In today's entertainment industry, such a statement would usually be followed by something scandalous or shocking, but that wasn't the case in Bradley's situation.
The article reported that she – like several of her fellow “AGT” finalists – was an accomplished professional, which is not the case.
“My husband wanted to correct the article by contacting [the columnist],” Bradley told Examiner.com. “I told him not to bother because I didn't want to cause any problems or hurt anyone's feelings.”
Bradley's husband, Eric, decided to reach out to the columnist via Twitter anyway to set the record straight.
Fast forward a few days and after eating crow, this columnist (me) not only corrected the article, but was on the phone conducting an exclusive interview with the 25-year-old “America's Got Talent” finalist.
Following a quick trip home to Spokane, Wash., after earning a spot in this season's finals on Aug. 29, Bradley was back on a plane headed to New York City a full week ahead of her next scheduled performance on Sept. 10.
“Even though I have a whole week before I perform,” she said, “my schedule is pretty full for the week with set consultations, rehearsals, and wardrobe consultations.”
In spite of her hectic schedule leading up to the finals, there is still time to sightsee and be a tourist, but on her own dime.
You see, “AGT” is willing to foot the bill for its contestants, but to a point. Airfare, hotel, and food are covered, but other than that, the contestants are on their own.
This is her third trip to The Big Apple for “AGT” and this time, she's there for the long haul. She's there until she either wins the competition or is eliminated, which, as you might imagine, creates a stressful situation.
Behind the Scenes
Bradley had never watched a season of “America's Got Talent” before auditioning for the show, but since becoming a contestant, she's watched several episodes from previous seasons in order to get a feel for the show.
Although she did her homework, only first-hand experience can give a real look at how the show works.
“What surprised me most about the live shows is how real they are,” Bradley said. “What you see on TV is how it happens in real life. Nothing is staged. There's no second takes or breaks in the action. When the commercial breaks happen, there's a lot of running around, people moving sets and equipment, stuff like that.”
However, there is one segment of the show, she said, that is part staged, part real.
The Orville Lounge – which also looks a lot like an extended popcorn commercial – starts off staged, but once it gets going, it's for real.
“[Host] Nick [Cannon] comes in and starts interacting with everyone and then it just flows,” she said. “There's no music playing like in the aired segment, but it's definitely a fun atmosphere.”
With so many talented people vying for a $1 million grand prize and a Vegas-headlining opportunity, there's bound to be some tension and hard feelings between the contestants, right?
“In the early rounds, there was some tension between some of the acts,” Bradley said. “But the ones that are still in the competition now get along very well. I'm friends with all of the remaining acts. Their friendships are the best part of this experience.”
Auditioning for “America's Got Talent” was Bradley's first experience with reality talent competitions and came about as the result of a lot of convincing by her husband.
“I've never auditioned for any singing competition show because I never thought I'd do very well in them,” she said. “Even after auditioning [for 'AGT'], I never thought I'd make it as far into the competition as I have.”
Other than what's shown on TV, Bradley doesn't get to interact with the “AGT” judges and only gets to interact with Cannon when he conducts interviews with the contestants backstage and onstage.
In what might come as a surprise to some, Howard Stern is Bradley's favorite judge.
“His honesty is so good, it helps me improve as a singer,” she said. “I've learned more from his feedback than from any of the other judges.”
Song Choice and Last Performance
Even though Bradley got to New York City a full week before her finals performance, she had no idea what song she would be singing in the finals at the time of this interview.
Bradley said the song choice process is part her choosing, and part the show's choosing. By Friday, however, she knew which song she'll be performing, but is not allowed to divulge that information to anyone.
Contrary to what some viewers thought, the solo guitarist who accompanied Bradley when she covered Elvis Presley's “Can't Help Falling in Love” during her semifinal performance was not her husband.
“A lot of people told me they thought it was Eric,” Bradley laughed. “The show uses musicians and performers that work for a union, so there's a lot of rules in place to make sure they keep using them.”
The 12 “America's Got Talent” finalists will compete Tuesday night for six spots in the season finale round, which begins on Sept. 17.
Bradley loves singing – no surprise there – but what she finds most rewarding about her talent is that she is able to share it with others, which is what brings her the most joy.
With so much uncertainty about whether she'll be in town for another week or not, it's encouraging to Bradley to know her husband is confident she'll advance. He packed enough underwear for another week, she reported on Twitter.
Bradley's dream is to one day sing with Adele, a dream that – given her rising fame – is more likely to happen than it was a few months ago.
The “America's Got Talent” finals begin on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. on KSL 5 in Provo.