"The music industry needs unpredictability," Simon Cowell told Astro, the 15-year-old rapper from New York, after his performance last week. And we've got to give him credit: Unpredictability is one thing Astro's got in spades.His performance this week
of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" garnered positive reviews from the judges. But thanks to another X Factor
double elimination (which he escaped last week, despite his week-prior mini-meltdown
), Astro was eliminated outright for having the fewest votes last night. This time, though, he bowed out gracefully, telling the audience, "It's for the better. I will be back. Team Astro."
So, even before he heard the elimination news, the young rapper was clearly ready to move on from The X Factor
and all the drama that surrounded him on it. And this became more apparent on his elimination conference call today, when Astro repeatedly resisted reporters' attempts to get him to discuss his controversial moments on the show, and then abruptly left the call early. He may not have "the X Factor," but, as Simon said: Unpredictability. Astro's definitely
got that, among his other proven talents. Here's what the future-focused Astro did share about his time on The X Factor, and what he hopes lies beyond:
One reporter asked Astro about the first time he landed in the bottom two, when L.A. Reid said he was acting like a "quitter," and whether he had any final comments on that incident:
"Astro" Brian Bradley:
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I mean, I apologized to my supporters and stuff
like that, and hip-hop. I don't want to focus on the past though, to be
honest. I feel like I'm humbled from it. The situation got me to be
humble a lot, but I don't really want to talk about that. That's the
past and that's just negative energy right now.
When he was in the bottom two but survived two weeks ago, Astro suggested that he was being "punished" by producers. One reporter asked if he still believed that now:
I mean, I don't like to focus on the past, to be honest. It is what it is. It was the way it was. The week after that, my supporters voted me through, so I can't complain about that. I'm actually not going to speak on that. It is what it is. That's the past. That's ancient times for me.
On whether he believes he was legitimately at the bottom this week:
I wasn't even in the bottom two. I was in the bottom three and I was voted off. I don't know. I still don't understand how you can have the most followers on the show [on Twitter] and then get voted in the bottom with the least amount of votes.
They said I got the least amount of votes, so it is what it is, you know? I'm focused on positive energy and I just want to thank all my Astronauts and Team Astro again -- as long as they stick with me, I'm straight.
On whether his idols, like Jay-Z and Kanye, have contacted him yet:
No, not yet -- not that I know of. I'm pretty sure soon they'll wake up, but not now, no.
Another reporter asked him about the girlfriend, Molly, to whom he gave a shout-out when he was eliminated:
I honestly don't want to talk about it. It was
corny that I did that. I don't want to talk about it, but yeah. I have a
girlfriend and that's it. That's just for me to know right now.
On whether being on The X Factor helped him as a performer:
Oh, yeah, definitely yes. It definitely has. I've learned a lot from it. It humbled me. It got me mad, it got me happy, it got me sad. It was just a great experience. I wouldn't change a thing.
On where he gets inspiration for his rap lyrics:
I like to draw my inspiration from my surroundings. This interview right here may cause me to go home and write a song about coming really far and my music and living out my dreams. I just draw my inspiration from my surroundings, everything that I'm going through and how I feel in the moment.
On what he took away from being on The X Factor:
I got a taste of what celebrity life would be like, and it was definitely a great experience. It humbled me and I had a lot of fun here.
On his song selections and original lyrics:Astro:
Oh yeah, I write all my own songs, you know? All my songs are based off of themes and concepts and stuff like that. Everything I did on The X Factor
was basically original, especially in the live shows, except for some of the ensembles. In the Michael Jackson ensemble we had, I had to rap his lyrics to switch the flow up, but everything I did was original and I wrote from the heart.
One reporter asked what he thought about people saying that a rap artist didn't belong in a singing competition:
I think people don't really understand me for some sort of reason, but it is what it is. Like I said, I had a great time on the show and I'm here now and I'm just being positive right now.
On whether he thinks his performances will inspire more rap artists to audition for the show:
Yeah, I definitely think so. I hope that next year, a lot of people audition because of me. That would be awesome.
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