11 of American Idol is proving to be filled
with some of the best talent we've seen in years, but no
one can deny that when Heejun Han was eliminated
on March 28, not moving on to the Top 8, the season lost
an all around good guy.
Even if you only tuned in for an episode here or there,
you'd know that Heejun was the resident comic - perhaps
the funniest individual to ever compete on Idol - with a
smooth voice that could certainly serve as a surprise.
He won people over with his voice, his charm and his personality,
coming across as one of the contestants who were never afraid
to be themselves. He may have gotten some harsh criticism
in the couple of weeks prior to his elimination, but he
had us voting for him and still has us cheering on his future
PCM's Allison had the chance participate in
a conference call with Heejun where he was happy to talk
- and joke, of course - about his time on the show, his
future, his best friend and fellow contestant Phillip
Phillips and much more! Check out everything he had
to share below!
If you could back to the very beginning of your Idol
journey and give yourself a piece of advice, what would
Do not try this at home. I'm just kidding. Do you know
what? A singing competition, a model competition, anything,
when it comes down to a competition, it's really just literally
saying you're competing against each other. It's The
Hunger Games but just not killing each other.
Why do you always have to be so serious when only one person's
got to survive, right, so you might as well have fun and
have a thick skin and stay true to yourself.
Great. What are you most looking forward to about the
tour? I imagine with your antics and your buddy Phillip
it's going to be quite the summer.
The things that I showed during the competition and TV,
it's not going to be half as crazy as I'm going to show
on the tour. It's going to be awesome, crazy. It's not a
competition anymore so I'm just going to have crazy, crazy
fun with my audience.
Jennifer Lopez, she was a huge fan of yours throughout
this season, so did you get a chance to talk to her after
the show, did she say anything to you?
[Jennifer] came up to me with teary eyes and she
said, "I was convincing them to save you but I lost."
But only her vote counts for me, I guess...
Last week you hammed it up and you were safe. And this
week you were serious and you got voted out. Do you have
a theory as to what the voters actually wanted from you?
have no idea, you guys voted ... for a second time, so I
have no idea what you guys are doing. But all the joking
aside, everyone has different taste, I can't please everyone,
so I'm just happy with the fact that I made it this far.
I wanted to talk to you about what Randy was talking
about afterwards about the sitcom. What exactly did he tell
... he grabbed me and said, "Dude, you're a great
singer, but you have to be in a sitcom." And I said,
"Well, Randy, I just got voted off of the singing
competition and that's the advice you're going to give me?"
And that's what happened.
Is that something you think you'd actually want to do?
Of course. I'm not going to be picky about anything. I
really want to make something out of this regardless if
it's a sitcom, movie, anything. If they are willing to work
with me I'll do it.
Yes, and you made a big impression on the show... So,
if Fox were to give you your own sitcom, what would the
It should be an Asian guy who's going out with a really,
really pretty blonde girl.
And to the criticism as to whether or not you were taking
the competition seriously, were you?
That's a no-brainer question, because if I didn't take
the competition seriously I would have never actually started
from the first place ... hours and hours of auditions, rehearsal,
and all the hard work.
Did you have a chance to straighten things out with
Steven Tyler after your Billy Joel performance?
No, but we hugged it out afterwards, after my "Song
performance, we did.
Based on the judges' comments, your performance this
week was the best one you've actually had so far this season
during the performance shows. Did this surprise you, that
you were eliminated considering the judges and Jimmy Iovine
thought you had a breakthrough this week and did your best
It's an ironic situation where you can be pleased and you
can be sad about it because you had a performance where
you get to show who you are and you get voted off. But as
a good prospective ... I get to finish the show on a high
note, so people can expect what's coming next, I guess.
And you said a quote, "I'm not trying to be a star.
I'm just really happy where I am" during last week's
results show. And a lot of people interpreted that as you
didn't want to win the competition. So was that actually
the case? Is that what you had intended to suggest or no?
And I guess regardless of whether you implied that you didn't
care about winning American Idol, do you think it played
any role in your elimination and that maybe the fans thought,
oh well, if he doesn't care why should we type of thing?
This is my first live national TV debut, so when everything
comes to you so quickly you have no idea how to react to
it. I'm just an ordinary guy who happened to be number nine
on American Idol and you never thought that you could
make it and you've been doubting yourself for your whole
life, and when you're having that moment when the biggest
producer in this industry is ... saying you're not going
to win this competition and we're not going to spend a penny
on him because he doesn't deserve it and he's disrespecting
the process, then my reaction has to be automatically 'I
know, I'm not trying to be a star, just calm down.' That
was my natural reaction to it. People can take it as, oh,
he doesn't want to win the whole thing, but at that time
at least I was really genuinely since about how humble I
am to this competition being the spot that I'm standing
was pretty much more than I deserve, I guess. That was my