Though his own fate may have in part been sealed by such snark, Michael Sarver has two words of advice to any fellow American Idol finalists who get slammed by Simon: Ignore it.
Sarver's Top 10 performance of "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" led Cowell to tell the Texas oil rig worker he had "no chance of winning" the competition. Harsh. What does a singer do when dealt such a dis?
"You ignore it," Michael says in his video Q&A with TVGuide.com. "You can't allow it to affect your faith in yourself.... You have to let it roll off."
During his sit-down with us, Sarver also revealed what Top Download he would have picked this week, and how it "probably would have fit me better than any song so far."
Sarver then sheds some light on Idol's oft-mentioned "picking songs out of a hat" process, and how he had a particularly "lucky" touch with it.
In closing, Michael addresses a big question: Being a family man who missed his wife and kids so terribly these past months, will going on Idol's summer tour be somewhat bittersweet? Watch the video after the jump to see what he said about that emotional trade-off.read more
Yes, Michael Sarver is disappointed to have his American Idol run cut short. But no, he is not sorry to be heading home.
"Through my experience on Idol, I learned just how much I love my family, because I've never been away from them that long," Sarver told reporters the day after his dismissal. "I got a good hold on what my priorities are in life, and No. 1 is my family."
"Although I'll always want to do this music thing, and I plan on hitting it hard after this experience ...read more