After hearing he was the one to go home on "American Idol" Wednesday, Chris Daughtry admitted to being "a little shocked."
Eighteen hours later, the feeling hadn't changed much for him.
"You know what? I have to say I'm bummed," Daughtry says in an interview Thursday, a day removed from his surprise cut from the show, which is now down to its final three singers. "I'm disappointed, but I'm trying to see the bigger picture and see that there's going to be bigger opportunities."
One of those opportunities, in fact, may have already come along. Members of the band Fuel appeared on Thursday's edition of "Extra" and told correspondent Terri Seymour ("Idol" judge Simon Cowell's girlfriend) they'd love to have Daughtry as their new singer.
The 26-year-old Daughtry came to Fuel's attention after he performed the band's song "Hemorrhage" during the "Idol" semifinals in March. His performance caused sales of the single to spike.
Daughtry talked to reporters a few hours before the "Extra" item was circulated, declining to say too much about the offer. He does allow, though, that "it's one of those things where we really have to consider everything and weigh out the pros and the cons of every opportunity. And I don't know if I'm in that position right now to say yes or no to anything, just with my mindset."
Daughtry, who auditioned for CBS' "Rock Star" last year but didn't make the cut, says one of his goals is to make his own way in the music business, singing his own songs. He does sound flattered by the offer from Fuel, though.
"They're really good songwriters, and that makes any band," he says of Fuel. "Great songs are what make someone successful, and they definitely have that. But part of me is debating -- do I go and do my own thing and have success on my own, or do I get into someone else's success? I mean, I don't know. It's one of those things that I'm really unsure about right now."
As for what led to his elimination, Daughtry thinks it may have been his status as the favorite. "I think people were probably comfortable in the fact that they thought I was just a shoo-in and that they didn't have to vote as hard," he says. "And I think that was the downfall, in my opinion."
When it came, Daughtry didn't hide his disappointment, making for one of the more honest reactions on "American Idol" this season.
"I was just being real. I wasn't going to pretend to be happy about it," he says. "It was definitely a gut-wrenching moment and I wasn't expecting it, not even a little bit."
He has, however, found an upside. "It didn't feel good, but I try to look at the positive and see the bigger picture and realize that, you know what? Maybe this is the right thing," he adds. "Maybe this is going to be just a big opportunity for many doors to open."