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5/22: Post-finale interviews with Adam Lambert and Kris Allen (UPDATED)

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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.”

47 comments Add your comment

JTesla

May 22nd, 2009
3:02 pm

Thank you Rodney, and thanks for not playing it safe and asking the tough questions of Adam.

Neg

May 22nd, 2009
4:27 pm

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, all! Adam fans, try not to commit suicide!

everett

May 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

Thanks for the new thread, Rodney. The one from 05/21 was getting a little toxic, even though I laughed and laughed at some of the comments.
I’m a disappointed Adam fan, but enjoyed all the talent this year. And Neg, ain’t no overdose or slit wrists in my near future although I do appreciate your concern.

Atlanta auditions? Kewl! Love that town and wishin’ I were there right now. Cannot wait to see what crawls out – tats and all. The underground music scene in Atlanta seems to be huge and a lot of talent lives in those zip codes.

Nana, as a daughter of a WWII vet, I sincerely thank you for your comments about Memorial Day. “Hats off…the flag is passing by.”

Neg

May 22nd, 2009
4:43 pm

Oops! Forgot to add the link to the above post! For our crazed, frothing Adam fans…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGkcMklAUMw&feature=related

Woodpappy

May 22nd, 2009
4:54 pm

I’ll get over it Neg. Have a good weekend and remember the vets.

cjamesatl

May 22nd, 2009
4:54 pm

Can we please move on already with regard to the “sexuality” questions. It’s embarassing that the media are so hung up on this point.

Deirdre

May 22nd, 2009
5:09 pm

Thanks for the info, Rodney. They both sound like great guys.

I really enjoyed Terminator: Salvation. Christian Bale is very good and the Worthington guy…WOW, he’s hot…oh and he’s good, too.

Mercedes S.

May 22nd, 2009
5:43 pm

Enjoyed the interviews… as expected, Adam came off as the more interesting/intelligent guy…

Allie

May 22nd, 2009
6:10 pm

Speaking of the hometown runner-up, did anyone see this picture of Diana DeGarmo on the red carpet? She looks amazing.

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/8452/idolfinale005.jpg

Lulu

May 22nd, 2009
6:45 pm

Thanks Rodney. Both Adam and Kris are class acts. I wouldn’t dare be so smug as to comment on either one’s intelligence.

JTesla

May 22nd, 2009
7:07 pm

Diana, MEOW. I wouldn’t say no if she wanted to claw me, just sayin.

Deirdre

May 22nd, 2009
7:25 pm

Allie, thanks for the Diana picture…hate the shoes but she does look terrific!

JTesla

May 22nd, 2009
7:26 pm

Allie

May 22nd, 2009
7:29 pm

No problem, Deidre. Agree on the shoes, but I suppose they’re fashionable.

JTesla, were you also looking for something more like this one? http://cdn-images.hollywood.com/cms/300×375/5641582.jpg

Deirdre

May 22nd, 2009
7:33 pm

allie…be careful, you’ll give JT palpitations!!!!

Deirdre

May 22nd, 2009
7:57 pm

Apparently clay Aiken used over 3000 words on his blog to tell everyone how much he didn’t like Adam Lambert and why Idol has betrayed its roots. Here’s a short sample:

“This year, I happened to turn it during the minute that Adam Lambert was singing “Ring of Fire” and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening! … Granted, I never saw another performance (and many folks who I trust said that he was great) but I can’t imagine I would have enjoyed it.

JTesla

May 22nd, 2009
8:28 pm

Allie, I like you.

Deirdre: as if I needed another reason to dislike Clay. One song is all the chance you give him? Clay unlike season 2 the contestants this year were artists.

Allie

May 22nd, 2009
8:40 pm

Clay is interesting. Sometimes I like him, sometimes I don’t. This time he is really being a diva. I don’t know if he’s even *watched* Idol this year to even judge. He just comes off disgruntled to me.

everett

May 22nd, 2009
8:59 pm

Oh gosh, Deirdre, every time I see the title of the movie you saw today my brain reads “Terminator – Salivator” LOL

Deirdre

May 22nd, 2009
9:19 pm

everett! LOL!

Allie, I’m the same way about Clay.

He goes on to say that Idol is using too many “professionals” as contestants and the country proved that they’re unhappy by choosing Kris instead of Adam. Thing is, Kris has already stated that he has as much “pro” experience as Adam, playing and singing in venues around Arkansas.

I haven’t read everything Clay said but apparently he was very verbose.

Mike S

May 22nd, 2009
9:24 pm

maybe Clay is just upset because last night at the Idol Finale party Adam was snapped dancing with and getting chummy with an unidentified FEMALE, and Clay was thinking he might have a shot.

As for Adam, I saw the pics, but don’t have a link to post at the moment.

Mercedes S.

May 22nd, 2009
10:42 pm

Soooo, Clay “comes out”, has a baby, blogs sour grapes. Does he sing anywhere, anymore?

flbravesgirl

May 22nd, 2009
11:32 pm

Haven’t commented much lately, as I’m up here in the mountains with no TV & have to watch Idol clips after the fact on the laptop but I just wanted to thank Rodney for running such a good informative blog & all of y’all for enhancing the AI experience.

Deirdre

May 23rd, 2009
9:26 am

For those who are interested. mj has posted the videos of the Idols on Larry King Live(don’t worry, Larry isn’t there, Ryan is filling in for him) Scroll down until you get to the picture of just Kris and Adam..that’s where the interview starts.

Deirdre

May 23rd, 2009
10:06 am

And for those who are interested in what Clay Aiken has to say about this year’s competition and Idol in general, this has more of his blog entry:

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/215180/aikens-lambert-rant-claymate-turns-to-clayhate/

JTesla

May 23rd, 2009
10:29 am

When does Ryan take over for Larry King? I don’t mind Ryan expanding his empire as long as he takes out the likes of Larry King.

Joel

May 23rd, 2009
12:04 pm

Thanks for the recap of the interview. I saw the Idols on Larry King Live last night, with Ryan as the host. Paula also popped in. It was a good show. Kris comes across as a very likable, humble guy, still amazed that he won. Adam was very gracious; he really does not seem to have any bitterness about not winning. Maybe it was just me, but I did get kind of a weird vibe from Danny. I think he’s still very disappointed. Allison was incoherent as always. I think that Adam will have a much easier time finding success as runner up than Kris would have had he come in second.

KPH

May 23rd, 2009
1:40 pm

Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers. The test didnt come out perfect but nothing that I cant live with. Some medication adjustment may help so we are going to try that. Better living through chemistry as they say. Thanks again my cyber friends! :-)

Mercedes S.

May 23rd, 2009
1:45 pm

D., Thanks for link to Clay’s rant. Does he realize how foolish he sounds, basing his criticism on having heard one song from Adam and none from Kris… yet he knows Kris is the better Idol?

Deirdre

May 23rd, 2009
2:41 pm

KPH…hoping for an excellent outcome with the meds change. Attitude makes a big difference so keep that smile on your face and let the world take you on a wonderful ride!

Mercedes, I think maybe he will wonder what he was thinking after he reads it over a few times.

Deirdre

May 23rd, 2009
3:23 pm

Clay Aiken, before being stoned by Adam fans, has issued this statement on his blog:

“I hope no one actually believed that blood truly poured forth from my ears when I heard him. I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard. Any performer hopes that their music will appeal to all people, but no singer realistically expects it to. God knows, I am SURE there are PLENTY of people who can’t stand to hear me sing either. I wouldn’t dream of assuming that, and I am sure that far worse things have been said about my performances than I would even venture to type here. To me, that’s fine. I don’t expect unanimous, nor even majority support for my music.

“But, my guess is Adam doesn’t either. I would not venture to make judgements [sic] on the personality or demeanor of anyone I don’t know, so none of what I said in my previous blog was directed as a ’slam’ on Adam as a person. At the same time, I wouldn’t dream of slamming him as an entertainer. He does what he does, because he enjoys it, and he obviously has many fans who enjoy it as well. If what I said in my previous blog regarding my impression of a single performance from Adam upset or offended any of his fans, I expect that the mature ones will realize that it was simply a poorly worded metaphor describing my personal tastes. The only person I would really dream of apologizing to is Adam.

“And the irony is, if he’s smart he couldn’t give a crap what I think of his ‘Ring of Fire’ performance. As an entertainer, Adam knows that one person’s opinion of one performance really matters a little less than zero, in the grand scheme of things. He could not have gotten on Idol (nor made it as far as he did) without an immense amount of talent. He surely doesn’t need my approval to know he has a gift.”

JTesla

May 23rd, 2009
5:42 pm

Clay is a joke, it’s too bad that he had to pull a stunt like that just for some web traffic.

Justin

May 24th, 2009
10:57 am

Ahem Kat should not be in last place there.
But on this blog I guess I can understand why..

