Karen Rodriguez, the 21-year-old New Yorker who was eliminated from American Idol Thursday night and was the only finalist who auditioned on MySpace, says she doesn’t regret any of her decisions on the reality series. “I went up there, and I always sang from my heart,” Rodriguez told EW in a backstage video interview an hour after the results show. And even though her Idol journey ended prematurely, the half-Peruvian, half-Dominican singer is thankful to have received this crash-course lesson on how to become a professional artist. “[Idol] gives you a taste of what the rest of your life could be,” said Rodriguez. “It’s like a whole packet of little experiences that I’m going to take forever.” As for the person she’s going to miss the most, the answer was easy. “Jacob and I bonded so much from the very beginning in Hollywood week,” she said. “He would always come to me asking me about his song choices, and I would always go to him when I needed advice. He was a joy to be around, and I’m so excited for him.”

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