AUDIO: ‘Idol’ Contestant Ashley Sullivan Reflects on TV Marriage, New Judges

To say it’s been a whirlwind of a couple months for Ashley Sullivan would be a gross understatement.

The Massachusetts-born singer auditioned for and landed on “American Idol” – falling just short of making the Top 24 cut. But Sullivan made “Idol”-history. She became the first ever contestant to get hitched on the show.


“Oh yeah, we got married,” Sullivan, legal name Saraiva, confirmed in a phone interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “That was one of the coolest parts (of being on the show). That was really awesome.”

Sullivan tied the knot in Vegas, headed back to California, and was eliminated from “Idol.” Her and the new hubby flew to Massachusetts for a family reception, and then drove 3,000 miles back to Hollywood. Despite this all just unfolding on TV last week, the episodes were taped back in December.

“When we got here, we had nowhere to live, so we lived in a tent for about a month,” Sullivan revealed. “About a week ago, we got a place, so that’s where I am right now.”

The New Englander doesn’t know which direction she’ll move forward in, but has no regrets in looking back.

“I’m not going to say that (‘Idol’ producers) editing anything to be devious or misleading. I really did have a breakdown,” admitted Sullivan. “I really did want to go home. Everything where you see me crying happened in one night. It’s not like I’m hysterical over the course of days and days.”

Sullivan estimates that she slept no more than three hours over a three day span leading up to her “breakdown.” But despite that episode, along with an instance where she forgot the lyrics to a song, the aspiring songstress thought she had a chance.

“I still had a feeling they were going to keep me because I’m so weird,” Sullivan said. “Nobody else was weird.”

Maybe it was her “uniqueness” that cost Sullivan in the end. She admits that her style is an “acquired taste” – one that judge Randy Jackson never seemed to acquire. Still, she had nothing but kind words for him as well as the two new judges to “Idol” this season.

“Jennifer Lopez is a superstar. She’s like barely a real human being,” Sullivan gushed. “She’s just so awesome and so untouchable. She’s so beautiful in person! She looks like a Barbie doll!”

As great of an impression as Lopez left on her, Steven Tyler left an even bigger one.

“I don’t even have words,” said Sullivan. “I was really hoping I’d be able to come away from that being like, ‘I met a rock legend and he was so down-to-earth,’ and I totally got what I wanted.”

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