During a conference call with reporters, Wetpaint Entertainment asked him who he’d bet on now that he’s no longer in the running for the title. “Well, at this point since I didn’t make it... I hope no one will win,” he deadpanned.
Of course, we’re not buying it for a second. Heejun’s proven himself to be way too sweet for that. After all, this is the guy who said he joined the show to prove to the kids he works with that “if you really, really truly believe in yourself, you can make something out of it.”
At the very least, doesn’t he want his new best friend Phillip Phillips to win? They connected early on based on what Heejun called their “humble” goals for the show — Heejun to inspire his kids, and Phillip because he loves music so much. The goofball dished, “I really wish him the best of luck because he has what it takes.”
Nonetheless, the show wasn’t all laughs for Heejun. The ninth-place finisher admitted that mentor Jimmy Iovine’s criticism was hard on him. After the famed record producer said he didn’t want his label to spend any money on Heejun, the contestant began questioning himself and whether or not he deserved to be there. “I really do want to make him regret saying that,” revealed Heejun.
Fortunately, Heejun had a fan in judge Jennifer Lopez, who assured him after he was eliminated that she had tried to save him. Unfortunately, she couldn’t outvote Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler. The latter doubted that Heejun was taking the competition seriously, but they still parted on good terms.
“We kind of hugged it out afterward,” explained Heejun. “We had our different perspectives... But I can’t please everyone. I’m just happy with the fact that I got to show my fun side.”
His fun side was definitely memorable. Before he left, Randy told Heejun that he’d love to see him on a sitcom, an idea that he’d definitely consider. “I’m not going to be picky about anything,” he shared. “I really want to make something out of this, regardless if it’s a sitcom, movie, anything. If they are willing to work with me, I’ll do it.”
In the meantime, Heejun has the American Idol Season 11 Top 10 Summer Tour to look forward to, and he’s got big plans. “It’s not a competition anymore, so I’m just going to have crazy, crazy fun with my audience.”