We can’t believe that we almost have our next ‘American Idol’! On the May 14 episode, the Top 3 performed, and HollywoodLife.com spoke to Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson, and Jena Irene EXCLUSIVELY after the show. Read on for our interviews!
The May 14 episode of American Idol was pretty dramatic — not only was the competition down to the Top 3, but Caleb Johnson had lost his voice! He ended up stealing the show with Led Zeppelin‘s “Dazed And Confused,” but he told HollywoodLife.com exclusively that he was worried he might have to drop out! Meanwhile, Alex Preston was a little more upbeat this week than last because he approached it with a carefree sort of attitude, telling us that it “might be [his] last time on [the Idol] stage,” so he might as well have fun with it. Meanwhile, Jena Irene was super nervous about the apparatus she performed with — in fact, in her words, she was “crapping her pants” about it. Read on for the rest of the interviews!
‘American Idol’ Top 3 Interviews: Caleb Johnson
“It started at the hometown visit,” Caleb told us about his sudden sickness. While he was in his hometown of Asheville, NC, he had to perform two shows and that, coupled with the lack of rest, he just “blew out” his voice. There was even a point when he thought that he wouldn’t have a voice! “At rehearsals I couldn’t sing at all,” Caleb told us. “I didn’t even rehearse the songs at all.”
If Caleb wasn’t able to go on, he said that “the horses just drop out [of the race] … So the doctor literally pumped adrenaline onto my cords. … He did it to the best of his ability but it still didn’t come all the way back.” It’s true — his performance of “Never Tear Us Apart” was a bit sleepy, and his voice cracked several times during his second performance, “Demons”. However, he brought down the house with “Dazed And Confused”, so we can only hope that America cuts him a break, because as Alex put it, “No matter what happens, everyone knows Caleb can sing.”
‘American Idol’ Top 3 Interviews: Jena Irene
During Jena’s performance of “Titanium”, she was attached to a giant apparatus for no discernible reason, since she just kind of unbuckled it and stepped down from it mid-performance anyway. “I was crapping my pants,” Jena told us. “Well, kind of, but only because I’d only tested it out for the first time [that] morning. I had no idea what to do. I’d tried it twice before I got on stage and was freaking out. And JLo is standing right there, who is the queen of all of that awesome performance stuff so I’m like, ‘I’m going to die.’ It ended up not being too bad.” We agree! But come on, Idol producers — why make it hard on her? They were even joking about having her fly out in the crowd at some point!
She also talked about her BFF Caleb, telling us that Caleb was “so brave” for singing while sick. “If I had to go onstage in front of three of the most successful people in music and have 9 million people watching … to be that sick and pull it off like nothing is wrong, I give him so many props, he’s a pro.” It’s true — he did pull it off like nothing was wrong, however, we do question the fact that he had a doctor come onstage to tell America how sick he is. For shame!
‘American Idol’ Top 3 Interviews: Alex Preston
Alex told us after the May 7 episode that “he [doesn’t] have a big voice and everyone else is belting; [he] can’t do that,” and that he “hope[s] America is looking for someone like [him].” However, he was in much better spirits one week later after the May 14 episode. After all, he totally killed all three of his performances.
“I think that everyone did a really good job tonight,” Alex told us. “I figured this week, what was going through my mind was, ‘Screw it. This might be my last time on this stage.’ … I just wanted to go up there and whatever happened, even if it turned out horrible, I would still be like, ‘I tried.’”
During his performance of “Pompeii,” he switched from guitar to drums mid-song, and it turned out great. “Everyone always was saying to get away from behind the guitar, it’s so boring. I’m like, ‘Alright, I’m going to try something new.’ Because I do a lot of being behind the guitar, but I decided to start off kind of slow and then get really into it to fake people out. I just wanted to have fun.”
We pointed out that guys who play guitar tend to win American Idol kind of a lot, and he laughed, telling us, “Yeah, I’m never going to not play guitar. guitar is a love of mine.”
It’s unfortunate, but one of these perfectly lovely and talented kids are going to get the axe on May 15 — whom do you think is on the chopping block? Alex, for not being a belter? Jena, for not performing so well with that weird apparatus during “Titanium”? Caleb, for being sick? Vote above and comment below!
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner