Aired May 25, 2009
This is their second appearance on Larry King–Ryan Seacrest sitting in. Top 10 interviewed together + Randy Jackson calls in by phone. Their first appearance was May 22nd. Follow link above for their individual segments. Paula Abdul was in one with Kris and Adam.
Part 1: Treating Kris any differently, competitive with each other, Danny overanalyzes things, living in a mansion, all of them don’t like to clean – prefer to be cleaned up after, Adams use of hair products compared to Kris (they were roommates), hardest genre for Chris and Lil Rounds, Megan Joy admits Motown week was bad.
RANDY JACKSON on the phone talks about what a talented season it was – thinks all 10 have a chance at doing well, critiquing for their own good, liked the tweets and the judges’ save, Danny liked Kara’s help, Scott about critiques, which Randy says it’s for their own good.
RYAN SEACREST, GUEST HOST: Tonight, “American Idol” exclusive — Kris, Adam and the rest answer your questions.
What were their biggest challenges?
Are they already rich?
Who sings in the shower?
Do they read about themselves online?
The “American Idol” contestants as you’ve never seen and heard them before — until now. It’s a “American Idol” exclusive your way.
This is LARRY KING LIVE.
I’m Ryan Seacrest in for Larry King.
We’ve got our “American Idol” exclusive — the top 10 answering your questions here in Hollywood.
We’re joined by “American Idol” winner Kris Allen; runner-up, Adam Lambert; Danny Gokey; Allison Iraheta; Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Meghan Joy and Michael Sarver.
Did I get you all?
SEACREST: Got it.
By the way, the American Idol Live Tour kicks off July 5th. It’s going to kick off at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The top 10 contestants from season eight will be there doing it all live for you — 50 cities across the country.
Kris, are you ready for the tour with the whole group?
KRIS ALLEN, WINNER, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes. It’s going to be — like I’ve been saying for a long time, it’s going to be a blast.
SEACREST: It will be.
But let’s take a look at that winning moment one more time.
Your “American Idol,” Kris Allen.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: After the nationwide vote of nearly 100 million, the winner of “American Idol” 2009 is Kris Allen.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
SEACREST: What has the group said to you now that you’re the winner?
Have they changed?
Has the dynamic changed (INAUDIBLE)?
ALLEN: Yes. They don’t talk to me anymore.
KRIS: Like, oh, we can’t talk to you.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
ALLEN: They still treat me the same. Maybe a little bit different.
SEACREST: And do you treat them the same?
ALLEN: Yes, absolutely.
SEACREST: All right. So LARRY KING LIVE asked “Idol” viewers — you guys watching — fans, some questions for the entire top 10.
How do we get them?
CNN.com/larryking. We got them through Twitter, kingsthings and the CNN Facebook page.
We’ll ask the questions throughout the entire hour. So let’s have some fun here. A blog question for the group — were you more competitive with each other at the beginning of the show or as the season progressed?
ADAM LAMBERT, RUNNER-UP, “AMERICAN IDOL”: I think — I actually think the beginning felt more competitive for me because that’s when we were trying to define ourselves on the show. And then as it — as it continues, it’s like your fan base builds and you get more support behind you. So I think it becomes less about your actual performance and more about just staying consistent.
SEACREST: Allison, what do you think?
ALLISON IRAHETA, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes, I definitely agree with that. You know, it was more like that in the beginning, I guess because I didn’t really know anyone and I was just like — I was already having like issues with myself. So I was like, oh my gosh, I — I’ve got do good and better than this dude and Danny Gokey and you know…
IRAHETA: I’m just joking.
SEACREST: I mean (INAUDIBLE) seem to me as one of the most competitive of all of you.
What about for you, Danny?
DANNY GOKEY, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes, in the beginning I think — I think everyone’s (INAUDIBLE) because you don’t anybody. When you build relationships, you start to leave the competitive side behind. But then you start competing with yourself. And, you know, I think — you know, I had to compete with my own self every time I was on that stage because I was always…
SEACREST: Yes. I feel like you give yourself a hard time.
GOKEY: Yes. If you guys — everyone who knows me, I analyze things and that’s my…
SEACREST: Overanalyze things.
GOKEY: Yes, that’s what I’m saying, overanalyze. And I go through things in my head so many times that I tend to destroy what I started so freshly, you know?
GOKEY: And it’s — it’s been a weakness. But I think, hopefully, I can steer it in the right direction and start making good things happen.
SEACREST: And make it productive.
All right. This question was Tweeted to kingsthings: “What was it really like living in that mansion together?
Do you really hang out with each other?”
Let’s see, Matt.
MATT GIRAUD, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes?
SEACREST: What was it like living in that mansion?
GIRAUD: We — we, actually, I think we only really liked it like in the first week or two.
GIRAUD: And I think that after a while it was like we’ve got — wasn’t it like we kind of missed the room service and people cleaning up after you at the hotels?
SCOTT MACINTYRE: I missed the room service, you know?
And honestly, like…
SEACREST: (INAUDIBLE) clear, there’s room service in the mansion?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
ADAM: There was no room service in the mansion.
