Dexter Roberts: What I learned from ‘American Idol’ (exclusive video)

As he exits “American Idol” after making it as far as the Top 7, Dexter Roberts has a mature, even a grateful, attitude about the journey he’s taken as a music artist.

“I’ve learned a lot from all of my vocal coaches,” he tells Gold Derby. “I’ve learned to hold notes longer and when to break out and sing a certain part. I’ve really enjoyed all of the help that I’ve been given.

Some of that help has been positive feedback like JLo’s remark when he crooned “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”: “You always come out here and sing kind of perfect.” But those other judges could be tough on him. Still, he’s cool with that.

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“I love the tough parts because it helps me to be a better artist,” he adds. “They’ve been in this situation. They’ve already made it. I’m going to take what they’re saying and I’m going to put it to my everyday music career.”

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