write a song for jason derulo!
Seventeen chats with the singer about his upcoming album, his nextAmerican Idol performance, and the cool contest that could make you a songwriter for the star!
Seventeen: First of all, how are you doing?
Jason Derulo: I’m fantastic. I can’t complain.
17: Good to hear! So, tell us about your Perfect Harmony contest.
JD: Perfect Harmony is a collaboration between Coca-Cola, American Idol, and myself. I’m working on my album that I wrote and want the fans to help me finish writing the lyrics to my song, “Undefeated”. I’m going to record the three submissions I like best and sing them. Fans can listen online and vote for their favorite. The winners get tickets to theAmerican Idol season finale, where I’ll perform the song.
17: That’s so cool! That will be your first performance since the accident. Are you nervous?
JD: I’m excited, but I’m a little nervous, too. I haven’t moved my neck in over three months.
17: Do you think you’ll be ready? Can we still expect a high-energy performance?
JD: I’ll be ready for it! Starting in two weeks, I’ll begin rehearsals for the show, finish recording my album, and record the winning lines from Perfect Harmony. I’ll be focusing on those three things. Rehearsals are eight hours a day.
17: Woah, that’s insane!
JD: There will also be a lot of hardcore dancing!
17: Is your girlfriend, Jordin Sparks, involved with Perfect Harmony too?
JD: No, but she went to American Idol with me when I was on the show.
17: Any insider secrets for people entering?
JD: I’m really looking for lyrics that are truthful and evoke emotion. Everyone wants to feel something. But I’m not just looking for professional songwriters. I’m looking for aspiring songwriters, or people who have never written a song before that are just searching for truth and emotion.
17: What songs evoke emotion for you?
JD: “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas always makes me feel good. “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson always makes me feel the pain that Michael felt. It depends on the song, but certain people can make you feel something.
17: What can you tell us about your upcoming album?
JD: I’m really excited about it. The world has definitely slowed down and there’s no pressure. I’m just going back to the basics and doing what I love to do.
17: Can fans expect the same sound they love?
JD: Every song will always sound like me because it’s me singing and writing it, but the new album is definitely a little different. I’m always trying to reinvent my sound. Also, I haven’t done any collaboration in the past, but this time around, I’m inviting some friends over to help me with the album, so there will be some guest appearances. That’s something really cool.
Go to americanidol.com/perfectharmony to enter your lyrics and watch Jason Derulo perform on the finale May 22, 2012.