SEACREST: All right.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, but — yes.
GIRAUD: It was cool. We actually did hang out together. And — in the kitchen.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, a lot of time in the kitchen. It was like the…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was like the gathering space. We would just like…
ALISON: We’d meet up.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: …jump on the counter and lay down…
GIRAUD: Like, yo dude, what’s up?
SEACREST: Michael, how about for you?
I mean we saw footage of your home — where you used to live. Slightly — about the size of a bedroom in the mansion.
What was it like for you?
MICHAEL SARVER, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: You know, personally, I prefer the smaller house. I’m looking for the four — five bedroom with a lot of family in it versus — it’s — It was so big, big enough to have its own zip code, really. And I mean it was huge. But it almost, at times, felt empty until, of course, we made it to the kitchen when it all came together.
SEACREST: Who was the sloppiest?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
DESAI: Danny — Danny — Danny and me were roommates.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, that (INAUDIBLE) was bad, dude.
DANEY: OK. Hold up. We had the smallest room, though, I think, the (INAUDIBLE). It helps — it kind of helps when you have the small room and all our stuff is in there and…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That’s why everything was piled up on (INAUDIBLE).
GOKEY: And the fact that didn’t clean our — clean up after.
SEACREST: I want to know, then, what was the most awkward conversation between the two of you once you had to be — you’re living in that shoe box, that — your bedroom in a huge mansion. But you’re in close quarters as roommates.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right.
DESAI: Well, I remember having a conversation like — because we had — we had sort of like a cleaning service come in, I guess, once every week or something like that. And they would — and they would clean our room. And then less than 24 hours later, there was just every — things everywhere. Like it looked like a hurricane just came through the room. But — and so we — we had a conversation one day…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) that Anoop would be the sloppiest to me because…
You’re the most studious.
DESAI: That’s true.
SEACREST: You’d think that there would be neatness involved…
SEACREST: And organization.
DESAI: Well, I know where everything is.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It’s all in figures.
DESAI: It’s all in my brain.
LAMBERT: It’s a sign of true genius.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, it’s true.
SEACREST: Who was the bathroom hog?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Danny.
SEACREST: Adam raises his hand.
LAMBERT: Yes. In our — in our bath — we had a big bathroom…
SEACREST: Wait, so you are — so you guys were roommates?
LAMBERT: Yes. And the bathroom was huge and there were two — like two sides of it; you know, one side and a sink on the other side. And I always say, you know…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell me about the counter top.
LAMBERT: Yes, Kris always — Kris had like three things like just lined up in the corner. And I had like…
LAMBERT: I had just every product I could find, you know what I mean?
I love stuff, so…
LAMBERT: Yes. That’s yet another thing I can put in my hair.
SEACREST: More pomade.
All right. Kris, a blog question for you.
SEACREST: What was the hardest genre or style you had to perform on “Idol?”
ALLEN: Oh, wow! I think the hardest — oh. I think the hardest style was probably rock, because it — because I felt like it had to be like crazy hard rock, you know? And, you know, I did The Beatles, but it was still like even — it was rockier than like what The Beatles did and stuff. I think that was a little rough for me. And I knew that coming in.
SEACREST: The toughest genre for you, Lil Rounds?
LIL ROUNDS, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Oh, the toughest genre for me probably country week. I picked an OK (INAUDIBLE) pretty good song. But it was just going into it, I was like, I don’t know what to sing for country. I know one country song and that is it. And saw it in on a movie.
But I mean…
ROUNDS: But that might have been, you know, my hardest week.
SEACREST: And Megan?
MEGAN JOY, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: I had a rough time with Motown — a hard time. I love Motown music, but I didn’t know what I was doing.
SEACREST: I like the candor. I like the candor here tonight.
We’ll be talking to Randy Jackson next, so stick around for more of this “American Idol” special edition of LARRY KING LIVE.
(VIDEO PHOTO SHOOT CLIP OF IDOLS AND THEN KRIS SINGING)
SEACREST: All right. We are back.
Ryan Seacrest in for my friend, Larry King.
The “American Idol” special — answering your questions from the Internet; also your Tweets. We’ll get to those in a few.
First, I want to say hello to my dear friend, “Idol” judge, as he joins the top 10 now, Randy Jackson, from me for you from me for you from me, for you from me.
RANDY JACKSON, JUDGE, “AMERICAN IDOL” (by telephone): Yo, what’s up, man?
For me for you for the top 10, Rye.
SEACREST: Well, what were you — what were you trying to say for you for me for me for you when we were talking about that — playing that tape back in the finale?
JACKSON: Dude, I have to admit, it was so funny. I didn’t even realize I said it that many times, man. It was just — it was so hilarious to me.
But what I was saying was that, for me, for you, this is the dog in the house. Dude, come on. Let’s go back to Tuesday nights, guys. It’s not over. Let’s go back. Come on.
SEACREST: So, Randy, were you happy with the outcome?
And give me your take on our winner and runner-up.
