… Haeley Vaughn, Reality Contestant
Over the next few days we will be sharing the TwoCents of the four contestants voted off American Idol last week. So, tune in this week to learn more!
Today we talk with Haeley Vaughn, the 16-year-old American Idol contestant with great headbands, who made the Top 20 only to be eliminated last week.
The Two Cents: Did you think the judges gave conflicting advice?
Haeley Vaughn: I felt like the judges had really good comments and feedback to give me, and I’ll definitely learn from it and work on the stuff that they told me to work on. Simon was definitely really harsh this season.
But I mean, he has reason to be. With all the comments that he gave us were good and we kind of like, we think about them. Sometimes, he should soften the blow a little bit, but, I mean, that’s Simon Cowell. He’s been like that for nine years.
TTC: Kara commented that you should take a year off and really seasoning your voice. What were your thoughts when she said that to you?
HV: I kind of agreed with her. I think that more experience and more time working on my vocals would be good. I think experience is always better for someone, especially since I’m only 16, and this is the first really big thing that I’ve done ever. I think that a little more time to work on my vocals and get all the technical things worked out would actually help me and I think that I’m going to do that. I’ve never performed in front of millions of people before. I’ve never even performed in front of 100. And so, I think it’s always good to get more experience and work on the things that I need to work on.
I think that there were moments in my songs in my performances that I was pitchy and I need to work on that. And so I’m given the time to work on that and hopefully, I’ll come back full force.
TTC: How did you come to choose the songs you did? You said you want to be a country singer, but didn’t pick any country songs.
HV: When I chose my songs, they were all my decisions. The first week I sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which is one of my favorite Beatles’ songs and I kind of added my own pop country twist to it. The songs I chose, I made them kind of pop country, and so that was my whole thing. I wanted to not have to sing Martina McBride every week just because I wanted to be a country artist. When Carrie Underwood was on her season, she didn’t sing only country songs. She was very versatile and she chose songs of different genres and she made them fit her country style and that was my whole thing that I did, too.
TTC: Did you get a chance to talk to any of the former Idols and get any advice from them about what to expect?
HV: I talked to Allison for a bit when she came and she performed the first week. And she just told me to stay true to who I am, keep doing my thing and keep singing my genre of music and just be really strong and confident throughout the competition.
TTC: What’s next for you?
HV: I’m definitely going to keep working on my career. Hopefully, doors will open up for me. I’m a really big fan of Disney and Disney Channel. I would love to be on a show. My favorite show is Hannah Montana and just because I love Miley Cyrus so much. That’s a really big inspiration to me. And so being on Disney would be awesome and performing with the artists would be great, too. But also kind of singing my pop country and staying true to who I am.
I might go back to high school, but I think if there’s anything else, like any other doors that will open for me, I don’t know if I’ll go back to high school or if I’ll just do my school online and focus on my career, which is what is really important for me right now. But I’ll definitely finish school.
Tune in tonight on FOX as the remaining 8 girls sing to make the Top 12!
-Patricia Morris Buckley, Staff Writer