No ‘Idol’ time for MeusePublished 9:33am Saturday, May 31, 2014
Jess Meuse has always looked toward the future.
In her senior Holtville High School yearbook Meuse said she would be famous one day.
After more than three months of surviving sneers from “American Idol” judges and jeers from those who were not fans of Meuse, her popularity shot through the roof as one of the Top 4 finalists on the popular reality show.
Meuse saw her original song “Blue-Eyed Lie” climb up various charts. It was her song choice, too, when she was eliminated in fourth place.
“And I went out with my own song,” she said in an interview Thursday. “It was the best feeling in the whole world to see my song that far up on the charts. And since it was my original song, it was like watching your kid grow and see it succeed.”
Meuse has been able to enjoy a couple weeks back at her Elmore County home, but she won’t be home long.
Meuse heads back on the road for the American Idol Tour, which kicks off June 24 in Binghamton, New York.
Meuse along with nine fellow American Idol contestants will travel across the country and into Canada to perform.
Meuse will be back in Alabama July 26 when she performs in Birmingham at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.
While Meuse will be on the road, she plans on using any free time to ready herself for her solo career.
“I’m so ready to bring it,” she said. “I’m ready to tour the world and see my fans. I’m ready to work my way up, and I know I can do it.”
During the three months Meuse was in Los Angeles, she said “Idol” was a great “educational experience.”
Meuse said she learned a lot about television, Hollywood and “the game.”
In fact she equated “American Idol” to the “Hunger Games.”
“It gave me an idea of what the pressure, frustration and praise would be like. It was a real life example,” she said.
During her three months on “Idol” she was given the opportunity to work with various chart-topping artists as well as “Idol” alums.
Meuse said she learned more about the music business from fellow alums like Chris Daughtry and David Cook.
“Their advice was a whole different caliber,” she said. “I have a lot of respect for people who do it themselves and make it.”
So what does she have planned between now and time to go on tour?
“I’m going to the damn beach this weekend,” she said with a laugh. “I’m going to try to take a breath, relax and get a tan.”