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Stefano Langone: “I Never Wanted to be American Idol”

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The latest “American Idol” contestant to be eliminated, Stefano Langone never wanted to win the talent show. He saw it as a way to launch his own musical career, he said.

That would be a typical statement from someone who knew he was not one of the strongest contenders for the “American Idol” title. He was a wild card, after all. However, 22 year-old Stefano, if he is to be believed, seems to have gone to some unusual lengths to hide his real musical talent on the show.

Langone said he deliberately kept secret his true self and his piano-playing skills.

“When I came out for ‘American Idol’ I never really wanted to be the American Idol. It was getting that foot in the door in the music industry,” Langone told journalists at his “Idol” exit press conference. “One thing I really wanted to save and keep close to myself was my original music and my piano playing.”

“American Idol”, with an average audience of 25 million people, is the most watched TV program in the United States. Winning the title secures the lucky singer a multi-million dollar record deal, top class music management and publicity that even established artists would give their right arm for. So, if you thought you could win it, why would you not want to bust a gut showing what you could do?

However, that was not Langone’s approach to the show, apparently. He deliberately hid his piano-playing while others like James Durbin, Paul MacDonald and the amazing instrumentalist Casey Abrams chose to put their talents out there.

“It is hard to really show your chops on the show… That is something I want to show to the world (in the future) and I think will be very special,” he added.

But with only coming in at what Stefano calls “Lucky 7th” place, will he have a platform to show us the rest of what he can do? His efforts to date saw him in the bottom three times, and he was finally evicted last Thursday, so it seems like America wanted more form him to grab their votes.

Do you understand Stefano Langone’s decision to apparently hide his musical ability from the 25 million people watching “American Idol”? Is he all swagger and no substance?

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