Lily Scott’s elimination on Thursday just about put a sour taste in your mouth for the rest of the season. She had the reason for it figured out on her conference call exit interview on Friday (March 12, 2010) morning, and she was probably right. The “tweener” vote didn’t go her way and the “underground” following she has probably doesn’t own television sets.
No hanging chad, no advancing to the Top 12.
Only hope here is that one day Lily cuts a CD. I, for one, would buy it.
Following is Lily’s interview:
When you were eliminated you didn’t hide your feelings when you said, ‘I don’t know what America wants to hear.’ What was the emotion behind that?
“Trying out I just wanted to break the mold and kind of do that off-beat stuff. And express myself as an artist in my song choice. I definitely have no regrets in that department. But watching people make it into the Top 12 who haven’t done so well the past three weeks, and based on the judges comments on my songs the past three week I was kind of frustrated. I got a feeling that my fan base just wasn’t there although the producers and the judges seemed to love me. I felt like I was having a great run. But my voting demographic probably is more of the underground type and if they even own a TV they are probably were out riding a bike or doing something more productive than watching TV and American Idol. I don’t know. I guess they weren’t voting.”
What about song choice? Was it your last song that did it?
“Yes and no. I kinda feel … I love Patsy Cline. I love that song. You know the voters are probably tweens – 11 and 12 year old girls – and I feel like they don’t know who Patsy Cline is. That probably affected me. But I have no regrets. But my fan base, the ones I am playing to is the underground market. They probably weren’t watching the show. And then there is whole deal with people assuming I was safe and they chose not to vote. Honestly, I have no idea what happened.”
Where do you go from here?
“I feel like I would fit into the summer festival circuit. Some mass touring. I would have a whole entire different kind of audience. I know they are out there. Fans of music like mine. The American Idol folks thought I could break the mold, but I guess it’s another season of the same old stuff.”
Did the judges come up to you afterward and offer any words of support?
“Randy came up and offered his sympathy. He said I definitely know who I am as an artist and he was very upset to see me go. Kara came up to me as well. She said maybe America thought I was already ready to go and that I felt comfortable with myself as an artist. America maybe didn’t know what to do with me. I thought going into American Idol with a lot of experience under by skin would be a good thing, but …”
Because of the demographic, did you see this coming?
“You know, I did and I didn’t. In the past few years I’ve watched American Idol and it seems like the person I fall in love with goes home because they don’t fit. But I got cut and I know next week I could have done a great job with a Rolling Stones song. I could have really kicked butt. Maybe I was just too off the wall for people or maybe it was my time to go out with a bang. I still think I can be good. And I can do my thing without having the American Idol thing hanging over my head.”
Do they let you know how close you came?
“No, they don’t let us know any of that stuff. I’m one to think screw the establishment and blah, blah, blah, but I would love to know the specifics. I don’t want to think anything was rigged, but I would love to know how many votes I really did have.”
What were your expectations going into last night’s show?
“The people I thought who were going home were completely different than the four who left, including myself. It’s really strange that now three sets of roommates have gone home on the same night. It’s becoming very strange. But American Idol has been a great experience.”