Are there any jitters, being back on an “Idol” show?
Carly Rae Jepsen: Yes there is. It was really strange to be backstage actually. It wasn’t so much once I was on, ’cause it was just kind of a performance. But leading up to it — the music that plays — I was like, “What? Why am I so nervous?” I don’t get nervous anymore, but I did tonight and I think it was the “American Idol”/”Canadian Idol” jitters.
Would you ever write another song with fan input again?
Carly Rae Jepsen: One part of me thinks it’s really interesting, because it was kind of cool to get all these opinions and it was the part that intrigued me to write the song in the first place. Essentially I wrote three different lyrical options and then fans would vote on their favorite one.
The problem was that I totally did have a favorite version, because I’m a very opinionated person when it comes to music, so I was worried that if it’s a version I don’t like I’d be secretly bummed the entire time. But they actually picked the version that I liked. So it was good. Phew. I don’t know that I’d like to do that too much more.
As a very successful “Idol” non-winner, what would you say to whoever is the runner-up?
Carly Rae Jepsen: I think the really valuable thing about “Idol” is the exposure. And that is the tool that you get to take with you, that’s the gift that all the contestants get and I really saw that for myself.
I remember sitting with the lawyers when there was five of us going through what the “Canadian Idol” contract looked like. And I don’t know what the American one is like but for me — and having a father who’s a principal and made me read all these business music books, I was like, “I don’t know if this is a good idea — second [place] sounds great!”
But at the same time I was very competitive by nature and the golden egg/pie seemed great too. For me, coming third was awesome. I was able to align myself with great management and great producers and a lot of people who helped develop my career to the point where when Justin Bieber came to town he could hear “Call Me Maybe” on the radio.
So I would say to both of the contestants, the real fight begins as soon as the show is done. And even for the winner, they have a great opportunity but don’t stop fighting.
What do you think of the two finalists this season?
Carly Rae Jepsen: Well, I wasn’t able to follow the entire season, because my television time is quite limited. I get what I get on the airplanes. I can tell you everything that plays there! That being said, I did catch up on the latest few episodes, and I have to say that both of these girls are very passionate about music.
I would say Kree’s got a really cool country element to her, and I think that can go a really long way. It’s a whole new genre that can be taken over. I would say there’s a softness to her voice that country music doesn’t really have, that I really admire. I think it could be a nice way of making it her own. I think that’s what I learned in “Idol,” actually, was that … It feels like there are millions of us! How do I stand out? I think, in high school, you spend so much time going like, “Let me fit in! Let me fit in!” And then you go on a show like this, you go, “I gotta stand out!” So you’ve gotta find out what it is that’s different about you and really hone in on that rather than shy away.
And as for Candice, I feel that every word that she says is just milk and honey. And I love it!
Do you think Justin Bieber would be a good “Idol” judge? What about you?
Carly Rae Jepsen: I think he would be great! I think I would be terrible. But I’m sure he’d be awesome. He’s got lots of great opinions, when it comes to the music world and he’s very experienced — especially for someone so young. For me, I think I would be too motherly and I would be like, “You should all go through! You did a great job! Let’s be friends … ”