‘American Idol’: Get To Know Daniel Seavey (Exclusive Interview)

"I am really just trying to get past the Bieber thing and be Daniel.”


Daniel Seavey on 'American Idol'

Don’t call him Bieber!

Daniel Seavey, a 15 year-old high school sophomore, knows there is a natural tendency to compare him to a certain Canadian bad boy.

But this baby-faced preacher’s son from Vancouver, Washington is hoping to win season of AMERICAN IDOL by proving you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.

“I want to come in to it as my own person,” he says.

“I obviously am going to be compared to Bieber.  But I do have a really different kind of music genre.  I am really just trying to get past the Bieber thing and be Daniel.”

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Daniel impressed judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. at the San Francisco auditions with his interpretation of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”

Now he’s off to Hollywood.

Daniel opened up about himself, his family and his music in an exclusive interview with TheTVPage.com.

How long have you been performing?
I have been performing for probably three years, just around the streets of Portland, which is 20 minutes away from our house.  Doing little gigs, but nothing like AMERICAN IDOL.

How did you decide that you finally wanted to go on television and show your talents?
I have been watching AMERICAN IDOL since I was 3 years-old and I didn’t know what I was watching.  My family just always watched it.  And so, when they said they changed the age down a year (to 15), I was like “Oh, my gosh, dad, we have to go!”  So he flew me to San Francisco and I tried out.  I did not expect this.

Had you ever auditioned for anything like this before?
I haven’t auditioned for stuff like this before.  This is a whole new world.  It is awesome.

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What has been the best part?
The best part of AMERICAN IDOL has probably been learning from all of the other contestants.  We have a lot of free time back at the hotel and stuff.  So we jam out all of the time and have a blast.  I have learned so much about how to keep lyrics when you are performing, how to sound better, how to have some soul.  It has been really fun.

We all know there are a lot of young girls who perform on this show.  Do you think you will have any kind of advantage being a young, good-looking guy?
I think I have a little advantage with the younger girls being a younger guy.  I went in to my last performance and they all said “Awww…” so I think it is going to help me out a little bit.

What is the style of music you like to perform?
I would say it is kind of a pop with a little bit of folk and acoustic.  I really like acoustic anything.  Like Ed Sheeran is amazing.  I love Ed Sheeran.

What do you do when you are not making music?
When I am not making music, I am making things…  I love creating stuff.  Just going around and making little robot things and stuff.  I am kind of a geek when it comes to science-y stuff that you can make.

Can you tell us a couple of quick fun fact that we might not know about you?
I am above five feet [tall].  A lot of people question that.  I apparently have a really deep voice for my age.  I am kind of a science geek.  I love Popular Mechanics.  I love long boarding, not skateboarding though.

Your dad is a pastor?
Yeah.  My dad is a pastor at Living Water Community Church.  So it has been really helpful to bring him with me here.  It keeps me humble.

How does having a pastor as a dad make you the guy you are today.
I would say having a pastor as a dad has really changed me, just because, I mean, if I came into this without him, I would probably think I was going to win the whole thing.  I am so confident about myself.  And I think he has really raised me to have a pet peeve towards overconfidence and cockiness.  And I think that is really helpful coming into something like this.

Do you play sports at school?
At school I don’t play any sports, but I love playing playing basketball at home.

Do you have siblings?
I have two brothers:  Tyler and Christian and a sister, Anna.

Do they sing?
I am the only one who sings.

Are you one of those kids who runs around the house singing all day long?
Yeah.  My whole family kind of tells me to shut up a lot of times.

What do you sing around the house?
I don’t know.  Usually I am just singing little riffs that don’t make any sense.  Just little melodies.  I guess it gets annoying real quick.

Last question — every girl voting on this show whats to know if they have a chance, so… do you have a girlfriend?
I do not have a girlfriend.

AMERICAN IDOL airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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