Scott Savol, a roly-poly Caucasian R&B singer from Shaker Heights, Ohio, was hardly a favorite of the "American Idol" judges or media (see "How Has Scott Savol Managed To Last So Long On 'Idol'?"). But he survived for weeks, with more close escapes than Houdini, as Simon Cowell put it. Finally, after what many considered his strongest week, the 28-year-old father was eliminated.
MTV: Is it frustrating to be eliminated this week after doing well on Tuesday?
Scott Savol: It sucks ... but I'm not really too bent up over it. Things happen the way they happen. People voted, I got the least number of votes, so I'll be heading home.
Performance-wise, I didn't think I should be in the bottom, but it doesn't matter what I think.
MTV: Was it hard taking all that flak from judges and press?
Savol: Not really. I was just on the show being me. Anything I said was me. Anything I did was me.
There were people that hated me or loved me before the show; now there's just more of them. There's a lot of people who don't like all of us. If we performed with that in mind, we would have had bad performances.
MTV: Do you think your past arrest contributed to it?
Savol: I doubt it, because there were others that had things come out. Mine was just blown up more. I think it was just because somebody really wanted me to get kicked off the show. But it didn't really affect me.
MTV: Method Man was sitting with your friends and family last week. Are you related?
Savol: No, he's not my family. I met him while I was out here and we became cool and whatnot and we just kept in touch. I asked him if he wanted to come to the show. I got him a ticket and he came and enjoyed the show. I heard he had a good time and enjoyed what he heard.
MTV: How did you meet him?
Savol: I was at a shoe store in L.A. and I walked in there and he recognized me and I recognized him and we talked for a half-second.
MTV: Do I see a collaboration in the works?
Savol: We'll see what happens. We'll see what I get into and where that goes. It'd be real cool if that happens.
MTV: What inspired you to shave your beard and grow your hair? Did the stylists influence you?
Savol: A little bit, but it was good to throw something different at people. Just like my song selection, people thought I was always going to be one way, sometimes [I would] throw something different at them.