Florida Georgia Line Cross 'American Idol' Off the Bucket List: 'It Was a Dream Come True'
"It's important for an artist to soak in everything you can," said the duo after Wednesday's show.
Cross American Idol off of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's bucket list. Appearing as mentors on Wednesday's edition of the Fox show -- splitting duties with Jason Derulo -- the two members of Florida Georgia Line told Billboard, "It was definitely a dream come true," said Kelley revealed. "Come on, it's American Idol! ... Something that's been on our bucket list."
Added Hubbard: "These contestants are super-talented. They have great spirits and great personalities. They all have a passion for music and they were very vulnerable. They sang acoustically for us, just themselves and a piano. They took everything we said to heart, which meant a lot to us."
"Nick [Fradiani] was the first guy we worked with," Kelley said. "He's an amazing singer. "He's from a band, so to do 'Teenage Dream' was a huge challenge but an opportunity to show he is versatile and a true artist."
Fradiani later told Billboard that he was a big fan of Florida Georgia Line before he knew they were going to mentor the season 14 contestants. "My band played their music. We would do 'Cruise' and we messed around with 'Dirt.' I was really bummed out by my performance last week and wasn't in a good place. They told me, 'You know what you're doing, just have fun with it.' They're such laid-back, cool guys. Just the vibe of being in that room helped me a lot."
"Jax was fun to work with," Kelley told Billboard. "She's another true artist and she gets in her own zone and has her little quirks." Jax then assessed her time with the guys from Florida Georgia Line. "They are so down to earth and are such funny dudes. They really tried to pull the competence out of me. They said everything in the equation was there. I need to own it. I need to accept that I have it and not be insecure about everything on stage, just be me."
Florida Georgia Line attended the iHeart Radio Music Awards in Los Angeles tonight. They performed "Sun Daze"! Jason Aldean won "Country Song of the Year" (FGL was nominated in that category for "Dirt")
if you're wondering why Hayley is there and not Brittney, she is back home in Nashville.
Brian and Tyler will be performing and sitting down for an interview on The Talk, Tuesday April 7! If you are in the Los Angeles area, email firstname.lastname@example.org (or phone 818-655-8601) for free tickets to sit in the audience!