Occupation: Construction Worker
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
By: Chantae Benson
The majority of your bus mates voted for Melissa to be eliminated from the competition. Why do you think you were eliminated?
I was doing something I don’t do. If I got kicked off the show for doing something I do, I would feel bad. I was ready to go home. The show wasn’t what I expected. I didn’t really get to showcase my talent.
Do you think it was fair for you to be eliminated based upon your performance in Tennessee?
Nothing is fair. It’s just a show, it’s just making a tv show. I wasn’t bitter at all.
What is your most memorable experience during the show?
The junkyard was cool, everybody got a chance to open up.
What was the most difficult part about being on the road?
Being on a tight bus with 12 other people. It was just so tight, everyone was on top of each other.
Are you still going to pursue a career in the music industry?
One hundred percent. I’ve been doing this for 10 years. I opened up for Shaggy at the Cancun Spring Break 2002. I opened up for numerous acts. I’m working on my album now in the bay area.
Which contestant do you feel has the best chance of winning the competition?
I think Akil is the most talented if they are looking for a triple threat. He’s just an all around talented kid.
Do you have any advice for the remaining contestants?
Good luck, I don’t know what is in store for them.
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