Stefano Langone: I Never Wanted to Be the 'American Idol'

Stefano Langone

The morning after being eliminated from the singing competition, the 22-year-old claims he is 'completely at peace and at ease' and says fans haven't seen his original music and piano playing.
Stefano Langone has got the boot from "American Idol" on Thursday night, April 21. The morning after his elimination, the seventh-place finisher confessed to journalists during a conference call, "I had never really - when I came out for American Idol, I was never really wanting to be the American Idol."

The 22-year-old continued to point out the more important goal. "It was getting that foot into the music industry and taking a step forward in that way," he said. On his exit, he stressed that he was "completely at peace and at ease", explaining further, "I got to seven - lucky number seven - and it doesn't really reflect on who I am as a musician or performer at all."

"It's a show, and that's one thing that you've got to remember during this process," he elaborated. "It's a show and now it's time for me to really move forward and become that mark - that mark, that footprint - that I know I can put on this industry. Like I said earlier, there's a wide open crowd and market out there right now and I'm ready to pounce on it. So, it'll be good."

In the chat, Stefano also revealed that fans have yet to see the true musician side of him. "It's hard to really show your chops on the show," he stated. "One thing that I wanted to save and keep close to myself was my original music and my piano playing. That's something that I really want to bring out and show the world, and I think it will be very, very special."

On the result show, Stefano's roommate James Durbin jumped on him right after the former finished his song following his elimination. Of James' reaction, Stefano said, "James is a little cry baby, but James is my brother, man. We've been roommates since we were in Hollywood. He's a brother to me. I'm going to be the best man at his wedding."

"I love him dearly and he loves me and you know, he lost it last night," he added. "He was a wreck, but I just told him, 'Man, stay focused. Don't even worry about me. I'm going to be fine, and just keep on being focused and do what you gotta do.' "

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