TODAY | March 26, 2013
>>> so thewhen the nine remaining " american idol " students tackled beatles tunes, paul jolley's " eleanor rigby " sent him home. sorry about the loss.
>> don't apologize.
>> were your shocked they weren't really familiar with the beatles ?
>> of course i was shocked. i felt like everybody should do their research. they do beatles every year. i love them.
>> what was going on with nicki minaj? she seemed really harsh.
>> i don't know. but i still love her.
>> was she true that she snubbed you backstage?
>> no, i didn't even see her.
>> so no problem there?
>> no problems.
>> so you come into the competition a passionate country singer . but you really showed a real pension for pop.
>> yeah. that brings in the country pop side of things, i guess you'd say.
>> so what is it about this contest that was -- and this particular part with the beatles that made it difficult for you, do you think?
>> i don't think anything was difficult, to be honest. i felt like i've done everything to the best of my ability and i felt like i brought it. the judges might not think, so but i feel like i did and i feel like a lot of the fans did as well, but they didn't know where my ranking was, so they could have put more if they knew where i stood.
>> you had a great run and it's only great things coming up for you ahead. paul jolley.
>> thank you, appreciate it.