LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - He may have been eliminated from the competition, but Sulphur's American Idol, Michael Sarver, says it's only given him a head start on what's next.
Sarver's accumulated millions of fans, signed a record deal, and is preparing to tour the country with the American Idol Top Ten, but none of it has gone to his head.
Sarver said he'll never forget where he came from.
"You know, on American Idol, they record a lot of interviews, but not everything you say makes the cut. I said a lot of shout outs to Sulphur, but you never saw that, so, I love you!" Sarver told the people of Sulphur.
Hundreds of fans came out for a one-on-one with their favorite Idol. Some could barely contain themselves.
"It makes me feel awesome, to know that he still remembers where he's from and he's coming back to his roots, as a big star, now," said young Holli Ditner.
"I'm so excited, I am about to pass out," lauged Hannah Browning, also a young fan.
So, what's next for Michael Sarver?
"I've written 893 songs to date and I plan on sqeezing all that I can on my first album. I'm supposed to start working on my album in like two weeks, I think, when I get back to L.A. It should be filled with my songs," he said.
Sarver said while on the show, he developed a strong friendship with competitor Danny Gokey, and really wishes him the best.
He also hopes everyone will continue to support him and his friends by coming to one of their concerts this summer.