Jena Irene performed amazingly well — as always — on the April 30 episode of ‘American Idol’, and we’re not the only ones who thought so! Surprise guest Ariana Grande told Jena that she did ‘such a great job,’ which must have been so thrilling to hear from one established superstar to an aspiring one. Read the rest of our interview with Jena below!
Jena Irene is a clear frontrunner for the Idol win, but America’s votes can be so unpredictable that it’s a difficult thing to guarantee. However, what’s certain is that Jena has a bright music career ahead of her — even superstar Ariana Grande seems to think so! Ariana stopped by Idol on April 30 and while she was thoroughly distracted during some performances — such as Sam Woolf‘s — she was paying full attention to Jena’s performance of “My Body” by Young The Giant! In fact, Jena told HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Ariana thought that the Idol hopeful did “such a great job!” Read on for the rest of our interview with Jena.
‘American Idol’: Ariana Grande Thought That Jena Irene Did A ‘Great Job’
Ariana isn’t the only young star that’s given Jena their stamp of approval — Demi Lovato appeared on the April 16 episode of American Idol, and told Jena that she would love to sing with her! How did it feel for Jena to have both Ariana and Demi on her side? “It’s definitely really cool,” Jena told HollywoodLife.com.
“Just because they are around my age group. Even though we are all different genres of music, I feel it’s cool how they can all compliment me and hopefully I can be a big name like them someday. They are inspirations to me.”
‘American Idol’: Ariana Grande Also Loved Jessica Meuse and Caleb Johnson’s Duet
We noted to Jena that Ariana must have liked her performance — after all, she wasn’t even texting! “She wasn’t texting, I did notice that, she texts a lot,” Jena replied. Hey, who doesn’t, Ariana? It takes something special to take our attention away from our phones, too!
In the lounge area, after Ariana told her about the great job she did, the girls talked about Jessica and Caleb as they performed their duet of “Beast Of Burden” by The Rolling Stones, and Ariana asked if the two of them were contestants! They must have seemed like total pros to Ariana if she couldn’t even be sure that they were contestants — and technically amateurs!
What did you think of Jena’s performances last night, HollywoodLifers? Are you as enamored with her as we — and Ariana Grande — are? Vote above and comment below! And be sure to check out Jena’s performance of “My Body!”
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner