[size=150]American Idol finalists and friends[/size]
AMERICAN Idol finalists Kris Allen and Adam Lambert dont want to get personal. The singers told a throng of media gathered Monday outside the Nokia Theatre in Hollywood, where the duo will face off during the shows two-night finale, that they hope viewers will base their votes for the next Idol on performance alone.
For me, I hope that having the Christian vote doesnt help with anything, said Allen, a 23-year-old college student who has worked as a worship leader at the New Life Church in his hometown of Conway, Arkansas. I hope it has to do with your talent and the performance that you give and the package that you have. Its not about religion and all that kind of stuff.
Lambert, a 27-year-old theatre actor from San Diego who once worked in the Los Angeles cast of Wicked, heartily agreed. He said he does not think the contest has anything to do with your religious background, what colour you are, your gender. It doesnt have anything to do with that. Its about music. Thats really important to keep in mind.
The pair are scheduled to be joined on the results show by Lionel Richie, Carlos Santana, Cyndi Lauper, Queen Latifah, Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Jason Mraz and previous Idol winner David Cook. Allen teased that they may duet with some of those artists but neither finalist would reveal any details about their finale performances.
Theyre good songs, said Lambert. I think everyone will like them.
To prepare for the two-night finale, Allen said hes been saving his voice by texting instead of talking while Lambert plans to order a really big room service breakfast on Tuesday morning. Both singers said they have become friends and felt like they have already won the popular Fox singing competition, pledging to support each others music in the future.
I know Im going to be first in line to buy his album, gushed Lambert.
Same here, added Allen. Maybe youll give it to me.
You dont have to buy it, teased Lambert. Ill send you a copy. AP
Catch the finale of American Idol Season Eight on Star World (Astro Ch 711) today at 6pm (direct off satellite) and 8pm (primetime encore), and then tune in for the two-hour result show at 8am (live) tomorrow, with repeats at 6pm and 8pm.