The first eliminated contestant on season 11 of "American Idol" has shared his thoughts on his exit. After the show on Thursday, March 8 night, Jeremy Rosado spoke to the reporters in a quick Q&A session, and said that he's happy that the judges chose to save fellow bottom two contestant Elise Testone.
Asked how he feels at the moment, the 19-year-old said, "Jennifer Lopez has been behind me this entire way. Who gets to say that, you know? I've been crazy blessed." He continued, "She came up to me tonight and told me she wanted to keep me. That makes you feel good inside to know that she believes in you so much. I'm so grateful to her. I'm so grateful to God for her in my life."
"I didn't technically get voted off, you never know. But it doesn't matter," he went on saying. "I've been so blessed to know each and every one of these contestants. I love them - they're my brothers, they're my sisters. I'm so happy that Elise got to stay. This is all our dreams. She deserves it."
On Wednesday night, Rosado got mixed reviews from the judges for his performance of Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky". Still, he didn't have any regret. "You know, I'm happy I get to leave on a high note," he said. "The performance yesterday may not have been my best, but I don't think it was my worst. I'm just so blessed to have had this opportunity."
Dreaming to one day get a recording contract and to do some acting, the aspiring singer from Valrico, Florida said that he doesn't want to go back and work at an infectious diseases doctor's office. "You know what, they're like my family," he elaborated. "If I need them, they'll be there. Whatever. If I don't need them, they'll still be there."
On what he learned from the experience, Rosado said, "I've learned that I have the strength to make it through the show - it's not easy, but it is the dream. I would do it all over again tomorrow if I could, if I had to. This has just been amazing. It makes you stronger." He additionally admitted that he wants "to go cry a little bit" afterward.
When quizzed whether or not he will try out for "The Voice" or "The X Factor (US)", Rosado commented, "You know what, 'American Idol' was the dream, it is the dream for me." He went on to stress, "And I'm going to take what this show has done for me and use it to start my career, and I'm excited."