'Idol' exit Q&A: Michelle Delamor explains her choices in song and fashion

michelle-delamor Michelle Delamor got booted off Idol last night for her uneven rendition of Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open,” but the 22-year-old Miami native hasn’t lost hope. Delamor chatted with EW about last night, why she chose a Creed song, and what was up with those gloves.

EW: How are you feeling today?
MICHELLE DELAMOR: Yesterday was pretty draining for me. I was very disappointed, but I woke up today with a feeling of belief that everything’s going to be OK. I know that I came here to do something so big and this was just a part of my path and a part of my growth. It was pretty disappointing but I’m ready to get up and do something big with my life.

Were you surprised when they said your name?
I was because I thought I was going to go further in the competition and I thought I had a lot more to offer that what I showed on Wednesday night’s performance. I was hoping I’d go further because I knew I had so much more to give. I didn’t feel like I fully ever got to show America or the rest of the world what I had to offer. I thought the journey would go a little longer but it’s all good.

Do you regret picking “With Arms Wide Open” for your song?
I don’t have any regrets. I do like the song a lot. It’s not even a regret because it was a lesson for me, but I think I went in a space I shouldn’t have. I was over-thinking it. I really wanted to listen to what the judges said and make sure everything was OK. I wasn’t coming from that special place where it really matters. I learned from it. I wish I would’ve learned a little sooner! It’s not just about the judges watching you, it’s about giving the performance of your life. It makes it that much better that when one day, when I make it really big, I’ll be back stronger than ever from this whole experience.

If you could go back in time and change your song, do you know what you would choose?
Yes! I would’ve done “Come Together” by The Beatles, Michael Jackson-style. I love that song. It has so much intensity. My idol covered it. I love the way Michael Jackson did it.

A lot of people talked about your outfit, the accessories and all. What was the thought behind it?
I’m really big on fashion. I want to design my own clothing line, fashion is a big part of my performance and everyday life. Even in my everyday life, that’s how I put outfits together. Sometimes I take little risks with clothes. I decided to get the gloves made. We couldn’t find them anywhere in California. We didn’t buy them at a store. I got them made. I loved them!

Jermaine was wearing some sort of gloves, too. Was he trying to cop your style?
No! He has his own style. He’s been a glove person, too. We’re so different, but he’s awesome.

Was the experience what you thought it’d be?
It was a lot more than I thought it’d be. I’ve watched every season of American Idol and been one of the ones voting. I had no idea that we were going to work with such amazing people. One of my dreams came true working with Dorian [Holley]. He worked with Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson is my idol, my inspiration, my everything. Just being in his presence to me was more than I could’ve ever expected of anything. When I watched [This is It], I thought ‘”God, I hope one day when I become a successful artist, I’m able to work with him one day.” And when I stepped into the room and met him, I just started crying because I couldn’t believe it. But the show was great. Everyone has your best interest at heart and that was beautiful.

What was the highlight of this experience?
Working with Dorian was the ultimate high. At dress rehearsals, the coaches are right next to you, helping you every step of the way. Dorian used to do that with Michael Jackson and just to see that he was standing right next to me helping me, it was like “Wow! Oh my God!”

What’s your plan now? Are we going to see a music career, fashion line or both?
I’m going to continue on the music. I do want a fashion line and I am going to make it happen, but I’m not going back to Miami until I can come home with something big for them. I’m staying here in L.A. and going to pursue this music because I know I was born to do this. And I know God has a really big plan for me. I just need time to center and get in touch with who I really am as an artist so that when I come back, I can come back real and true so the world can appreciate that. I’m going to stay out here and make it better and make it happen.

Photo: Frank Micelotta/Fox

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  • ronmac

    She shouldn’t have been voted off! So much more talented than a couple of others that are still in the running… What a beautiful person with a pure voice.

    • darclyte

      She was better than Lacey but her time was short regardless. Like Paige, she had very little prior airtime and never really did much to make up for it (for example the way Allison, Kris and Jason Castro all did.)

      • Katie G

        Lacey is awful
        if I have to listen to her in a top 12 situation I will most likely bleed from my ears

  • Sway Bot

    On tuesday she oversang the last half of the song. Her going out performance was toned down and much better.

  • Brenda

    I thought she looked great, but I didn’t think her performance Tuesday was very good. Hopefully fashion will be her forte.

    • Sally in Chicago

      She was wearing Vera Wang wasn’t she? Could be a network opportunity. She is better than what she sang and since she’s staying in LA we will hear from her again. I predict another Jennifer Hudson-type, someone voted off too soon.

  • Tampaslim

    Every single one of these punks have absolutely zero talent. Michele looks great but she has no chops.

    Idol (the show) has no energy, no talent, no future. When Simon leaves it’s toast.

    • Metron

      Tampaslim, I don’t think “absolutely zero talent” means the same thing to you as it means to the rest of the world.

  • mkw

    I love her positive attitude.

  • Astrid

    Because she’s so pretty, I thought viewers would keep her on. Her voice is ok, but she’s off on a lot of notes. Very inconsistent. It just goes to show that the voting audience is female tweenies who vote like mad for the Jason Castro/Sanjaya types. The guys who would go gaga for beauty don’t vote like that.

    • Sally in Chicago

      She could act. She could model. She’s got a lot of possibilities and potential, and by staying in LA she’s going to meet the right people.

  • Astrid

    Her beauty is her best shot–that’s why she’s staying in H’wood. She can make it, just not as a singer. She’s got the going marketable gift.

  • Scott

    I really liked her look. On our tv, it sounded like she was singing in one key but the instruments were playing in a different key. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to sound? I dunno…but it didn’t sound good. Still, she should have gone on longer b/c she’s a good singer and looks great on TV.

  • IG

    Still markedly better than Lacey. Sounds like she has a lot of future plans though, which is great. Best of luck.

  • Dorothy White

    While watching Thursday nights results I found myself in total disbelief when Michele’s name was anounced not to return and compete further toward becoming “America’s Next American Idol.” I simply feel Michele’s singing abilities were amoung the top four people who should still be in the running. America please vote on singing ability not song likeablity. Choosing the right song every time can’t be easy. Michele should still be there America made a huge mistake this time.

  • Jwwoww

    Can we all say in unison, “Package artist”? Sexy, hot, talented singer, great positive attitude… LOVE me some Michelle Delamor (which in spanish means “From Love.” Sure do love you!

  • Anony

    While I may not have necessarily sent her home this week, she was definitely one of the bottom four girls. I can’t get worked up for a one-week-early exit. Sorry.

  • groucho

    I like Michelle Delamor although I must admit that it has more about her overall persona. She seems like a nice and grounded person who will persevere in the business. She has the looks, the savvy and the vocals that can get her places. I would support her and buy her album when it comes out. Hope she gets to meet a sympathetic producer who can produce an album that plays to her strengths. I actually like the smoky Natalie Cole-like vocals she has. I’d like to see her tackle big jazz numbers. Good luck, Michelle!

  • Scarlett

    I had hoped for her to go further as well. Michael’s version of “Come Together” is HOT and I love it but I’m not sure that song would have saved her either…

  • mike

    Pretty girl, forgettable singer.

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