On being told reporters were complimenting her on having the best hand-shake of any Top 10 singer: "I don't know! I just have strong hands. I've always had strong hands and people always talk about that. It's so funny!"
On why she's better now than in her previous "Idol" experiences: "I think I'm more suited for "Idol" this year because I know more of who I am as an artist and I know what translates just who I am as a person through my songs and my song selection... I think when you're younger, you just don't know exactly who are, even as person. I don't think you ever stop learning about yourself, of course, but I got into the competition, I went to Hollywood Week and I didn't get much sleep and I didn't eat and I ended up making decisions and I sang a song I'd never heard before in my life. So I knew not to do that. That's the difference!"
On being a Country Girl: "Country music is the only thing that's believable with me, because it's what's in my heart. I'm such a Southern person and my family, that's just the way I've been raised, but I can sing other types of songs. I can sing other genres. So I think people might be surprised to hear that, but that's gonna be the cool part about that."
On being dubbed "a marshmallow" by Nicki Minaj: "It means the world to be a marshmallow. Just the fact that Nicki Minaj came up with any type of nickname for and that she even talks to me is pretty cool... You never know what she's gonna say. You just have to brace yourself and think, "OK. It's either gonna be really good or really bad or really crazy" or possibly a mixture of all of that. I'm OK with it. I've never been more happy to be called a marshmallow in my life."
On her additional musical talents: "I love to write. I've written my whole life. I was trying to write songs when I was in pre-school. My mom actually has a paper of where I had written some little song. I also play guitar. I didn't start playing until I was 18, but I love to play and I love to write."