I think he was still an amateur, he hadn't sung for about 4 years and had a full time job as a mobile phone shop manager.
Yes he had won a bit of money in another talent contest and gone for proper lessons. Yes he had done a bit of touring but with amateur opera companies. you surely don't think that someone can only be a true amateur because they have never sung in public.
And as I said earlier he had not sung for quite some time due to breaking a collarbone and other reasons.
He is on tour in the USA in march if you want to see him.
Sorry gone a little off topic
Back to American Idol.