DeAndre Brackensick on His 'Idol' Elimination, Famous Curls, and More

PARADE Modified: April 13, 2012 at 5:31 am •  Published: April 10, 2012
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American Idol said farewell to DeAndre Brackensick last week after he failed to win over America with his rendition of "I Like It" by DeBarge during '80s week.


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."

Watch Our Favorite Performance from '80s Week

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.

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