HollywoodLife.com caught up with the ‘American Idol’ Top 13 on Feb. 26 after the first round of finals, and we got all the details on whether there is any fighting or competition behind the scenes. Trust us, you’re going to be surprised by the truth!
American Idol contestants get thrust into a pretty high-pressure situation. After an endless audition process, the contestants are put in a house together and placed in front of live cameras to sing their hearts out for America’s favor. Meanwhile, their competitors have to sit, watch them perform, and sometimes hear that the best performance of the night is one that isn’t their own. However, HollywoodLife.com caught up with the Top 13 last night, Feb. 26, after the first episode of live finals, and we learned that not everything is as it seems! Read below for what MK Nobilette had to say about her Idol experience so far, and what Alex Preston had to say about Harry Connick Jr.‘s negative feedback!
‘American Idol’ Contestants Fighting Behind The Scenes? We Reveal The Truth
It turns out that each of the Top 13 contestants are super supportive of each other — who knew? We know that we’re not that magnanimous — how is it possible to keep the infighting at bay in a high-pressure situation such as American Idol? Well, the format is pretty conducive to a supportive environment; after all, on shows such as The Voice and the (now-canceled) X Factor, judges act as mentors which can create more competition and bias between the judges and even the competitors. After all, The Voice‘s Bria Kelly and Christina Grimmie are already rumored to be fighting with each other!
To that effect, MK had this to say to HollywoodLife.com:
“We love each other, so it’s so easy to sit with those people and watch each other perform because even being on the stage, you know that you have that group of comfort, that support right next to you and they’re all cheering for you. We stand for each other, we clap for each other, we wait for each other. We are really there for each other and it’s really cool to be sitting there and listening to your competitors. That’s a big word – competitors. They’re competing against you for one spot and to hear someone say ‘that was the best performance of the night’ and it’s not you, and still be so excited, nobody’s jealous. Everyone’s just so happy for each other and that’s so awesome.”
MK also made an excellent point, that American Idol is “a reality TV show with a purpose other than – like some reality TV shows, ‘I’m going to put all these people in a house and see what happens with alcohol.’” (But let’s be honest, wouldn’t you love to watch Real World: American Idol? Don’t you lie to us.)
‘American Idol’ Contestant Alex Preston ‘Appreciated’ Harry Connick Jr.’s Negative Feedback
We thought that Alex did a great job last night, but that Harry had some pretty valid concerns about Alex’s pitch and tempo — for which Harry got booed! But the contestants have love not even for each other, but for the judges, too.
Alex told HollywoodLife.com that he “appreciated” what Harry had to say and that despite being a little upset because it was his first time receiving poor feedback, that it just made him want to “go back and work on [his] song for next week!” That’s a great attitude to have, and we’re glad that he’s still so humble despite being a favorite of the judges and America both. After all, the judges have no horse in this race — they are there to support the contestants — and so the hopefuls need to take their advice in stride.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you surprised that there is no fighting between the contestants? Would YOU be so gracious? Did you agree with Harry’s negative feedback about Alex’s performance last night? Be sure to vote and comment below with your thoughts!
— Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner, Reporting by Russ Weakland