By Sam McDonald
1:25 PM EST, February 8, 2013
For Vangelis Dimopoulos, "American Idol" turned out to be more of a sprint than a marathon. The singer, a senior at the College of William and Mary from New Jersey, was eliminated during the competition's Hollywood round, he confirmed.
Viewers could have caught a glimpse of Dimopoulos during several montage scenes earlier this season, but none of his three auditions before the show's celebrity judges was chosen for broadcast. He was cut after group performances, during which he performed the Extreme hit "More Than Words" along with an ensemble dubbed The Smooth Guys.
No matter, though. The 21-year-old math and economics major described the journey as fun and fulfilling.
“It was a great experience," the singer, who was called "Van" by the judges, said Friday. "Going to Hollywood is something I’ve always wanted to do. It always brings a smile to my face when I think about it."
Although he's not sure if he'll pursue a career in music, he's sure he'll keep singing.
"This is just a hobby of mine," he said. "It's a way to escape all the studies, all the math and economics I've had to immerse myself in for four years. It’s a sweet escape to everything and makes me forget about any kind of troubles I have, any stress."
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