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American Idol's Karen Rodriguez may end up being remembered for singing in Spanish, but she was most looking forward to singing ... country!?

"I would've loved to do country, as weird as it sounds, because I love to take risks," she tells TVGuide.com. "I love exploring different sides of me."

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Another surprising fact about the recently eliminated Rodriguez: One of her music idols is boy-band member Nick Jonas. Immediately following her elimination, Idol host Ryan Seacrest surprised her with a visit from him.

"When Ryan did that for me and Nick came out I was like, 'Wow, this little act that might seem like this much to you, means this much to someone else,'" she says.

Watch the full interview below.

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