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“Idol” reject Scott MacIntyre thrilled by near save
For eliminated “American Idol” contestant Scott MacIntyre, just coming close to being saved was a victory on Wednesday night.
“I was actually thrilled that it was a split decision between the four judges, and that was something very nice to walk away knowing,” MacIntyre said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday.
MacIntyre, 23, a blind singer and pianist, came close to being saved by the judges after he lost the “Idol” viewer-vote count. The judges must vote unanimously to save a contestant, and just two judges were ready to use the panel’s one-time-only save on MacIntyre.
MacIntyre described this year’s Idol contestants as particularly friendly with each other.
“I’m going to miss the camaraderie, I’m going to miss how we all make fun of each other before the show starts, I’m going to miss having dinner when people leave and wishing them well,” MacIntyre said. “Even though we’re competing, we have so much fun even the second before we walk on stage, it’s amazing.”
Like some other eliminated “Idol” contestants, MacIntyre said he has written many songs that he hopes to share with his fans, and that he looks forward to joining the ”Idol” Top 10 on tour.
MacIntyre was born in California and spent part of his childhood in Toronto, Canada, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, before his family moved to Arizona, where he lives now. He also obtained a master’s degree at the Royal College of Music and Royal Holloway University of London.
“I’m kind of the academic gone pop star in the competition,” MacIntyre joked.
To be fair, contestant Anoop Desai is a graduate student in cultural anthropology at the University of North Carolina. It’s tough to be an academic on “Idol” though. Both MacIntyre and Desai were in the Bottom Three on Wednesday night, a position that each contestant had been in before.