Think Yonkers-raised “American Idol” contestant Melinda Ademi feels defeated after her elimination from the show this week? Think again!
The determined singer, 19, tells LoHud Lowdown she’s feeling more motivated than ever.
“I am actually super excited for the future,” Melinda said when we chatted by phone. “I am in such a positive state right now. I am in a fighting artist state. I want to go and do what I know I can do — and I know I can do it. I know that I can make it one day and I will. I have to work just a little bit harder and create my own original music and put together an EPK for the record labels. I am going to work hard for it and I refuse to let me dream go.”
So, does she have any regrets about her semifinals song choice, “Nobody’s Perfect” by Jessie J? (In case you missed it, “Idol” judge Nicki Minaj questioned Melinda’s decision to sing another Jessie J song after performing “Price Tag” during the Hollywood round — and Randy Jackson thought she didn’t have “enough moments” during the song.
“No, I don’t regret the song choice because I love that song so much,” she says. “I sing songs that resonate with my heart and I don’t care who sang it. I believe that as an artist you have to touch people’s hearts. I think I did that this time.”
For Melinda’s take on the “American Idol” judges, criticized contestant Zoanette Johnson, the Top 20 contestant to watch, growing up in Yonkers and more, pick up a copy of Tuesday’s paper.