“I feel like the best person on the planet Earth. I am so happy and excited to be honest,” Hunte told PEOPLE after the show.
“I feel like a weight has been lifted. Being away from family and friends and what you’re used to was definitely a hard thing for me.”
Hunte is looking forward to his mom’s cooking and seeing his friends back home, and he won’t waste a second wondering what if he’d made it further.
“I have no regrets. I am glad that I took a leap of faith and auditioned,” he said. “I auditioned for American Idol and told my family I didn’t have the strength to do it again. But I am definitely happy and excited that I made it this far.”
And he still has a long way to go. “I’m only 18,” he said. “I’m just really excited.”