Tim Urban, American Idol
Tim Urban knows he was the butt of a lot of jokes this season, and the recently eliminated American Idol singer is OK with that.
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Urban, who was cut during Hollywood Week but brought back when another semifinalist was disqualified, says cynics and bloggers had their stories written for them before he even finished his first — as Simon Cowell would say, dreadful — performance.
"I feel like I created the perfect storm for Internet buzz," Urban tells TVGuide.com. "I was the alternate who went out the first week and just tanked it. ... I created a storyline right there at the start."
But Urban says it was the drive to change that storyline that helped him make it to the finals and all the way to a seventh-place finish.
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"I realized after that first week, that unless I went out there and really did something special, I was going to be the alternate escaping the inevitable, barely getting by," Urban says.
"I believe I made it as far on the show as I was supposed to, and I got the opportunity to present myself as an artist," he continues. "I look back at this as an amazing journey, as an amazing start, hopefully, to a career."
To see why Urban doesn't care who wins and is "very vocally rooting for everyone to step it up," watch our video Q&A below: