Chris Sligh: "I almost dropped out" of Idol
In his day-after exit interview, former 'American Idol' contestant Chris Sligh revealed he almost dropped out of the competition two weeks ago because of artistic differences.
"I never came into this wanting to win it. I come from an indie / alternative rock kind of background," Sligh told TV reporters during a conference call. "For me, I think winning would hurt what I was really going for."
After the judges criticized his arrangement of the Diana Ross classic "Endless Love," said Sligh: "I went to the guy from 19 [Entertainment] and said, 'If I drop out, can I still go on tour?' And they were like, 'No, you have to get voted out.' So I was like, 'Well, we'll see what happens.'"
He also responded to criticism from a spokesman for fundamentalist Bob Jones University. In news reports which emerged last week, the school expressed "disappointment" over Sligh's musical direction.
"I specifically kept my comments about Bob Jones to myself just for personal reasons," Sligh said. "I don't want to throw them under the bus, and I respect what they do. It's just that their sect of Christianity is not what I want to be associated with."
He also explained why he was kicked out of the school before graduating. Read the full interview.
Though Sligh's elimination came as a shock to some, anyone who took AOL's 'American Idol' poll would have known his fate well in advance.
AOL users accurately predicted Sligh's ouster and the eliminations of Stephanie and Brandon in the previous weeks. (You online bettors have a new weapon in your arsenal.)
Right now, Sanjaya is at the bottom of the pack ... though surely not for long.