For two of the kids of Season Seven, the Idol journey will end next week. For all it will end before the end of May. As we finished our dinner in the Red Room, we discussed what lies ahead for each and how they are looking forward to the road from here.
"I don't think that we have any clue about what's going to happen," Kris Allen said. "That's what everyone keeps saying. 'You have no idea what's about to happen to you.' I'm just trying to get ready. I mean, people liking you is a good thing. People wanting to know more about you and hopefully wanting to get your music, that's not a bad thing. So I'm embracing it completely."
Matt Giraud continued the thought, "I don't think any of us really think that we're celebrities or anything like that. That's why we still feel honored to be at the premieres and for people to want our autographs. If I meet someone who's like, 'I voted for two hours.' That's amazing to me and I'm like, 'Really? I don't even know you!' It's amazing to me. So we're just trying to stay humble and I think that when we get out of this bubble we might be a little shocked about how much we've affected the world a little bit."
Allison Iraheta agreed. "We've already had a taste of that. We go to the store and people are pointing and they do the double take, going, 'Is that who I think it is?' They know who we are and it's crazy because I'm not used that. Thinking about getting off the show and being in the real world again, people are actually going to know us. I'm not used to it. I'm always going to be humble about it like Matt said and just be glad that I made it this far. I'm happy that I've had the opportunity to be here."
Said Lil Rounds, "Basically, when I do leave, life for me is going to take off. I feel like 'American Idol' has birthed something, and I think now it's time for it to grow up. It's going to grow up into something huge. That's what we probably don't realize just yet, just how big our careers are going to be after this and how life is going to be, period. I'm just happy that I've done something that I feel has set up me and my family. My children, when they have dreams now I feel like they'll be able to look at me and say, 'Mommy did it. I can do it too.' So this is going to be great. I can't wait. 'American Idol' has done what it was supposed to do. So I can't wait for what's about to come. "
At last it was time for the dinner to end. Just hours away the following morning, disco week looms, with songs to choose, arrangements to puzzle over, outfits to plan, videos to shoot and critiques to endure. But as the groups snatch up a last slice of pizza, the high of the week without an elimination still reigns and clearly while they are still hanging out together, being at the center of the most public pressure cooker in America can still be very, very fun.