"Life after American Idol, it's been, it's been unbelievable," said Jeremy Rosado. The top thirteen finalist from Season 11 of American Idol still lives in Valrico as he travels for some of his latest gigs.
"It has totally changed our lives, it really has," said Wendy Ocasio, Jeremy's mother, who lives with him.
She said her son dreamed of being an American Idol from a very young age.
"He would always tell me, mom, I'm gonna be on that show. My name is gonna be there and you're gonna be able to vote for me and I'm like okay son and it happened," Ocasio said.
However, once the dream was over, it was very tough for Jeremy.
"It was very sad, I don't wanna get teary eyed, but it was really an emotional rollercoaster," explained Wendy.
Jeremy admits getting voted off the show was devastating.
"I didn't know how hard it was gonna be coming off the show to keep the momentum going," he said.
The one thing that did keep him going was his love for music.
"He doesn't stop singing. It's what he loves to do," said his mother.
So he's back in the studio working on his first record which will be released in June or July.
He added, "We're actually going to be filming a movie, a short film, in Florida, with Quinton Aaron from the 'Blind Side', as well, so I'm gonna get my acting chops together."
He's also teaming up with Quinton's anti-bullying organization which will be touring the U.S. and Canada.
"I feel such a, such an urgency to get up and stand for something that I believe in and this is something that, definitely something that I stand for."
He says he'll miss his mom.
"Oh you don't wanna know, but I gotta tell you. He's a big baby," Wendy laughed.
Jeremy says his faith in God is what helped him get through some of the hardest times even after Idol, especially the decision to change his song at the last minute.
"They look more to be able to sing along with you and a song they would know gets you further than a song that's just got a beautiful note in it or something, So that's gotta be the one thing I regret, and I would dress better," he said.
"Jerbear" may be on his way to bigger and better things after Idol, but deep down inside, he's that same loveable momma's boy America fell in love with.
"I still am a regular kid that got to live this extraordinary dream," Jeremy said.
His mom added, "It's exciting. I mean, you know, who gets to live this? That's why I thank God for Idol because he has this opportunity."
Jeremy will be performing in concert with Jillian Jenson at the Tampa Theatre in April. Check out all his tour details on http://jeremyrosado.com/