There’s something about Megan Joy . Her voice, dance moves and bird noises definitely set her apart from the “American Idol” pack — or flock.
But Simon Cowell, her onetime number-one fan, lost interest in the wild-card contestant along the way, refusing to even consider saving her Wednesday night when she was voted off after her performance of Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”
We caught up with the 22-year-old from Sandy, Utah, to discuss talking back to Simon, whether she’ll get an “Idol” tattoo and more.
Q: Since it was the deciding factor in whether the judges saved you, do you regret telling Simon that you didn’t care about his critique?
A: No regrets ever. I wouldn’t take anything back. I was happy to go the way I did. … I just was honest. I cared about the competition. I didn’t want people to misunderstand me not caring — I just didn’t care that Simon didn’t like my song. I couldn’t help but be honest.
Q: Simon was one of your biggest cheerleaders early on, but then he became your harshest critic. Do you think he turned on you a bit?
A: I think his opinion of me changed a little bit, and he was pretty hard on me. I think that he likes me, maybe just as much as he did but maybe just not for the competition. I got no beef with Simon, and I don’t think he has any with me.
Q: Were you at all relieved to be voted off?
A: As sad as I am that I’m leaving and I’m done with this show, there is a very big part of me that cannot wait to see my son. It’s been too long. I’m ready to hold him in my arms again. Part of me is ready.
Q: What was behind your wing flapping and cawing during the results show?
A: I love birds and bird noises, and I just decided that if I’m going out, I’m going out with a bang, and I’m just going to be myself. I flew the whole time!
Q: What did you learn from your “Idol” experience?
A: There’s always gonna be negative people or haters, if you will, trying to bring you down, but you just gotta forget about ’em and move past it, always.
Q: During your initial audition, you seemed surprised that they put you through, and then you made it all the way to the finals. Did you ever think, “Maybe I could win this thing”?
A: I have always just kept the mentality of “Whatever’s supposed to happen will happen.” I never put any expectations on myself. I wanted to make the tour, but that was my only goal. I was just excited and wanted to enjoy the ride. Whatever happened, happened. No expectations.
A: The second the show came out, I fell in love with it. It is just pure genius. If I could be on it, I would do anything. I’d do “Cool Tricks” or “The Super Music Friend Show.” I’d do anything. I’d do the “Dancey Dance.” Anything they want me to do, I would do it. I think they’re brilliant.
Q: Are you planning to get a tattoo to commemorate your time on “Idol”?
A: I definitely am. I’ve had a lucky ring that I’ve worn the entire time, and I’m going to have that tattooed on my ribs.
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