Bucky Covington, a smoky-voiced country-rock singer from Rockingham, North Carolina, won over America with a Southern charm somewhere between Bo Bice’s humble confidence and Kellie Pickler’s uh … innocence. He was shockingly good at Stevie Wonder, a little disappointing during country week, and then back to full strength with Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” this week. The judges dug it, but not enough voters (see “Bye Bye Bucky — ‘Idol’ Voters Send Country Boy Home” ).
Q: Does it feel better or worse that you were eliminated in a week where your performance was solid?
A: It’s better. You know, I’d rather leave on a high note than a low note. If I’m not gonna win it, eight’s just as good as four to me. I feel pretty good about it. Seems like a lot of people are like, “Oh, I didn’t think you shoulda went.” I’d rather have ‘em say, “I didn’t think you’d make it this far.”
Q: Were you considering any other Queen songs?
A: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” the one Taylor [Hicks] switched to. I don’t know, Kid Rock had a version of it and everything and it was a fun song. I had a fun time doing it.
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Q: So if Kid Rock is your idol, how come you never sang any of his tunes?
A: I actually entered some in, but they didn’t clear. That’s cool, though.
Q: Do you think performing in bars in the past gave you an edge?
A: I’ll put it this way: It gives you an edge as far as your voice being strong. When you’re used to playing every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night in a smoky little bar, a minute and a half every week is nothing, even with rehearsals. But while I may have had an edge to that end, someone might have had an edge with working with vocal coaches or whatever.
Q: How did you feel when the twin-swapping story came out this week (see “Report: ‘Idol’ Finalist Bucky Covington Duped Police To Help Twin” )? Do you think it might have hurt you in the votes?
A: First thing I thought was they’re trying to pull up dirt on me and all they got is a car wreck in ’98. They aren’t looking hard enough. It’s hard to say, though.
Q: Your twin Rocky sings too. How come he didn’t audition for “Idol”?
A: Actually Rocky did try out, but he got cut in the first round. We thought about trying out together, but I didn’t want to try out as a gimmick. I wanted me doing what I do, I didn’t want a story.
Q: Do you ever look at the different message boards and things about the contestants?
A: I look at ‘em every so often. It’s amazing how some people can love you so much and somebody else can hate your guts. But thank God people are different, ’cause if we were all the same, we’d be living in Rockingham, listening to country. And that’d be too crowded for me. If you hate my guts and love someone else, then thank you for making their dreams come true.
Q: Who are you going to miss the most?
A: Buddywise, I’m gonna have to go with Elliott Yamin. He was my best buddy through this whole thing. Actually I was leaving last night and he was like, “Man, I’m gonna miss you.” And I said, “Don’t worry, I’ll see you next week.” I was just kidding with him.Get your “Idol” fix on MTV News’ “American Idol” page, where you’ll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.