'American Idol's Majesty Rose: America can make you feel rejected and not good enough, but I persevered
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/02/2014
American Idol ousted Majesty Rose during Thursday night's live results show on Fox, determining the thirteenth season's Top 8 finalists.
Majesty, a 21-year-old from Goldsboro, NC, became the fifth finalist sent home from American Idol's thirteenth season after she received the fewest home viewer votes cast following last week's performance show, which featured the Top 9 finalists performing rock royalty songs for a theme dubbed "I'm With The Band."
Idol judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban decided against using their one "The Judges' Save" of the season on her after she sang for survival. Majesty landed in the bottom three alongside Sam Woolf and C.J. Harris.
During a Friday conference call with reporters, Majesty talked to Reality TV World about her Idol experience. To read what she had to say, click here. Below is the concluding portion of Majesty's interview. Click here for more.
You've been saying you'd like to give acting a shot as well. Do you have any favorite TV shows that you'd like to be a guest star on?
Majesty Rose: Oh, my gosh... on TV shows. Well, I love Disney Channel. People always say I look like 15 or 16 anyway. I could really be over there. I've always wanted to be on Disney.
Does any particular Disney show peak your interest?
Majesty Rose: Oh, my gosh, what would it be? I really like Austin & Ally, and I like Shake It Up.
I heard that you said Dexter Roberts likes to flirt a lot. Whom is he flirting with and what does he do?
Majesty Rose: We make fun of Dexter when he takes pictures because he has his face. He has this celebrity-face already. I think he knows he's kind of like a ladies' man now.
You looked so happy last night when you were performing.
Majesty Rose: Thank you. I was.
You were happy, but I wanted to ask you, why exactly did you choose "Happy" as the song to potentially save you last night?
Majesty Rose: Well because I think that was one of my favorite times... So, I definitely wanted to sing something that reminded people, "Oh, my gosh, remember I'm the same girl who sang Happy." And, I did want to truly be happy if I sang my save song. So, there was no way I could cry or anything at that point.
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What were some of the struggles you had to face during your run onAmerican Idol?
Majesty Rose: Some of the struggles? Oh, yes, it was hard to overcome being in the bottom. It's really hard because it's just like, if I could give somebody in American Idol a tip, if they were wanting to go to American Idol, I would say, "You're really going to have to know who you are before you come to Hollywood."
America can really make you feel like you're just rejected and like you're not good enough when that's not true. That's one thing I've learned throughout this, is my best is good enough.
I might not be the next "American Idol," but I'm the only Majesty Rose. No one else can be like me. So, yes, I really have had that spiritual foundation there. So, whatever America had decided, I was fine. That's why I could sing "Happy" that way.
I was just wondering, what do you think you'll take away from this experience as a whole, the whole American Idol experience?
Majesty Rose: I think what I said in "Hollywood Week," when I did my solo. I said, "I just want to leave a good mark in my culture, in my world," and I think that's what I'm taking back, because I really feel like I did do that.
Yes, I think I was a really good example of what a lady is. I stayed true to myself and I'm really proud of myself for persevering and just not letting things get to me like being in the bottom three or whatever. I really bounced back from it because I definitely prayed a lot and read my Scriptures and got myself together before I got onstage.
What was your favorite moment on the show?
Majesty Rose: Oh my gosh, so many great things have happened, even little things. I haven't even had time to think about them, you know? There are so many things that happened, seriously. Probably one of my performances. Those are things I won't forget; I can't forget.
I think it's "Rush Week" when we didn't know if our names would get called or not. I was first to get called and [I] sang "Happy" -- [and I was] happy when I sang that song. It was great... Everybody else had to sweat it out in the chamber. I didn't have to worry through it.
I know it's a very intense experience being on American Idol and making your way through. Who are your closest friends on the show? Whom do you imagine you'll stay friends with down the road 10 years from now?
Majesty Rose: Well, I know for sure I'm going to be friends with Jessica Meuse. We were roommates for a lot of the time and we just really clicked right at the beginning. We really just care about each other a lot. I think even beyond this we're going to be really good friends.
Then, [Alex Preston], we're really cool too. We have similar tastes in music, and I mean, we both really inspire each other a lot. So, I hope we'll be friends for a while.
You talk a lot about your faith. I wondered if Christian music or Gospel music might be in the future for you. Would you also like to consider making music especially for young people, for children?
Majesty Rose: I think that when I make a CD, it will be a combination of all those things. I don't specifically think that I'm going to say, "Oh, I'm a Christian artist because I'm a Christian person." I mean, just the way that I live my life, people would understand who I am fine.
I'm saying if I'm in an alternative genre, people are going to know what I stand for. Here's my music. They're going to feel really happy. Kids are going to like it and then grown-ups are going to like it. That's what I really think. It's going to be one of those albums that everybody would be able to relate to.
After your performance of "Shake It Out," Harry said your diversity was great but fans might not be able to grasp what your style is. But the judges have also criticized some finalists for sticking to only one genre. What are your thoughts on that comment, then?
Majesty Rose: Yes, I understand exactly what Harry is saying. That's why it was kind of tricky for me, because it wasn't like I knew exactly what kind of artist I was when I got into this. But, now, that's developed throughout this competition.
So, you know, it might not be a good idea to do things that are so polar opposites or whatever like in American Idol. But, I think it will work in my favor now that I'm out of American Idol, because I can do so many different things and I'll have so many different avenues I can go on. Yes, I'm excited.
So last night was the first 30-minute results show of the season. Since you've all been kind of used to the results shows being drawn out across an hour, did it feel like it just went by really quickly?
Majesty Rose: Yes, it did go by really quickly, yes. Different. It went really fast. It was kind of like you just can't think.
Who are some of your favorite contestants that have been on American Idol over the years?
Majesty Rose: Well, I really did like Carrie Underwood. I liked Jason Castro a lot. Oh, my gosh, I liked Casey Abrams. Adam Lambert actually inspired me a lot because of how different he was. He just came out and was so different than everybody else on the show. He was extreme. I really liked that. I can't think of anybody else.
When you're with the other contestants but not rehearsing or anything, what are some of the things you guys like to do in your free time?
Majesty Rose: Oh, what do we do in our free time? Well, me and Jess, we were roommates, and a lot of times we were seriously just resting. In our free time, you don't get a lot of free time, so Jess would chill out at the pool. I would be practicing music in our room. Then, we would go exercise a lot. We went to cycling class a lot.
Would say you and the contestants are really close?
Majesty Rose: Yes, especially me and Jess. We were like the closest. Then, Alex was my next bestie.
What would you say is the most rewarding thing about being on American Idol?
Majesty Rose: Rewarding thing? I think now that I really do have a platform. I have so many things to choose from now. It's just really cool because I think I'm in a really great place, like I get time to rest and then I'm going to go back for the finale and then the tour. So, yes.
Any final remarks, Majesty?
Majesty Rose: Hi. I just want to let my supporters and all my fans know, my "Rose buddies," know I just thank all of them for their support. Seriously, I could not have done this without all of them. I just hope that they all find me on Twitter, @PsMajestyRose, and on Instagram, because I'm always being interactive there. Just keep following me all around the world and see everybody on tour.
Above is the concluding portion of Majesty's interview with reporters. Click here to read what she had to tell Reality TV World specifically. For more, click here.