After he won, it was even crazier. "I had people lined up!"
In the finals, he competed against singers from all over the world, including one from South Korea and another from Cuba. They all performed to a packed house.
"The show was standing room only," Green said. "On the outside of the theater, they had a huge screen; there were hundreds of people outside watching it live. They couldn't vote, but they could watch."
After Green was named the winner and the confetti rained down, he had to wait about 30 minutes before getting his prize, which currently resides in a lockbox in Florida.
"They took me backstage and waited for everyone to clear out," he said. "Then, the director of Disney came to escort the ticket to me."
Next season's audition dates haven't been announced yet. Green said if there is one in Florida, he will probably go to it. In the meantime, he'll continue his regular life, taking classes toward his elementary education major at Marshall University and attending the Church of Jesus Christ in Cabin Creek, where he plays piano and serves as music director.
Perhaps this time next year, though, he'll be on a path like that of Aaron Kelly. The young Pennsylvanian won a Dream Ticket at the American Idol Experience and went on to finish fifth in the real competition in 2010.
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