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HitFix Interview: Stefano Langone of 'American Idol'
HitFix: They made you work for it!
Stefano Langone: Hey man, they made me work! They made me work! But it's cool, man. I'm glad I got to work for it.
HitFix: What was the feeling of being both in the last group for the Top 10 and then having to come back out to perform again for the Wild Card?
SL: The cool thing is that me and James [Durbin], we've been roommates from the beginning. We have a very close relationship and we went out there and we knew one of us was going to go. We both knew, as well, that we had the best songs possible to get that Wild Card spot. We knew that if we didn't make the cut, we'd have the opportunity to go out there for that Wild Card. Every time we get out on that stage, we go out there and we work. So he hugged me. I hugged him. And we said, at the same time, "Look, we need to be ready for our Wild Cards and we're gonna be in there together." It was nerve-wracking, but I went out there and I really did what I had to do and worked for it.
HitFix: I'll say it: You were far better in your Wild Card performance. What was the difference?
SL: You know what? The song that I picked for [the Top 24], it wasn't a song that I'd picked from the soul. It was more a political choice. The song just won a Grammy. Bruno Mars is huge right now. I could do the song. But it wasn't there and that heart wasn't there. The one thing that I thrive on is singing from the soul and getting to sing the soulful song I got to sing tonight, it really showed that part of my musicianship and I was just blessed to get that opportunity, because I feel like I did show a lot of America, like, "Hey, this kid has the right to be here, he does deserve this and he can make a mark in the music industry."
HitFix: If I'd told you a couple years ago that Jennifer Lopez would someday be saying the things about you that she's been saying, what would you have told me?
SL: I would have told you you're crazy. Man, I have to sit back. A year-and-a-half ago, I was in a wheelchair. I never dreamed any of this. I'm just blessed that I got to live a normal life and my parents, they didn't let me try out for the "American Idols" or the competitions or stuff like that. I studied. I developed as a musician and a person. Getting here and getting to this point, you've got say "It's about the music and it's not about all the BS that's gonna be around in the blogs or whatever. You're here for the music." I'm just blessed that my parents raised me the way they did and I'm here how I am today.
HitFix: Do you have an instrument you're gonna be able to bring out?
SL: If I'm gonna do a cover, I'd rather do it without the piano. When I'm at the piano, I focus on playing the piano and I want to be able to sing the song. But if I get an opportunity, I would play my music on the piano and I think America will see that side of me as well.
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