Idology: Jeremy Rosado on Iovine Insults, Nice-Guy Edit and His Ballad-Heavy Repertoire

Jeremy Rosado is living proof that sometimes, nice guys finish 13th. And while that’s not exactly where the 19-year-old Florida native was hoping his American Idol Season 11 journey would end, he’s got an upbeat, philosophical attitude about it all. Rosado sat down for his Idology interview to talk about the tough comments he got from mentor Jimmy Iovine and judge Steven Tyler, that weird bubbling pool featured in the Vegas-round solos, and why you didn’t hear him cover more uptempo material during his Idol run. So press play below for the interview, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!



Comments (35)

  • I loved the interview! Jeremy is so sweet.

    Comment by Jaime – March 13, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nice tie Michael! Jeremy was boring, but he does seem like a sweetheart. I wish him the best!

      Comment by Riley – March 13, 2012 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great interview; Jeremy seems like a genuinely lovely person. Glad you’ll be doing this again this year. The interview setting seemed a bit sterile though.. all those pics on the wall.. are not of you?

    Comment by Cnuck in Germany – March 13, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Looks like its ausiello’s office

      Comment by jen b – March 13, 2012 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yep, that’s where they film Spoiler Alert

        Comment by SL – March 13, 2012 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Jeremy. What a great guy and an amazing singer. Thanks for the interview Michael.

    Comment by ellenda – March 13, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a sweetheart! He has such a nice voice too!

    Comment by Kristi – March 13, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a genuinely nice guy. I really enjoyed his performances. So sorry he didn’t make it farther. He deserved to stay longer than the big dude.

    Comment by Louis – March 13, 2012 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great interview with a very nice kid. Unfortunately “Ribbon in the Sky” wasn’t his best performance but I sure wish him well.
    Michael – that tie! Warren Beatty from “Shampoo” wants his tie back!

    Comment by darcy's evil twin – March 13, 2012 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • that was such a great interview.

    still not over what an absolutely LOVELY guy he is. I just want to hug him and be his best friend.

    but I do hope he gets another chance to do what he loves, he definitely deserves it!

    Comment by Pia – March 13, 2012 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael your ensemble is FIERCE!

    Comment by Kelly – March 13, 2012 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Spring has sprung!

      Comment by karenb – March 13, 2012 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES! The tie!

      Comment by Brigette – March 13, 2012 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a nice kid.

    Comment by Ashley – March 13, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sweetie! Good luck, Jeremy! Thank you, Michael, for these interviews — brings a bit of closure.

    Comment by paisley – March 13, 2012 02:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a nice kid without a single ounce of self-entitlement. I really, really do wish him the best, and 13th out of thousands ain’t too shabby at all!

    Comment by RTW – March 13, 2012 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Weaksauce Slezak…I demand these videos all be 15 mins or more!

    Comment by James – March 13, 2012 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So there IS seating chart! Why do I feel like a great conspiracy has been revealed? It really shouldn’t be a surprise…

    Comment by Brigette – March 13, 2012 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m not sure that there’s ALWAYS a seating chart. If you recall on results night that whenever they called a group down they were all sitting next to each other. If my memory serves correctly this isn’t always the case.

      Comment by Ken – March 13, 2012 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great interview, Jeremy is really sweet. I agree with one of the above commentators that it brings a bit of closure – especially because Jeremy did not get a sing out performance.

    Comment by Meghan – March 13, 2012 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love TV Line; Love Idology; Love Slezak. I want more!

    Comment by Cannago – March 13, 2012 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So the producers picked for Jeremy in Top 24 week, for Elise in Top 13 week…do they ever get to pick their OWN choice of songs?

    Comment by Kevin C. – March 13, 2012 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The producers picked ALL songs in Top 24 week. All contestants submitted a list of five or so songs they might want to sing, and then the producers picked their songs for them.

      Comment by Persephone – March 14, 2012 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nice guy. Good interview. I think if he had performed “Overjoyed,” which would have suited his power ballad voice, he might still be there.

    Comment by David H – March 13, 2012 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would’ve been a great song choice for him.

      Comment by donie – March 13, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a sweetheart….

    Comment by Karen – March 13, 2012 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wonderful!! You always bring out the best in people – and ask such interesting questions. Thank You!!

    Comment by ladyhelix – March 13, 2012 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Idol needs to do interviews like these BEFORE voting. All Idol site interviews focus on the emphasized backstory or trivial things like favorite color or band. They’re always highly edited too. Idol’s edit portrayed Jeremy as an inoffensive emotional nice guy, which in many ways is true, but this interview gave him some depth and allowed him to explain his song choices and style. I wasn’t a fan before, but I like the guy now.

    Comment by Albert – March 13, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mr. Slezak,

    What is this strange thing happening to your beard? It looks like you had an accident with the razor.

    Comment by M – March 13, 2012 08:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s turning gray, that’s all.

      Comment by Michael Slezak – March 13, 2012 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He seems like a sweet kid. Not a hint of d-baggery anywhere in that interview.

    Comment by Cat – March 14, 2012 02:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kudos to Jeremy’s family for raising such a nice kid. In a way, I’m glad he is out at this point of the competition — he says he doesn’t want to be classified as a specific “type” of artist and that is EXACTLY what Idol does to these young singers. I wish him great success as he continues his career and hope to see him perform as a professional some day.

    Comment by Ghost of Kelly Clarkson – March 14, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Slezak I love you and your interviews and this is another great one. Jer-bear seems just as sweet here as he did on the show. Just a quick note, Robbie Rosen sang Gravity during his Hollywood Week.

    Comment by Erica – March 14, 2012 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was one of the few that preferred Jeremy to Elise and Jermaine and some others but knew he was too sweet for the masses, he didn’t have the killer abs either. I wish him the best and hope he makes a killer CD.

    Comment by Lana – March 14, 2012 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GREAT interview! Very likeable person! Plus everything Michael does is brilliant. GOOD LUCK JEREMY! MAKE A GREAT C.D.!

    Comment by MamaLis – March 15, 2012 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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