04/12/2013 at 02:25 PM EDT
The end of the line is just the beginning of the story.
So it is for Lazaro Arbos, who learned Thursday,
after several tough weeks, that his American Idol
dream is over.
But all that means is he can focus on his other dreams – one in particular, which involves a visit to the glee club at William McKinley High School.
"My next goal is to get on Glee
," Arbos, 22, told PEOPLE Thursday. "I am trying to contact [showrunner] Ryan Murphy. So if he stops by, tell him to call me, so I can be on that show!"
Last season's Idol
runner-up, Jessica Sanchez, is filming two episodes
this month, which gives Arbos hope.
"She's doing it! It's possible!" he says. "Ryan, call me maybe! [Sings] Call me maybe!"
As for his elimination, Arbos says he "wasn't shocked" but added: "My main goal wasn't to win a TV show. It's a TV show. My main goal was to get known as an artist and to have people that love to me, and I think I'm one step closer to to that."
With that chapter over, he's also looking forward to touring.
"Six months ago I never rode a plane by myself, I never did anything by myself," he says. "I want to meet my fans so bad. I love to travel, so I'd love to see the whole country and maybe go to the Philippines. I've never gone to the other side of the world, so going to the Philippines will be nice. I am excited."
Reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