The booted contestant says he now feels confident enough with himself to attend the school dance

By Jessica Wedemeyer
April 06, 2012 04:30 PM
Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

American Idol‘s DeAndre Brackensick says he’s not going to return to regular classes at his high school, but he’s looking forward to one teenage rite of passage: senior prom.

“I’m so glad I finally get to go to a prom that I’m going to actually enjoy,” Brackensick told reporters after his elimination Thursday night. “Every dance I’ve ever had, I was either a ticket-taker or a coat-taker because I was just so uncomfortable with myself.”

The 17-year-old San Jose native credits Idol with giving him the confidence boost he’ll need to hit the dance floor at prom later this month – even if he doesn’t yet have a date. “I’ll just probably take one of my friends,” he says.

“I feel comfortable enough just to go to a prom and enjoy it,” added Brackensick on a conference call Friday morning. “I was homecoming king, but … I just worked because I was just so uncomfortable with myself.”

Rehearsals for the American Idol live tour will prevent the high school senior from returning to class full time.

“I’m not going to go back to school because I’d only be there for like a couple weeks,” he said. “I’m just going to stay home schooled, independent study, because I’m going to go back for tour practices.”

For now, the R&B crooner is marveling at the juxtaposition of his normal life with his experiences performing for millions of viewers on Idol.

“I’m glad I get to enjoy life as a kid, just the little things as a kid, and then get to go enjoy the high life of Idol,” he said. “I get the best of both worlds.”