Hampton Bays resident Christiaan Padavan has ended his journey on "American Idol."
The 20-year-old was not one of the final 40 who survived the show's intensive "Hollywood Week" on Monday night's edition of the ABC singing competition.
The Southampton-born Padavan, who appeared briefly on TV on Sunday's edition, had made it past an initial culling on Sunday, when he posted an Instagram video shot from the balcony of an auditorium, showing contestants standing in a line across a stage. After a male voice asks certain contestants to step forward, the voice informs the remainder, including Padavan, wearing a blue T-shirt, "Back row, you get to stay."
"Survived 'Lines of 10'... Top 98 for this season of @americanidol," Padavan wrote. "So blessed for this opportunity. Thank you everyone for all the constant support!"
On Monday, however, he posted a follow-up farewell on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
"Sadly, I did not make it through to the Top 40. I couldn't tell you why but this opportunity will only drive me to try harder in this business. Our group was something out of 'Pitch Perfect,' " he wrote, referring to a quartet the producers grouped as part of the audition process. "[It's] a shame we'll never be able to see it but, hey, that's show business! These four people and I became family in such a short amount of time. Most kind and talented bunch. So blessed that I found them during such a stressful time. I'm so proud of each and every one of them and can't wait to see what we all achieve in our lives. Like we said, next time we reconnect will be at The Grammys!"
He added, "Thank you everyone for believing in me and for all the support! Trust me when I say, this is not the end … just the beginning."
His mother, Susan Glennon Padavan, wrote as a Facebook comment on that posting, "I have enjoyed every cattle call line with you every year since you were 12; in the pouring rain, freezing temperatures, and 100plus humid weather; it's been quite the journey and I wouldn't have changed a thing. You are amazing and I am so very proud and thankful that you got to share your God given talent with so many others! … I am excited to see what is coming your way in the year(s) to come!!"
Padavan on March 18 had impressed judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, who unanimously sent him forward to the Hollywood round after his rendition of Billy Joel's "Vienna."