Jason Castro discusses the 'American Idol' Swaybots™

In the third and final installment of our interview with the delightful Jason Castro (click here if you missed parts 1 and 2), the dreadlocked dude discusses the worst thing that ever happened to American Idol (the dreaded Swaybots ™) and whether or not he envisions following in the footsteps of the show’s most successful fourth-place finisher, Chris Daughtry. Hope you all enjoy!

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  • aquaeyes26

    I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Jason. Are you planning on writing an article expanding on your impressiosn of Jason after the interview? There is so much misconcesption about Jason “out there,” some of which has been perpetuated by TPTB at Idol, some of which you, yourself, perpetuated with your reveiw of the Top 4 (“he gave up” “he let his fans down”), all of which could negatively impact Jason’s opportunities for a record deal. You seem to be a true fan of his (who briefly lost his way) and what you write NOW, after having had a chance to get to know the real Jason, could go a long way towards righting some these wrongs done to him adn help keep his momentum alive. WE need him to come out with his own music as soon as possible and a good record deal is imperative. Please consider writing such an article.

  • Kathy

    I just love him. He doesn’t have a pretentious bone in his body, is so sweet and bashful and had a wonderful voice. He was sorely missed this week on Idol. What a boring show it was without him. Now they got their D vs D finale. How mundane. Jason, you are the real winner!

  • Jandra

    Thanks so much for the Jason Castro interview. He has something that’s real and natural and it appeals to people of all ages. I listen to his music and it just puts me in a better mood. Best of all, he’s very humble and grateful for all the attention he has received. I hope he has a long and wonderful career.

  • Clara

    I have really enjoyed the interviews with Jason. I have not really watched AI except for the first season but started to watch this season because of Jason. I enjoyed that he was a true newbie who did not take himself too seriously. And at the same time, I also enjoyed how he aimed to connect emotionally to songs and have really enjoyed his studio recordings. Add his lack of guile and that made me a big fan.
    Michael- I think you did a great job in the interview (as you have with the other contestants). You have been a fan of Jason all season, and I think fans can have weeks of disappointment when they are invested in someone. I have enjoyed how honest you have been about your ups and downs of fandom with Jason. (And the other contestants as well, but in particular with Jason.)
    I hope the best for Jason and really hope that he finds contentment in the music industry. I really enjoy how he needs and wants to connect to songs at a deeper level and can only wish him success.

  • cimagato

    Sigh… Oh, and you looked really cute, too, Michael.

  • aw

    Here’s an idea, Slezak. Since Jason said he got a kick out of the group songs, you could do a (funny) mash-up of them this year, and dedicate it to JC – cause his fun-loving spirit seems to be the best way to take them… Vive la cheese!

  • aw

    - was thinking, for example, of Jason’s last group song, Reeling in the Years, where at the beginning, he high-fives DC and slides into place…

  • aw

    and then there was that cheesetastic DC/MJ chest bump. We’re talking gold in them thar group songs!

  • aw

    … and loved your finale trailer. Bring it on!

  • seattle_girl

    Great interviews Slezak!! Thanks for digging into the real issues (swaybots!) that interest us instead of yet ANOTHER question about his dreads (yawn). Yours and Rolling Stone have been the two standout interviews since Jason’s departure. You dug beneath the stale flotsam to actually look for some “new” news. THANK YOU! And you’re killing me with the hot molten lava trailers, effects, Bambi and teletubbies!

  • UGH

    And that’s the kind of fans everyone wants, the ones who are ‘moved by the music’, not starry eyed one’s just adoring him because he’s cute. Those swaybots are a total manipulative embarrassment to the show and I hope we don’t see them there next year.

  • DArlene

    Thank you, Michael Slezak!!
    Thanks for asking Jason a serious question about his music! What a radical you are! Asking him how he came up for the arrangement of the Mariah Carey song was an AWESOME idea. I’d like to point out the fact that he came up with his own unique arrangement. He didn’t cover somebody else’s cover. Jason is an incredibly unique and talented artist who knows what he likes and what he’s about.

  • ANTM Freak

    To be fair the swaybots are just a bunch of bimbo sorority girls bused in from nearby schools and they’re mandated to do the ridiculous arm waving and general squealing. I hope Uncle Nigel wises up and gets rid of the pit from hell for next season. I loved this interview of Jason, the dude is humbled and completely unaffected unlike some of the previous people we’ve seen.

  • fan

    I was an adoring fan. Jason was a dissappointment. His looks and charm didn’t give jim the dedication necessary to be a great singer or rocker. He became lazy and instead of giving his all back to his tremendous fan base. . . he was out there goofing off. What a disappointment!

  • Laura

    Thanks, Michael. Great interview. Jason is a true gem. It was refreshing to see raw, undiscovered talent, with a passion for music on American Idol for Season 7. Jason made the season worth watching. I wish him well for the future. I look forward to buying his music.
    I hope that the swaybots will be banished next season. They were irritating to us, the TV viewing audience.
    Michel, aquaeyes26’s suggestion for a follow-up article by you on Jason was an excellent idea. Please do it. Thanks.

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