The runner-up in the U.S. television talent contest "The X Factor" says he'll always have a soft spot for his Ohio hometown now that fame and fortune beckon.

Josh Krajcik graciously saluted winner Melanie Amaro and said Wooster, Ohio, would not be forgotten as he pursues his singing career.

"I don't know what the future holds," Krajcik told The Daily Record in Wooster. "I mean, duty calls and I have to get to work, but Ohio will always be home."

The newspaper said the Triway High School graduate will leave behind his previous occupation of rolling burritos in a restaurant and head for the recording studio to get an album out.

Krajcik said he was happy for Amaro, who cashes in with a record deal and a Super Bowl commercial. "It's seriously party time for her and her family, and it is for me and mine," he said.