Idol's Alex Preston on Flipping Police, No Doubt & Rihanna Tracks, Getting His Feelings Hurt by the Judges

With his radical rearrangements of “Stay,” “Every Breath You Take” and “Always on My Mind” (just to name a few), Alex Preston will go down in the American Idol history books as Season 13’s resident “artist.” The funny thing is, however, that the eventual third-place finisher says he fully expected to get eliminated during Hollywood Week.

That confession and more crop up during Alex’s TVLine Google Hangout. Also on the docket: why the judges’ comments about his understated performance style began to hurt his feelings; whether he was worried about covering “Volcano” and “Falling Slowly” despite Phillip Phillips and Kris Allen’s respective successes with ’em; and what goofy dance track he almost performed during Rush Week.

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Press PLAY for the full half-hour chat, then hit the comments with your thoughts about Alex’s Idol run. And stay tuned this week for additional video interviews with Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene!