American Idol said goodbye to Top 10 finalist Curtis Finch Jr. after the 24-year old St. Louis singer was the first to be eliminated from competition.
Although the American Idol judges could have used their save on Curtis after he gave it his all on R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Mariah Carey chose to abide by America’s wishes and send Finch Jr. home after a great run.
So, how does Curtis feel he’s grown as an artist since his first audition for Season 12?
“I feel like I’ve grown so much,” Curtis told The Deadbolt the next day after his final performance, “because you really have to sing for this show be it for live recordings or dress rehearsals for the show daily. You have to go in and out.”
Despite last minute pleas from the audience with chants of “save,” Curtis ended a long journey that forced him to raise his game each week.
“I had to be vocally prepared for that,” continued Finch Jr. “I had to rest up at nights as much as I [could] and prepare. So I feel like there are so many things I know now that I didn’t know at first.”
Interestingly, as the season progressed, Curtis found an ally in Nicki Minaj who loved his musical style. In fact, Minaj even stated on Thursday that she’d leave American Idol if Curtis was sent home.
Obviously Minaj didn’t leave but it was a special vote of confidence for Curtis before he left the Idol stage forever.
“It made me feel good,” Curtis added about Minaj’s support. “Really, I sing from my heart and I felt that I touched Nicki’s heart in such a way that she didn’t want to see me leave.”
Did Curtis touch your heart in the same way, or do you think he deserved to leave American Idol?