Jason Castro addresses burning 'Idol' questions

In part one of the Dreadlocked Dude’s official Idolatry interview, he discusses whether or not he received an apology regarding Paulagate, if he treated dress rehearsals as seriously as his televised Idol performances, and why he seemed to lose some of his spark during Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Week. (More Jason footage coming Wednesday and Thursday, but I thought you all might prefer to get these answers sooner, rather than later.)

Update: Here’s part 2 of the interview (focusing on song selection), for those of you who can’t get enough Castro!

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  • nunya

    i really like jason’s personality and style and i expect great things from him in the future (perhaps an indie route a la elliot yamin?). but does anyone know — what exactly is jason’s ethnic background/ race? he could be a whole mix of things. either way, he’s fine. :)

  • cimagato

    Thank you, Michael!

  • Sarah

    I still keep listening to his studio version of “Mr. Tambourine Man”. It was so much better than the live performance. It’s too bad he couldn’t have been judged on the studio version.

  • h

    Thanks for putting this up! I’ve been looking for it all week. He seems like a really nice guy, and I’d listen to him and Brooke before any of the top three. Their real “artists” vibes made this season so much more interesting to watch, personally, since I feel like I’ve heard Syesha et al a million times before.

  • Morgan

    it was his time to go. but i really love jason – can’t wait to see the next parts of the interview.

  • Mariah

    I, like you Slezak, found myself disappointed with Jason’s seeming ambivalence last Tuesday. However, with this interview, I understood him and found myself impressed with his line of reasoning. I was a big fan of his on the show and look forward to whatever he comes out with in the future.

  • Lauri

    I love him.
    nunya to answer your question Jason Colombian-American.

  • mscisluv

    Gotta love this guy’s laidback honesty…and he’s not even interested in dissing Paula (even though he’d have every right to). It’s just so refreshing to see someone okay with leaving Idol (like Amanda Overmeyer). And he’s way more articulate off the Idol stage, isn’t he?

  • yes please

    completely watching this idolotry segment over the “real show” tonight… it just isn’t worth it without looking forward to jason’s songs. he is so gracious and real in interviews, its refreshing to see someone so able to roll with the punches and take enjoyment from the boosts. i’ll be eager to see what comes next from him.

  • Nicole

    Thanks for giving me something to watch during Idol :)

  • mj

    I just adore Jason. I was disappointed that he seemed to give up during his last couple of performances, but all his interviews since then seem to explain it. He’s only been singing for a few years and this was overwhelming. I like that he’s so refreshingly honest and laid-back and I just love his demeanor and his voice, of course. Idol lost a lot of its magic for me tonight without him.

  • Kathy

    Idol was TOTALLY a bore without Jason tonite. Boy do I miss him even if he does flub a little. Those other 3 are so predictable and nothing to get excited over. Tomorrow Syesha will finally get her comeupance and go home. She should have gone last week like I think the voting really went. Whats she have? Like 5 fans? Can’t wait til you post the rest of Jason’s interviews. Much more entertaining than American Idol. This week Syesha will go home and next week Archuletta. Cook is their pic to win and he will.

  • haze

    I think he gave up after ‘memories’. He was sick (u can hear it in his itunes recording) and the judges slammed him. Way to go American idol, I’m glad you’re not going to get your hands on Jason or his fans. That’s what u get if u let a lot of untalented brits pick our idol. They’re best at bitching and underhand manipulating and keeping a couple of American puppets to confuse us. If you watch X Factor you’ll see how much respect they shower on their contestants there.
    I just found out that even on popidol these same guys kept dragging the top vote getter (Will Young) in the bottom 3 so he could get pity votes.

  • Al

    He’s given the show some of the best moments – Hallelujah, SOTR, Daydream; some of the best performances- Those cheesey group numbers, ‘I was thinking Bob Marley. Yeah!’, some of the best itunes recordings but the AI machine very consistently treated him the worst. Bad backup, terrible band, lowering his mic volume. Or why was it he sounded the best in group songs? I’m waiting for great thibgs from Jason and I’m sure AI will very quickly step in and claim him as their discovery like they did with JHud.
    Thanks, Michael. Please don’t try to cut off his dreads like BORING Tshow hosts – I’m looking at you, Ellen.

  • june

    i youtubed idol performances tonight (couldn’t sit through a minute of the show w/o jason to look forward to) – i was so irritated to find the judges critique towards david a on his mess of a chris brown song..”way to try something new” “not your best” they were so kindly and it was SO TERRIBLE. jason’s marley blew that out of the water, i just can’t get over the bad taste in my mouth about their blatant double standard. its okay to have favorites, but they should still treat the contestants fairly. i love how jason never awknowledges any of this in interviews, he comes of so much the bigger person. but his fans will vouch for him!!!

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