Nikko Smith, who was eliminated in the last week of the semifinals and then brought back to replace Mario Vazquez, was a judges' favorite and had avoided the bottom three in the finals, which made his elimination Wednesday a shocker. However, the "Comeback Kid," as Paula dubbed him, once again held his composure.
MTV: What was your confidence level going into Wednesday night?
Nikko Smith: I don't know, I was just prepared for anything. The show had been so crazy so far, it's like anything can happen. It went down the way it went down. That's the way the cookie crumbles. It's all good, it was just good being back for the time I was back. I had fun.
MTV: What did Scott Savol say to you after you were eliminated?
Smith: Nothing but encouraging words. Everybody is cool and we're all friends. Just much love from everybody and support.
MTV: What were your thoughts on the musicals theme?
Smith: I think it was hard on everyone. Broadway musicals aren't a thing we sing on a daily basis. It took me a while, but I finally found a beautiful song that I could put my own spin on. And I feel like it wasn't amazing, but it was good.
MTV: Did you get to meet Fantasia, and what advice did she share with you?
Smith: Fantasia was incredibly super nice and it was good to be able to see her perform live in person. She was super cool and gave me some good advice: to keep going and that this is just the beginning. So I'm going to take that and run with it.
MTV: Your father is baseball legend Ozzie Smith. Do you play baseball also?
Smith: I used to play baseball when I was little, but when I started getting older, the ball started coming faster, so I had to hang up the bat and the glove and pick up a microphone.
MTV: What's next for you?
Smith: I'm definitely gonna stay in music. I'm gonna go back to St. Louis and immediately head to the music lab and write some amazing songs for the world, just keep the ball rolling. So, P. Diddy, you need to holla at me!