Adam Lambert: I think my direction right now is to try to become a recording artist. I spent time doing the theater thing for a number of years. I'm not turning my back on it, but I'm definitely going in the other direction right now.
Do you think all the talk about your sexual orientation had any impact on the voting?
You've taken a lot of criticism for being so theatrical, can you talk a little bit about the music you plan on doing for your album? Are you going to listen to what people said and tone it down?
AL: I never really listen to what people say. My thing is, my favorite artists are artists that are theatrical. Obviously, when you're doing a recording, things aren't going to translate as over-the-top. Doing a live performance of something, it takes on another life. I really enjoy the recording process and it's going to represent itself differently. Anybody that bought an iTunes version of what I did on the show could say, "Okay, I get how he sounds in a recording session now versus how he is live." It's different. The live performance takes it to a different level. I think people are in store for a treat; I think it's going to be a really cool album, and I'm excited to start working on it.
Are you okay with the final outcome?
AL: I'm totally okay with it. I couldn't be happier for Kris. He's a good friend of mine. I think he's immensely talented.
Do you think there will be movies in your future?
AL: Obviously, I'm focusing on recording right now as opposed to movies, but I would love to go that direction eventually. A lot of people mentioned the Elvis connection and in the heyday of Hollywood, artists got to do everything. They did music and they did film. Something like that would be amazing.
When can we expect to see your CD?
AL: I don't know, I think we're probably shooting for some time within the year.
Time for Kris!
After you won, you said that Adam deserved to win -- why did you say that?
Kris Allen: I still feel that way. I feel like Adam deserved it just as much as I did; he was the most consistent person all year. He was, seriously, one of the most gifted performers that's ever been, seriously that I've ever met. He's really just a great guy. We became great friends and we told each other that day, "You deserve it." He shot it back at me. I think it could have gone either way, and America could definitely not have gotten it wrong.
A lot of people felt the comments the judges gave you on the last performance night were sort of consolation prize-type comments. Did you feel that way at all at the time?
KA: I felt like they didn't. Seriously, after we sang that last song -- that song is hard to sing, and I don't think Adam or I were happy with our performances at all. I think that they were not trying to judge us on that song more than anything and just judge us on the year, which was kind of nice. It felt great to be judged on what we've done throughout the year and not exactly what we've done on that song.
Was your wife upset when Simon made that remark about pulling her out too early?
KA: Absolutely not, because she had actually been saying that kind of stuff before. She was like, "I don't know if you need to mention me." She had said some stuff like that; she was trying to look out for me as well.
What's all this you said to the press about wishing you had chest hair? Have you just never really had it? Are you going to be getting like transplants now that you're going to be making good money?
KA: You never know! I'm just kidding. I do have a little bit; it's really patchy and nasty-looking, so I want man chest hair.
Did it frustrate you that in the beginning and in the Hollywood round they really didn't show you at all?
KA: I think there was maybe a little bit of, "Wow, they're not showing me." But it was more shock than anything, because I felt like I had done my thing and a lot of other people are getting shown. For me, 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. That's kind of how I did the competition, and it seemed to work out.
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