The 19-year-old from Houston, Texas almost made last year’s “Idol” top 10. After missing the cut last year, Holcomb returned home to work on a few things.
“My look and personality,” said Holcomb. “I had to find who I was. There’s a big change from last year to this year.”
She got a standing ovation from all four judges on the first live episode of the season.
Judge Nicki Minaj even dubbed her the young Whitney Houston. Although, she said one of her greatest inspirations is Karen Carpenter.
“I think I was listening to Pandora one day and her song came up. I typed in her name and watched all of her songs – hers and the Carpenters, and I fell in love,” said Holcomb.
As for her personal life, she didn’t talk too much about her rumored boyfriend back home, but apparently he revealed something about her.
Q: If you came with a warning label, what would your ex say is written on that label?
“Warning: loud and random! Yeah, loud and random. You never know what’s going to come out of my mouth,” she said. “And if I get too excited, I just get loud!”
Q: Let’s say you make to the finals. You’re sitting there in the finale with someone next to you. Who’s there with you?
“Gosh, That’s so hard. If I had to pick one because it’s going to be a girl winner this year,” she laughed. “So it’ll probably be Candice. Candice will be sitting right next to me.”