CLAREMONT, NH—For “American Idol” fans, and more specifically, fans of Claremont singer and contestant Evelyn Cormier, the excitement returns this coming week. Cormier will be appearing in an episode of Hollywood Week on Monday, March 25, at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.
In a phone interview with the e-Ticker News on Thursday, Cormier said that she would be watching the new episode with family and friends, as she had done when her March 17 appearance aired, a gathering that included cake to mark the occasion.
“I was really nervous watching,” said Cormier, but now she is getting used to watching herself on air and said she is getting “really okay” with this side of her musical journey.
Cormier’s March 17 performance drew remarkable reactions from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan who were quickly drawn to her performance and had high praise for the 19-year-old. “Literally, one of my favorite voices I have ever heard,” Perry commented. “I think when you have a really amazing band behind you, it’s going to be something crazy,” said Bryan. “You have a sound,” said Richie. “You have a sound that’s yours. It’s an absolutely amazing identity…I’m thrilled that we have you.” After voting for Cormier to move on to the next level and giving her the “golden ticket to Hollywood”, Perry added, “Evelyn, pick the right songs because you are my favorite voice….It’s soundtrack material for sure.”
Cormier said the judges’ comments had been “overwhelmingly positive”. And they continued to be as they posted on her Twitter page March 17, “Breathtaking unique presence in your performance”—Richie; “My WHOLE family got quiet when you started singing, even the kids!”—Perry; “Can’t wait to hear what you’re going to bring to #AmericanIdol this season”—Bryan. Even Ryan Seacrest weighed in on Twitter: “When you find the perfect song to match your voice, it’s going to be magical. See you in Hollywood.”
When asked what, if any, advice from the judges was particularly helpful, Cormier said Richie telling a group of contestants not to worry about forgetting words but to just own it and move on, since it happens to everyone, was especially reassuring.
“Idol” is not the only thing going on in her life; Cormier said she is still writing music and has released a new official “Evelyn Cormier” tee-shirt featuring her image. Releasing merchandise, or “merch” as it’s called, is something a number of people had recommended that she do, she said. Cormier chose to stay local to have the black tee-shirts printed, going to the Ink Factory on Water Street. “I really like art,” she said, and the image is one from photos she had taken doing some freelance modeling. She continues to listen to a wide range of music, from songs of the 90’s, to folk, a little pop, acoustic, alternative and Elvis.
Cormier said reaction to her first “Idol” appearance has been “very positive”, and she appreciates the outpouring of support she has received, especially locally. A chunk of that support will be gathering at her house Monday night as “American Idol” features an episode of Hollywood Week, the next leg of this musical odyssey. There might even be cake again, too.