American Idol got off to a rocky start this week, with the Top 12 contestants rolling out tunes from The Rolling Stones. With some hit-and-miss performances, America voted and decided the first contestant eliminated would be Lacey Brown. After receiving some lackluster reviews from the judges for her version of “Ruby Tuesday,” Lacey sang for her life in the hopes of receiving the elusive judges' save vote, but it was not to be. “I am trying to be positive,” Lacey said after the news, adding, “someone has to go home every week, and if it’s you, it’s you — it’s out of your hands.”
Following some shows in New York, it’s back to Amarillo, Texas for Lacey, where she’ll chill with her friends and family and then catch a movie or two. Last week's Idol, which also featured performances by Ke$ha and Orianthi, season seven winner David Cook proved himself a winner with a roaring performance of The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
This Tuesday, the remaining 11 contestants will battle it out for a place in the coveted Top 10 (ensuring a place on the Idol summer tour) with a Billboard No. 1 Hits-themed week.
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Hometown: Amarillo, TX
Eliminated: March, 17
Q: Did the conflicting judges criticism this season make it hard for you at all?
Lacey: It’s difficult with the criticism this year as it has been a little confusing. I would change things week to week which left the audience questioning who I am.
Q: Did you think you would be going home?
Lacey: I woke up and had the strangest feeling I’d be going home. I told some of the other contestants I’d be going home and they we’re like “you are crazy, why would it be you?” But something about was of to me. I hadn’t made peace with it, but had gotten used to it. You are not in control of anything, that’s the nature of the show, so it wasn’t a shocker.
Q: What do you think your downfall was?
Lacey: I’d have to say Energy. They kept asking for Energy and I’d try to give it, I am a happy bubbly person and they wanted to see tat in my music. But I love telling stories and singing ballads, I am artsy and that side of me comes out when I sing. I picked songs I really felt and I guess it didn’t translate. But I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Q: What did the judges say to you afterwards?
Lacey: They all had nothing but nice things to say. They genuinely care about the contestants and are there to help you. They said I was unique, had great vocals, just full of compliments. They want us to succeed and not feel like all hope is lost. This has been a great opportunity for me to jumpstart my career.
Q: Plans moving forward, are you headed back to Amarillo?
Lacey: Just to clarify I love Amarillo. My package was edited and didn’t show all the nice things I said about Amarillo. I’ll always be an Amarillo gal. But I’m headed to New York and then back home and hang with family and friends. I’d love to do an album soon if I get the chance and give people something new and fresh and different. I’m a very different artist, but see myself doing a pop/folk mix on an album. I take pride in the fact I am different to what’s on the radio.