On Thursday night, "American Idol" bid adieu to its most follicly accomplished contestant, [article id="1682620"]DeAndre Brackensick[/article] (no offense, Colton), who was given the boot following his performance of DeBarge's "I Like It."
After his exit, [article id="1682622"]Brackensick spoke to MTV News[/article], expressing "no regrets" about anything he did during his run on "Idol" and remaining adamant that his falsetto — which somewhat mystified mentor Jimmy Iovine — wasn't the reason for his departure.
"Everyone has their opinion; my voice is one of the voices where either you love it or you can't stand it, and I think Jimmy didn't really have a feel for my voice," he said. "But it's fine, because I take everything he does say to me to heart, and I try to put it toward the next performance. I have much love for Jimmy."
And in keeping with both the "no regrets" sentiment and his belief in doing things his way, Brackensick said that he didn't take his ouster — or the judges' refusal to save him (no matter how hard Jennifer Lopez protested) — personally. After all, he feels he can leave the show with his head held high.
"You always hope for the save, because [you] want to be with each other for another week," he sighed. "But the saves happen for a reason; I'd already been saved once, so I can't really be saved again. You only get so many chances in life. I'm just proud of myself and the accomplishments I've made already."
He's hoping he'll keep accomplishing things post-"Idol." Like, for example, bringing back the sweet falsetto sounds of classic R&B and the genuine emotion of music — both of which he said are sorely missed in today's music.
"That R&B soul is just lacking nowadays in music. Back in the day, everybody was a falsetto singer; it's just so unappreciated now," he said. "That was one of the reasons why I wanted to sing an Eric Benet song. There's so many talented people that are not getting the love they should, and I want to bring that old sound back. I don't even want to be a huge star. I just want music to be known, and I want messages to be getting through, like it was back in the day."
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