Kree Harrison isn't letting her "American Idol" loss to Candice Glover get her down. In fact, she's got some big plans for the future — plans that might even involve departing judge and "Idol" vet Randy Jackson.
"It was sad. We'll see each other. I know we will," the 22-year-old Texas native told MTV News after Thursday night's "Idol" season finale. "I love him and apparently we have a mutual friend, which I didn't even know until the other day. And, so I would love to work with him in the future. I adore him."
She added that her song, "All Cried Out," which she performed during the season, is a pretty good indicator of what's next for her. She explained, "I would want that to be my single, either way. I hope [to debut new music on the road]. Stay tuned."
The 40-date "Idol" tour will kick off in St. Louis at the end of June, and Harrison is looking forward to performing for the fans who helped her get all the way to the finale. "I get to travel the country and thank each and every one of them for voting for me and getting me this far," she said. "As many hugs as I can possible give, I will."
This year's "Idol" finale was characteristically action-packed and drama-filled. Before Candice was crowned the winner, there was one show-stopping performance after another, including a team-up between the two finalists to perform the 5th Dimension's "One Less Bell to Answer."
Before host Ryan Seacrest called out Candice's name, the two women stood together, holding one another as they waited to hear who would go home a winner. And, if Kree's big smile when Candice's name was called is any indication, she's pretty happy for her former competitor.
So for fans wondering what they may have talked about before the life-changing moment, Kree offered up some insight, saying that they chatted about "just how proud we were of each other; just whatever happens that we already feel like we've won."
And, she sees big things for Glover. She said, "Stardom! Stardom!"
Well, if stardom is on the horizon for Glover, she certainly has put in the time. In another backstage interview, the 23-year-old vocalist recalled auditioning twice before before cracking the show's code and going to victory this season. The "I Am Beautiful" singer is the first female winner since Jordin Sparks in 2007.
"I went through the first two years and getting eliminated and coming back," she told MTV News. "[I'd be] telling my parents, 'If I could just get to top 20, if I could just get to top 10, if I could just get my voice out there and get some voters and get a fanbase, then I'll be fine. I don't have to win.' And then I came and I won. I can't even tell you how I feel to say that. I don't know. I'm losing it."
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