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American Idol Season 9: Conference Call with Todrick Hall and Alex Lambert

Posted on 03/13/2010 by Gina in American Idol and Cast Interviews

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Todrick Hall and Alex Lambert from American Idol Season 9


by Gina Scarpa


It's ironic that this week on American Idol, both Todrick Hall and Alex Lambert had their best live performances to date, only to be eliminated on the Thursday live results show. Emotions in the studio ran high, especially when Alex found out he was headed home. The two vowed to go on from here, in very different directions. Alex will focus on writing and recording while Todrick hopes to land a role on the hit tv show, Glee. The pair spoke to RealityWanted an reporters in a press conference call about their performances, their eliminations, and what they have to say to their fans.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: There's been a lot of talk this season about the contestants knowing who they want to be as artists. Do you feel like you know what kind of artist you want to be?
A. Alex: I'd really like to do some acoustic stuff but also be on some R&B tracks. I know my voice, and I know what I can and can't do, and I believe I could sound good on not just one genre of music, I could put it on anything.


Q. Todrick, the judges praised you this week when you sang Somebody to Love. What do you think went wrong?
A. Todrick: I should have done that a couple weeks earlier. The problem is, I'm an African-American male, and I got so many messages saying, "Sing Usher. Sing Chris Brown. Sing Ne-Yo, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, any black artist you can sing, because that's your demographic." But that's not the kind of music I want to sing. So I'm happy I stayed true to myself, but I also sadly feel that if I had done the cookie-cutter songs that people expected me to do and not gone so far out there with the clothes and performances, just been a normal guy, maybe I would have done better.


Q. Alex, you said there was a lot you could have eventually shown the judges and America. What are some of the things you wish you could have shown them, had you stayed?
A. Alex: Every time I got up there, I couldn't even sing my best because I was so nervous. I have a whole series of songs that I can sing that sound better than what I sang on the show. I don't regret anything because this is the beginning of my career. I'd never been on stage before. I think I did great for not having any experience.


Q. Now that you know you have fans, do you think you'll be able to get past your nerves and have a music career?
A. Alex: I feel like I'm already past it, and I just needed a few more weeks on that stage. It felt right but I didn't know how to look at the cameras and interact with the audience because I'd never done it before.


Q. Who will you miss the most?
A. Alex: Pretty much everyone on the show I became friends with. My best friends would probably be Siobhan, Andrew, and Lee. I'm going to miss those three so much, especially Siobhan. She's such a nice person, and she didn't think I was going to go home. And that's why she was so upset, because all day she was like, "Alex, you're not going home, dude. Why are you nervous?"
A. Todrick: My best friend was Joe Munoz. He was the first guy I met, and I took him to see The Color Purple with me. He hadn't really seen any Broadway musicals. So I was the closest to him and to Alex Lambert, because Alex was my roommate. Those are probably the two people I'm going to miss the most.


Q. You were really emotional after you were eliminated. What was going through your head?
A. Alex: It was emotional because a lot of people weren't expecting the contestants who got eliminated to go home. There are people in the top 12 that everyone thought were going home. That whole day, I was nervous.


Q. Things have been coming up about people being bitter about Oz: The Musical. How are you planning to address that?
A. Todrick: I'm so glad I can talk about it now. I do want everyone to know that I'm not a scam artist, I'm a nice person. No 23-year-old that I know in the history of the world has ever tried to put on a show. I think that if people think about that, they'll realize I was just an ambitious kid who got wrapped up with a producer who didn't know what he was doing. I didn't really know what I was doing, and I allowed my name to be attached to it. But I'm going to get on the phone and call a lot of those people, because I do love kids and I wouldn't want people to think negatively of me. I think the show is going to happen again and that we'll be able to fix that situation. For the record, I was just the writer and director and choreographer. I never produced the show, and I never dealt with the money side of that show.


Q. If you had continued, do you think the stylists would have asked you to get rid of your mullet?
A. Alex: The stylists had already asked me if I wanted to cut it, but I wouldn't let them ever cut my mullet.


Q. Anything you'd like to say to your fans?
A. Alex: You'll see me again. This isn't the last of me at all. This is just the beginning.
A. Todrick: I appreciate what everyone has done for me, and all the fans for voting. And that whenever they hear something about Glee, mention my name and do what they can to get me on the show or get me an audition. I think I'd do American Idol and Fox proud.



Be sure to tune in when the Top 12 take the stage on American Idol, Tuesday night at 8/7c on Fox.


(Image courtesy of Fox)


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