Frenchie Davis Wants to Stay Far Away From Simon Cowell's 'X-Factor' -- Exclusive
Eight years ago, Frenchie Davis was infamously disqualified from American Idol when nude pics of her surfaced, but now she's back with a vengeance on The Voice, letting out her monstrous voice once again.
Although Frenchie says she was "terrified" returning to another singing competition, she won over Christina Aguilera during the blind auditions and is now ready to take the crown.
Celebuzz caught up with the singer to dish about her "mama bear" mentor Christina and why you'll NEVER see her audition for Simon Cowell's X-Factor.
You shocked a lot of people when you showed up on The Voice. Were you nervous about being on another reality singing competition after what happened on American Idol?
Yes. There was a part of me that was terrified. Even when I was first approached about doing the show, I was apprehensive about doing it... Eventually, I gave myself a little pep talk like, 'Girl, you have big dreams and none of them will come true if you are afraid to take a chance.' I had to put the past behind me and go for it.
You're known for singing power ballads, so what made you choose Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" during the blind auditions?
We were given a list of songs to choose from and that was the only song left. At first, I was disheartened, but after a while the song choice grew on me. It was totally unexpected. I knew if I could nail this song without all the extra belting, then it would give me a starting point to grow from. Thankfully, Christina heard something in my voice that she liked.
What's it like working with Christina?
It has been incredible. You'll be pleasantly surprised that she is a mama bear. She's so insightful and really invested in helping us.
What's the best advice she has given you?
To have fun and not let the stress from the competition get in the way of enjoying the experience. We were actually put on lock down for two months without cell phones or laptops, so it was a very stressful environment. It was easy to lose focus and forget why we were all there.
Has she taught you how to riff yet?
Actually, she's very persistent about hearing the quality of our voices without all the extra riffing. She admitted that she's been guilty of that during her own performances and doesn't want our beautiful voices to get lost in that.
After everything that happened on Idol, do you have any regrets?
No. I truly believe that regrets are a waste of time. They are just the past crippling you in the future. Once you learn from it, you can move on... Idol wasn't for me, but The Voice feels right. Win or lose, I'm absolutely suppose to do this.
Well, this makes two singing competitions under your belt. If you don't win, would you ever consider X-Factor?
No. This is my last shot for reality TV competitions. I was really only on Idol for two minutes, so people didn't even get to see a portion of my singing talents and what I'm capable of on stage. The fact that people still remember me from Idol is a huge blessing though. I just want to re-introduce my talents to the world on The Voice, but don't expect to see me on another competition after this.