Malaya Watson won’t be moving forward into the ‘American Idol’ Top 7, but that doesn’t mean that she’s lost all positivity. HollywoodLife.com caught up with Malaya and she told us EXCLUSIVELY why she can be ‘relieved’ about her elimination.
Nothing was more upsetting than watching Malaya Watson struggle to get through her swan song after her April 10 American Idol elimination — “I Am Changing” by Jennifer Hudson — but HollywoodLife.com spoke to Malaya EXCLUSIVELY and she told us that she is almost “relieved” that she will now be able to focus on school again — and she also told us how she managed to get through her heartbreaking final performance. Read on for our interview!
‘American Idol’: Malaya Watson Can Be ‘Relieved’ About Her Elimination
HollywoodLife.com: How are you feeling?
Malaya Watson: I’m doing OK.
HL: Did you have a feeling that it might be you?
MW: A little bit. But we all do, as nobody knows who’s going home.
HL: What was it like just having the bottom two instead of a bottom three?
MW: It was nerve-wracking; there’s no three, where there’s a chance? So it was really like, “oh God, it’s going to happen.” Unfortunately, I have to go home.
HL: Is there a little bit of relief that you don’t have to go through the process anymore, and you still get to go on the tour?
MW: Yeah, I’m kind of happy because I get to finish school, I’m not happy that I have to go back to do the ACT’s, I’m relieved that I can take this weight off my shoulders for now because I have so much stuff to focus on when I get back home.
HL: What did the other contestants say to you? CJ seemed completely stunned.
MW: CJ’s like my big brother.
HL: It was awesome the way you finished the show, you should be proud of yourself.
MW: Thank you.
HL: How did you get through that final song?
MW: I don’t even know. I didn’t want to act a fool and just have an instrumental going on behind me.
HL: And we finally got to see you play the tuba!
MW: Oh, you saw that? My gosh that was fun, I miss the tuba, so when I got back home I get to do the marching band again and all of that.
HL: Do you think it’s going to be easy to get back into the swing of school?
MW: No! Heck no, it’s never easy to wake up at 6 o’clock, go home at 6 o’clock and then the band and all of that, it’s going to be stressful but at the same time it’s going to be OK. Miss everyone back home and I talk to them all the time. While everyone hangs out I’m usually the person in my room talking to all my friends on face time.
HL: It seems like you had a nice moment with Harry at the end and you wanted to tell him you were going to sing Nat King Cole, then he talked to your father what did he say?
MW: I didn’t know he talked to my dad, but he did say, “don’t worry about it and we will probably see you soon.” Hopefully, he does. I really wanted to do that song for him, really badly.
HL: What are you going to take away from this experience?
MW: Getting to work with so many people, that was awesome. I’m 16! What kid can say I sang in front of Harry Connick [Jr.], J-Lo and worked with Ricky Minor, that’s nothing major. It was my first job, what can I say? It was just a big opportunity that not a lot of people can experience, and with me just being a child, it’s pretty cool.
HL: Now you have the tour to look forward to?
MW: Yes I’m really excited about that.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Glad to see that Malaya is retaining some positivity after her totally unfair elimination? Let us know!
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner