'American Idol' interview: Eliminated contestant Curtis Finch, Jr. talks about leaving the competition

Somebody had to go first. Unfortunately, Curtis Finch, Jr. was that first contestant eliminated from "American Idol" Season 12. But he didn't go quietly into the night. Instead, we had a chance to talk to Curtis following his elimination.As he was throughout his time on the show, Curtis was charming and fun even in defeat.What did Mariah say to you after the elimination?Curtis: She was really just telling me to stay encouraged and to remain consistent and to remain 100 percent authentic, which I think I've been presenting myself to be to America this whole time. And so I feel like the job is done.How did you feel when Nicki threatened to walk off the show when you were eliminated?Curtis: That's mind-blowing to me! When she said it, I was like, "Whoa! Make your coins! Get your check." See, that will make me tune in, because I have really transitioned now from a contestant...



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