Idol's C.J. Harris Talks Movie Week Magic, Randy as Mentor and His Trouble With Intonation

C.J. Harris isn’t afraid to admit he started his American Idol journey with a lot to learn.

The transition from solo acoustic sets to a massive stage and a booming house band, the struggle to avoid psyching himself out before taking the stage, the challenge of not singing sharp once the lights came up: Harris says he grappled with all of the above and more as he fought his way to a sixth-place finish in Season 13.

As part of his Reality Check video interview, Harris also looks back on his strong Hollywood Week showing, his emotional cheering section and his reasons for not picking any risky, out-of-left field songs during his Idol journey.

Press PLAY below for C.J.’s full chat, and follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV for all my Idol news, recaps, interviews, videos and exclusives!

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  1. JoMarch says:

    No interest in hearing what CJ has to say so I won’t watch the video. I’m missing Reality Check.

    • LibbyXD says:

      Geez ok. But you went to the trouble to comment on this video? That wasn’t necessary.

    • BooBoo says:

      Thank you for the comment Donald Sterling….

    • Sandra says:

      Really? Haters BE GONE. We have respect for CJ & wish him much success post Idol! Hope he keeps growing & never stops believing.

      Love you, Michael & Melinda – great team. You fill a void & most of the time I agree — or you give me something to consider.

  2. deedee says:

    CJ is sweet. I hope his stint on Idol lets him launch some sort of music career.

  3. Kel507 says:

    Such a great and genuine guy! All the luck in the world to you CJ :)

  4. CK says:

    Not to be that guy, but where’s the real Reality Check for last week? I need my weekly dosage.

    • girl_3 says:

      Last week’s Reality Check did not happen because Michael was out of town. The one week the Idoloonies needed it too. There should be one for this week. Hopefully last week’s drama will be addressed.

  5. Xwatcher says:

    second week where the sound is very bad – hard to understand.

  6. Jeanette says:

    Bring back Reality check!!!

  7. Diz says:

    This guy got the boot on country week and he’s supposed to be the one singing country, ouch.

  8. jalahyacinth says:

    Where be Reality Check?

  9. CM says:

    Where art thou Reality Check?

  10. Hillchics says:

    Very hard to hear CJ and understand what he said!

  11. Alan Dvorkis says:

    Boring. Does not come across as the brightest bulb.

  12. Teeny Bikini says:

    I like CJ. I didn’t realize that he is so passionate about music. I hope gets the technical training he needs to become the musician he wants to be. Good luck to him!

  13. christopher bee says:

    C´mon Michael, the quality of the video sucks balls (no pun intended). Not accurate to the talent and your viewers. Please get rid of it and record some quality video.
    Some fan from Germany.

  14. ara says:

    Aargh!! It’s such a pain listening to these Hangouts!
    Do you need individual mics?
    Is Google lowering the sound quality of posted hangouts? I can’t watch them live.
    Please, TVLine, fix this!

  15. winks says:

    I hate to pile on but I agree with the bad quality comments. What’s worse for me though is the strange placement of both Michael and CJ. Michael you don’t look like you’re even looking at CJ but you’re nodding as if you were. Needs to be more across a table type of setting IMO. :-)

  16. CJ is such a kind, thoughtful, earnest man–and well-spoken. I hope this trial by fire will help him work on intonation. If he does … he’ll have quite the career. Good luck, CJ, I hope to see play live someday!

  17. Karen says:

    I don’t like the internet interviews…sound quality isn’t great, nor is the video. Reality Check quality is so much better. CJ seems like a nice guy. I hope he uses the time between now and the tour to employ a vocal coach …even pros have a vocal coach

  18. Excellent post. I am facing some of these issues as well..