Outgoing American Idol contestant Tim Urban has admitted that he knew he would polarize people during his time on the show.
Tim was originally left out of the Idol lineup and only made it back into the final 24 after Chris Golightly was dropped due to contractual difficulties.
During his time on the show, the Jonas Brothers lookalike built up an enthusiastic army of fans but also some very vocal haters who took to internet forums and boards to criticise his every performance. On the huge reaction he received on Idol, Tim told USA Today:
It got really ugly. I tried to avoid that. I had some of my relatives, my cousins, out there defending me, so that was kind of funny. I realized that people were going to talk.
I also found out really early in the show that I was going to be this polarizing contestant on the show. People were either going to really like me or they were going to really hate me. It was just the spot where I fell. I figured that out really fast. So I kind of came to grips with it and said, ‘Okay, it is what it is.’ You don’t play for the audience that doesn’t like you, you play for the people that want you to do well.
Tim also voiced his thanks to his teenage fanbase, who no doubt kept him in the show for much longer than most people could have predicted. He said:
I realized that age group is incredibly energetic and really enthusiastic. If you want a fan base that’s going to really support you, that’s a really good fan base.
I had an idea that would be the group that would gravitate toward me, but I didn’t expect it to be that big. It kind of blew me away a little bit. That was really cool, because when you walk out on stage, they’re screaming and getting really excited. It pumps you up a lot.