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Following his elimination on "American Idol," Billboard chatted with Burnell Taylor who explained that he's excited to return to his hometown because "he's got work to do." He also mentioned that he plans to take Keith Urban's comments about him occasionally being "a bit pitchy" to heart as he works to further his career.
Finishing seventh on last year’s season of “American Idol” hasn’t stopped Colton Dixon from living out his dream. The 22-year-old Tennessee native has carved a niche for himself and is quickly becoming a staple in the Christian rock market.
“Idol” celebrated its 450th episode last night, sending Devin Velez packing and leaving only Burnell Taylor and Lazaro Arbos as the remaining boys in the competition. Following the show, Billboard caught up with Velez, who discussed his future plans and his time on the show.
Although he's in the thick of promoting his hit debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," Phillip Phillips says he's already thinking ahead to album number two. "I'm always writing," he told Billboard recently. "It might be a bad song, but I'm always writing."
Billboard caught up with Paul Jolley who revealed his post-"American Idol" plans of continuing to pursue a career as a country/pop vocalist (no straight pop!), his thoughts on the judges being so hard on him, and his plans for returning home and eating "anything but a salad."
Billboard caught up with Curtis Finch, Jr to discuss his reaction to being the first finalist booted from "American Idol,"Nicki Minaj's support, post-"Idol" plans, and how he's already preparing for the Top 10 tour.