Voted off ‘Idol,’ contestant Skylar remains upbeat

Skylar Laine, (pictured) the 18-year-old teen from Brandon who rocked the house on 'American Idol,' has been eliminated.

By Monica Land

JACKSON – ‘American Idol’ kicks off tonight with one less singer, but 18-year-old Brandon country rocker, Skylar Laine, said she has no regrets. The Mississippi native was voted off last week in a move that left ‘Idol’ judge Jennifer Lopez in tears.

Laine said it was sad at first being voted off, she’d even decided what songs she was sing this week, Steve Miller’s ‘Rock’n Me’ and the Broadway tune, ‘On My Own‘, from the musical Les Miserables – when she learned last week that she and Hollie Cavanagh, from McKinney, Texas, were in the bottom two, the Associated Press said.

“I just remember saying, `I’m going home.’ I even told Hollie that. I can’t really explain why. I just had a feeling,” Laine told The Clarion-Ledger in a telephone interview from Hollywood.

“It’s sad right at first,” she said. “But to be honest, I’m almost relieved. I’m happy; I really am. I don’t have to deal with picking songs, being judged.

“It was fun. It’s amazing to make the Top 5. And I don’t think I will ever be able to fully thank the people of Mississippi who carried me so far. To think of what everyone did for me is just overwhelming.”

Laine rocked the house with her exit song: Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead.” She says she was thinking how much she’d miss everyone on the show, and that she could soon go home and see her family and friends, the AP reported.

Laine says ‘Idol’ has made her more determined for a career in country music.

“I am so ready to make an album, and sing and write the kind of songs I want to,” she said.

Country superstar and former ‘Idol’ winner, Carrie Underwood reportedly said she has no idea who will win this season’s ‘Idol, now that Skylar Laine is out of the competition.

Laine’s sister, Blair Harden, said, “It’s amazing anytime someone reaches the Top 5 on American Idol, but when it’s your sister … it’s sorta crazy. But I’ve heard people on the radio and on TV singing for years, and I would say, ‘Skylar can do that.’ And she has.”

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