Elliott Yamin says Idol “treated us great” but “Paula’s a little nuts”

Elliott Yamin, who came in third on American Idol 5 and recently had his self-titled debut album certified gold, says that he’s disconnected from the show that made him a star, although he has nothing but good things to say about it.

“I don’t have anything to do with that show anymore. That was two years ago,” he Elliott tells Parade magazine. Still, he has no hard feelings. “They treated us great. They’re great people, all of them.”

They’re so great, he has nice things to say about the show’s judges–except Paula, who he compliments while saying she’s slightly crazy. “Simon’s a nice guy, he’s a good guy. Paula’s a little nuts but she’s great, and Randy’s a sweet, really cool guy,” he said.

In the interview, Elliott also talks about living with diabetes and being partially deaf, and he’s using his experiences for good. “I made a point of that from the very beginning that I was going to use my platform to do some good things and to do some better–whether it’s people with diabetes or cancer patients. It’s just such a simple thing to give to people. It’s just the right thing to do. Things can always be worse, and I always look at that,” he said. It’s just important for me to spread my cheer and spread positivity around and help people. I come from a family with big hearts, so I love to put smiles on people’s faces. It’s one thing to do concerts, but going to hospitals to meet kids who are sick makes it all worthwhile for me.”

‘Don’t Let the Disease Hold You Back’ [Parade]