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'American Idol' tour rolls into Melbourne July 9


Mike Nunez, For FLORIDA TODAY 12:43 p.m. EDT June 25, 2015

We chat with season 14's Top 5 finalist Tyanna Jones.

Who's ready for some "American Idol"? The "American Idol" tour rolls into Melbourne on July 9 with season 14's Top 5 finalists, Clark, Jax, Rayvon, Tyanna, Nick and special guest Joey Cook. I spoke with Tyanna Jones about being on Fox's long-running reality singing competition, her plans for the future and the tour.

QUESTION: What has the last year been like for you?

ANSWER: It has been both fun and stressful. To go from being in school to being on "American Idol" and now on the tour it's been exciting. I have worked on a couple things with Harry Connick Jr. that I am excited about. It has been a roller coaster, that's for sure, between auditions, the show and now the tour.

Q: When you are on "American Idol," you are required to sing so many different genres of music that it's hard for an audience to tell what type of artist you really are. In your own words, what type of genre suits you best?

A: I don't know, I'm confused, too. I like all types of music. You can put anything in front of me, and I will listen to it and maybe even sing along. I guess it's hard to put me in a category, but I kind of like that. I guess when I start to write and record my own music it would be considered more in the pop category, but that's probably more because of my age.

Q: At one time your family was homeless. What helped you persevere during your toughest times?

A: My family kept us in church and praying to God. When you are young, you don't really know you are "homeless," it's just how you live. Having a strong faith and strong parents kept me going.

Q: What do you hope to do with your newfound success?

A: I don't know. I can't wait to see what happens next. I am happy to have made this tour because it gives me a chance to expand on what I did on the show. Because I went straight from the show to the tour, it didn't leave me with any gaps I had to fill in my schedule.

Q: What are working on now?

A: I am just focused on the tour right now, I haven't really planned anything else.

Q: How hard was it to maintain your grades, and lead a normal life now that you've had exposure from "American Idol?"

A: It was not that hard. I love what I do so that made it all easier. It has been a learning experience and I still go to public school, so it has been different, but fun at the same time.

Q: What was the most challenging part about being on "American Idol?"

A: Being away from my family was the hardest part. Every single day I Skyped with them or called them and I was always texting them. It was hard on me, and it was really hard on my mom as well.

Q: When it came to song selection for the show, what was your thought process in choosing one?

A: It had to have real emotions in it. Every word I was singing had to mean something.

Q: When the tour concludes, what will you work on next?

A: I want to work on my own original music and see where that takes me. I am writing my own songs and have been for quite some time. I would also like to try acting.