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Amber Holcolmb

Interview with Amber Holcolmb of "American Idol" on FOX 5/3/13

Final Transcript
FBC PUBLICITY: American Idol Eliminated Contestant Call
May 3, 2013/1:15 p.m. EDT

Molly OíGara Ė BWR Public Relations
Amber Holcomb


Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the American Idol interview call with Amber Holcomb. You may queue up for a question by pressing *1 on your touchtone phone. We ask you please limit yourself to one question and one follow up. You may then re-queue, and additional questions may be taken if time permits. (Operator instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Molly OíGara. Please go ahead.

M. OíGara: Hi, everybody. Thank you so much for joining us today for the American Idol call with Amber. As a reminder, sheís here to talk about her experience on the show and her plans moving forward. As always, if we feel anyone is harping on one particular subject we do reserve the right to jump in and move the call along.

With that being said, letís go ahead and get started with the first question.

Moderator: Thank you. Our first question comes from Mark Stone from Vista Radio. Please go ahead.
M. Stone: Hey, Amber, how are you?

A. Holcomb: Iím good. How are you?

M. Stone: Iím doing well. Iím sorry to see you go. You were amazing. You said you wanted to work with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, how do you see yourself fitting in, do you feel like you have to get a harder edge to your style?

A. Holcomb: Oh, definitely not. I feel like my style, personally it changes depending on how Iím feeling or the mood Iím in, and I feel like right now thereís nobody like me, so why fix something that isnít broken.

M. Stone: Hey, good, I love that.

A. Holcomb: Thank you.

M. Stone: I think you should. And just as a brief follow up, from a contestant point of view if you could change one thing about the whole process what would it be?

A. Holcomb: If I could change one thing it would probably be the theme. That should be more negotiable, I feel personally.

Moderator: Thank you, and now to the line of Mike Hughes from TV America. Please go ahead.

M. Hughes: Amber, this was really an unusual time because any of you four could have been a winner on another year. There was so much female talent here.

A. Holcomb: Thank you.

M. Hughes: I was wondering, can you kind of give us a feeling for when you first realized, my gosh, there are an awful lot of powerhouse females this year?

Give us a point where you started to realize how much female talent you were surrounded by this year, ... at some point that some of the others just started to startle you with how good they are.

A. Holcomb: Oh, actually I knew from the beginning that all the girls were amazing. I feel like everybody was. But Iím a girl so Iím going to stand up for my girls. But we were all really good. I wasnít startled or anything like that, I just felt like we were all five amazing girls who had the opportunity and the chance to be the next American idol.

M. Hughes: Yes, and one other thing I wanted to ask, Candice was about as upset as Iíve ever seen anybody be when you were the one voted out, she really seemed upset by it. Tell us a little bit about Candice in general, what kind of person or singer she is, and a little bit about your friendship.

A. Holcomb: Candice is a phenomenal person. She was my roommate and, you know, she was so sweet. We used to talk every night and weíd wake up and talk again in the morning. Sheís just like an all-around good person. And as an artist, sheís a powerhouse also. I see her on the jazzy, groovy kind of side of music and I see her going far. Sheís great.

Moderator: All right, thank you, and now to the line of Michael Weinfeld from the Associated Press. Please go ahead.

M. Weinfeld: Hi, Amber.

A. Holcomb: Hey.

M. Weinfeld: Hey, the judges kept telling you over and over again that you were going to have a great career no matter what, so does it really matter that you didnít win?

A. Holcomb: Do you know what, thatís kind of a trick question. All of us go to American Idol wanting to be the next American idol, so itís kind of bittersweet not winning. But at the same time I have more time to work on me and focus more on me other than the competition. I feel like itís an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time.

M. Weinfeld: And have you heard anything from Burnell since you got voted off?

A. Holcomb: We text a little bit, but weíre just really excited to go on tour together and see each other on tour.

M. Weinfeld: Do you think youíll have some more dance moves for the tour?

A. Holcomb: Oh, most likely, most definitely.

Moderator: Thank you, and now to the line of Marnie Brodersen from Wet Paint Entertainment. Please go ahead.

M. Brodersen: Hey, Amber.

A. Holcomb: Hey.

M. Brodersen: Hey, I was just so moved by your last performance last night and I was watching you get choked up and it was such an emotional experience. I was just wondering if you could tell me a little bit more about what was going through your head during that last performance.

A. Holcomb: Man, actually before the performance we watched a little package video, and that always gets to me, every single contestant. And I mean itís just the song and then all the clips, and then it was me, and I was like, oh man, now I have to sing, and my dad was crying, and I was like, oh my gosh, Iím going home. It was just a lot.

M. Brodersen: Yes, a lot to take on. Then, just asking you about American Idol in general, thereís just so much talk about the changes and the need for changes, and the decline in ratings. If you could see some changes that you think would help them to get back to the ratings of old, what would you think that American Idol could do to get back in good standing?

A. Holcomb: Okay, one more time, please.

M. Brodersen: Yes, I didnít really explain myself very well. There has been so much talk about American Idol flailing in the ratings and the decline in the ratings, and a big shake-up at the judgesí table next season, and whatís your take on how American Idol could get back to the American Idol of old?

A. Holcomb: Oh, man, I think they should have a season where they bring people back. Do you know what Iím saying?

M. Brodersen: Yes.

A. Holcomb: Not all of them, but I mean maybe pick one or two from each season and have them all come back and just battle it out. That would be so incredible, I think.

M. Brodersen: Oh, thatís a great idea. Okay, thank you so much.

A. Holcomb: Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you, and now to the line of Nahal Mottaghian from USA Today. Please go ahead.

N. Mottaghian: Hi, Amber.

A. Holcomb: Hi, how are you?

N. Mottaghian: Iím good. What do you think your biggest challenge was throughout the entire competition?

A. Holcomb: Oh man, my biggest challenge was probably just learning myself and learning what I want to do and what I should do, that was the biggest struggle, that was kind of hard.

N. Mottaghian: Where do you see yourself within the next 10 years?

A. Holcomb: Oh my gosh, in the next 10 years I see myself in magazines, on every TV channel, billboards, Grammyís, all that good stuff.

N. Mottaghian: Thatís great, best of luck to you. Thanks.

A. Holcomb: Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you, and now to the line of Michele Angermiller from The Hollywood Reporter. Please go ahead.

M. Angermiller: Hello, Amber.

A. Holcomb: Hi.

M. Angermiller: You sound like you are in a much better mood today. I wanted to talk to you a little bit about last night. I know that you were very, very upset and that you didnít come out to the press tent for a little, but can you tell me what was going through your head, like why you needed to take that time?

A. Holcomb: It was just really overwhelming being in the press tent and knowing that I wonít see them again and be able to talk to them about my performance that night, I was like, oh man, this is the last, like the end, and that sucked.

M. Angermiller: So you were upset that you donít get to see our smiling faces again?

A. Holcomb: Well, yes

M. Angermiller: Oh, youíre adorable. A question, Amber, what are your hopes for the finale? I know that Lazaro was saying that heís hoping to do a duet with Cher and thereís talk of Adam Lambert coming back.

A. Holcomb: Oh man, you know what, at this point I would be happy with anybody. But I think whoever is in charge of that knows me and knows what would excite me and make me happy, so hopefully, weíll see.

Moderator: Thank you, and now to the line of Mike Hughes of TV America. Please go ahead.

M. Hughes: Yes, if you could follow up for a minute. When you said there should be more choice of the categories or the theme nights, do you mean different theme nights, or do you mean more range? Give us an example of one of the theme nights that could be a little different.

A. Holcomb: For example, 2013, that was a great category, but we were only like five or six months into the theme, so I feel like it should have been negotiated a little bit more, maybe the end of 2012, the middle of 2012 or something like that.

M. Hughes: Thatís it. Cool, and just one other thing, youíre the only person Iíve heard discuss suitcases right after you left. Tell us about your suitcase crisis, and are you going to solve it?

A. Holcomb: Oh my gosh, okay, when I got here in all my spare time I went and got shoes, I lost so many pairs of shoes and then I had shoes from wardrobe, so I mean Kree let me borrow her suitcase Ė

M. Hughes: Okay.

A. Holcomb: ... and so that solved it.

M. Hughes: So youíre set, okay, super. Thanks a lot.

A. Holcomb: Thank you.

Moderator: And now to the line of Krista Chain from TV Megasite. Please go ahead.

