Published: Apr 12, 2013 9:59 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - The American Idol dream may be over for Collier County's Lazaro Arbos, but his career is just beginning.

The Gulf Coast High School graduate made it to the top six of the American Idol season before being voted off Thursday night.

Lazaro's story captured the entire county. The fan favorite stutters when he talks, but not when he sings.

Lazaro's Pastor Dave Gipson says he's relieved the journey is over. He says the criticism from people on Twitter really affected Lazaro's confidence toward the end of the show.

Gipson says despite the negative comments he knows Lazaro will use his Idol experience to inspire others who have been bullied.

"What Lazaro is going to do is not only record music, but use his life to inspire people and to motivate them to overcome the challenges they have, whatever those are," says Gipson.

Lazaro will tour with American Idol this summer. Before heading home he will fly to New York City where he will appear on Live with Kelly and Micahel early next week.