The four remaining American Idol finalists having been living in a Hollywood mansion together for months, so In Touch got them to spill some exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop. Adam Lambert, as it turns out, is the messiest. “I haven’t seen Adam’s room, but they told me how messy it was,” says Danny Gokey. “He and Kris have rooms way down in the basement and I don’t go down that way much.” But Adam’s former roommate, Kris — who now shares just a bathroom with Adam — comes to his defense, diplomatically insisting that it’s only because “he has a lot of stuff.”
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Adam Lambert’s the biggest diva!
Backstage scoop: Adam spends the most time in the makeup chair. “Not so much for makeup, but that hair,” reveals recently ousted Matt Giraud to In Touch. “He doesn’t wake up looking like that!”
His Idol: Madonna. “She’s the master when you look at how long she’s been on the scene and re-invented herself,” he tells In Touch. “It’s pretty impressive. I have nothing but major respect for her and her ideas.”
Comment on the judges’ comments: “Obviously, Simon’s standing ovation was mind-blowing,” he says. “I’ve watched the show since it started and remember him maybe doing that once before; it’s not common for him to stand up. He didn’t have to say anything — it was the physical gesture — that was pretty flattering. I am honored.”
Allison Iraheta is a goofball
Backstage scoop: Former contestant Lil Rounds says she was particularly silly making the Ford commercials. “Allison stands out in those,” says Lil. “She’s always doing something she shouldn’t be doing or doing too much of something!”
Her Idol: Pink. “I enjoy how she’s stayed true to herself and never changed. She’s an awesome singer and performer and I’ve grown up listening to her,” she tells In Touch. “I hope I could do something similar — the rock vibe. I’d love to do a Pink song, but am scared of the comparisons. It’s like setting a trap. You know the comments will be, ‘You are just trying to sound like her or imitate her.’ I don’t want that.”
Comment on the judges’ comments: “Having Simon say I was the girls’ only hope. I was like ‘Whoa! He said I had a chance to go far in the competition!’ It was shocking to hear that, especially coming from him.”
Kris Allen relies on Adam
Backstage scoop: He’s closest to former roommate Adam, and they turn to each other for advice. “Adam and I kind of rely on each other,” he tells In Touch. “If I’m worried about a song, I’ll ask him what he thinks. We have the kind of relationship where we can tell each other if something sucks and be like, 'Okay.'”
His Idol: “I don’t really idolize anyone, but I really look up to my wife,” he says. “She’s a great person and really cares about people. She works hard and is always looking out for me, so I really look up to her a lot.”
Comment on the judges’ comments: “After ‘Ain't No Sunshine,’ Kara made the comment about artistry. That’s what I want to do — make art — so that felt cool,” he says. “And on the results night when Simon said what I did was 'brilliant'! I didn’t expect it and that was so nice to hear.”
Danny Gokey takes Simon to task!
Backstage scoop: He swears he’s not a klutz. “Simon said I was clumsy on my ‘Get Ready’ performance. I think he just pulled that out of the dictionary,” he tells In Touch. “I wasn’t tripping on the stage! It didn’t make sense, but I thought it was funny for the viewers at home to hear I was clumsy.”
His Idol: Brian McKnight. “He’s had longevity and a lot of hits and I like that about him,” he says. “I’d love to meet him and work with him.”
Comment on the judges’ comments: “When Randy and Kara said I need to support the verses in my lower range, that was something I had never worked on, and that’s been a challenge,” he says. “It helped. Singing at church, I was always upbeat, so my lower range is underdeveloped and could use a little work.”