Idol's Malaya Watson Talks Diva Ballads, The Tuba & Harry Connick's 'Craft Over Stardom' Advice

As the youngest contestant on Season 13 of American Idol, it’s kind of fitting that Malaya Watson finished her run with a results-night rendition of “I Am Changing.”

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After all, over the course of a few months, Malaya went from a member of her high-school marching band to the eighth-place finisher on Fox’s reality TV juggernaut (and earned a spot on the show’s summer tour).

Malaya dropped by TVLine HQ this afternoon to talk about her breakout performance during Rush Week, her uptempo stumble on “Runaway Baby” and her decision to tackle such massive-voiced artists as Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan during her Idol run.

Our Google Hangout will begin at approximately 2:10 pm ET, but if you don’t catch it live, fret not: The entire Q&A will be available for playback starting around 2:40.

So, press PLAY below for Malaya’s Reality Check exit interview, and follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV for all my Idol news, recaps, interviews, videos and exclusives!