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American Idol's most recent castoff Erika Van Pelt quickly became known as this season's resident rocker-chick — so we were pretty shocked to find out that the 26-year-old former DJ was actually a finalist in the Miss Rhode Island Pageant.

"No one really knows about that," she said. "I certainly don't seem the type. I have tattoos, I like to dye my hair, I used to have piercings."

Check out the video below, where we talk to Van Pelt about her plans for the future, the moment on the show that made her the most nervous and which contestant she calls the "hottest."