TODAY   |  March 19, 2013

Ousted ‘Idol’ contestant: ‘I worked my hardest’

Curtis Finch Jr., the latest contestant to be kicked off “American Idol,” talks about his experiences on the show, saying he’s “really not sure” what led to his elimination.

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>> will be a hunger for love, because there are so many people hurting in the world, so god to me is the only who can heal the world. i want to do things like r&b and think about love because people just want to be reached in a place where they can feel okay and feel like they can make it to the next day and so i feel like i'm the instrument that will go into the world and just share love and inspiration.

>> just hearing you talk, like a preacher.

>> nikki menage is your biggest advocate.

>> absolutely.

>> she missed your performance because she was stuck in traffic. if she was there do you think you'd still be around?

>> i don't know how i feel about that. i really think, though, that what happened always happens for a reason and so whether she was there or not, i don't think i could really change the past. i just know that i can look forward to tomorrow but the first face i saw once i got back stage was nikki, all i saw was a high five and she was like "you did a great job." all of the judges have been so inspirational and inspiring, giving me the best feedback always.