While the 16-year-old singer thought the vote was “fair,” he did say on a conference call with reporters that the age-limit rule may have done him in.
The age limit for Twitter voters, he said, was “13 and up,” and many of his younger supporters “were below that.”
That said, Seavey felt the new voting system was a “good test run.”
“I think the fan save is a good idea. It gives a second chance [for the two singers] to prove themselves, and America can show who they really like. It needs a little work, but it’s a good start.”
Seavey said going home is a bit of a relief. He was suffering from laryngitis prior to his performance and was unable to give interviews post-show. He said he’s looking forward to seeing all his high school friends, who are planning a big welcome-home show of support at the airport, and then he is going to “sleep for about 10 years.”
Seavey, the youngest contestant competing on the show, was voted off after performing his version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.” While he called Clarkson the most “genuine star I have ever met in my life,” he said her advice that “if they are voting for you, they like you, so there’s nothing to be nervous about” gave him the confidence to perform.
Seavey said his life has changed a lot — from singing on the streets of Portland to performing on the Idol stage. Specifically, he now has fans showing up at his house back home.
“I never had that attention before. It was a little weird at first,” he said.
A couple of times he even got messages from fans writing, “I know where you live,” which he said was a little “creepy,” but he didn’t feel that they meant it that way.
Either way, he said his experience on the show has prepared him for a future in music, and his next step is “to start writing music and getting it out to the world and all my fans. I want to share with them my thoughts.”
His music, he said, will have a “jazzy, Ed Sheeran” sound.
“I do want to be able to prove that I am an artist and I can sell music,” he said. “I’m not just a cute kid.”