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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