Tamyra Told Nikki She’d Be Voted Off ‘American Idol’

Michael Starr of the New York Post spoke with Tamyra Gray following her ouster from ‘’ last week. Gray again said she knew she’d be voted off. “I was kind of prepared for it. I was sitting there telling Nikki [McKibbin], ‘Don’t worry, I’m going home this week,” Gray said. “She was like, ‘No, I am.’ When they called my name I was just like, ‘OK.’ What do you do at that point?”

Top Musicians Offer Advice To The American Idols

August 26, 2002 – Top musicians talked with Us Weekly on what advice they’d offer to the American Idols. Moby advises, “Learn to do something else. The shelf life of most pop musicians is so short, so learn how to do carpentry, learn how to fix cars.” Eve suggested, “Don’t let that mean man break your spirit.” Guess she was talking about Simon Cowell. And Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale advised, “Read the contract they ask you to sign. Read the small print, guys!”

Ryan And Simon Of ‘American Idol’ Go At It On Radio

August 25, 2002 – Extra TV showed a clip of ‘American Idol’ co-host Ryan Seacrest interviewing the show’s judge Simon Cowell on his Star 98.7 radio show in Los Angeles. Simon got his digs in at Ryan but was mum when Ryan quizzed him on whether he’s been in love with a woman.

Tamyra Says Her Voice Was Shot

August 25, 2002 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Tamyra Gray who revealed what went wrong with her first song on Tuesday’s ‘American Idol’ – ‘New Attitude’. “I had no voice whatsoever,” she said. “If I had given that any more than I did, I wouldn’t have had a voice for the second song. I hadn’t been talking in several days.” Because of the vocal problems, Gray admitted, “I had a feeling this was my week to go home.”

Repeat What Simon Says

August 24, 2002 – One of the guys that was ousted earlier on in ‘American Idol’ has a flash game on judge Simon Cowell, where fans have to copy the sequence of his insults. Adriel commented on Simon saying, “Personally, I love to listen to him judge, just not necessarily in my direction.”

Randy Doesn’t Know If Race Factored In Tamyra’s Ouster

August 23, 2002 – Access Hollywood asked ‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson about how he felt after Tamyra Gray was voted off the show on Wednesday. “You know, for the first time for me, I was very emotional. It was very sad for me, I couldn’t believe it,” he admitted. As for whether he felt racism played a role in her ouster, Jackson said, “You know I’d like to think that is not the case, but you never really, really know. I just think that had she had a good performance, she’d still be there.”

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