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Adam Lambert Inspired To Audition For Idol On Acid Trip

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Kissing a dude isn’t the only controversial thing Adam Lambert did while he was at Burning Man. In a recent interview, Lambert admitted that he got the inspiration to audition for American Idol while on an acid trip.

The UK site Metro talked to Lambert about several different, completely disparate issues, but  buried at the very end and out of nowhere is the question”If people are lacking purpose in life would you advise them to take LSD?”, to which Lambert responds “Sure, it’s one method of finding yourself. My trip led me to some epiphanies about who I was as a performer, what I wanted to do and how I needed to create my own opportunities. When I got home, I started writing music with other people and went to the Idol audition. The vision was about finding opportunities. I wasn’t sitting in the desert in rave-wear thinking about Simon Cowell when I was on acid.”

The comment no doubt will get Lambert in hot water with his detractors and the anti-drug crusade but it’s not like he’s saying it to sound cool. If he wanted to sound cool, he wouldn’t have admitted to wearing rave-wear. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Celebs and Ex-Girlfriends Mingle At Idol

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There were plenty of celebrities on hand last night to see which contestants would make it to the American Idol Top 12. A whole mess of actors from the Fox network and beyond were hanging backstage to get a glimpse of the wannabe pop stars. (We’ve been constantly thinking that Idol group songs are just like Glee, so it makes sense that some of the cast was there in support or the contestants.)  We were also surprised to see Terri Seymour, Simon Cowell‘s ex-girlfriend of six years, show up, especially as Simon has been fighting off engagement rumors. Looks like Terri and Simon are still good friends though, and Terri is even pals with Simon’s fianceé, Mezhgan Hussainy. It’s like they have a real Jerry and Elaine thing going on, those two.

To see who was hanging out with who last night, check out our Idol backstage gallery below. [Photos: Getty Images]

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Simon Cowell Acknowledges His Poor Treatment Of Aspiring Singers

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Simon Cowell is the reason people watch American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent, his biting criticisms are part of the fun. Cowell realizes though, that sometimes his honesty borders on mean and has started to regret some of his harsher words. In an interview airing with the show Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on Britain’s ITV1 next week, he  explains “There’s many, many times where I’ve watched the show back and I’m absolutely appalled. You do the show, you’re not aware of what’s happening in the room outside. You know, somebody just said ‘My dog Lassie died yesterday’, I’m in a bad mood and, you know, awful, and you see it in that context, it’s very, very difficult to watch.” Maybe it’s true, what people are saying about how his current girlfriend/fianceé/life partner Mezhgan Hussainy turning him into a big softy after all.

And let’s hope he remembers to tone it down next time our beloved Todrick Hall takes the stage on  this season of Idol. Our love for him is irrational, sure, but that kid can’t  seem to catch a break from Cowell and Co. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Simon Cowell Engaged For Real This Time (Maybe)

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After all the back and forth, RadarOnline is officially reporting that Simon Cowell and girlfriend Mezghan Hussainy are actually, truly, 100% engaged. Hussainy reportedly confirmed the engagement herself to the site. The pair have dated for under a year, but Simon’s rep, Max Clifford said “He’s probably the happiest I have ever known him in the nine years I’ve been working with him.”

Ryan Seacrest even joked with Simon about engagement rumors in the papers on American Idol the other night, but a real confirmation has eluded us until now. Maybe Simon is just ready to take the plunge for the sake of his family tree, he recently copped to wanting kids, saying “I think I need to have little Simons around.” Let’s hope his “little Simons” can take criticism well, Daddy doesn’t like a cryer. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Former Idol Contestant Throws Us For A Loop

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At first glance, we had no idea who this beautiful, seemingly sane woman attending the Changing Hands film premiere in L.A. was, and then we were stunned when we figured it out. She’s none other than Tatiana Del Toro, the resident crazy-pants from last season of American Idol who was obsessed with Paula Abdul, obsessed with sharing her voice with the world, and obsessed with steamrolling anyone that got in her way. It’s definitely a step up from some of the skintight nightmares she wore last year on the show. If only she had gone demure back then, maybe she would have had a fighting chance. Wait, hold on, we’re remembering her laugh…yeah, we’re glad she got kicked off. [Photos: Getty Images]

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Kara DioGuardi Makes Us Hate Her More And More Every Day

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It’s no secret that the one person in Hollywood that seems to catch our ire is Kara DioGuardi. On American Idol, she’s full of half-hearted “Sweetie”s and “Aw, honey, no”s and there’s something self-serving about her presence that rubs us the wrong way. Which is why we barfed a little when we saw her bikini photo spread in Maxim this week and realized she was genuinely serious about trying to one-up Bikini Girl last season and this is how she managed to do it.

In addition to her photo spread, her interview includes lines like “They were looking for a fourth judge, and they wanted to add someone who was in the industry. Plus, I’m known to be ballsy and outspoken,” and “I wouldn’t say I have the maternal instinct that [Paula] had, though. I’m a little bit more New York, a little more hard-edge.” Oooh, so tough, DioGuardi! (Harsh? Maybe. It’s just that she is just so annoying.) She may be built Ford tough (sponsor plug!), but that doesn’t change the fact that she wrote “No Boundaries”, the worst song in the history of crappy pop. [Photo: Maxim]

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“Idol” Execs Want To Replace Simon With Howard

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“American Idol” producers are determined that the show must go on after Simon Cowell jumps ship, and so they’re on the hunt for someone with a acid tongue to replace him. Their number one pic is apparently Howard Stern, who is known for telling it like it is with the help of expletives and a serious dose of attitude. Howard is also a big “Idol” fan, and he always dissects the show and its contestants on his radio show. Says a source, “It’s one of the few shows that could compete with Stern’s $100 million-a-year Sirius contract, and ‘Idol’ bosses think he’d be even nastier than Simon.”

Howard is staying surprisingly silent on the behind-the-scenes negotiations, saying, “I was approached by a major TV network to take over a TV show and leave here and do that next year — and I did turn it down . . . I’m not even sure if I want to be working. I’m waiting to see what happens.”

Hm…that could mean anything – maybe he was tapped by Barbra Walters to co-host “The View?” [Photo: GettyImages]

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Idol Contestant’s Dad Ruins His Chances

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We’re betting that American Idol contestant Michael Lynche isn’t too happy with his father right now. You may not recognize Lynche’s name yet because the Idol hopeful only just made it to Hollywood during this past week’s Orlando auditions (and was possibly overshadowed by Kara DioGuardi‘s obnoxiousness and the guy who was dragged off in handcuffs).  Unfortunately, Lynche’s golden ticket isn’t going to take him all the way to the finals this year. The singer was cut from the show after his father violated a confidentiality clause when he told a local newspaper that his son made it to the Top 24.

In his audition video, Lynche, a.k.a. Big Mike, shows off his personality and his big guns – seriously, his arms are the size of our torso – and says he got his start singing in church. We hope he also learned how to forgive in church, because we bet he’s pretty upset with his father at the moment. [Photo: AmericanIdol.com]

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American Idol: Orlando! You Like It?

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Glorious, landlocked Orlando, Florida was sweet relief after the terrible, horrible, no good very bad day we spent in Chicago for American Idol auditions this week. Plenty of great contestants to choose from, a pair of sisters who dressed in neon mini-dresses that came courtesy of the 5-7-9 at the Cherry Hill Mall, a guy in handcuffs, and Kara DioGuardi’s horribleness amplified to the nth power, where “n” equals Kristin Chenoweth. Algebra aside, this was an episode we loved and hated all at once.
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