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'Idol' exit Q&A: Jasmine Murray

The 17-year-old leaves ”American Idol” to go back to high school, and tells us she takes with her a wonderful experience, no regrets about her song choice, and a determination to have a career in music

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No one is surprised that Jasmine Murray — the 17-year-old songbird from Starkville, Miss. — was voted off American Idol after an unexciting performance of the Jackson 5’s ”I’ll Be There” on Tuesday evening. Heck, she doesn’t even seem that surprised, based on our conversation about the whole experience. See below, where she told us about her (non-existent) spring break plans (hey, she’s still in high school!) and her undying love for music.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you feeling after last night?

JASMINE MURRAY: Actually, I’m feeling okay. I was a little sad and disappointed at first, but it’s okay. You know, it was out of my hands. I did the best I could. I had the most wonderful time on the show, and I’m going to continue singing for the rest of my life. I’m just going to take this experience with me, and I believe it has really helped me in a lot of ways.

What does tomorrow bring for you? Do you go back to high school next week?

Well, next week is actually my spring break, so I’ll be out of school for a couple days.

You going anywhere fun for spring break?

Not that I know of.

Well, lots of times people take fun trips for spring break. I just thought maybe you were headed to Cancun or something!

No, probably not. I’ll probably just get some rest and get caught up on schoolwork and everything. As far as the future, I’m just going to finish high school and go to college and study more music and then hopefully pursue a career in music.

So you will go to college and get a music degree? Just asking because you don’t necessarily need a music degree to be a musician.

Yeah, definitely. Yeah, I know, but I mean, I think it’s important that you’re educated as a musician as well. But, I mean, I guess it just depends on what happens. If something comes up, but I would still love to go to college and finish high school because education is just really important.

NEXT PAGE: ”A lot of artists start when they’re my age or even younger, so it’s great to get out there now because I know now that this is what I want to do. I want to start now.”