HitFix: Is your youth an advantage or a disadvantage at this point?
Aaron Kelly: I don't really think of it as making any difference. All of the contestants got here for one reason: Because they can sing. The judges saw something in them.
HitFix: Do you let your age have any impact on your song choices? The judges love to criticize younger contestants for choosing songs that "sound too old" or something...
AK: That's seem to be what they keep saying. I know Katie's had that a couple times now. Like Simon says, it's confusing to hear that. With the song I sang last night, I was telling a story. I wasn't the person in the song. I was talking about the song. Song choice is a big thing, so I've got to pick the right song next week.
HitFix: When the judges predict that a woman is going to win, does that inspire the guys even more?
AK: You know what? I'm pretty sure it's been a guy winning three years in a row, but they've said that every year that it's a girl's year. It's really unpredictable and I think it's anybody's game.
HitFix: What's your dream theme?
AK: My dream theme would be a night where the contestants get to write their own songs and perform an original song.
HitFix: What kinds of songs do you write?
AK: I just write about the real things in life. If something happens, I'll write it down.
HitFix: And what's your nightmare theme?
AK: I don't have one yet, but hopefully they don't have a rap night. I can't say words fast enough.