What do you feel was your standout moment of the season?
My standout moment…it’s probably Vegas Week with Jessica and Candace singing “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.”
What advice do you have for season 12’s contestants?
Be yourself. Don’t listen to people. Learn from them, but don’t listen. Take what you need and what you think will be satisfactory to your voice, because in the end you know your voice the best. You’ve been singing, you know how to work your voice and what works good for your voice. And if you have any, like one ounce of doubt, even after you go over it; don’t do it. You know what works best for your voice.
No matter how long they’ve been working, no matter how much experience they’ve had in this business as far as music, they don’t know your voice. You go with what you know how to do.
What’s coming up next for you after the tour’s up?
Well, you just graduated high school. Are you thinking about going back to school at all?
I hope so. I’m planning to [attend] some type of community college. I really want to push my music, whether it be background singing or anything. Like, background tracks or if my girlfriend needs a background singer when she goes on tour. Anything.
You can catch DeAndre Brackensick, along with the rest of the American Idol season 11 Top 10, on tour this summer through early September. For more information on the American Idols Live! tour, check out American Idol's official website.
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