Even the love of Jennifer Lopez couldn't save Brackensick from getting the boot. While the adoring judge made clear she had voted to use the panel's one “save” of the season to rescue him from elimination, both Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson failed to vote in favor of the 17-year-old singer.
Brackensick talked to reporters about his emotional elimination, the upcoming summer tour, and plans for his career.
On his surprising sendoff.
"I thought I did very well the night before. I can’t really explain the feeling I had. It was just more a numbness. I didn’t know what to feel because I just didn’t want to go. The judges came and talked to me and just told me to keep doing what I’m doing and that I’m going to keep going on in life with music. I did get to see some of the contestants at the mansion when I was packing up. It was all love and everybody’s amazing."
On the upcoming Idol summer tour.
"It’s just going to be a fun experience all around because we’re so close. It’s a really close bond that we have. I really want people to come watch the show to see in person how individual everybody is. You can’t compare anybody because we're just so different and so uniquely talented."
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On staying true to himself.
"That was a big thing that I was struggling with because I always wanted to try to please people, and it just never works. When you please yourself, everything comes together. You feel comfortable and people love it when you do what you want. The judges voted me in because they loved me, so why would I change myself if that's not what I even got in there for the first place?"
On those famous curls.
"It's natural. I use a little leave-in conditioner, but it’s natural even without stuff in it."
On his musical ambitions.
"I want to be an old school R&B artist. I want to bring that back because I think music is really lacking that. I want to bring back instruments because people don’t really use them as much now. Everything’s computers. I just want people to know that there’s other things out there, too."
On his falsetto.
"I think why I got kicked off is because my voice and my style is not popular nowadays. I’m trying to bring back something. It’s something that got lost and unappreciated in this new generation."
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On what's next for DeAndre.
"Tour, number one. Then, hopefully getting a record deal out of this. Whatever comes my way, I’m trying to grab it as much as I can — whether it be modeling, acting, anything! I just want to keep working. I want to be exhausted the day I die."