Below are a few excerpts from Brandon Rogers, given to TV writers during a conference call after he was voted out of American Idol:
Did the back-up singer label hurt? "It very well may have, but on the same page, look at [Melinda Doolittle]. Sheâ€™s a background singer, too, and she stepped up to the occasion. Honestly, like I said earlier, I didnâ€™t choose songs that really allowed me to do that, like I think the judges and a lot of people thought that I was capable of doing, and that I think I was capable of doing. I didnâ€™t do that, so that was a failure on my part. I donâ€™t know if it worked against me or not. I think my picking the wrong songs worked far more against me than anything to do with my background singing."
Ruminating on roommates: "My roommate for the most part of the show, it had been Phil. We changed locations and it had become Chris Sligh ... You get really close. Phil and I have become close, and honestly, I had only been living with Sligh for a week, but Iâ€™ve been on the show with him for many weeks. So weâ€™re all friends, and weâ€™re all close, but it was just hard to see anybody go. I liken it to trying to pick your favorite sibling.
Honestly, inside the Idol bubble, as they call it, youâ€™re sort of closed off from the outside world. You donâ€™t get to see your family and you donâ€™t get to see your friends, so these people become your family and your friends."