After writing about the contestants of American Idol season nine this year, I had an opportunity to sit down with several of the contestants during their tour stop in Sacramento, CA.
Runner-up Crystal Bowersox and I talk water balloon fights, Ellen’s decision to leave Idol and how she stays in contact with her son while on tour.
How’s tour going?
Good! Do you have any fun bus stories that you can share?
Ummm, not really. Today, however, is a special occasion, I ‘spose. I caught wind on Twitter that some fans were going to be waiting outside with water balloons.
Oh, I’ve seen them! They’re out there. They’ve got a ton.
Well, so how much is a ton?
There’s a small cooler and it’s filled.
Okay, we’ve got a big cooler and we’re filling it up right now.
I’m going outside to watch.
It’ll be fun.
Have you been working on your album, yet?
Nope, I’m on tour.
Okay, so you’re not doing what Lee’s doing going back and forth?
Well, I mean, you know writing stuff and just kind of figuring all that out, but I don’t want to rush it. I want to be bright. I want to do one thing at a time. Right now my attention is devoted to putting on a good show every night for the tour, and after that I’ll focus on the album.
Do you have anyone in mind that you might want to work with or write with for your album?
I’ve said a couple names already, I don’t want to make too many promises, because I don’t know what’s going to be set in stone yet.
I know that you’ve been doing work with diabetes awareness, I was wondering if you could explain who you’re working with and what your purpose is with that?
Okay, personally I’ve been type 1 diabetic since I was about six, and I’ve been working with the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), I went to Washington D.C. while we were there to talk to the advisors of the President about something called, “The Special Diabetes Program.” That’s the government funding for the JDRF. It constitutes one-third of their funding, so it’s definitely important that that’s always renewed. If it’s not, that’s a huge chunk of JDRF funding, and we’re looking for a cure.