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 ...read more
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