Megan Joy has no regrets about her American Idol journey and said she learned a valuable lesson about accepting criticism.

"I learned that there's always going to be people, negative people or haters, if you will, trying to bring you down, but you have to just forget about them and move past it always," she told reporters during a Thursday conference call.

"I have always just kept the mentality of whatever is supposed to happen will happen.  I didn't ever put any expectations on myself.  I wanted to make the tour.  That was my only goal, but I was just excited and wanted to enjoy the ride; whatever happened, happened, no expectations."

The 23-year-old divorced mother from Taylorsville, UT who currently resides in Sandy, UT was eliminated from Idol's eighth season during last Wednesday night's live results show based on the 36 million home viewer votes that were cast immediately following Tuesday night's live performance episode.

Despite the fact that she received some harsh comments from the judges following her Tuesday night performance of Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low," Joy said her dreams to become a singer are still intact.

In addition, Joy -- who began Idol's eighth season using her married name of Megan Corkrey and then switched to Megan Joy Corkrey before settling on Megan Joy, her middle name, in recent weeks -- encouraged others to not get discouraged and follow their dreams.

"Do it and don't worry about people's opinions and negativity," she told reporters.  "Just put it past you and be positive and good things will happen."

In addition to being excited about participating in this summer's annual Idol tour, Joy said she's looking forward to working on an album even though she has no experience writing music.

"I've never tried to write anything before, so I'm just excited to see what comes out of me," she said.  "I don't know what it's going to be.  I'm excited to try, whatever happens."

Joy added she's also interested in possibly pursuing other avenues in the entertainment industry -- including lending her voice to cartoons.

"I would love to.  I like cartoons.  I like doing voices.  I'm all about that.  I love Pixar," she told reporters.  "There are a couple shows that I want to make an appearance on.  I'm down for whatever, whatever life wants to introduce me to, I would love to dabble."

Joy's many tattoos made her identifiable as an Idol eighth-season finalist, and she told reporters she "definitely" plans to get some more ink to commemorate her journey on the show.
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"I've had a lucky ring that I've worn the entire time and I'm going to have that tattooed on my ribs," she told reporters.