Cardenas, who was blasted by judges Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell for singing the Edgar Winter tune Free Ride, says he chose the song for practical reasons.
As he puts it, I sing it a lot. I love it. I know it like the back of my hand so I knew I could sing it if I was nervous.
Obviously Cardenas would still like to be on the show, he now has a new goal: Being the only Idol contestant voted off first who has a big career.
He hopes to do that with his band, Impact, who he describes a jazz vocal group like Take 6 but without the Christian undertones.
In the meantime, he predicts Idols sixth season will be stellar because, he points out, there are lot of true musicians competing.
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