It's been five days since Kree Harrison wrapped up her time on "American Idol." Last Thursday, the 22-year-old Texan lost to Candice Glover, but she knows that it doesn't take a victory to have success.
"There's so many 'Idols' that I look up to: Carrie [Underwood], Kelly [Clarkson], Kellie Pickler's one of my best friends," the runner-up told MTV News on Monday (May 20). "[Pickler] is such a strong woman and her work ethic is incredible. So for me, there's so many. It doesn't matter where you place. Jennifer Hudson! I mean, come on!" she added about the Oscar and Grammy winner who placed seventh on the show in 2004.
Pickler, who finished sixth on season five of "Idol," was giving Harrison sound advice all season. "She always told me, 'Just stay Kree and never Google yourself.' Her grandpa actually came to one of the tapings of the show. I was so happy he was in the audience rooting for me."
Pickler and Harrison will share the stage at the famed Grand Ole Opry on June 4, where they will be joined by "Idol" judge and country music superstar Keith Urban. And Harrison is taking Urban's words of wisdom with her as she plots out her post-"Idol" career.
"All four judges always gave me great advice, and Keith more than anything," she said, saying the country star helped teach her to wear her "heart on her sleeve," even opening up about her emotional childhood, during which she lost both of her parents. "But I feel like I found a happy medium through his constructive criticism. I feel like he's really helped me with that, as well as the other three judges. For some many, different reasons I love each one of them."
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