'American Idol' contestant Dimitrius Graham on best piece of advice from judges: 'To use my emotions'
'American Idol' season 17 is all set to air live on Sunday with a star-studded lineup for the grand finale. The performers include season 4 winner and award-winning singer Carrie Underwood, season 8 runner-up and current lead singer for Queen Adam Lambert, Daddy Yankee, Dan + Shay along with the judges and obviously the finalists. We will also get to see the Top 10 contestants perform with Lionel Richie.
Though fans are eager to see who will win the title this season, there are a few fan favorites among the eliminated contestants who fans wished made it to the finale.
One such contestant is Dimitrius Graham, who made it till the Top 10 before he was eliminated along with Uche Ndubizu due to low votes.
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Graham talked about the finalists, his equation with the contestants when he was on the show and revealed the best piece of advice he received from the judges.
We asked Graham if finalist Alejandro Aranda is as silent offstage as he seems onstage, to which he said, "He is super humble, he is super loving, that's just him. And I think that's why people love him so much. And we love him like so much because he's not when extra like, you know, he's not here for the franchise like, you know, he's not trying to show off. He's not trying to be better than anybody he just loves music and he loves to play and I think he loves people. So yeah, that's definitely him off camera. Um, Maine is the same way Madison's the same way. They just good humble just down-to-earth people, not an arrogant bone. They are just super sweet."
Talking about the best piece of advice he received from the judges, Graham said, "The best advice I would say I have gotten from each judge is to not be afraid to use my emotions. I've been through a lot growing up. I definitely come from a humble beginning. So instead of looking at my story, as you know, instead of being ashamed of my story. I can actually use my story to help me to grow. So I would say that is the best advice I have received from the judges. To use my emotions."
Talking about his equation with the contestants, Graham said he was close to pretty much all the contestants. "I am close to all of them. I still talk to all of them. We talk like at least three times a week. We are all still very close we communicate often and we're all rooting for each other and wish the best," he said.
Graham also revealed about his collaborative plans with the other contestants for his album. "To be honest, I think we're all going to be collaborating with each other. You guys would probably just have to wait and see," he said.
Apart from Richie, Graham will also be performing alongside Lambert in the grand finale.
'American Idol' airs every Sunday night at 8 pm on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.
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