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.
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.
"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."