Since getting the boot from "American Idol" last week, DeAndre Brackensick has made no bones about the fact that he had "no regrets" about anything he did on the show — in particular, his decision to flash his feathery falsetto, even if he did know it was divisive, to say the very least.
"My voice is one of the voices where either you love it or you can't stand it, and I think ['Idol' mentor] Jimmy [Iovine] didn't really have a feel for my voice," he told MTV News. "But it's fine, because I take everything he does say to me to heart. ... I have much love for Jimmy."
And perhaps realizing that some folks weren't the biggest fans of his voice, Brackensick is adamant about the fact that he avoided reading anything written about him during his time on the show — a move which he admits was easier said than done.
"That was probably the hardest part; not trying to give in to people's nonsense. I never read anything about me. I made that mistake last year," he said of getting to Hollywood Week in 2011. "It's horrible. Anybody who does try out for next season, just stay off of that, period. Because it's just words. Like, dude, look where you're at. It still hurts, because people are just ignorant at times. Nah, I stay off that."
Then again, he was aware that most commenters seemed to focus on his hair rather than his singing — and surprisingly, he didn't have a problem with that. I mean, it is an incredible mane, after all.
"I take that as a compliment, you know?" he laughed. "That's my trademark. It's part of who I am, and it's natural, which is not common nowadays. So I love it; my hair is a big part of me."
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