Many of the top 8 are experiencing their first taste of the music industry, so papa bear Carson invited them to the studio to give them a little media training and explain why radio is such an important element of their burgeoning careers.
To break the ice, Carson asked each contestant to sing their name and the team they represent.
“Do I really have to do this? Are you serious?” the notoriously shy Trevin Hunte asked.
Once the nerves subsided, some of them really got into it…take a listen:
Carson was doling out the advice left and right. “It’s important to be concise when you’re on the air. You want to keep your audience engaged,” he explained. “I mean, I know it sucks to have to do it sometimes, but I mean if you can walk into a radio station and even if you’re acting, pretend like you’re happy to be there. It’s going to go a long, long way.”
He and Producer Angie reminisced about some of their favorite pop star interviews, including P!nk, Pitbull, and Lady Gaga. “It’s funny because the bigger the name, the usually more impressive they are.”
But enough of Carson yapping! He wants America to get to know the top 8 and in honor of the upcoming holiday, he asked each of them what they are most thankful for.
Team Blake’s Cassadee Pope sure has a lot to be grateful for. Her rendition of Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” shot up to #1 on the iTunes singles chart, knocking PSY’s “Gangnam Style” off the top spot.
“I can’t believe it!” Pope said. “It’s pretty awesome and I still love you PSY. I hope you’re not mad.”
“I’m just thankful to be spending Thanksgiving with all these guys,” Team Adam’s Amanda Brown said. “This is going to be my first Thanksgiving not with my family, so you guys are my family now.”
“I’m not thankful for these people!” Cody Belew teased. “I’m thankful for the fans that keep voting and keeping me here. Thank you so much and I appreciate the hell out of you.”
Last night, there were lots of tears when the whole crew said goodbye to Sylvia Yacoub and Bryan Keith after they were eliminated from the competition.
“It was definitely really emotional,” Team Christina’s Dez Duron told Carson. “You know, I didn’t even cry when I didn’t get any chairs last season, but I cried like a baby last night…You definitely care about people and want to see their dreams come true.”
Who’s the funniest in the group? It was a tie between Terry and Cody.
Who’s the biggest diva? The majority went with Cody, much to his chagrin. “I act like a diva on the stage, but that’s where you’re supposed to act like a diva, you idiot!” Belew said with a smile.
And who takes the longest to get ready? They couldn’t come to an agreement on this one, mainly because everyone at this point gets through hair and makeup pretty quickly. Many of the ladies, like Michaela Paige and her statement-making mohawk, have already been cut from the competition. “They’re chopping the hairies!” McDermott laughed.
Carson then opened up the floor for the contestants to ask him questions and they did not hold back.
“Are the days gone of when a DJ gets a new song from an unsigned, unheard of and they like discover somebody sort of like Bon Jovi?” Cody Belew asked.
“Cody, what is this? 1972?” Carson teased. “This is the reason you want to be friends with DJs. We get music here, maybe it’s not completely unsigned. It might not be that, but if it’s a new song, we’re playing stuff all the time. We made the mistake of playing PSY first in this country! I take full responsibility for that. I kid!”
Before the artists took off for a full day of press, Carson left them with this last bit of advice.
“Justin Bieber’s an interesting guy because the poor kid gets 50,000 questions when he’s trying to eat dinner. It’s hard for somebody like that to stay engaged with every conversation and have that happy face on, but you got to fight through it,” Daly explained. “And I think if you remember where you come from, if you remember the struggle, if you remember this time on this TV show, if you do have a little window of success, you’ll always be like, ‘Man, well this is better than just sitting on my couch wishing I was doing what I love to do.'”
The competition continues next Monday as the top 8 perform for America’s vote. Tune in at 8/7c on NBC to catch all the action!
Listen to Carson’s full interview with the top 8 below:
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-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles