On the mass phone press conference for the media that isn’t big enough to get a one on one, Kris sounded humble and exhausted while Adam sounded analytical and not remotely disappointed he lost.
I got in queue to ask Adam a question since he came first but I wasn’t able to get on with Kris.
I decided to try to dance around the “is he gay” deal by asking him,
“Do you think all this talk about your sexual orientation may have affected the voting?”
His brief answer: “You know, probably.” Uncomfortable silence. If he’s going to out himself, he wasn’t going to do it… yet.
Oddly, he answered virtually the same question differently on “Larry King Live” Friday night with Ryan Seacrest subbing for King:
Q: The speculation about your sexuality, do you think that had anything to do with coming in second place?>
A: No. If anything, I think my lifestyle. I’m just different. I’m not your typical guy next door… I think sexuality aside, I think it had to do more with my appearance and the songs I gravitated toward and my performance style. That had more to do with it.
So I just jumped to an innocuous question about whether he’s going to go solo or form a band like Daughtry. He’s leaning solo but isn’t sure yet.
Here are some highlights with Adam:
His definition of theatricality: “It’s all in the name of good entertainment… I think theatricality is just a way of performing. I don’t think it’s a better way. It’s my way… I was lucky American Idol embraced it. It was something a little bit new to them.”
Post-show party at Sky Bar: “It was crazy. It was pretty crowded. The whole evening was overwhelming you can imagine, trying to interact with as many people as I could. It was so exciting. And I got to speak to Paula and Kara. We got to chat a little bit. It was nice to be kind of off the record, off camera to just interact.”
His own personal favorite performance: “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.
On “being discovered” in this day and age: “The concept of being discovered is a dying art. You have to put yourself out there. I was doing the theater on the side. I had a band for awhile. I started writing music. I was getting to the point I was thinking of submitting music to labels. Then this opportunity came along and I jumped at it. Things happen when they’re supposed to happen.”
Prior to “Idol”: “I think one of the reasons I decided to audition with the show is I got to the point, I was on the ensemble of “Wicked” in L.A. It was a great job and I had a lot of friends. And it was paying the bills. I wasn’t satisfied artistically. About a year and a half ago, I was in my room one day and thinking, ‘Is this it?’ I just turned 26. I said I wanted more. There’s more to what I’m supposed to be doing… the timing [of Idol] was right. I hadn’t auditioned before but I wasn’t ready. Everything just lined up. I’m really fortunate.”
On losing: “I wasn’t going after the title of American Idol but the experience. I made music and got to perform every week. I was able to use Idol as a platform. Now I have a career. There is no need to draw a negative. We should look forward and see my album when it comes out. That’s where I’m at.” [He has zero regrets over his choices on the show and later said, "I don't think being first or second really matters."]
His view on the record industry: “It’s too specific lately. The labels tend to put one box around an artist and keep them in one genre. To me, I’m so fortunate, I got to use the show to get me out there. We don’t have to go about it that way. We want the album to have a cohesive sound, for sure, but I think it can be a collection of different styles with me at the center of it. That’s the common thread.”
About glam rock: “I’m more about fusion. I like adding little elements into the final mix. I’m more fond of the ’70s glam than ’80s. I have that style of vocals… there are a lot of pop artists who are using the glam vibe in their music currently. I’m part of that wave.
On Idol’s producers: “They’ve been 100 percent supportive of everything I’ve done… It’s been very positive and creative. I never felt stifled in any way.”
Here are highlights from Kris’ interview with the (leftover) press.
On Adam: “I feel that Adam deserved to win just as much as I did. He was the most consistent person all year. He was the most gifted performer that I’ve ever met. And he’s really just a great guy. We became great friends… it could have gone either way.”
What did he learn: “I’m a big procrastinator. I learned that I did better on songs which I worked hardest. I learned that hard work for something you really love pays off.”
On his album: “I want to do what I did on the show… when I did ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, that’s the kind of stuff I want to do.”
On “No Boundaries,” the crapola coronation song he’s assiduously NOT going to insult: “That song was hard to sing. I don’t think me or Adam were happy with our performances at all. I was glad the judges didn’t judge us on the song but for the year.”
On the song not being in the right range: “I sang it in the morning. It was fine. It is a high song but… both of us just got tired. There were some sound issues where we couldn’t hear ourselves. It was definitely a rough night at the end. We were both getting real tired.”
On Keith Urban: “I respect him so much.” [But he has no plans to make a country album.]
On his audition: “It was actually really scary. I could not talk. We waited 14 hours. We were some of the last ones to go. I was amazed they put me through. I was really really sick.”
On “Heartless”:: “We got to do whatever we wanted as long as the song got cleared. I was listening to the Kanye album. The song came across. What if I did this song my own way? I’m just going to go bold and risky. I did it. And I think it got a lot of good reviews. So I was really excited I got to do something that showed people what I could do.”
On his own laid back personality: “I’m not very expressive or emotional but it comes out in my music. That’s kind of who I am.”