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Adam Lambert on His Sexuality: ‘Keep Speculating’

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Adam Lambert says role models come in a variety of different forms – even in eye makeup, fingernail polish and tight pants.

“It’s a really, really cool thing,” the American Idol runner-up says, “to be able to show people that you can be yourself, and you should be proud of yourself, and you should own who you are and what you’re about, and never make apologies for it.”

So to those who speculate about his sexuality, he has a message. “Calm down,” he says, and “keep speculating.”

Lambert, 27, who finished second to Kris Allen in the show that ended May 20, says his comfort with himself can serve as an example. “It feels really amazing to be able to try and pass that on to kids and young adults who don’t have a role model like that,” he says. “It feels great because I never had a role model like that.”

“Conforming is not cool,” he adds. “Embracing who you are and what makes you different is actually what’s really cool … The kids that are different and out there and expressive and are bold with those choices, those are the people that grow up to be people we all want to hang out with, that become celebrities or become really successful in what they do because they believe in who they are.”

As for all the talk about his personal life, Lambert says just one word when asked if he’ll address his sexuality directly, say in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone: “Maybe.”

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Posted Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 1:13pm
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Fox: “Kris Allen Is, Without a Doubt, the American Idol” ShareThisFox: “Kris Allen Is, Without a Doubt, the American Idol”

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Fox is defending itself against claims that corporate sponsor AT&T unfairly swayed the show’s outcome by providing Kris Allen fans with free “power texts.”

According to The New York Times, AT&T provided phones for free text-messaging services at two Allen parties in Arkansas on the night of the finals. Citing sources, The Times reports that AT&T reps showed party-goers how to “power text” — cast 10 votes at the touch of a button — which violates show rules.

No similar efforts appear to have been made to provide free texting services to Adam Lambert fans, who have complained that the competition’s voting was rigged.

On Wednesday, Fox, Idol producers 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia denied the claims in a statement:

“Fox and the producers of American Idol are absolutely certain that the results of this competition are fair, accurate and verified. Kris Allen is, without a doubt, the American Idol. We have an independent third-party monitoring procedure in place to ensure the integrity of the voting process. In no way did any individuals unfairly influence the outcome of the competition.”

AT&T also defended itself in a separate statement:

“Last week, countless parties were held in homes, bars, and other public places across America to watch the American Idol finale. In Arkansas, a few local AT&T employees were invited to attend two local watch parties organized by the community. Caught up in the enthusiasm of rooting for their hometown contestant, they brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.

“Going forward,” the AT&T statement concluded, “we will make sure our employees understand our sponsorship celebrates the competition, not individual contestants. That said, it’s quite a leap to suggest that a few individuals could have impacted the final results.”

Allen and Lambert’s rep has no comment.

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Posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 2:14pm
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Clay Aiken vs Adam Lambert

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Well, it seems another celebrefeud is on the horizon.

“For the record…I couldn’t be happier about the way AI ended this year. I only turn the show on once a season, and only to see what the set looks like each year.”

“This year, I happened to turn it during the minute that Adam Lambert was singing ‘Ring of Fire’ and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful and slightly frightening!”

He managed to finish with a very diplomatic “Just not my cup of tea at all. To each his own.”

If you can’t say something nice….

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Posted Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 1:13pm
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Kara DioGuardi and Bikini Girl Face Off Again at Idol Finale!

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Kara DioGuardi and “Bikini Girl” Katrina Darrell faced off again on last night’s American Idol finale.

The duo famously sparred during tryouts, when DioGuardi trashed Darrell’s rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” — and then burst into the tune herself. Darrell then slammed DioGuardi’s version, before Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson voted her through.

On last night’s show, Darrell showed off her bikini bod once again — and noticeably larger breasts.

Joked Ryan Seacrest: “I’d ask what’s new, but I already know!”

Darrell broke into her infamous Carey song — and appeared surprised when DioGuardi suddenly joined her for a duet.

At the end of the song, DioGuardi ripped off her dress to reveal her bikini bod — and Seacrest announced they dared her to in exchange for a donation to her favorite charity.

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Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 8:08am
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Kris Allen “Exhausted, Shocked!” After Winning Idol

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Kris won!! Yay team!

Kris Allen can’t believe he won American Idol.

“I feel tired, but I feel great,” the 23-year-old Arkansas native told reporters after last night’s show. “I’m exhausted, but I’m shocked — I’m really shocked.”

Allen says he still “feels that” Adam Lambert should have taken the title “because he deserves it just as much as I do.

“He’s an amazing, amazing performer, a gifted, gifted guy and really just an amazing guy. And it was fun doing this with him. It really was.”

After winning the show, Allen’s wife, Katy, ran up and hugged him.

“She didn’t say anything, we just hugged each other. We just felt like we needed that,” Allen tells Us. “[Now] this is all over with…we can be married again.

But Katy won’t be joining him on tour, even though she was in the audience each week on Idol.

“She doesn’t want to follow me around, so she’s going to come for a couple of shows for sure, but she going to have her own life for the summer. But we’ll be keeping in touch a lot,” Allen says.

Lambert, the runner-up, tells Us he “kind of had a feeling” Allen would win when he was standing on stage.

“There was a second where I guess I, like, had to prepare myself for either possibility, and I was like, ‘I think it might be Kris,’” the 27-year-old San Diego native tells Us.

Even though he didn’t win, he says he had no regrets.

“I felt really satisfied with [Tuesday] night’s show,” he tells Us.

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Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 7:07am
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