Idol Jason Castro: "ready to go home"?

He made it through Paulagate 2008, but is American Idol‘s Jason Castro ready to call it quits? EW’s Jessica Shaw was on the scene as the Idols rehearsed for Neil Diamond week (read her “Why Song Selection Matters” feature here) and spoke with Castro on Monday afternoon: “I’ll get around to practicing,” he promised her, after noting that his brother and a friend had visited over the weekend and that his Saturday meeting with Diamond had gone “really bad” because he didn’t yet know his songs. “What happens happens. I’ll sing and if people like it, they like it. And if they don’t, they don’t. I’m kind of ready to go home.”

You’re kind of ready to walk off America’s biggest stage???

“It’s been overwhelming,” Castro continued. “I got 150 balloons yesterday delivered to the studio because people heard I was sick last week. That’s cool, but that’s just weird.”

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  • thp1723

    So why not run this “story” on Monday or Tuesday?

  • curlysue2009

    Sorry…this story does not sound very credible.

  • ouch.

    dude just sounds plain ungrateful for what he’s been given. to be honest, it’s kinda showed in his recent performances.

  • Jonathan

    I believe it.
    But it’s dissapointing, because I’ve been hoping that his almost careless attitude was not as it seemed.

  • Rita

    There are people who are overwhelmed by fame. He’s a really taleneted artist and he’ll do awesome next week! He has to beat syesha and come i #3! Maybe he was just stressed out come on Jessica give him some credit…

  • Not a Fan

    Many of these contestants want off this show. Good for Jason for admitting it!

  • utidolfan

    If he’s ready to go home, let him go. He acts as though he could care less, as opposed to Brook, who you could tell really wanted to be there and was devestated by leaving. His hearts not in it! He should stick to the local open mic nights at coffee bars.

  • Opal

    He sounds sane, and the last line here sounds bitter and rude.

  • Leila

    I feel bad for the girls that organized the balloon delivery… They were so excited. That statement might lose him some fans.

  • Megan

    I have no doubt in my mind that the “journalist” took Jason’s words totally out of context. Not to mention this “story” is horribly written and not credible in any way. Jason is there to win and that’s that.

  • castrofied

    i’m a huge fan of jason – but i think he’ll be more successful outside of the AI machine. i stopped voting a couple weeks ago, but will be definitely buying his first album!

  • ann


  • NikkiB

    I’m sure if you asked them all of the finalist are kinda ready to go home. It must be a shock to suddenly be in the media spotlight. So EW what’s up with the hit job?

  • Me

    Do you like to spin much?? You took all of that out of context and you know it.

  • Angela

    I really think these comments were spent so this article could be read as damaging to him! Since when do you join forces with American Idol judges and producers? Also, why not post this on Monday or Tuesday instead of waiting for Thursday?? That makes no sense. Also, if I am correct he received the balloons last week not on Sunday so…I find this not to be very credible. Sorry.

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