'American Idol' Alumni Comment on Adam Lambert's AMAs Performance

Some alumni from the hit talent search TV series give their support for Adam, while there is also one who criticizes him for his provocative performance at American Music Awards on November 22.

AceShowbiz - Amidst the on-going controversy addressed to Adam Lambert following his provocative performance at the 2009 American Music Awards (AMAs) over the weekend, some "American Idol" alumni break their silence to offer what they have in mind regarding the much-talked gig. Fifth season finalist, Kevin Covais, tells Us Weekly he has no problem with it. "After watching him take risks on Idol, it was about what I expected," Kevin says in a statement. "Despite being a bit risque, I don't feel like it pushed the envelope that much further from what we normally see these days, especially on primetime television. I see no reason why he should be punished by ABC."

Jim Verraros, one of the top 10 finalists in the first season of "Idol", is the other person who offers comment for Adam. Also a gay himself, Jim muses "We need this, and we need him. We need to have him out there - he's a gay pop singer from America. But I am torn - I just don't know if I would have done that kind of performance for my first nationally televised show. I think had he done it at a more intimate club environment, it would have gone over a lot better."

Diana DeGarmo of "Idol" season three, in the meantime, has her own opinion toward Adam's AMAs performance. She says, "When you take a big risk like that, you can't be surprised when there are repercussions for your actions. Plus, with all of the buzz around the performance, his sales shouldn't suffer whatsoever."

In tone with Diana, Kevin tells Us Weekly, "I think the performance does more to help his cause than hurt it. He definitely has everyone's attention." Unlike Diana and Kevin, Jon Peter Lewis, who is one of the finalists on the third season of "Idol", claims "All this nonsense about Adam Lambert's whole project being art is bogus. That idea is absurd. It's like calling Thomas Kinkade art. What a sham."

Adam Lambert served as the closing performer at the AMAs on Sunday, November 22. Performing the title track of his newly released album "For Your Entertainment", his performance included stimulating oral sex, kissing his male keyboardist, gesturing audience with his middle finger and doing other sexually-charged acts. He has since then received criticism from various parties.

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