'American Idol' Exit Q&A: Jason Castro

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what happened with ''Mr. Tambourine Man''? How on earth do you forget the lyrics to that song?
JASON CASTRO: You know, that day I was just scattered. Right before I went on I was just sitting down and adjusting the microphone. I wasn't even settled in when I started. I just forgot where I was. I couldn't believe I forgot those words. Those words are so written on your heart. But I just laughed it off. I don't ever take myself too seriously. I'm still just human. I do wish I hadn't done that, but whatever. It happened for a reason. I think I'm right where I'm supposed to be.

Did you perhaps not want to win so you didn't have to be known as an American Idol winner?
Totally not. I really wanted to make the top three. I just really think the inexperience caught up to me.

Is it that hard learning two songs a week?
Oh, definitely. There's so much pressure trying to find the right song. And next week was going to be three songs. I was freaking out. I was as happy getting voted off as I was to make it to the top 24.

Speaking of next week, what were you going to sing?
Two of the songs would not have been my choice. We were going to be given two songs. For the third, I was deciding between ''Blue Eyes'' by Cary Brothers and ''Green Eyes'' by Coldplay. Next week was all about the eyes.

To go back a few weeks, I was horrified at how badly your version of ''Memory'' was received. I thought it was really tender and beautiful.
Yeah, I was excited about it. I never watched it over though. It touched me because not belting it out made it more tender to me too. That's the way I felt it. That's how I wanted to sing it.

Did you want to kill Andrew Lloyd Webber for dissing you on stage?
No. I thought it was humorous. He was really very kind, but we're just different people. I don't think he gets me. I saw a lot of passion in him, but he couldn't pick up on my passion.

NEXT PAGE: Jason Castro on Paulagate: ''It was too funny. But it was an honest mistake.''


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