Janelle Arthur is not interested in being “a carbon copy” of any other singer — and that’s one reason she tried to put her own stamp on tunes from artists as varied as the Supremes, the Beatles and Dolly Parton during her American Idol Season 12 run.
The fifth-place finisher stopped by TVLine HQ to talk about the thought process that helped her flip “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” into a plaintive ballad (at the tender age of 14), her frustration that the Idol judges didn’t credit her for amping up the rock volume on “Dumb Blonde” and the original ditty that she was hoping to break out during Top 4 Week.
Janelle also dished her near-disastrous Hollywood Week experience (alongside Angie Miller, Kez Ban and Breanna Steer); her ability to predict that she’d get harsh critiques from the judges for her duet with Kree Harrison; her handling of the infamous “Who’s in Your Top 3?” incident during Top 7 results; and the decision to break out some uptempo numbers in the midst of a ballad-heavy season.
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