There's something about [article id="1606491"]Megan Joy[/article]. 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 [article id="1606433"]wild-card contestant[/article] along the way, refusing to even consider [article id="1606858"]saving her[/article] Wednesday night when she was [article id="1608330"]voted off[/article] after [article id="1608238"]her performance[/article] 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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