TV Guide Online: Simon and Randy were pretty mean to you the last couple of weeks. Didn't you want to cry?
Carmen Rasmusen: Before each show, my parents would always tell me, "Carmen, we love you and we think you're great." So, when they were saying mean things to me on stage, I just remembered, "Okay, I know that my parents think I'm great, and I've gone this far, so I can handle anything. And Simon was the one who got me here, so even though he's saying mean things, he must believe in me."
TVGO: You were Simon's wild card pick, yet he later said you didn't have what it took to win. Strike you as a bit hypocritical?
Carmen: That's just Simon. Obviously he did think I had what it took or he wouldn't have picked me in the first place. He was just playing his character on the show.
TVGO: Randy was particularly nasty to you last week. That must have hurt.
Carmen: I felt really bad, because I didn't think Randy was like that. But I just have to remember that I knew what I was getting myself into when I got on the show, and I was so happy just to be on the show. And Randy and Simon and Paula are all really, really nice people.
TVGO: What did they tell you after you got voted off?
Carmen: They're like, "You're amazing. The magic starts now. You're great, you're talented, you're wonderful." Really, really nice things. I was like, "I wish you could have said that with 20 million people watching!" (Laughing)
TVGO: What do you say to people who think you coasted on your looks and personality, not your singing ability?
Carmen: I don't think that's true at all. I think it's the whole package. I definitely think I had a good enough voice to compete with everyone else.
TVGO: So, what's the deal with you and Clay? You guys gettin' married anytime soon?
Carmen: (Laughing) Clay and I are good friends.
TVGO: Very good friends?
Carmen: I have a crush on Clay.
TVGO: Care to elaborate?
Carmen: That's all I'm going to say. I'll let everyone guess.
TVGO: Who had the most positive influence on you during this whole process?
Carmen: Rickey, definitely. He would always build me up before each show. He'd be like, "Okay, Carmen, you know you're good. Don't listen to what they say." We were best friends.
TVGO: What was it like doing those Ford and Coke commercials? Painful?
Carmen: I loved doing them. My friends and I have personalities like that. We're always doing goofy things and making cheesy music videos, so this was perfect for me. It was a blast.
TVGO: How involved are you all in the process of making them?
Carmen: They just basically tell us what to do and we just listen and do what they say.
TVGO: Could you object to doing something if it really made you uncomfortable?
Carmen: If you absolutely hated something, you could do something else. But no one really did that. Everyone loved doing them. We looked forward to them.
TVGO: What will become your focus career-wise: singing or acting?
Carmen: Both. I'm going to do acting and singing. I can't do anything right now because of the American Idol tour in the summer. But after the tour, I'll definitely pursue an acting and a singing career.
TVGO: Any exciting offers come your way in the past week?
Carmen: I was asked to [perform] at a Dave Matthews Band concert back in my hometown, Salt Lake City, but I can't really do anything because I'm still under contract [with Fox]. I have to talk to Fox and see what they say.
TVGO: One of your male fans wrote in and wanted to know if you would ever consider posing nude in Playboy. Would you?
Carmen: That's not something I believe in.
TVGO: Who's gonna win this thing?
Carmen: Don't know. Everyone is so good, and everyone changes and gets better every week. So, I really don't know who is going to win.
TVGO: Got a message for your fans?
Carmen: Thank you so much for getting me this far. I've had the time of my life.