When I look in the mirror, I don't see a person who's made the kind of impact that Mia Hamm made on the game. She's still my idol, the greatest player and the greatest teammate. She achieved so much in so many different ways. What she did for women's soccer can't be measured.
In real life I don't chant. Nor do I believe in idol worship.
My first album after 'American Idol' I did with Desmond - we paid for it together, and we literally were together working on it every day for a year and half, just writing. We wrote in New York, Nashville, L.A., Sweden - we wrote with some other amazing songwriters like Diane Warren, too.
'American Idol' opened up all the doors to where I am now.
I remember, when I was young, I had idols who inspired me to go for my dreams, and I just want to give the same back.
The biggest risk I've ever taken is going on American Idol and trying to be myself. I wasn't going to try too hard to conform, and I knew that it could possibly not work out.
There's a certain level of pageantry with 'Idol,' and in order to work the show, you kind of have to feed into it.
Growing up as a kid my father was British and a soccer player. His idol was a guy that passed the ball a lot, Stanley Matthews. Our family thought if you could be unselfish your teammates would always like you.
John Barnes was my idol growing up and he's the reason I've supported Liverpool. I play nothing like him, though!
I grew up, and I'm getting the chance to make music with the people I idolized.