The 23-year-old Top 5 American Idol finalist chatted with Billboard about her future now that she’s off the show. Check it:
On keeping connected with the Top 4: “I think this group of girls in particular…we’re not out to get each other. It’s just strange. All of us are just really laid back. It’s crazy. The girls and I were talking and I think we were more laid back than some of the guys. They had a little more energy than some of us I think. I think we all just really love each other and we’ve gotten to know each other so well during this whole thing. We don’t think of it as a competition. We have respect for each other.”
On her future album: “I think my album will definitely be more on the traditional side of country. I definitely think that there is room for some more rootsy country music to come back into play. A lot of the females right now are now are doing the pop country thing and I definitely want to do what makes sense right now for me and my life and my raising. I think that definitely something more traditional country but then at the same time finding that balance and making it more current.”
On her dream collaborations: “I would love to collaborate with Vince Gill. He’s number one on my list and I love Shania Twain and of course Dolly. Dolly is sort of a no brainer for me.”
After weeks of guys getting sent home and the save still in play, the top five girls were the only ones left in the competition. In the end, the judges did not decide to use the save and Janelle went home.
Watch the top five girls perform at the beginning of the results show below!
Janelle, 23, sang Vince Gill’s “When I Call Your Name” and Dolly Parton‘s “Dumb Blonde” while Candice, 23, took on the Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston classic “When You Believe”, as well as “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul.
Both girls received praise for their performances, but Nick Minaj told Candice, “That is how you do a Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston song. There’s a bigger message here. For women, for everyone, for Boston. Everyone needs to feel that right now.”
Watch Janelle and Candice perform below!
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