'Idol' exit Q&A: Megan Joy
On the day after she was voted off, the polarizing ''Idol'' chanteuse explains her cawing, her dancing, why she got up in the judges' faces Wednesday night...and the one show she REALLY wants to get a call from
The caw. The dance moves. The voice. Nobody was really surprised that Megan Joy got voted off American Idol last night. But while not many people will actually miss her singing, we’ll all feel the freak void without her.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Megan, let’s discuss the caw. What the…?
MEGAN JOY: I’m just a big dork. I’ve always made animal noises all the time. I cawed at the end of ”Rockin’ Robin.” I thought, ”If I go out, I’m gonna go out with a bang.”
Yeah, I remember that. You know robins don’t caw, right?
No, they don’t, but I didn’t know what else I could do.
Judging from how your fellow contestants were laughing during this week’s results show, it seemed like your cawing was a dare or something. Was it?
No, but all throughout the day yesterday I was like, ”Guys, I think I’m going home.” They kept saying no, but I said, ”If I go, I’m gonna be a bird the entire night. I’m gonna be ridiculous.” They said, ”No, you won’t.” And I was like, ”Yes, watch me.” So they said they would caw for me. And they sure did.
The whole night it seemed like you knew you were going.
Yeah, I did. I kind of had a feeling.
It was harsh when Simon told you that the judges didn’t care enough to consider keeping you in the competition.
Yeah, I was thinking, wow. Did what I say really upset them that much? It was so silly. It was like, really? You’re that upset at me?
Did it make it hard to perform after being dissed like that?
No. If anything, I was not worried at all. If I had been singing for my life I would have been more nervous for the song. I totally messed up the song and it didn’t matter. I just had fun.
NEXT PAGE: ”I was ready to be right in [the judges’] faces. They have a habit of talking to each other while we sing. That’s so rude.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It seems like you performed the song way more in the judges’ faces last night than you did on Tuesday night. Was that a big F.U. to them?
MEGAN JOY: Yeah, I was ready to be right in their faces. They have a habit of talking to each other while we sing. That’s so rude.
It looked like you and Allison got really close. Was she your house bestie? Did you talk about being in the bottom three?
She’s my girl. She’s been my roommate for a long time. I had the softest spot in my heart for her. I never cared to talk about why I was down there. I always expected it and was prepared. I just wanted her to know that she’s incredible and has tons of fans and not to get down on herself in any way.
How was your going away dinner last night?
I had a blast. It was a really fun night. They all told me what a good person I am and how they think I have the best attitude and spirit.
Not to mention dance moves. What was up with those?
I can’t help it. I don’t know why it happens. I would say to people who hate them, ”Too bad. Close your eyes.” The producers were constantly like, ”Practice in the mirror!” But I don’t like to. I don’t want to plan anything. I won’t sound the same if I’m focusing on my body. So I never took that advice. Maybe I should have.
At least the judges always seemed to like your looks.
Yeah, sometimes I was like, come on! I’m not here for that. I’m not used to that though. I’m a jeans and no-makeup kind of girl, so sometimes getting dressed up like that made me feel good.
What’s next for you? Do you still want to sing?
I want to go home and be with my baby and lay low until the tour. And after that I’ll figure out what doors will be open to me.
I read on the Idol website that you really want to be on Yo Gabba Gabba. Have they called?
They have not! But I’ve met a couple of people who know people that work on the show. So I’m just going to show up there and beg them.
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