Alexis’ Grace’s exit Q&A from A-I:

1. How did feel after getting the results?

‘I was disappointed because I had imagined myself going farther than that, and it was a little bit surprising to myself … I kind of had a feeling that I would be in the bottom, but I never imagined myself going home that early. I figured I’d stay in the game a little bit longer. So I was disappointed a little bit because I’d made it that far. It’s like, I want to make it a little farther, at least.”

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2. Do you think it would’ve helped if you’d been able to sing a different song to earn the save?

“I’m gonna be honest — I think it could have. I think if I sang the first song that I sang, ‘Never Loved a Man,’ that maybe I would still be there. I don’t know. I think that ‘Jolene’ is a beautiful song but I don’t think it was the judges’ favorite performance, so I didn’t really get to really show them and remind them again why they picked me, or why America picked me.”

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3. Is it more bittersweet to be cut during country week, since you’re from Tennessee?

“It totally is. I feel kind of like I let my state down, you know? I’m from the South and we’re supposed to do country well. And I actually think I sing country pretty well so it was a disappointment. Kind of let them down a little bit. But … I think I will be able to redeem myself from that.”

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4. You play the guitar, so did you think about accompanying yourself on ‘Jolene’?

“You know it’s funny, Randy said the same thing to me last night. Yeah, I was actually thinking about doing it … but I wasn’t sure of myself. And sometimes when you get up there with your guitar, you get nervous and mess up, and I was just afraid that that might happen and it might be one of those nights. I wanted to stay away from any accidents happening.”

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5. Are you disappointed not to go on tour?

“I’m really disappointed about that. I would’ve loved to have gone on tour, especially with all those guys. I’m really close with them, and I know that they’re going to do really well and it would have been fun to do some duets with some of those people, too. But there will be other tours.”

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6. Do you think a guy will definitely win this year simply because there are more of them in the finals?

“I don’t know. I mean, there are a lot more boys than girls, so the percentage is higher. But that doesn’t mean anything because America votes, so it could go either way.”

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7. What was the most challenging part of being on the show?

“Probably being away from my family; my daughter especially. That was tough because I went from being a stay-at-home mom and being with her every day to not seeing her at all or hardly talking to her, so it was really tough to be away from her.”

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8. Who were you closest to among the finalists?

“I would definitely say Megan and Matt G. Matt cracks me up. He’s hilarious – always making jokes and doing riffs and runs all the time. And then Megan because we’re pretty much like the same. We both have kids the same age, she has a boy and I have a girl. And we always joked about on tour how our son and daughter would be boyfriend and girlfriend.”

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9. What kind of album would you make?

“Some soul mixed in with blues and country. I kind of like the three combined together. Maybe some, I don’t know, Joss Stone mixed with like, Carrie Underwood with Sheryl Crow, or something like that.”

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