JACKSON: Yes. You know, listen, I mean, you know, Simon and I say this all the time, Ryan. You know we say this — America never really gets it wrong. And I think — look, I mean, look, so happy. This has been one of our best seasons yet. I mean it’s an unbelievable season. I think, hands down, for the boys, it’s the best season yet, I’ll say. And I think, you know, listen, it coming down to a duel at the end, Kris and Adam, I mean it couldn’t have been better.
And I mean you guys couldn’t have been in more rare perfect form. I think, you know — you know, Adam, you gave one of the performances of your night on — of your life on Tuesday night and so did Kris. So I mean it’s just — hey, listen, this whole top 10, Ryan, never say this, but this whole top 10 has a shot to be hugely successful.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
JACKSON: This whole top 10, dudes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.
JACKSON: You guys should give yourselves a round of applause, because I know it’s hard facing us and America every week. But you guys stood up to the task every week. And I know a lot of you kind of held some comments under your breath probably.
SEACREST: Actually. We were just talking about all of those before you called in.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
SEACREST: All right. Let me pretend that I don’t host the show for a second and ask you some questions that I’ve — I’ve talked to you about before off the air.
What do you think about the Tweets?
What do you think about the fourth judge?
Did it work?
Didn’t it work?
Was it good, bad, are you indifferent?
JACKSON: No. Listen, I think that the Tweets were really, really good for us. I think the wild card thing was amazing, I mean loving that we could choose Matt, loving we used him. You know, listen, I think all of that was really great. I think, also, having Kara, she’s really worked herself. And it started a little, you know, bumpy, you know, but it’s always going to be that way, you know, when you bring somebody in at this point, after the show has been going for, you know, six or seven seasons like this.
So I think she’s worked out tremendously well. Loved the look at the end, with her and bikini girl. Wow!
SEACREST: Careful. Your wife is close.
JACKSON: I know. But I’m saying, it was a great look.
I mean did you see Simon and I give a standing ovation to bikini girl?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh my gosh.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I saw it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, of course.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don’t think Simon’s recovered yet.
SEACREST: Danny, you watched “American Idol.”
You see the show, right?
Did you — did you watch it a lot before?
GOKEY: No. I just watched it the…
SEACREST: This was the first time you’ve seen it?
GOKEY: …last year. Well, I saw bits and pieces of season one. But I took a job, I worked all evenings and finally got DVR and watched it last year.
SEACREST: OK. So you saw it last year. And you saw it with three judges. Now, the season you come on to compete, there’s four judges.
How do you think that affects the contestants?
GOKEY: I think it worked in our favor, actually. I liked Kara’s opinion on music. I really did. I think all the judges were — were spectacular. And they each bring a different thing to the table. And I think — I hope it stays four judges.
SEACREST: Scott, how important is the judges’ support on “Idol?”
SCOTT MACINTYRE, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: You know, the judges’ support is amazing. I mean, on that note, you really, as Anoop said earlier, you have to stay true to yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the comments week to week and say how can I — how can I please Randy, how can I please Simon, Paula, Kara?
But their support means — means so much. When you…
SEACREST: But when they’re hard on you, can that help you in the voting?
MACINTYRE: Absolutely. And when — and when…
SEACREST: But, in other words, can — can there be a backlash to the voting?
So they’re hard on you, America feels bad, they vote for you?
MACINTYRE: It can help you. It can go any which way. You know, it depends how you respond to it. And a lot of — you know, a lot of people enjoyed, you know, our — my bantering back and forth with the judges. And I enjoyed all of them. You know, I love them for their — for their critiques and as people. And I just had a great time up there. You know, it can be — it can be a double-edged sword. But you definitely, when you get that positive review, it’s — it’s awesome.
JACKSON: And, Ryan, dude, let’s just — you know, you guys, it’s great for you now because the season is over. I mean it’s been, once again, an amazing season. I appreciate all of you guys for coming out and stuff.
But let’s put that in perspective, the judging. Here is what is really key about it — and hopefully you guys take this throughout the rest of your careers and the rest of your life.
What it really is, what we say, what we comment negatively about, if it is all negative — it’s just really a critique. It’s never really negative. But we’re actually trying to help to guide you and teach you and say, hey, you’d be better doing this or that or maybe wouldn’t do that or this doesn’t work for you, no matter what you think in your own world of things, as we look at it, completely objectively, because we have no ego about it, right?
SEACREST: And in the context of selling records, charting and everything else.
JACKSON: Yes. And in the context of we’ve all been doing this, you know…
JACKSON: …20, 25 years professionally, each of us. So…
JACKSON: …at the top of the game. So — Ryan — at the top of the game. So I mean what it is, is that it’s really trying to help you really, so that that next week maybe a little bit of that — you know, you think, well, hmm, maybe I won’t sing that kind of song. Maybe they’re right, maybe I should do this and not do that, you know what I mean?
SEACREST: All right…
JACKSON: So that’s what we’re hoping to do, by the way.
SEACREST: Randy, hang. I have one more question for you before we let you go about next season and the following seasons — the future of “American Idol.”
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