Adam Lambert was considered by many to be the "American Idol" frontrunner this season, so the fact that he finished second to Kris Allen came as a surprise to many, but it is not a problem for the 27-year-old from San Diego, CA.
"I know it sounds cliché, but I really feel that I won by getting to the finals," he says. "To me, it wasn't about the title. It was the experience. I was able to use 'American Idol' as a platform, and now, I have a career. So, there is no need to dwell on the negative. We should look forward and be excited about an album and the rest of my career."
Prior to auditioning for "American Idol," Adam was in Los Angeles performing in the cast of Wicked, he had a band, and he had begun writing music. But he didn't get "discovered."
"I might not have gone through the proper channels," he tells ET. "The concept of being discovered is a dying art. I don't think anybody gets discovered anymore. I think you have to put yourself out there. I was getting to the point where I was ready to submit music to labels, and, then, this opportunity came along and I jumped at it. I think things happen when they are supposed to."
Adam is hoping that because he was able to show his versatility as a singer on "American Idol," that he will be able to continue that process on his album.
"My view of the record industry is that it is a little too specific," he says. "The labels try to put one box around every artist and keep them in one genre. We don't have to go about it that way. Obviously, we want the album to have a cohesive sound, but I think it can have different styles with me at the center of it."
As for the negative comments that some of his performances were too theatrical, Adam dismisses them, saying with a laugh, "I never really listen to what people say. My favorite artists are artists that are theatrical. Obviously, when you are doing a recording, things aren't going to translate as over the top. A live performance takes on a different life. I really enjoy the recording process, and it is going to represent itself differently. Anybody who bought an iTunes version of what I did on the show can see how I sound in a recorded session vs. life. It is different. A live performance takes it to a different level."
Don't miss Adam when the "American Idol" tour comes to a city near you, beginning July 5.