There is only one more day before American Idol comes to an end forever. The three-night event has already begun, with Wednesday being the elimination of the third-place contestant. That person was Dalton Rapattoni, but take heart, because he is not off the music radar just yet. It looks like he is just getting started as he already has plans to record his first album.
Even though he will definitely not be the next American Idol, his future in music is still looking bright. When questioned in an after-elimination interview about what his plans will be after the finale on Thursday, Dalton said that he is not headed home after all. As reported by Billboard, he is off to start recording his own music and putting it together to make an album.
“Work starts Sunday on that. I am driving off to Austin. My buddy Matt Novensky from Blue October will be working with me so that will be out in a few months.”
That is one exciting announcement for those Rapattoni fans that have grown to love this young man these past few weeks. Being the second runner up on the final season of American Idol isn’t too shabby, and Dalton knows just how lucky he has been to be in this position. Winning the competition gets them a recording contract with Big Machine Records, but being voted off is certainly not the end of their career.
Former Idol contestant and successful rocker Chris Daughtry sent out an encouraging message to Dalton after his elimination. This singer was shockingly knocked out before he got to the top three, but his career didn’t take a hit at all. He is one of the most successful singers to come out of the singing competition, despite the fact that he was not the winner. His message to Dalton is more like a dare to carry on as the artist that he has already become.
The three remaining contestants belted out the songs on Wednesday night that would be turned into their first single if they were given the title of American Idol. Dalton sang “Strike a Match,” and he said it was quite awesome to record the single with some of the best in music producing.
It was obvious last night when Trent Harmon’s name was called as being safe on the show that Rapattoni was very happy for his buddy. As soon as Trent was announced as being in the final two, the 20-year-old Texan shouted “yes” a few times. He noted that they are all very close and that he hangs out with Trent every night. He is happy for both him and La’Porsha.
One tidbit that Dalton dished to Billboard was that he is leaving all of his options open, and that includes possibly doing Broadway. He said that show tunes could be in his future if an opportunity presents itself. However, it looks like getting his first album out will take top priority right now.
Despite the fact that he was seen as this season’s American Idol rocker, Rapattoni said that he is gearing more towards alternative pop rather than rock music.
“It’s funny, they pegged me on the show as a rocker. I don’t really play too much rock music. I really dig stuff like The 1975. It’s probably a tiny bit like that, my future music.”
Dalton already has many fans behind him as seen on social media, and from the screams of some young fans in the audience. He also has his local fans that have been behind him even before he stepped on the American Idol stage.
Being that he is a teacher at the Rockwall School of Rock in Texas, his students are obviously disappointed that he was eliminated from the completion, but are still behind him 100 percent. According to Fox 4, his local fans have said that Dalton is their idol even if he didn’t come out the winner.
Season 15 of American Idol is the last time that America will be able to witness the very last winner crowned. It is pretty special to be able to make it into the top 10, let alone the top three, and Dalton says that he thinks everything worked out great.
“I am just so honored to be part of something this big. I am really glad they didn’t let Idol just sputter out and die like some shows did. They definitely ended it on a high note and I am glad to be a part of that. “
It sounds like this guy has a bright future ahead of him and fans can look forward to having him around for a long time to come.
The final airing of American Idol begins on Thursday night at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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