04/28/2011 at 02:00 PM EDT
After a night dedicated
to the music of singer-songwriter Carole King, the top six contestants remaining on American Idol
spoke to reporters about the pressing issues of the night.
Who's that guy? And how was Miley Cyrus?
Did Lauren Alaina know Brett, the boy she pulled up on stage to sit next to her during her rendition of "Where You Lead"? "I wanted a cute guy up there and he's an intern for American Idol
," Alaina said, "They said if he looked like he enjoyed it, he can't get fired because he's not getting paid, so it just worked out. I don't even really know him!"
As for meeting her idol Miley Cyrus
(producer Jimmy Iovine more-than favorably compared her to the superstar when she sang "The Climb"), Alaina said, "I love her! She's got a lot of the same, what do you call it, sense of humor? We have the same sense of humor." What did the contestants think of singing duets?
Although they enjoyed singing together, "the minus is that you don't get that much time [to rehearse]," said Casey Abrams, "and we didn't do the song as well as we should have, but the positive is it's fresh in our minds and when we get up on stage, we feel that it's new." Added Haley Reinhart about doing "I Feel The Earth Move" with Abrams, "I knew we were going to have fun either way."
How well did they know Carole King's music?
James Durbin recognized "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" from the song list and "felt that immediate connection that I do with every one of my songs," he said. Scotty McCreery said, "My mom kind of raised me on James Taylor because she loved him so much. He was actually my first concert, so that was one of his big songs, 'You've Got A Friend,' so it just kind of seemed right for me."
Will they watch the Royal Wedding on Friday?
Indeed they will, especially Jacob Lusk, who said, "I am obsessed with the U.K.! I cried watching Princess Diana's funeral and I was only 9 or 10 at the time, so I will absolutely be watching." If he were asked to sing at the wedding, Lusk said he would perform "I Believe In You and Me."