Plus: Catie Turner & Jurnee talk about their elimination from the competition, while Sheila E. was emotionally influenced by Michael J. Woodard's performance.
A few minutes after Catie Turner and Jurnee retired on Sunday night from American Idol Billboard spoke with the two former participants, as well as Sheila E. and the three judges. With this season's winner coming soon to the Billboard tables, we asked Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to remember their reactions to their first appearances on the charts.
"I've just celebrated 10 years of my first official single that went on the radio, and finally this song [“I Kissed a Girl”] went to # 1
Richie remembers that for the first time he saw a copy of Billboard with his group on the cards. "The first time you think," Oh my God, these are the Commodore "Then you start to look at the names up and down, there's Al Green and earth, wind and fire, then Over time, you realize what's really going on, is the Three Times a Lady in Pop, is the Three Times a Lady in the country, and then you begin to realize that you are blasting categories. [ Billboard ] will always be the standard for me, because you will find out where you are. "
Bryan also remembers his first time on the charts. "I was at my Nashville publisher and Billboard was lying there on the table, I picked it up and said," Holy shit, I'm in this thing! "And then I saw it every week and saw mine Climb the song and then when it comes to # 1, the first thing you do is take the Billboard you put it in a badge, you put your CD next to it and you stare at the rest of it
While Turner and Jurnee are no longer in competition, they still have a chance to charter in Billboard as more than 70 Idol candidates have already done so to have. Both retired finalists were optimistic and optimistic when they spoke with us. "I saw my mom in the stands and she gave me the supportive mother tongue and I nodded," It's my time, "and she said," It's OK, "says Turner , And then, when it came to Jurnee and Michael J. [Woodard]everything was fine and I was fine. "
And how did Jurnee feel the moment she realized she was going home?" I had a warm, soft feeling that I only felt in my family. It is not a bad thing for me. I am so excited that I can go home and get my creativity going and relax and see my family before going on tour. "
So, what were Turner and Jurnee who left with their eliminations?"
"My growth," says Turner, "I'm 17 years old in two months. I have more confidence and stage presence. I walked around tonight [onstage]and I could not do that on my first audition. I was just a girl hiding behind her guitar and I dropped that throughout the competition and I really came to my own. "
" I feel the same, "admits Jurnee." I've grown so much. Without this I might have given up if something had not happened, but now my career begins and I know that so many people are behind me. "
Finally, Billboard talked to Sheila E. about her idol appearances as the contestants sang numbers from the Prince catalog." These kids are unbelievable, "she assessed did a fantastic job. It was nice to hear their interpretations, some of them different from what Prince would do, and I loved them because that's their interpretation of his music. Nobody can replace it and we do not try that, but the most important thing is to celebrate its legacy, that is its music. "
One particular performance had the greatest impact on the percussionist who collaborated with Prince when he recorded Purple Rain ." I thought Michael J. did an incredible job with & # 39; me 4 U would die. & # 39; I had said that I would not play this song for a very long time, and it was the first time I played it tonight since Princes death. It was very emotional for me and I think Michael did a great job. And I would percussion on Caleb [Lee Hutchinson]'s interpretation of & # 39; When Doves Cry play, but I felt that it was not necessary. I thought he did an incredible job.
There are only two weeks left for Idol 's first season on ABC. On May 13, the top five – Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Woodard – Carrie Underwood, winner of season four, and two more finalists will be sent home at the end of the live broadcast so that three will perform at the two-night season finale May 20-21.
ABC has already renewed Idol for another season 2nd on Disney's own network and 17th overall.