'American Idol': Dalton Rapattoni Talks Album Plans, Love of The 1975 After Elimination

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Dalton Rapattoni

"I am just so honored to be part of something this big."

Dalton Rapattoni may have finished third on season 15 of American Idol -- the results of which were announced on Wednesday night -- but he already has good news for his fans: a new album is in the works.

"Work starts Sunday on that," he told reporters an hour after his elimination. "I am driving off to Austin. My buddy Matt Noveskey from Blue October will be working with me so that will be out in a few months. 

Asked if his music will be in the vein of his coronation song, "Strike a Match," Rapattoni said he has a specific sound in mind: "alternative pop." Said the 20-year-old: "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."

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He did enjoy recording the single, he added. "It was fun. We were with the best producers and in the best studios in LA, so it was fun and pretty freaking dope if you ask me!"

With the Idol tour being canceled this summer, Rapattoni said that he will find other ways to keep the momentum going after Thursday night's finale. "The world kind of lives on social media, right?," he said. "One of the biggest strengths that I had going into the competition... I had good, well-rounded social media, so I will continue to use that to spread the word."

During his run on the show, Rapattoni also showed an affinity for show tunes, auditioning with "The Phantom of the Opera" and covering "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from Grease. Billboard wanted to know: would he consider a run on Broadway? "I could do that. Broadway would be fun," he said. "Constantine Maroulis, he was the big Broadway guy. That worked for him. So, yeah that would be awesome."

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Asked who his favorite person to work with during his time on the show, Rapattoni said he and mentor Sia shared a common bond: both are bi-polar. "When we talked about music and stuff we looked at it through a very similar lens," he said. "I liked being able to relate with someone that is the same as me."

Although he didn't win, Rapattoni noted that he is happy for La'Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon, the last two standing in the competition. "That is the thing that people often forget on this show: we basically live together so their success is my success," he said. "Trent is my upstairs roommate so I go up to his room every night and will tonight. We will just hang out. I am so stoked that he has a 50-50 shot at being the next American Idol. That is so sick."

As for his place in television history being a part of the last ever top 10 on Idol? "That is pretty freaking dope if you ask me," he said. "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. "