Noriega who was kicked off Idol just shy of making the Top 12 last Thursday (Mar. 6) says hes thrilled with the hundreds of fan letters hes received from kids who look up to him for being different.
Known for his flamboyant, sassy, over-the-top personality, Noriega says he was determined to stay true to himself on Idol, whether people liked it or not.
He says, I needed to be myself. Some people liked me and some didnt. But Ive loved getting fanmail from little kids who admire me for being myself. Im happy to show people that you can be successful despite your differences, whether its sexuality, race, or whatever.
And while Noriega held his own against the constantly negative critiques of Simon Cowell, his intentions were never to be disrespectful to Cowell.
Noriega says, I was always joking with Simon. It wasnt like I was going to beat him up after the show or anything. He expected me to be sarcastic. Thats why he laughed every time I talked back to him!
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