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Interviews With Adam Lambert and Kris Allen After Final American Idol Performance Show

Behind the Idol Scenes With Adam Lambert and Kris Allen

You heard Adam Lambert and Kris Allen sing for the American Idol crown — but what did the two finalists have to say about their performances? After Tuesday's competition ended, Adam and Kris headed backstage to give reporters some thoughts on the night.


The two looked completely comfortable with each other, laughing and joking around and pointing to each other anytime someone asked who was going to win. That probably makes sense: the two were roommates throughout the finals (though for the last month they've had separate rooms) and often sat in on each other's rehearsals to give feedback and critiques.

Both contestants thought their first performance of the night was among the strongest. Kris said he felt comfortable singing "Ain't No Sunshine" because he'd already rehearsed it for the previous show; Adam, meanwhile, said he liked changing up the wardrobe and staging of his "Mad World" performance while keeping it mostly the same song. Adam also said he was pleasantly surprised with producer Simon Fuller's choice of "A Change Is Gonna Come" for him: "I wouldn't have picked that for myself right now," he said, "but when Simon gave it to me, I looked at the words and it really moved me, and I felt like I connected to it."

Kris said he and Adam both seem to be dealing with fame well: "Both of us are kind of chill guys," he said, so they're handling things OK. But Kris did say that singing in front of 20,000 people on his homecoming visit was pretty overwhelming. That's probably just a taste of what's to come for the two of them on tour this Summer, regardless of who wins.

The two of them were whisked away fairly quickly, but not before Adam had time to drop the line of the night in response to one reporter's shouted question about which of the guys looks better naked: "We don't get naked together," he said with a laugh. "Sorry!"

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