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.”