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Of the four judges/mentors on “American Idol,” Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine usually played the role of “bad cop,” offering up at times brutally harsh critiques of performances. Season eleven top three finalist Joshua Ledet didn’t bother to listen.

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“I didn’t pay attention to Jimmy,” Ledet admitted on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “It was fake. I just listened to the judges.”

After mentioning that Iovine often complimented the R&B singer, Ledet elaborated on why he didn’t care for the record executive’s TV persona.

“I just find it quite odd that there were people on the show that gave great performances and the judges thought they were great and the audience and the whole world thought they were great and he was the only one that thought it was horrible,” Ledet said. “It’s obvious that stuff was done for TV.”

Ledet said that off camera, Iovine was as nice as could be. And yet despite not enjoying his critiques, the singer would not rule out signing with Interscope.

“I just sing, I just sing,” he said of his future plans. “It doesn’t matter if I sell or not. As long as I can make real music and good music and people can listen to it. If people don’t like it at the end of the day, I think that’s their problem and they should just switch and listen to something else but I just like to make real music.”

As the “American Idols Live!” tour enters its final stretch, the top ten contestants from season eleven will turn the page on a chapter of their careers and begin to write a new one. In an interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show,” singer Colton Dixon revealed that his post-show career could officially kick off as soon as next week.

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“I’ll be announcing label stuff, and album stuff, and tour stuff pretty soon,” Dixon told me before hoping aboard the “Idol” tour bus. Dixon would not reveal anything more – even dodging a question about whether said album would be released with Jimmy Iovine and Interscope Records. The music mogul and label chairman seemed to like Dixon and commented throughout the season that he thought the singer was as ready as anyone on the show to be played on the radio.

“I think there’s going to be an official announcement about all this, in about a week,” was all the “Idol” finalist would divulge. As far as the first single from his LP, Dixon would not rule out “Never Gone” as a possibility. The song is Dixon’s only original that he performs with his fellow contestants on tour.

“I wrote that, probably a little over a week before we started the tour,” he said of the track. “It was very spur of the moment; very last minute.”

Dixon’s album has been in the works since seventh place finish on “Idol.” The Tennessee-born artist says that his camp has about thirty songs to choose from for his forthcoming album.