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Karen Rodriguez was eliminated from American Idol last week. After wiping off her makeup and hugging goodbye to all the finalists, the aspiring singer says she took the long view.

She told E! News:

“I always lived by the words ‘Everything happens for a reason,’ and there have been so many instances in my life where I’ve lost some things and you don’t really know why [at the time], but in a few days or a few months I will see why. Maybe if I would have stayed in the competition longer, there would have been an opportunity I might have missed out on.”

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What does Karen want to do next? Everything, just like a certain American Idol judge.

“I would love to do movies and commercials. That would be one of my dreams. I admire Jennifer Lopez so much for that because she’s been able to handle that so well, having music and movies and doing everything she’s been doing, so I definitely want to be like her.”

Rodriguez may have lost out to more popular contestants such as Pia Toscano, but the elimination hasn’t put a damper on her confidence. She says:

“There are so many things above American Idol that I want to do. I want to win a Grammy. I want to win an Oscar. I want to do so many things that will just keep topping the other.”