When season 9 of American Idol
began, we predicted that Andrew Garcia would win it all
. Instead he was eliminated unceremoniously in the first 15 minutes of last night's elimination show having never met the high hopes we had for him.
This morning Andrew sat down to chat with members of the American Idol
press about his time on Idol
, his "brother for life" Lee Dewyze and his magic Idol
moment covering Paula Abdul's "Straight Up." Here are the highlights of Andrew's interview.
Tell us about singing Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" during auditions:
"I was looking through the lyrics and I thought, She's not on the show no more, and I could do my little twist on it and see what happens and it really took off, it was crazy."After "Straight Up" a lot of people picked you to win, do you feel like you let them down?
"I don't feel like I let my fans down at all. They know ...they are so amazing. They get me, and that's all that matters. I know I didn't let them down. "
This week you worked with season 8 runner up Adam Lambert, what was the best piece of advice he gave you?
"He said to let go, and just have fun, and put my twist on it. And I was just, like, 'I know where he is coming from', because he puts his twist on everything he does and he's amazing at it, so that kind of inspired me."
How did you feel about both Simon and Adam calling you "boring?" Especially with your fellow Idols insisting you were anything but? Why didn't that personality come across on stage?
"On stage, I was focused more on performing. They're talking about personality, they don't really hang out with me, so they can't really talk about my personality if they aren't trying to hang out with me. If they hung out with me, they'd love me, guaranteed."
Do you think the judges were expecting you to inject that personality into your performances?
"I actually did, and they still bashed me. But you know what? You can't always win everybody over, so I'm thankful for all the fans and the supporters that I have and my fellow contestants."Do you think it was easier or harder being judged by this season's new panel?
"It's harder. They're being really hard this year. I don't know why, but, they're being really hard on the judging. "Did you wish Paula Abdul was there this season?
"I do, because I wondered what she would think about my song [Straight Up]"You and Lee Dewyze had quite the "bromance." Do you two have a song?
"We just jam a lot, we don't really have a song, we're hoping to write on tour. We find ourselves doing the same thing at the same time. It's just really weird, almost like 'What the heck?'"
Did you and Lee get to say goodbye last night?
"Yes, that's my buddy right there, that's my brother for life."How do you think Lee will do now that you're gone? Will you be in the audience to cheer him on?
"I don't know how hard it will be, because usually we are like each other's family, we come to each other when we're having rough times. He always knows I'm out here, he can call me. I will for sure got to a show and cheer him on. He's my brother for life."Singing last night after your elimination, were you happy not to have the pressure of 'singing for your life?'
"At that point, I was just happy where I was at, and how far I had gotten. They couldn't have done a better save. Mike Lynche, that guy is a warrior and I love that guy."
You were best known for switching up songs and making them your own. Is that what you want to do going forward as an artist?
"Going forward as an artist I have my own music. I love doing whatever I can to do my originals. I do take songs and put my own twist on it. I take pop music, pop R&B and make it acoustic and put my twist on it, and I love doing it."How do you see your future?
"I see me making an album, getting ready for the tour, and promoting the best I can, and having fun."
After Hollywood week, which one your performances turned out the most like you had planned?
"I have to say, "Chasing Pavements" by Adele and "Forever" by Chris Brown. Because it was just me acoustic. I get to do my thing with acoustic. I love just taking pop songs, or even R&B songs and putting my twist on it."Were you surprised by the positive reaction to your rendition of "Forever?"
"I kinda knew it was going to be a good night, just because I'm a guy that does current music and puts my acoustic twist on it. And I saw that song and I was 'Man, I got to do something with that song.' It's current, and it's my field too. I'm an R&B/pop kind of guy. I put my twist on it and I felt it 100% and I was just like, 'I know the fans and supporters and people are going to love it.' And then I went up there, confident, and it showed, and they loved it."Was your elimination bittersweet?
"I didn't expect to go far, and to go as far as I did was amazing. To be on the Top 9 is just incredible. I'm so blessed and thankful that I even got that far."Were your parents emotional about your elimination?
"They saw me and saw that I wasn't sad or bitter, that I was happy. I was thankful for all the opportunities that I had and they felt that off of me and that's why it really didn't affect them. They were happy with me."How has American Idol changed your life?
"I always felt the need for me doing music, and having fun with it, pursuing it. Idol has changed my views, because it showed me there's so much more to music and how amazing the industry is. I'm so glad to work with amazing people and have such an amazing experience on American Idol
."(Image courtesy of FOX)