With 34 million votes cast this week, and only 30 thousand votes separating them, Anoop Desai and Scott MacIntyre found themselves in the bottom two on April 8's American Idol. Scott sang to stay in the competition, hoping to receive the judges' elusive save vote, but his performance of the ironically titled "The Search Is Over" by Survivor was not enough. After a split vote by the judges, Simon delivered the bad news — Scott was being sent home.
"It's a TV show and you have to expect the unexpected," says Scott of his elimination, "But having the judges split vote to stay was something nice to walk away with." Scott won't be gone forever. He is looking forward to fulfilling his lifelong ambition to tour when he joins the upcoming American Idol summer concert series.
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Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Eliminated: April 8
"It's a great time for me to leave."
Q: What did you learn about yourself during the show?
Scott: I learned I worked more quickly than I ever thought I could. It's a very fast-paced atmosphere on Idol. Preparing new songs each week and sometimes a couple with the group numbers — amidst shopping and the Ford shoots and mentor shoots — it's quite crazy. It taught me to budget my time well and I'll carry that with me the rest of my life. I also learned anything is possible. I never dreamed I would be in the top 8 of American Idol, and now here I am. It was an amazing opportunity.
Q: Was it tough standing there knowing two judges wanted you to stay, and two didn't?
Scott: That was one of Seacrest's most agonizing pauses — he's getting a little too good at that. I was thrilled to know it was a split decision between the four judges. That was something nice to walk away with. Talking to Simon after the show, there was some inner-turmoil in him making the decision. I stand by my performance. But it's a TV show and you have to expect the unexpected. It's a great time for me to leave as now I can focus on life and music after Idol. And I've been dreaming of touring and playing every night since I was a little kid, and now I can touch people's live.
Q: What will you miss about the others?
Scott: The camaraderie; making fun of each other before the show starts; the dinners when people leave and wishing them well; the group songs — believe it or not. I'll miss the kids. We are one of the only groups that apparently talked and joked two minutes before we performed, apparently the group last year was very serious. I will miss these people. It probably won't hit me till I get home, but before I know it, I'll be back on the tour.
Q: How did you feel about only 30 thousand votes separating you and Anoop?
Scott: I thought a couple more people should have voted (laughs)! But seriously, I thought it was amazing. At this stage of the game, everyone has won in their own right. There is not much difference between finishing eighth or third, just more air-time. It's what you do with the opportunity given and I have this incredible platform now and will do everything I can to make the transition from Idol to singer/songwriter.
Q: How did you feel about being asked to step out from behind the piano by Paula?
Scott: Simon said it all when he replied, "You wouldn't see Billy Joel, Elton John or Stevie Wonder come out from behind their pianos. And don't think they ever do. That's where my heart is, behind the keyboard. It's another layer of expression. The decision behind the guitar was to shock America a little bit, rather than what Paula said. It's common that they tell you one thing one week and the opposite the next. I don't take what the judges said to heart, but I feel some of the criticism is undue, but I respect the judges and am glad at least two of them were tempted to keep me in the competition. I have no regrets!