'American Idol's Tyanna Jones: Having someone in your ear is tough, I know where Clark's coming from
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/30/2015
American Idol eliminated Tyanna Jones and determined its Top 4 artists during the eighth live show of its fourteenth season Wednesday night on Fox.
Tyanna, a 16-year-old student from Jacksonville, FL, was the bottom votegetter following last week's nationwide vote that took place after the season's Top 5 artists performed. Tyanna had never been at risk for elimination by landing in the bottom two before.
Tyanna was not afforded the opportunity to sing two songs like the other contestants during Wednesday night's performance show. Instead, she sang for the last time and took the stage with "Run The World" by Beyonce. Tyanna was very emotional following her ouster but kept a big smile on her face.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Tyanna talked to Reality TV World about her American Idol experience. Below is what she had to say. Check back with us soon for more.
Reality TV World: After your elimination, the show aired that nice montage of moments you had throughout the competition. You broke down crying and then they made you sing. How tough was it to get through that song? It wasn't even a ballad in which it would be helpful to be emotional during it.
Tyanna Jones: Right. I think the reason why I started to break down because I was watching how far I had come and I realized that, you know, it takes a while for things to hit you how far you have actually come in the competition and how much you've grown. You see clips from Hollywood Week and from my first audition.
It just shows how much I've done from those places. It really showed me how much I've grown. Even though people have constantly been telling me that, I saw it myself when they showed me that montage. It also showed all of the things that I was going to leave behind, the people that I have grown to love and everything. So, yeah.
Reality TV World: I want to get your thoughts on Clark Beckham's little confrontation with mentor Scott Borchetta. It seemed like Clark was getting a little frustrated that authorities were trying to change him but Scott just wants him to fit the mold of what could be considered mainstream. It led Clark to say something along the lines of, "If I need to change my song to win American Idol then I don't want to win it."
Tyanna Jones: I think that, knowing Clark personally, I know what he meant by what he said. Because a lot of the time -- well all the time -- with being on the show, a lot of people want to tell you what they think you should do with the song or how they think you should take on the song.
And really, what it is, it's about how you feel and how you feel like -- I mean, you could go home next week. You want to make sure that in case you go home, you're satisfied with yourself. So I completely understand where he's coming from, and I don't think he meant it in a way to offend anybody.
Reality TV World: You started the show so strong and have killed it in your performances as of recently, but you had a little bit of a rough patch in the middle when the judges were looking for more from you. Could you talk about that a little bit? Were you trying to find yourself or maybe you found it difficult to deal with the stress and criticism that comes with the show?
Tyanna Jones: I don't know. I guess you could say that was what the problem was for me. You know, all of the stress that comes with the competition and always having everybody in your ear, wanting me to do certain things, and you're not really having time for yourself to just kind of [unwind] and do what you like to do.
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That's kind of stressful and frustrating at times. But that's what I signed up for, so I went out there and just tried my best. I did my best every day. So, I guess my rough patch was just from all of that -- all of the feelings that I was feeling at the time.
Reality TV World: Who are you rooting for to win at this point? Or maybe you feel like one person has the edge to win right now?
Tyanna Jones: I can't really say because everybody is so good. Everybody is just really deserving of the positions that they are in, and whoever comes out on top will deserve it.
Reality TV World: Who were or are you hoping to sing with in the season finale two weeks from now?
Tyanna Jones: I would like to sing with either Beyonce, Sia, Rihanna, Janelle Monae. Pretty much anybody. (Laughs) Somebody that could just go up there and kill a performance and be real.
Check back with Reality TV World soon for more from Tyanna's interview.