Rebecca Black is transferring on.
The 20-year-old singer confirmed off her pipes final week as a contender on Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardomseven years after rising to viral video infamy. Today, Black’s polarizing “Friday” music video, which prompted a firestorm of on-line criticism for the then-13-year-old, has greater than 121 million views on YouTube.
“You’re Rebecca Black!” choose Meghan Trainorgushed when she stepped out on stage to compete. “Dude! Oh, my God, I’m fangirling so hard.”
Though Black did not make it by means of to earn a seat on the present, she’s grateful for the chance to indicate the world she’s grown up.
“For so long I was really scared of those kinds of shows and I never thought I would do them,” she tells ET. “I went by means of such a curler coaster after ‘Friday’ and there have been simply — I actually was not able to do one thing like that till The Four got here into my life.”
Asked whether or not she’d prefer to collaborate with Trainor sooner or later, Black does not miss a beat.
“Yes! Girl,” she exclaims. “Let’s do it! That’d be so much fun, are you kidding? She’s such an amazing songwriter.”
Black opened up in regards to the “overwhelming” criticism she confronted again in 2011 and the way it has impacted her “complicated” relationship with social media at this time.
“With my situation, it wasn’t just like, ‘Wow, everyone’s watching you.’ It was, ‘Everyone’s watching you and there’s a good chunk of people that really don’t like you or are telling you to do something else,'” she says, calling the feedback “ruthless.”
“I still see it happen to people, but it was, like, just kinda like the wild, wild West back then, and people just said whatever they wanted,” she continues. “There’s this idea that the person behind it isn’t going to see what you actually say or comment, but the chances are, they do. We all look at our social media, and it’s impossible to look at a comment and be completely emotionless about it.”
Speaking out by means of her personal YouTube channel has been a cathartic expertise for Black, opening up about every little thing from her each day life to favourite merchandise.
“That really helped me feel like I had a safe place,” she says. “It’s tough. Social media for everyone is tough because you want to look your best, but you also want to be real. I go through that as we all do. Especially over the last week, it’s been unbelievable every day to wake up and see so much support.”
Shortly after The Four aired, Black took to YouTube to debut her latest music video, “Satellite.”
“It is such a particular tune to me as a result of it was the primary behind-the-scenes second earlier than having something like The Four the place I used to be actually in a position to simply let go of all of these ‘Friday’ insecurities and simply be within the studio and be myself as an artist,” she says. “I just adore that song.”
See Black’s full interview through ET Live on YouTube.
The Four continues its second season Thursdays on Fox.