American Idol alum Jax is taking a cathartic trip to Hollywood in “La La Land,” her new video released Wednesday (Jan. 6). Along for the ride: some of her closest friends, including fellow season 14 finalists Rayvon Owen and Daniel Seavey, as well as season 9’s Didi Benami and contestants Adam Ezegalian, Michael Simeon and Sal Valentinetti.
Jax invited the former finalists to her hometown of East Brunswick, N.J. to act out a shared experience few get to see up close -- that of the Fox competition show American Idol. “It’s taken a lot for me to come out and talk about it,” Jax tells Billboard. “That’s one reason I wanted a lot of people I love in the video. I don’t want people to think I’m not grateful for the experience. I love all of it and it was the platform of a lifetime and it opened up all these doors for me. It gave me the opportunity to be a household name in the country and that’s huge. I can’t walk anywhere now without being recognized. But at the same time it’s not as glamorous as it looks. People don’t know. There are things I’m sometimes bitter about, about the way things were handled.”