Scott MacIntyre, the latest singer to be eliminated from American Idol, hopped on the phone with reporters today to talk about his experience on the show and his plans for a music career going forward. He joked about bringing out "my shredder" for the power-pop Survivor tune that turned out to be his farewell song, opened up about his songwriting (which ranges from adult-contemporary tunes to punk to jazz), and generally sounded upbeat about his future in music. Here are highlights:
- On his reaction to the judges' decision not to save him: "I was actually very thrilled to know that it was a split decision between the four judges. That was a very nice thing to walk away with. . . . I also sensed that there was some inner turmoil in [Simon] making that decision."
- On getting criticized for playing guitar after Paula asked him to come out from behind the piano: "My decision to play the guitar this last week was more based on the fact that I wanted to shock America a little bit than it was on Paula's comment about coming out from behind the piano. But it is a very common thing — they tell you one thing one week [and the next week the opposite]. Some of the criticism is undue, but I respect the judges."
- On the lessons he's learned from Idol: "I really learned that, No. 1, I worked more quickly than I ever thought I could. There's a very fast-paced atmosphere involved with Idol, and preparing new songs each week — sometimes a couple of songs because of the group number — and because of things going on in the midst of shopping and Ford shoots and mentor shoots — it's crazy and it's really taught me to budget my time extremely well."
- On what made him think he could be an American Idol: "From the very beginning I have felt that I have a story to share through my music, and because of my life story and what I have overcome, and because I have pursued music as my main passion. . . . All of that combined, I felt it would be a shame not to share that with the world. Idol has given me the platform I've been hoping for for many years."
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- On why he tried out for Idol this year: "I've been in school for many years of my life — I'm kind of the academic gone pop star in the competition — and it just happened to be the right time. . . . I've been following the show since about season five, and the moment at which I decided to audition was when they rolled the grand piano out on stage last year and I knew I had to be here."
- On what kind of music we can expect from him in the future: "I have a huge, vast catalog of original music, and the music I write for myself to perform is very much along the lines of John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Bruce Hornsby, Vanessa Carlton . . . it's very pop-rock singer-songwriter meets adult contemporary. I try to tell a story with my music always, and a lot of it has a harder edge and is a little more radio-friendly."
- On what he'll miss about the other contestants: "I'm going to miss the camaraderie. I'm going to miss how we all make fun of each other before the show starts. I'm going to miss having dinner when people leave and wishing them well. I'm definitely going to miss the group songs, believe it or not. . . . We are one of the only groups [of Idol contestants], apparently, that talks and jokes two minutes before we walk onstage. Apparently last year everyone was very silent and in their own world and preparing mentally for the performance. . . . Even though we're competing, we have so much fun even the second before we walk on stage."
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