Most of the time when competitors have been eliminated from a competition like American Idol, they’re upset and disappointed with reason.

Yet, 24-year-old Carly Smithson who was voted out of the show this week was excited, full of life and as happy as if she had won the entire thing. She took being cut from the singing contest like a champ.

“I’ve such a hunger and music is just, it’s such a gift and I’m just so excited now to be creative,” said Smithson during a conference call with U.S. and Canadian media. “Everybody keeps asking me why I’m not, like, devastated and bawling crying for being eliminated … I’m actually not that sad to be leaving. I enjoyed every minute.”

After having witnessed Michael Johns eliminated a few weeks back, someone Smithson said the rest of the competitors were shocked to see go, they’re all ready for their time — whenever it may come.
And for Smithson, American Idol has given her the opportunity to explore her creativity when it comes to making her own music.

“I feel like everybody was thinking that they were going to go home (this week) — not one person feels safe anymore,” said Smithson, who hails from San Diego, Calif. “I feel like American Idol has given me such a gift, such a platform to be able to launch myself off of — I’m free (now) to go make a record and to start writing.”

One of the things the judges pointed out this week, following the announcement of Smithson’s departure, was that the votes are hugely based on popularity and fan base. She also added that she thinks ­women make up a huge number of the votes that come in.

“Women vote for this show. It’s obvious and they vote for the boys, the boys are adorable,” she said.

“I definitely feel the girls had more of a struggle this year with trying to get the popularity vote. I think the boys are definitely, you know, charming the females a lot, and they’re very talented, too ... but I think there was definitely a bit of a struggle for the ladies.”

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