Josh Krajcik may not have walked away with the $5 million prize on the finale of X Factor last night, but he did walk away with something much more: hope.
"I feel amazing. I couldn't be happier," Josh, who lost to 19-year-old Melanie Amaro, said after the finale. "It's been an amazing process to be a part of, I've met so many incredible people. I feel like the future's bright and everything I've done in my life has led to tonight. It's a turning point in my life and now it starts. Now I'm ready to get to work."
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Josh, who is the proud dad of 13-year-old Rowan
, has no hard feelings, but only love for winner Melanie
"She deserves to win. She's wonderful," the 30-year-old rocker, who wore a lucky lei from mentor and Hawaii-native Nicole Scherzinger, revealed. "America decided, and she's got such an amazing voice and she's such a great girl. I couldn't be happier for her."
Next up for Josh? He's ready to launch his music career and make his family, friends and fans proud. "Saturday, I'll go home, decompress for about a week, and then come back out and go to work," Josh insisted. And we have no doubt he's going to have a long and prosperous career.
Reporting by Gena Oppenheim