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Brooke White: I wouldn't have made 'American Idol's eighth season

By Christopher Rocchio, 02/26/2009 

Brooke White is glad she was an American Idol seventh-season finalist because she feels it would have been difficult for her to make it as a contestant on the show's current season.

"Watching this year, I'm just so grateful I made it on last year! I wouldn't have made it on this season!" she told in a Monday report.

White cited the revival of the "Wild Card" round and return of Hollywood Week's group performances -- neither of which were included in the show's seventh season -- as reasons to why she wouldn't like her odds as an eighth-season hopeful.

"I guess they're going back to the first few seasons with the Wild Card Round. I didn't watch the first few seasons; I started watching later with, like, Season 5, and that was the other format," she told

"It may be a little harder now because they had groups in Hollywood Week. We didn't have groups in Hollywood Week. I just got to do my thing and I don't know how I would've done this year or in a group... Groups are hard because you have to work together and if you don't get along, they can sense that and then you're done. It's so much more dramatic now.  So I'm just thankful to have made it through last year."

White was the eighth finalist eliminated from Idol's seventh season last spring, and she subsequently teamed up with Malaria No More to launch the "Save the World Summer" campaign -- which urged kids to use their summer vacations to make a positive global impact.

She's currently participating in the "I Don't Want to Miss" campaign, which she said is "about raising awareness of the importance of flu vaccinations for teens."

"We don't want to miss these big moments in our lives because we're sick," she told

"So basically we have a contest at where teens can submit videos talking about what they don't want to miss because they're sick and I'll go to the winner's school and perform a concert. People think December is flu season, but flu season is actually in February. We just want to encourage people to get flu shots."

In addition, White said she is done writing songs for her album "High Hopes and Heart Break," which will drop June 2.

"It's still going to be me:  the singer-songwriter. You're still gonna see me with a guitar or sit at the piano," she told  "That's not changing. It's gonna be an organic record, I think. I like to say it's the 'sound of California.'"

White added she also recently collaborated with fellow seventh-season finalist Michael Johns.

"I actually recorded a duet with Michael Johns. He was so nice and asked me to do this duet with him, "Life Is Okay," for the Shaun White [documentary Don't Look Down]," she told  "So we did it and it was so great to work with him again."

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