American Idol’s Aaron Kelly Sees Himself Going Country

American Idol castoff Aaron Kelly can’t wait to get back on stage for the American Idols Live Tour this summer. As for the rest of his future, Kelly says he could see himself pursuing a career in country music.

Aaron Kelly on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Aaron Kelly on 'American Idol' (FOX)

“Country music is what I’ve grown up listening to and what I feel I fit most comfortably with,” Aaron Kelly told “The people who inspire me the most are Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban… I see myself hopefully going down that road.”

Aaron Kelly has already kicked off a press tour to talk about his time on American Idol. His first stop was on the Ellen DeGeneres show, where he performed Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”. Not a very ‘country’ choice, but a pretty decent rendition regardless.

Although Kelly hasn’t seen an American Idols Live concert himself, he is “really excited to be a part of it and interact with the fans” on the tour. “It’s going to be good clean fun, and we’re going to have a blast,” Kelly said.

In an interview with, Aaron Kelly said he thinks American Idol guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. would be “a great replacement for Simon [Cowell]” when the AI judge leaves at the end of this season. “He’s very honest and he’s going to tell you [his opinion] straight out. I think [he’d] fit the bill perfectly.”

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Aaron Kelly Finally Kicked Off American Idol Last Night

We never thought he would make it to the final two, but we were a little surprised when Aaron Kelly was kicked off American Idol last night. After Casey James‘ lousy performance this week, we rather thought he would be the one to finally get bagged.

Aaron Kelly leaves 'American Idol' (FOX)
Aaron Kelly leaves 'American Idol' (FOX)

Apparently, however, America thinks James is at least more pleasing to look at than Kelly. At least, that’s our guess, because he certainly isn’t any more pleasant to listen to.

Regardless, Aaron Kelly deserved the boot and we aren’t sorry to see him go. We wish him well on finding a nice boy band somewhere. At least until his voice changes. We do hope he just hasn’t fully gone through puberty yet and won’t be stuck with that voice his whole life…

We were a bit ticked that Casey James didn’t even end up in the bottom two after his horrid mangling of that poor Frank Sinatra song this week. Especially since Michael Lynche actually got some of his spark back on Tuesday night’s show. Lynche certainly deserved to be ‘safe’ far more than James this time around.

On a side note, although we were less than pleased with our favorite Crystal Bowersox on stage this week – that friggin’ andro boy suit she was wearing last night was way, way too cute. Girl looks good in drag!

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