Bucky Covington, a season five American Idol finalist, says the real competition begins when you go home for good.
“I think people have a perception of you,” Covington says about fan expectations after ‘Idol.’ “You have to almost be as good as Tim McGraw even though you have none of the experience.”
The live show is a struggle because playing for cameras and playing for a crowd take two very different skill sets. “Pretty much you let the camera do the work. You kind of stand there and let the camera do all the dancing around you and let the editing part of it make you look good,” he explains, laughing.
Bucky offers this advice for this season’s country favorite Scotty McCreery: Learn each person’s job within the music business, and take your time making big decisions. “One thing you have to really realize is you’re always in the spotlight,” he says.
Covington hasn’t had time to follow this season, but noticed that the men were dominating early on. “That’s going to make for a boring tour,” he quipped with a laugh.
Bucky finished in eighth place in 2006 on American Idol.