K. Chain: Hey, Amber. How are you?

A. Holcomb: Good, how are you?

K. Chain: Good. My question was, I just wondered, did you have a feeling that you would be going home, or were you completely surprised last night?

A. Holcomb: They always say an idol can feel it when itís time, and I mean, Iím not even going to lie, I honestly did feel like I was the next to go. And I was really sad, but at the same time I told myself that I still get to go on tour, tickets are on sale today, by the way, and you know, Iíll see them again, so I was happy.

K. Chain: And do you plan to do any acting or anything other than singing after the tour?

A. Holcomb: ... most definitely, yes. I want to be in movies, commercials, runways, magazines, like the sky is the limit pretty much.

K. Chain: Okay, well, that would be great. And if you could be in one TV show, which TV show would you choose to be in?

A. Holcomb: Oh, thatís a hard one. I feel like Glee is really relatable right now for me.

Moderator: Thank you, and now to the line of Christine Elin from SciFiVision. Please go ahead.

C. Elin: Hi, Amber. I just wanted to talk to you a little about song choice, are you allowed to choose your own songs, or are there any influences?

A. Holcomb: Oh, yes, you pick your own songs. But I get inside my head. When I pick a song Iím really indecisive Iím like, okay, what if I do this one, or maybe I should have done this one. Itís ultimately up to you.

C. Elin: Okay, do you feel that that had any part in any of the choices or how the judges judged you?

A. Holcomb: I mean, of course they stress the fact that song choice is the key, and I guess they didnít think that was the right song for me, but I still stand by all the songs that I chose. I wouldnít change anything if I could.

C. Elin: Thank you.

A. Holcomb: Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you, and now to the line of Andrea Dresdale from ABC News Radio. Please go ahead.

A. Dresdale: Hey, Amber. I wanted to follow up in your idea for having an exciting American Idol season where they bring people back. Did you mean people who didnít win so they have a chance for redemption? And who were some of your favorite contestants that you would like to see compete again?

A. Holcomb: Yes, I actually did mean the contestants that didnít win. And I would love to see Joshua back, you know, well, I guess Jennifer Hudson wouldnít come back because sheís a megastar now, but even Jessica, me. I feel like, yes, we should all get a second chance.

A. Dresdale: And just real quick, Nicki was always very complimentary of you and had great things to say about you, how did you react when she would compliment your wardrobe or your makeup choices? Did you think, well, she should be talking about my singing, or were you like, yes, yes, give me more of that? I want to know.

A. Holcomb: I donít know one girl that does not like compliments, so I was like, yay, yay, you know. And I feel like with my style and the way I do my hair and my makeup I feel like I take a lot of time into that, so I appreciate every compliment she gave me.

Moderator: Thank you. And now to the line of Marnie Brodersen from Wet Paint Entertainment, please go ahead.

M. Brodersen: Hey, Amber. I wanted to ask a quick follow up about song writing. Iíve heard that you guys have been doing a little bit of song writing on the side and I was just wondering, is that something that youíve done before, or is the show the first experience you have with that?

A. Holcomb: I wrote before. Iíve been writing since I was 16, you know, so it was definitely not just because of the show.

M. Brodersen: And can you tell us about anybody that you have been song writing with? Is that allowed, to tell us?

A. Holcomb: Oh no, this is me by myself. All of the girls write, but I wrote with myself. I didnít write with anybody else.

M. Brodersen: Okay. All right, well, thank you very much.

A. Holcomb: Thank you.

M. OíGara: At this point we are going to wrap the conference call for today. Thank you, everyone for joining us. As a reminder, American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox and photos can be found on

At this point Iím going to turn the call back over to Amber for final remarks. Amber?

A. Holcomb: Okay, I want to say thank you to everybody who supported me. You guys come to the tour, tickets went on sale today, and weíre going to 40 places so Iím pretty sure we are going to be in your area. And follow me on Twitter, @AmberAI12, and just expect great things from me.

Moderator: All right, thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, And that does conclude our conference for today. Thank you for your participation and for using AT&T Executive Teleconference Service. You may now disconnect.

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