Jo-Ann

May 24th, 2009
12:18 pm

I have been reading blogs all over the place about the Wednesday night Idol announcement. I was shocked, no horrified that Adam didn’t win, and I am 61 years young. Not to stero-type anyone but the majority of the Kris blogs were strange since this was suppose to be a “singing” competion. Statements such as, “We don’t like the judges trying to tell us who to vote for.” Hello, they are professionals and can recognize overwhelming talent such as Adam’s. I guess alot of people didn’t like the truth. Another widespread statement, “Kris was the clean-cut boy next door.” What does that have to do with his singing ability? There were numerous comments towards religion. “Christians” Adam is God’s child, he has “God given talent,” do you really think that God loves Kris more than Adam? Black nail polish, guyliner, hairstyle, and clothes (which I loved!) were other topics of conversation on the blogs. Some people stated that they preferred Kris’ style over Adam’s, and I can respect that, but not the attack on everything but his singing talent. I love God and praise him, but I also know that his message is not to be vindictive towards others and just down right hateful. Danny needs to revaluate his “Christian” background after his disgusting display on Larry King Wednesday. He is so full of jealousy and ugliness towards Adam that he has become a very unattractive person. Congrats Kris and Adam, wonderful season, see you in Tampa on the 28th of July.

Mercedes S.

May 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

Jo-Ann, you got it.

Woodpappy

May 24th, 2009
4:18 pm

I too agree Jo-Ann.

Neg is unable to continue on

May 24th, 2009
6:52 pm

I agree; there is no point in remaining in the United States now that Adam lost to Kris. None at all. How could Americans be so stupid? How could they do the unthinkable out of bigotry and hate? No, I am leaving for France, where talent and diversity are embraced and celebrated. This country just sucks. I hate most Americans, and am ashamed to have ever been born in such a bigoted country.

Judy

May 24th, 2009
8:42 pm

i found kris adam and paula on larry king live on youtube but i cant find the video of danny. if you have it, please share.

Judy

May 24th, 2009
8:59 pm

finally found it on cc.com how many times can a group of people say the word “amazing”?

Deirdre

May 24th, 2009
10:07 pm

Neg? Are you Alec Baldwin???? Oh wait, he was moving to France for political reasons…not entertainment reasons. sorry!

Neg is traumatized

May 24th, 2009
11:30 pm

D, you nearly always get my sarcasm…glad to see nothing’s changed!

Jo-Ann

May 25th, 2009
3:20 pm

Entertainment weekly (May 15th issue) has an unforgetable picture of Adam on the front. Half the article on the inside is good until the writer starts with the gay thing again. I hope to get the picture autographed at the concert in Tampa. Wish it was an Adam concert, it’s going to be hard to sit through some of the other contestants songs.

kerri

May 26th, 2009
1:07 am

I think the biggest reason Adam lost was because the judges declared him the winner long before the end of the show….well, pretty much all season lol and people got tired of it and voted for Kris. And the way he looked like a scene from a horror movie was a big downer for me. He was an actor and when he sang a song it was a big act and not sincere…you could tell that and it turned lots of people off to him. Also Danny’s fans voted for Kris because they couldn’t stand Adam and all the pimping that went on every week. AI’s pimping did not work this year and so hopefully they will change their manipulation plan next year. Next year “Pimp the One You
Want To Lose”…….(hey that would make a great song for Adam’s single).

Linda

May 26th, 2009
1:36 am

I haven’t been here in a while– since you got your new format. It is Great! I think Clay needs to learn a little diplomacy. Diplomacy goes a long way, even if you just zip it, instead of saying everything you are thinking. Duh!!

Mercedes S.

May 26th, 2009
10:10 am

Slim pickings for Kris-fans on “Regis and Kelly” this morning – 5 minutes of chat, followed by Kris on acoustic guitar trying not to fall asleep while singing “No Boundaries”, and one more minute of chat during which we learn that a) Regis and Kara are cousins, and b)Simon didn’t congratulate Kris on his AI victory.
Regis: “After you won, did Simon come up and congratulate you?”
Kris: “Actually, I haven’t talked (he could have said ‘didn’t talk’, Kris mumbles a lot) to Simon at all.”
And here I thought the Brits were big on sportsmanship!

talentmaine

May 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

I agree Jo Ann! Adam is an amazing singer and performer. The time is right for his talent! The others were all average, including Kris. Danny is just plain talentless & very Nasty! Very envious too!! Didn’t he even read his bible???..lol!

talentmaine

May 26th, 2009
1:56 pm

Adam’s gonna be on Regis and Kelly tomorrow, 5/27! Now that’ll be a show! Wonder what he will sing, and wonder how he will perform it?! It’ll be amazing! Yes, I saw Kris on Regis this morning…rather a dull interview…boy, he does mumble!!! Plus after he sang ‘No boundaries’, Kelly said to him, “that was very nice!!!”…lol…yep, he pearced my eardrums with his shrill high notes. There won’t be any ordinary comments about Adam tomorrow. Adam is one interesting performer and guy!!!

So on today’s show, Kris was dull and ordinary. But, after Kris, came Elio, the sportscar racer who won the Indy 500 on Sunday!! Now he was interesting!! Can he sing??????