'American Idol' Finalist Jax on Her Elimination: 'It's a Bummer, I Was So Close'
What's next for the season 14 grad? "A nap" and "some Taco Bell," she told reporters on Tuesday night (May 12).
Jennfier Lopez may called her the most talented female to hit the American Idol stage in years but that wasn’t enough to save Jax from elimination on Tuesday night. America gasped when Ryan Seacrest wasted no time delivering the news. The 19-year-old New Jersey native took the blow well, however, appearing backstage in the pressroom later with a big smile on her face, raving over her surviving colleagues, and speaking fondly of her future career.
Here is her exit interview:
Can you sing us your single?
Oh my gosh. I wish. They would yell at me but now I really don’t care as much.
How are you feeling?
Kind of relieved really. I will say it’s such a bummer because I was so close but I’m so happy. I’m so happy to be here and I get to go on tour. My single is released. This show has changed my life forever and I’m so blessed to be here.
It’s funny. The whole show is about finding the perfect balance between that because you don’t want to overshoot in any way. I was hoping for the best. I needed to stay confident to prepare for my songs, just thinking that I was going to sing them. But yeah I’m super nervous all the time. I had totally human thoughts like “I’ll make it through!” I felt good today except for freaking out and being super nervous.
What can you tell us about your single?
It’s a powerhouse single. I’m really proud of it. I love women empowerment. It’s called “Force Field” by the way and it’s kind of just about this force field of you can’t mess with me, you can’t break me down because of my force field. I’m really hoping that it gets to the chicks out there.
Who is winning American Idol?
Oh my gosh. It’s so hard to say who is winning American Idol. Both of those boys are like the most talented boys I’ve ever met in my entire life.
What are you going to do after the show is over?
Hopefully I’ll take a nap. I’ll start there. Get some Taco Bell. I really hope to get into the studio and put out a record as quick as I can because I have so much inspiration after this journey. It’s crazy how much you go through. It’s such an education. I have so much material that I’m ready to put out.
What will you miss most about the show and being on the competition?
I think I will probably miss the coaches behind the scenes. They are my favorite. I love those guys. I’ll miss a lot of it. This is going to be a huge part of my life. Everything behind the scenes I’ll mix. Even the hard parts.
You’ve been a fan of the show for a long time. How do you feel about it ending? It’s the second to last season…
In one breath it’s sad, but in another you had the coolest run of all time and were one of the most successful shows on TV. I’m positive the last season will be completely awesome.
Tell us about your family who is here to support you today.
Well my brother is the cool one. That’s for sure. He is the cooler sibling because I’m not that cool and he’s really cool. They have been on the ride with me this entire time. I’m so happy to have them on this part of the journey and I know it’s not over yet, they are going to be there.
How are you processing this newfound fame?
It’s so weird. I really thought that I’d be super sad but I was kind of relieved that I don’t have to worry about getting through the next round. But I’m happy. I think that I got so much out of this. I made like the best friends I’m ever going to make in my entire life, family. It’s music crash course industry 101 in a matter of weeks. I’m blessed seriously. That’s all I can feel.
Is there a part of you that feels that the way you were sent home, with it being so close, was a little bit cruel? How will you move forward?
Oh gosh. It’s a TV show. We have to put that aside but at the end of the day we’re all artists here. Obviously it’s still dramatic. You have the light up chairs and you have Ryan Seacrest who is always on. It’s just awesome. I don’t know if he wakes up like this or not but he’s awesome. I think it’s really cool. Idol always does a really good job making the episodes super interesting. I’m glad to be a part of it.
What is your advice for future contestants?
I always tell people the biggest thing I’ve learned on the show would probably be that I learned to live in the grey. Not the black, not the white, but in the grey. It’s so important not to dwell on the past or not to dwell on the future because you’ll drive yourself completely mad. Be present.
Out of the Top 10, who would you want to collaborate with?
Probably all of them in different ways. Quentin. I love Quentin. I love the boys. I love Clark and Nick. I love all the girls. Tyanna. She’s the bomb.
Did you have a conversation with Scott yet about possibly signing to Big Machine?
No. Scott is busy on the show right now. He’s literally on TV. No. I have not but Scott is the bomb. He’s the bomb!
Will you make your X a permanent tattoo?
I will make my x a permanent tattoo…maybe.
Do you feel like if you were on a season with a different mentor like Randy Jackson, that things may have gone differently for you?
Scott’s the greatest mentor. I don’t even know what kind of artist I would be at the end of the season without Scott. He is so hands on. It was almost freaky how all of a sudden off camera nobody was there and Scott was. And he’s so artistic, so musical, so open minded and talented.