Her advice to future American Idol contestants is to be patient.
She is happiest in her life when she was 23 years old because she has a great family, she gets to do what she loves to do every day, she has a best friend for a fiance and her future is looking good.
She thinks her edge on American Idol is that she looks and sounds different.
She draws her musical inspiration from rock legends of the '60s to the '80s.
The first concerts she attended were those of Styx, Kansas and Reo Speedwagon.
If she could sing in any event, she would like to perform at the Super Bowl.
The person she would like to meet the most is Bob Seger.
If she had 24 hours to do whatever she wanted, she would spend it at home.
She hopes to differentiate herself on American Idol by listening to the professionals who have experience.
If she could change one thing about herself, she would like to open up to others quicker.
The toughest obstacle in her life is joining American Idol because she is leaving her job and stepping away from her comfort zone.
Her proudest moments in life are receiving a college degree, buying a home and receiving an award at work for her high numbers.
If she wasn't talented in singing, she would like to have the talent of being intelligent.
She thinks people would be surprised to know that she is a Bears fan.
List of Songs Sung on American Idol:
February 20, 2008 - Baby, Please Don't Go by Big Joe Williams
February 27, 2008 - Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas
March 5, 2008 - I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
March 11, 2008 - You Can't Do That by The Beatles
March 18, 2008 - Back in the USSR by The Beatles
March 19, 2008 - Back in the USSR by The Beatles (Eliminated)
She doesn't get embarrassed much, but she found it embarrassing to dance for American Idol.
Her goals in life are to be well educated and to be successful in whatever she does.
She thinks her friends would be surprised to know that she owns a Michael Bolton CD.
Her fan base name is "Mean Machine."
Her musical influences are CCR, GNR, Bob Segar and Joplin.
Her audition number for American Idol was 29933.
Other than singing, her other talents are, she is a good Harley rider and she is a good cook.
She started to sing since she was very little.
Male Pop Star: Bob Segar.
Female Pop Star: Janis Joplin.
Quote: "I was born a long way from home. I have spent my whole life just trying to get back."
American Idol Judge: Simon Cowell because he doesn't lie.
American Idol: Carrie Underwood
American Idol Moment: Renaldo Lapuz's audition.
Amanda (on what she plans to do after American Idol): As of right now, no decisions are being made about exactly what I'm going to do. I have no idea if there's any options out here. So it's just going to be a little bit of a waiting game the next couple months probably.
Amanda (on if her fellow contestants on American Idol would be attending her wedding and if her husband was her rock during the whole experience): I'm sure I'd invite at least a couple of them and I don't have any date at all. I was more his rock because he was home alone. It's pretty hard being alone in a house while all the excitement is going on 2,000 miles away.
Amanda (on her least favorite part of being on American Idol): I just didn't like performing [the group numbers] and doing all the choreography and stuff. As far as when we recorded them, I was very strong at it. I have a choir background from high school. Yeah, who would've thought, huh?
Amanda (on how she felt about the judges comments on her performances on American Idol): When I was done singing, I was done singing. When the judges would give their comments, I wanted to be respectful and listen, but their comments weren't going to sway me one way or the other as far as what I was going to do. The objective of being on the show was just to go out there and show America me, perform like me, look like me, and see how well it would take.
Amanda (on if she she thinks her song choice on American Idol or her being first to perform the night before she was eliminated might have been why she was eliminated): No, I don't think that the song choice had anything to do with it, because if it wasn't that song, it was going to be another song that sounded like me singing it, you know? You'll never hear me pissing and whining that I was first or anything like that. I definitely had hopes for position six or seven, but that's not how it worked out. I'm not going to cry over spilled milk.
Amanda (on if she is disappointed that she didn't make the cut for the American Idol tour): [The tour] was somewhat of a goal. I'm not extremely disappointed that I'm not doing the tour but the ultimate goal is to get my own. I think they have the best group for it. I think I stuck out. I didn't really fit in with it.
Amanda (on if being labeled the rocker-chick on American Idol helped her or hurt her): Having my own personal style helped me as far as being the quintessential rocker chick, but as far as the competition itself, I wouldn't say that it necessarily helped me, because young kids aren't going to relate to me as easily as they do the other ones.
Amanda (on if she was shocked from her elimination on American Idol): Kinda. It was like 50/50. It is really such a crap shoot because [I'm] a square peg in a round hole. You know, yesterday wasn't the most traumatic thing that's happened in my life -- I just got voted off a TV show. I was thankful to be there and privileged to have that many millions of Americans vote for me.
Amanda: The most embarrassing thing that I've ever done didn't happen until yesterday when I had to dance in front of the camera with people watching me and it's gonna be on TV 'cuz I ain't that good at it.
Amanda: The most interesting job I've had is the one I have now. I love what I do. I'm a nurse by degree, but my title is Health Care Specialist, but I'm in home oxygen and dermal medical equipment sales and before American Idol I was finishing up a Bachelor's in Business Management you know, kinda' had a career path going on there and I dug it. If this doesn't work out, I'll go back to that and you know, be just as excited to see what can happen with that.
Amanda: My family has helped me pursue my dream just by being supportive. I mean I've never really been one that went out and was like, "Oh, I'm gonna be a rock star" and like really, really pursued it. I always saw it as something that was unrealistic especially like where I'm at and where I live and you know I refused to limit myself to that, so I did the whole college thing, did the job of the mortgage and you know, I want to be successful in everything that I do, so not only this, but with every other venture that I've done, they've just been supportive and they've just been there to you know, been that little soft place to fall whenever I needed it, but you know, they've been pretty good in backing me in everything that I do.
Amanda: What people would be most shock to know about me is that I like watching football. I guess that'd be the one thing; I'm a Bears fan. I don't look like I would be into sports or anything, but I like football, so that'd probably be something.
Amanda: The person that I am most like who was on American Idol before would probably be Daughtry I guess just 'cuz he sang rock, ended up singing rock.
Amanda: My favorite performer… I can't really put a finger on one, but I'll give you two or three that stick out you know. I'm a big fan of Bob Seager, CCR, Janis Joplin of course and you know, all the classic rock stuff I mean, I can't pinpoint my you know, I can't say one favorite, but you know GNR sticks the whole classic rock, blues you know, that's what I listen to.
Amanda: If I don't become the next American Idol, I really can't say what I'm gonna do 'cuz I don't know. I mean if I'm the first one off, obviously I'm not going to generate enough attention to continue on with the American Idol name with my name affiliated with that, so I'll just go back to work and go back to doing what I'm doing, but if I get voted off later on and then people like me, I'll try to pursue something in the music industry.
Amanda: Outside of singing, I don't necessary know if you would call it a talent, I don't know, I mean I like to cook, I ride a Harley Davidson, that's not like, takes talent to do that. Those are the other things I do outside of singing.
Amanda: I first started singing as a small child, I mean not in any particular day or age I mean I'm just always been attracted to music and always, you know, sang.
Amanda: When I found out that I had made the top 24 it was I don't know, Ryan always has a problem with me because every time I come out I'm not very excited. Like every time I come out I'm always kinda' bland, but I can definitely say that it felt like an accomplishment. I mean, I'm the type of person who doesn't really like to put the horse before the carriage. It's like, "Alright, I can chalk that one up because I did a good job as far as all these auditions go, time to tackle the rest of it."