He kept his answers short enough that I even got to ask a follow up!
I asked: Did you even want to win “American Idol”?
“I never came on wanting to be the ‘American Idol.’ My dream was to play the piano on that stage and sing jazz and meet the mentors. Those dreams came true. If i win, there’s definitely a lot of perks. I’d like it and fight for it. But it wasn’t the goal. I’m not kicking myself for not winning. Obviously, we’ve seen past Idols finish fourth and fifth and do better than Idols. All hope is not lost.”
Was it annoying being compared to Justin Timberlake: A little bit. I respect him a lot. I really appreciated what he does. I knew people saw me as a white guy with soul. That’s how it works.. I think I’m a lot different. I like his type of music. I can pull it off. It’s not where I want to go musically. I’d rather be rocking out with some piano and a band like the Fray or Gavin DeGraw.
Camaraderie among the finalists: We liked to congregate in the kitchen and make fun of each othe a lot. Hardcore. They call me “Matt the Riffer” and make fun of Danny’s dance moves and Adam impersonates people. We really do like to spend time with each other and have long talks and vent about the show.
Georgia on His Mind: He plans to sing “Georgia on My Mind” during the “Idol” tour. Woohoo!
Being the first one “saved”: I can’t wait to see my name on a trivia card! I feel blessed, honored. Being saved, I never felt so much love before. It was a very cool feeling. It was one of the coolest feelings of my life. It made me feel special.
Did he expect to go home last night? I had complete peace with myself. I was ready for it. I was prepared what I was going to say and prepared mentally to deal with it.
His reax to Adam being in the bottom two: I was surprised Adam was down there with me. It was a crduel twist of fate to have him pick who he thought was the lowest vote getters. We played with him backstage. Why didn’t you pick us? It felt kind of uncomfortable.
What would he have done if he were placed in Adam’s situation? I would have pulled an Archuleta and sat on the floor!
On picking “My Funny Valentine:” I could have picked a bigger song and riffed all over the place. I just wanted to do something simple. I’m proud of what I did. I’m glad I went out on that note.
I asked: How did he feel that Simon loved him Tuesday and Randy & Kara did not? Kara’s usually on my side. You know it was a great way to go out. Going out with Simon calling me brilliant and comparing me to Nat King Cole. It’s better than him saying, ‘That’s the worst you’ve ever been. Have a good day.’
-Ratings on Tuesday were about 23.3 million, down 7 percent from a year ago. Wednesday night’s early numbers were 21.5 million and will end up around 21.8 million. That would be down 4 percent from a year ago. Last week, the results show was at 23.9 million, up from 23.2 million a year ago. That’s the seventh time this year Idol had a better ratings episode than the comparable one a year earlier. Overall, the show is still down 7 to 8 percent overall and 10 to 12 percent among younger viewers.
And here’s an interview with Sanjaya about doing the show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Met Outta Here!”