In an April 20 Entertaiment Weekly cover story on this year's show Jones spoke of the strength she draws from her creator.
"I just figure that God has not brought me this far to leave me," she told EW in three-paragraph profile its April 20 issue, out now.
"This whole year and a half, the stuff that I've been through, with being laid off my job, single mom - I don't think He brought me here to say, 'Here's a little taste of what it might be like, but I ain't going to let you go all the way."
The Flint Central grad gets to see her daughter, Brionne, 4, about once a month (Brionne's staying with Jones' mother, Beverly Jefferson, back in Flint), and tries to get a little distance from the other contestants.
"It's harder because it's a competition and I never looked at singing as a competition," she said, though she has participated in several of them, including Flint's now-defunct "Super-Show" (which she won in 1997) and Houston's "Gimme the Mike! (she was runner-up in 2005).
The magazine examines the current season (which it dubbed "the weirdest season ever"), rates the guest judges and offers short profiles of the Top 8 finalists, including Haley Scarnato, who was eliminated last week.
Jones and the six other remaining contestants go country on tonight's show with guest coach Martina McBride.