Skylar Laine's Country Roots Her 'Struggle And Strength' On 'Idol'

'While I'm doing different songs, they're going to sound country,' latest 'American Idol' castoff tells MTV News.

When Skylar Laine was sent packing on last week's "American Idol," it was a shock to many. After all, in her run to the top five, she'd always been consistently good (and occasionally great), and, really, with some lesser contestants remaining (cough, Hollie, cough), it truly didn't seem like it was her time to head home.

Still, to hear her tell it, Laine wasn't surprised to be voted off the show, and she thinks consistency had a lot to do with it. Then again, she'll also admit that it was also her biggest asset too.

"My struggle was my strength at the same time: I always made the song country, and I got a lot of flak for it," she told MTV News on Monday (May 7). "I'd watch my YouTube videos back, and I'd read some of the comments, which you're not supposed to — but that is your voters and that is your fans, so you want to know what they think — and a lot of them would be like, 'Oh, all she can sing is county,' and I'm like, 'No, I sang a Lady Gaga song, I did Soul Train [week], but anything I sing is going to sound country.'

"So that was my struggle and my strength, knowing that I want everything I sing to be country," she continued. "But people don't understand that, while I'm doing different songs, they're going to sound country. Just like when Phillip [Phillips] sings a song, it's going to have that raspy sound."

And true to her words, Laine said she's going to remain country to the core in her post-"Idol" career — she's already making plans to move from Mississippi to Nashville to record her debut album — but with a few weeks off before hitting the road with her fellow contestants, her plans are much simpler: She can't wait to head home and just enjoy herself.

"This will be the first time I've been home since February, and I just really want to spend some time with my family and friends," she said. "I'm so excited, you don't even know! I want to go all around Brandon and see all my friends and hang out at the car wash, sit on the tailgate of the truck and just talk to people. I just want to be a regular kid for a couple of days; a regular 18-year-old in Brandon, Mississippi."

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