Eliminated Thursday in an X Factor shocker, 13-year-old Rachel Crow says she has no hard feelings against judge Nicole Scherzinger, who voted to send her home over singer Marcus Canty.
"Nicole's amazing!" Crow told Us Weekly at Sunday's CNN Heroes event in Los Angeles. "I consoled her backstage [Thursday], she was very sad. It was really hard to watch her. I hugged her and we sat for a long time and we talked and we made it all better."
Crow also has high praise for her X Factor mentor, Simon Cowell, whom she's stayed in touch with since her exit last week.
"I learned from Simon that no matter what happens it will all be okay," Crow mused. "Life does go on and you either get bigger or smaller. He said, you always have to follow your heart and follow your dreams and be yourself and don't let anyone change you."
While she is flattered by talk of a record deal with Disney, the Colorado teen insists she has yet to ink a contract, but is working to rush out new music.
"I personally haven't gotten any calls from Disney! I don't know where that's coming from. It's actually pretty funny," Crow told Us of the rumors. "I'm working on getting music out right now. I really want to get a song or two out there and then maybe go there, movies and TV or something."
Angling for an Etta James "retro feel" with her new tunes, Crow says she's willing to step outside the box to land her dream collaboration artist.
"Eminem's just amazing and I want to sing with him very badly!" the teen said.