Stephanieedwards_americanidol6top12Here’s something you don’t get to say every day: "Peter Noone is right." Earlier this week, the Herman’s Hermits (not to be confused with Herman’s Head) veteran said that American Idol isn’t really a singing competition, no matter what Simon Cowell may think.

Stephanie Edwards found that out the hard way on Wednesday (March 21) night. If American Idol truly were a singing competition, Edwards probably would have been ticketed for the Top Six at the least.

Viewers at home never really got to know Stephanie, who lacked the audition and Hollywood round coverage of a Melinda or a Chris Sligh. Even since the Top 24 began and viewers started spending three-plus hours a week with Stephanie and company, the 19-year-old Georgia native has remained somewhere between inscrutable and a cipher (the first condition making fans curious for more information, the second making fans apathetic).

The morning after her Idol elimination, Stephanie talked to reporters and many of us on the call came away knowing just as little about Stephanie as when we started. As a person, that doesn’t necessarily say anything bad about Stephanie, but it’s a major reason why her departure shouldn’t have shocked anybody.

A few highlights from Stephanie’s mostly uneventful exit interview:

On her lack of early screentime: I don’t think that was the case of me getting voted off, but I think it may have had something to do with just in general, like people not getting the chance to really get to know me, I guess.  Because they kind of kept me, even from when we were in Hollywood week, they didn’t really show much of me throughout until like the Top 24. And then I think people got a chance to see my personality more then.

On what viewers never got to know about her: That I’m not as mature as they think I am. I don’t know; I guess I just seemed really mature and I’m not really that mature. I’m actually kind of immature.  So that kind of sucked that I think people may have thought I acted way older than 19.  But I’m just conserved I guess, or conservative, but I’m not really mature. Like I don’t think people got to see like the goofy, fun side of me as much.

On her exit performance, which didn’t appear on Wednesday’s show: [I]t didn’t work out, actually, when I sang it off-camera. I started crying towards the end of the song, so that would have been horrible for America to see that. So I’m kind of happy it was not on camera.

On whether or not the Vote for the Worst campaigners are influencing the results: I think that everyone that is in the Top 10 deserves to be there. And as far as the Top 12, it’s the same thing. We were all good singers.  So to me there is not a worst. There is not someone where they can tweak the results because we are all good. America is going to vote for their favorite and whoever they think they like the most. At this point in the competition, everyone is good. Now it’s about people voting for their favorites and who they like the most. So I don’t think it’s anyone with the Vote for the Worst. I don’t agree with that. I don’t think that there’s anyone that is the worst and that they’re going to be able to change the results from the American Idol not being a great singer, because everyone that is left is a great singer.

On Ashley "The Over-Exposed Crying Fan" Ferl: I thought it was so sweet. She was just so happy to see and it’s just cool to see fans like that, that are so excited to see you. We don’t even look at ourselves as like celebrities or stars or anything and it’s obvious that she did, she saw us as stars. It was just so cool. I loved it.

Posted by:Daniel Fienberg