After the giddiness of Wednesday's results show wore off a little, but before preparations for albums and touring start in earnest, American Idol winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert jumped on the phone with reporters again this morning for one last look back at their journeys on the show. Both definitely seemed to be looking to the future — conceptualizing their albums, writing or co-writing some songs — but were willing to share some highlights of their time on Idol, too. Here are highlights — first from Kris, then from Adam.
- Nothing can top singing with Queen. "Seriously, it was probably the best moment of the year for me, because I just felt like it was the exhale of everything," Kris said. "We had a great time together — how can you not have a great time singing when Brian May is right next to you? It felt great."
- Preparation is key. "I've always kind of been a procrastinator," Kris said, "but on the show I felt that the times I worked the hardest were the times that I did the best. I think the biggest thing that I've learned is that the harder you work for the thing that you love the most, then everything you want is going to come true."
- Kris doesn't buy the report that he won in a landslide. "Come on, Adam was a huge frontrunner for the whole thing," he said. "I know that there were plenty of people voting for him."
- Neither he nor Adam liked their performances of "No Boundaries" on Tuesday. "I think that [the judges] were not trying to judge us on that song, more than anything, and judge us on the year," Kris said of the comments after the final performance. "I think both of us just got tired and there were some sound issues where we couldn't hear ourselves. It was definitely a rough night at the end."
- Not getting shown in the audition rounds is just par for the course. "I think there was maybe a little bit of just like, 'Wow, they're not showing me,'" Kris said of his reaction to not seeing himself in the early episodes. "I felt like I had done my thing, and a lot of people were getting shown. But that's kind of the way I live my life, though. I'm kind of laid-back and low-key, and every once in a while, I'll stick my head out."
- What he wants now is respect. "The only thing that I really want to do is just be respected in the industry and have my music be respected," he said, "whether that means selling albums or winning Grammys or just people liking your music."
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- Did rumors about Adam's sexuality affect people's voting? "Uh . . . you know, probably," he said. And that's all he would offer on that topic.
- He's not swearing off Broadway, but . . . "I think my direction right now is to try to become a recording artist," he said. "I spent time doing the theater thing for a number of years, and I'm not turning my back on it, but I definitely am going in the other direction now."
- "Theatrical" is not a bad word. "First and foremost, it is about the music, but it kind of packages it in a little bit more of a flashy, more interesting, dynamic way, in my opinion," he said. "Theatricality is one way of performing and it's not the only way . . . but it's my way."
- He was surprised that Katy Perry was a fan. "I had a huge smile on my face the minute I saw it," he said of Perry's cape emblazoned with Adam's name. "I wasn't prepared for that, didn't know she was going to do that. I gave her a big hug [after the show], and she's really, really cool. She had some good advice for me — she said, 'Make sure that you keep the friends that you had before this, and keep them close.'"
- He doesn't want to be tied to any one genre. "The labels try to put one box around every artist and keep them in one genre," he said. "I'm so fortunate because I got to use the show to get myself out there — I don't have to go about [my album] that way. Obviously, we want the album to be a cohesive sound, but I think it can be a collection of different styles with me at the center of it. Everyone knows who I am singing it, so that's the common thread."
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