Jared Cotter was eliminated from American Idol season 6 on March 8, 2007 (13th/14th/15th/16th place.)
List of Songs Sung On American Idol:
February 20, 2007 - Back at One by Brian McKnight
February 27, 2007 - Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
March 6, 2007 - If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder
March 8, 2007 - If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder (Eliminated)
Jared's number for auditioning on American Idol is 8067.
If he won American Idol, he would have first thanked his mother.
The toughest obstacle in his life is making it into the music industry.
His heroes in life are his dad and Jesus.
Unlike most American Idol contestants, Jared does not have any lucky charms.
American Idol has changed his life in the way that he no longer has a job and people know who he is.
Jared likes all the American Idol judges for what they have been able to accomplish.
Jared's definition of an American Idol is someone people can look up to.
If Jared couldn't sing, he would like to have an eye for talent.
The proudest moment in Jared's life is graduating from college.
The most embarrassing moment in Jared's life is when he fell on his back on ice during a date.
Before performing, Jared jumps up and down to get ready.
Jared's American idols are his parents.
Jared thinks his friends would be surprised to know that he owns a Pearl Jam-Ten CD.
Jared's goal in life is to be successful and to make himself and his family proud.
According to Jared before he was eliminated from American Idol, if he did not make it, he will still continue to write music.
Other than singing, Jared is also talented in basketball. In fact, he was able to get a basketball scholarship.
Jared has had formal singing training such as vocal classes, private lessons and choruses.
Jared first started to sing when he was born.
Jared's favorite female artists are Beyonce and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Jared's favorite male artists are John Legend and Stevie Wonder.
Jared (when asked if he thought Votefortheworst.com had anything to do with him being voted off): I don't know if it messed things up. Sundance and Antonella were nominated by Votefortheworst.com, and they got voted off. I think they need to get a handle on the Web sites that vote for people like that. Yesterday was definitely not based on votes alone. You had four contestants that were either extremely talented or in the media so much that they should have gone through.
Jared (when asked if he thought his song choice had something to do with his elimination): I don't have any regrets. Next week is Diana Ross week. I probably would have updated one of her songs. I was just taking a school of thought from previous winners.
Jared (when asked if he had any theories on why he was voted off): I honestly think it was Simon's comments over the last few weeks. My performance did not warrant going home. I'm still shocked.
Jared (when asked on what he thought on Randy's comments about being more original): I was doing songs where they recommend you not changing them too much. I was doing Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. I wasn't doing 311. It was a lose-lose situation for me.
Jared (when asked how he felt after being eliminated): I am still shocked. Honestly. It's still hard for me to swallow. I never expected to be going home this early.
Jared (on how he found out about Antonella's pictures): She actually ran to my room when she first heard it. We're real good friends so it was really hard to deal with because she is such a good girl and those are her own private pictures. Nobody, especially millions of people around the world were supposed to see those pictures. I told her, just let me know who it is because I will kick his butt.
Jared (on if he will still watch "American Idol"): I'll watch because you know we made some good friends but it's not over. I'm going to stay out here for a few more weeks. There's definitely a lot of opportunities for the both of us that have been presented to the people here at American Idol for us. We'll try to sift through them and see what's best for us.
Jared (when asked if it was about the numbers): Well with me it was you know I'm 6'4" and Ryan is like 5' nothing or whatever he is. I like the guy but he's short. So when I walked over to him I actually saw over his shoulder and saw the card so the whole time I was sitting there like mad but it's all right. You know I saw in big letters it said Jared, you are not in the top twelve.
Jared (on if he expected to be eliminated from "Idol"): Not at all. Not at all. I'm shocked even now.