Paul Jolley got the boot from American Idol on Thursday night.
But if viewers were surprised by the result, this aspiring singer says he most definitely was not.
"I had a moment this morning when I woke up and I realized like, 'this is what is going to happen,'" Jolly told reporters not long after Ryan Seacrest made the announcement.
Jolley is taking a very positive view of the situation, however.
"I've realized that it's only a stepping stone and this is only the beginning and there's a lot more things that I want to do with my career then just American Idol," he said.