I kept in touch with Crystal, who you'll see, and CJ and I have kept in touch. That's Curtisha, CJ. She goes by CJ and is going to be so embarrassed when she finds out they're calling her Curtisha.
Pamie: Tell me about your auditions.
Jangela: Anyone that sang "What A Girl Wants" seemed doomed. I switched at the last minute to the Leann Rimes song.
It's different when you're singing for people so they can enjoy you versus when they critique you. Toni Braxton [her callback song] has a low range anyway, but I started too low.
Jaymes was like, "It's a really tough song, especially when you start too low" and let me start from the chorus.
Pamie: Do you feel you were represented fairly?
Jangela: To this day I don't know if I was brought back because they liked me or if because they had a story on me. They didn't ask me any questions at all and they had made their decisions so quickly about me. And there were tears streaming down the right side of my face after the second audition, and it's because I had something caught in my contact lens and it was killing me.
What you can't see is that there are like thirty other people behind the three of them, and they're all over there and one of the crew brought me saline solution because I was so puffy and weird-looking and I come out of the audition room with tears streaming down my face and I'm completely red and everyone went into consolation mode and I'm all "No, I made it. I made it. I just got something stuck in my contact lens. Thanks for the confidence." I wish they had kept that part.
Pamie: Do you have any advice for other aspiring Popstars?
Jangela: Be wary of anyone that's going to promise you overnight success. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. In this business, you will hear more rejection than acceptance. But when the doors finally open, normally those are the good entries to go into. Don't be discouraged. I've definitely been discouraged. Once you find the motivation, stick with it. Someone out there is going to hear you if you keep pushing it.
Stay in school and make the money because it's not cheap to get into this business at all. I'm grateful that I have a brain on my shoulders or in my head because there are a lot of talented people out there, but talent can only take you so far. I just have this feeling that a lot of these girls will end up chasing a dream without a brain, and that's just not helpful at all.
I really did have a good time with it.