Ashthon Jones was the first finalist to be voted out of the “American Idol” Top 13. She talks to the press about her backstory, her “Idol” experience and new judges.
On her backstory, which we never saw too much of:
“I had a lot of things go on in my life when I was younger. My father passed away when I was 14 … I left home and was gone for probably over 2 1/2 years. It was life changing. When I finally got back to my family, I got saved and of course I became a Christian and turned my life around and immediately started doing more positive things.”
Is she going back to her job in Nashville?
“No, I’m not. I left it there and I left it there to stay. I worked and worked and worked … now it’s time for me to be the artist and the performer that God put in me a long time ago. I’ve just gotta go along further in my career and hopefully opportunities are waiting for me … I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I feel it in my spirit that it’s something great.”
On her song choice:
“I don’t really think that it showed my personality as much as I wanted to, but it’s OK. Everything happens for a reason. I’m glad the the judges saw that personality of a diva, but I didn’t want the world to see me as diva, like I think I’m all that. I wanted them to see that the confidence came from God … Now I feel like America’s gonna see that, now that I’ve moved on. I can’t wait, I can’t wait to perform again … I chose that song for a reason. I listened to all Diana Ross songs and that song spoke to me, it ministered to me. I related it to my life and my experiences and my faith. As I was singing that song, the lyrics spoke to me.”
On the best piece of advice she got from the judges:
“I want to say it was from Jennifer Lopez. Steven and Randy told me some great things, but Jennifer always had something real to say that came straight form her spirit. She always told me that, ya know, you’re amazing, you’re gonna go far, don’t stop. She said, ‘I see it, I see it, I see it coming.'”
If she could describe Steven Tyler in one word:
“Fabulous. He was fabulous, from his clothes and shoes to what he said, he did not care. He said exactly what he felt. Behind the scenes he was the most humble and sweet person. Humble.”
On her fellow “Idol” contestants:
“We were best friends. I never thought I could have so many best friends. I lift them up, they lift me up … and that’s what a best friend is. My advice to everyone is never look at the blogs, never listen or read any negative comments about you. You have to stay focused and you have to have people that are positive around you who are constantly sending great energy and strength into your spirit.”
On her crying so hard when she was eliminated:
“It was not pain, it was leaving the stage and the friends that I made.”
“American Idol” airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.