always as bad as they appear. That kid from Newnan sounds good. Some here at the office is wondering if he is related to the ALan Jackson. Hmmm, could be.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2009
11:24 am

JJ…lol. Keanu Reeves is tall…probably about 6′2” or 6′3”. Taller than I expected. And congrats on your job…these days you just never know!

I noticed that Rodney has put a new thread up.

rho

January 27th, 2009
11:30 am

Fresh blog entry for the day. I would have posted sooner but my car got broken into last night and am now at the auto glass place. The economy at work!