Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
JH: Hi! I’m Josh Holiday.
MW: Where are you from?
JH: I’m originally from Celeste, TX, but I’m currently living in Nashville, TN.
MW: Why did you decide to do American Idol?
JH: My friend Joel Heumann invited me to him and another mutual friend Rayvon Owen in Bowling Green on the bus tour. I was not even planning to audition.
MW: How do you think your audition went?
JH: My nine auditions for the show went well! It was an experience of a lifetime.
MW: Do you feel you did good in Vegas?
JH: I feel like it was a smart business move to showcase me as a singer/songwriter playing the piano. Being on any talent show is simply a stepping stone to something else. My prayers are focused on what’s just around the corner.
MW: Tell me about the Sudden Death round?
JH: Basically 40 contestants are grouped into four groups of 10. Each group is then cut in half to where only 20 are left standing. We actually taped the show one day before it aired, but it appeared live. The industry term for this is called “live to tape”.
MW: How do you feel you did?
JH: I did my very best. There is always room for improvement but this has been such a learning/growing experience that I am so thankful to have been a part of.
MW: How did you pick the song you did?
JH: I listened to a couple thousand songs, but I didn’t stress about song selection. I really just pray about my songs and sing whichever one I have peace about. I’m so grateful I was allowed to sing an original!
MW: Now that you are off American Idol who do you think will win?
JH: This is America’s decision. I have no idea, but I will live and support whoever wins. A few front-runners seem to be Angela Miller, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr., Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb.
MW: Who was your favorite contestant to hang out with?
JH: Rachel Hale and I became very close throughout the competition, especially since we’ve been friends for years, carpool to the same church together and both studied at Belmont University.
MW: Who was your least favorite contestant to hang out with?
JH: I was taught that if I don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
MW: While you were on American Idol tell me what your day was like?
JH: Hurry up! Wait. REPEAT! Lol
MW: Tell me about having Mariah Carey being a judge?
JH: Love Mariah, she’s genuine and honestly my favorite judge.
MW: Tell me about Randy Jackson being a judge?
JH: Randy is on his 12th season so he seems more jaded than the new judges, but he’s still seems passionate about the show.
MW: Tell me about Nicki Minaj being a judge?
JH: You never know what Nicki is going to say, but I have really grown to love and respect her.
MW: Tell me about Keith Urban being a judge?
JH: Keith is seemingly very humble and the judge I could see myself hanging out with. He gives good critique and always finds something positive about each performance.
MW: What are your plans for 2013.
JH: To focus most of my energy on songwriting and working on my debut album. It’s tempting to want to strike while the iron is hot, but I also want to be REALLY smart with my career moves following American Idol. If I play my cards right and seek God first, there’s so much that could happen next!
MW: Will you be back next year to try out again?
JH: Never say never!
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
JH: Thank you for your time interviewing me and we can stay connected through Twitter (@holidayjosh) YouTube (www.youtube.com/joshholidaymusic). John 3:30, Josh Holiday