During a March 15 session with reporters, eliminated "American Idol" 2013 top 10 contestant Curtis Finch Jr. shared some thoughts on his tenure as a finalist, and on the March 13 sing-off between previously booted hopefuls Charlie Askew and Aubrey Cleland.
Although the affable St. Louis gospel singer admitted that he thought he'd make the finale and had visions of "the crown being on my head," he took his elimination in stride. He opined that all nine of the remaining finalists are worthy of the title, and that "everything happens for a reason." Finch also said he'd learned a lot from the competition, including how to keep control over his emotions during challenging public moments.
When asked about the sing-off between Askew and Cleland, who placed sixth in their gender groups following the top 20 vote, Finch hoped that both would be added to the "AI" tour, a move that would round the group to an even 12 performers.
Finch shared that regardless of his eventual musical genre, he hoped to become an "inspirational type singer." He also crossed his fingers that his "AI" stint might lead to a guest starring role on "Glee."
Despite his elimination, Finch still has fans in the music industry. Judge Nicki Minaj threatened to quit the show over his departure, and Mariah Carey tweeted the aspiring performer following the show, writing "Curtis, you're an amazing spirit, thank you for lifting mine with your glorious performances. Keep shining, God bless! @CurtisAI12 #idol."
Entering the March 20 "American Idol" 2013 top nine performance show, a powerhouse trio of girls including Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller lead the pack. Also still in the hunt for the title are Janelle Arthur, Amber Holcomb, Lazaro Arbos, Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor and top 10 bottom two survivor Devin Velez.