Whether last week's mysterious technical error was a publicity stunt or no, Mikalah Gordon inevitably had to go from American Idol. Before another songbird is silenced tonight (8 pm/ET on Fox), the sassy 16-year-old Vegas girl answers TVGuide.com's most burning questions about all things Mikalah. Fortunately, since this is in print, you'll get her candid responses sans the accompanying Fran Drescher nasal whine. (Save the boos, people. We kid because we love.)
TVGuide.com: A few weeks back, we were sure we saw you mutter the F word when host Ryan Seacrest cut to a commercial before revealing your fate.
Mikalah Gordon:
[Nervously] Me personally, I know that I didn't say it. I can swear that I didn't say it. But I got off that stage and people were like, "Mikalah, you said the F word on stage." And I said, "No, no, I didn't, I didn't." They said, "Yes, you did." And so I'm telling you, as honest as I can, I didn't think that I said it. But if I did and if it looked like that, [Ryan] definitely caught me off guard... and people say it. And if I did, then I just happened to say it on national TV. So, I mean, the phone-number guy makes mistakes, I make mistakes. What're you gonna do?

TVG: How do you feel about comparisons to TV's The Nanny, Fran Drescher?
I think that is so fabulous. She's so funny, bright and good-looking. I love her. I don't take that as an insult at all. I'm gonna try to get my own sitcom — I know The Nanny is coming out with her own sitcom [The WB's Living with Fran], so if she needs a daughter, I'm her girl! [Laughs]

TVG: Is Simon going to your prom?
You know what? I decided today that he can critique me all he wants on the stage, but if he were to go to my prom and critique my dress and my hair, it wouldn't happen. So he's not my date anymore. I cut him off. I take it all back!

TVG: Who's going with you instead?
I don't know... I know that I think John Gotti Jr. is really hot, but we'll see.

TVG: You like A&E's Growing Up Gotti?
I do. Uh-oh! Sick. I'm not right.

TVG: So you're ready to become a Mafia princess?
I am. I'm a good Italian girl!

TVG: Did you ultimately get a say in your Idol makeover?
We definitely get to pick out our own outfits. When they do our makeup, we get to say stuff, but being 17, I really don't know what looks good on camera. I'm coming from my high-school choir, so I'm like, "Do what you want. I don't care." I liked the way it came out, so I was happy with it.

TVG: How was your schooling affected by your time off for the show?
I don't know if it's been affected, really. Because even when I didn't do the show, my grades still weren't that fabulous!

TVG: Will you go back and resume school in the middle of the semester now?
Not to go into detail, but I did plan on going back to school and some offers have been made. A lot of things are going on, and I didn't realize it would be so soon. Actually, I'm going to be in L.A. for longer than expected, so I'll still get tutored.

TVG: Think you'll audition for Idol again next season?
[Chuckles] No, I don't. I think that the memories that I have are the ones that I want. I love it, I had an amazing time and it was a stepping-stone. I'm ready to do something different now.

TVG: Are we likelier to see you acting in a comedy or putting out an album?
I think you're going to be seeing me acting a lot sooner.