Lady Gaga was a mentor on ‘American Idol’ during the week when you guys had to sing material from the songbook of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. What did you think of her being your mentor and how was her advice helpful, if at all?
Well, when I found out that Lady Gaga was gonna to be there I didn’t know how — cause she’s so unique, she has her own thing going — I didn’t know how she would be able to help us in any way. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, but I just mean that she’s so unique and has her own thing going, I didn’t know how she would be able to help. Because me and Scotty are country and then Haley’s like a bluesy type and James is a rock singer so I was curious to see how it went.
She gave excellent advice and helped me a lot. I was so surprised. She really knows her stuff. I was just listening to her help other people. It was just really cool to see that she has a great knowledge for music, she just has her own thing going. It’s not like she’s limited to what she does, she knows a lot about music. It was really cool to see that. I have a lot of respect [for her].