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Published:April 22nd, 2011 21:29 EST

American Idol's Stefano Langone On Why His Ousting Was All for the Good

By Paulette Cohn

Stefano Langone started out in the American Idol Top 13 slightly behind the eight-ball. When America voted and host Ryan Seacrest revealed the Top 10, Stefano was not among them. Rather, he was one of the judges` picks and seemed to be a favorite of Jennifer Lopez.

americanidol_stefanolangone_performTwo of the three judges` picks "Ashton and Naima" didn`t stay long in the competition and Stefano, with few exceptions, was almost always in the bottom three. Last night, he was finally eliminated, allowing those, who thought he should have gone home prior to power-ballad singer Pia Toscano, to breathe a sigh of relief.

Now, we talk to Stefano about his American Idol journey, what it was like to always be in the bottom three, and the confidence he has that something good lies ahead.

Two weeks ago when Pia was voted off, you had this look of surprise. Did you think you were going home?

Stefano Langone: Me and Pia had a close bond. I was pulling for her. I knew how bad she wanted it. When I came out for American Idol, I never wanted to be the American Idol. I wanted to get my foot in the door of the music industry. I almost wanted it more for her than for me. It was a shocking moment.

You had been in the bottom three numerous times. Last night, did you think you would survive again?

Stefano Langone: For me, I had been through that process many times. I didn`t think about it at all. I was thinking if I make it through, I will get ready for next week, or if I don`t, I will sing my song and keep my composure. I got to lucky No. 7. It doesn`t reflect who I am as a musician. It is a TV show. Now it is time for me to move forward. There is a wide-open market out there and I am ready to pounce on it.

What is the one thing you took away from this show?

Stefano Langone: As far as learning who I am, I think I came into this knowing who I am. As far as a musician, I have learned so much from Jimmy Iovine, the producers and the judges. I am ready to take the next step.

There have been successes who didn`t win, such as Chris Daughtry. There are just as many we have never heard from again. Why do  you think you will be in the former group?

Stefano Langone: Everything is timing. Right now there is a market for what I do. The producers know it, management knows it and I know it. It is time and I am ready to pounce on it. I didn`t get the opportunity to show who I am on the show. I wasn`t able to show everything I have. When you are singing covers in a minute and 30 seconds, it is hard to show who you are. I am going in a different direction than any other Idols. [I am hoping to  be] doing collaborations with rappers.

You talked abut your market being wide open. Who is your fan base?

Stefano Langone: I haven`t gone and done my original stuff, especially behind the piano. I did a lot of my performances standing up. I can do the John Legend/Stevie Wonder-kind of thing. There is the Bruno Mars thing and the Justin Timberlake feel. That is one thing I am going to try to get in to and make a mark.

Did any bubbles burst during the competition?

Stefano Langone: This is the thing about this industry, If you are going to be in it, you can`t be ignorant. It is cut throat. I wasn`t surprised. I am too positive of a person to get affected. Everything led to this moment. There is nothing else going to get in my way.

American Idol returns on Tuesday when the Top Six -- Casey Abrams, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart " perform the songs of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King at 8 p.m. on FOX.