The Grand Ole Opry has been kind to American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, who was recently inducted into the legendary organization. But this week's Grand Ole Opry theme on American Idol proved harsh for 21-year-old season eight hopeful Alexis Grace. Alexis' re-worked rendition of the Dolly Parton classic "Jolene" didn't wow voters, and she found herself in this week's bottom three and up for elimination from the competition. Only the judges' new one-time elimination veto rule, which they were considering using, could have saved her — along with a rousing on-air redo of the song. But that didn't happen. "I was flattered they considered using the veto," Alexis tells In Touch. "But there were some points in the song I knew I just didn't do it because I was upset. Sometimes you have bad nights, and that's just what happened."
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Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
"I thought maybe they could save me, possibly?"
What did you learn on the show?
Alexis: If you want to pursue anything in life and a dream, you have got to work hard at it and believe in yourself, for one thing. And just have fun with whatever you want to do. Remember everything and all the little things - they always say that, it's really true.
What was most challenging about the show for you?
Alexis: Probably being away from family, my daughter especially. That was tough. I went from being a single mom and with her every day to not seeing her or hardly talking to her at all. It was really tough being away from her.
Were you flattered the judges considered using the save veto on you?
Alexis: It was flattering, and I was really happy. I just wish I could have done a better job than I did. But there were some points in the song I knew I just didn't do it because I was upset. Sometimes you have bad nights, and that's just what happened. But in all honesty, I don't know if they would have still chosen me. I liked the fact they considered using it, as it proved they believed in me. I thought maybe they could save me, possibly? But it's really early in the game and it wouldn't be good for TV if they did it so early. In the back of my mind, I thought maybe not, they'll want to save it. It wasn't the right time.
Who were you closest to on the show?
Alexis: Definitely Megan and Matt G., he cracks me up and is hilarious, always making jokes and doing riffs and runs all the time. We had a good time together. And Megan is the same. We both have kids the same age, she has a boy, I have a girl, and we used to joke about how on tour our son and daughter would become boyfriend and girlfriend.
What's next - is it back to the band with your dad?
Alexis: I'm going to go back home and spend some time with my family first. And then get back to work and start talking about recording some music and try to get it out there and just continue singing. I haven't played with my dad's band in a long time. I would love to do some solo shows in my hometown, as everyone there has been so supportive.