N.C.’s Majesty Rose in ‘American Idol Live!’

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Is there something in the water here? What is it about North Carolinians who succeed on “American Idol,” the long-running competitive reality show? Scotty McCreery. Fantasia Barrino. Clay Aiken. Kellie Pickler. Chris Daughtry. Anoop Desai. Bucky Covington.

And now with this most recent season, the winner was Caleb Johnson of Asheville, and one of the top 10 finalists was Majesty Rose York of Goldsboro. The finalists are now on tour, and “American Idol Live!” comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Sunday. The Herald-Sun spoke with York, who goes by just Majesty Rose, by phone this week from the tour stop in New Jersey.
The 22-year-old preschool teacher has also noticed that many “American Idol” winners and finalists also hail from her home state.
“I can’t figure it out. Maybe it’s how we’re raised? I don’t know,” she said. She watched “American Idol” on and off over the years, and knew competing on the show would be hard, she said, but didn’t think it would be so much pressure from so many voices each week. She made it to the top 10 finalists, and was eliminated in late March in ninth place.
“I wanted to be -- not just the best. I wanted to be my best,” she said.
The “American Idol Live!” tour has been a lot of fun, Majesty Rose said. They meet their fans during “meet and greets” or those who just wait outside after a concert. On the Fourth of July, the Idol finalists did fireworks in a parking lot, she said, but the tour has been so busy she couldn’t remember where they were that day. They performed in Ohio July 3 and in Connecticut July 5. They perform in a new city almost every night until the tour wraps up in Washington state on Aug. 23. Concerts include solos, duets, and group numbers, Majesty Rose said. She didn’t want to reveal what songs she’ll be singing, but did say they would include the most popular songs from the season.
Songs she sung on the show include “Let It Go,” “Wake Me Up,” “Shake It Out,” “Happy” and “Fix You.” Majesty Rose said all her performances meant something to her, but she really liked “Wake Me Up” and “Happy.”
“You’ll have to see. I’m really big on surprises,” she said.
Being on tour versus on television means now only having one camera in front of her, and that’s for the concert screen, she said.
“It’s free, not being judged. We don’t have to prove ourselves. We already made it,” she said.
Majesty Rose’s family and friends from Goldsboro will come see her Sunday at the Durham performance. After she left “American Idol” in the spring, she came home for two weeks before getting ready for the tour. She hung out with friends and visited her favorite restaurants.
After the tour ends, she said she’ll start small and perform shows in her hometown. Social media seems to be the way to go, she said, and she’ll sing covers and post them on YouTube.
“I’m trying to make plans now,” she said. Traveling with the other Idol finalists has brought them closer, Majesty Rose said. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be in a televised competition again.
“I just want to be myself. That’s what matters to me,” she said.


WHAT: “American Idol Live!” tour
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St., Durham
TICKETS: Prices start at $41. www.dpacnc.com

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