'Idol' Finalists React to the Adam Lambert Controversy

Adam Lambert's shocking AMA performance still has people talking three days later, as some of American Idol's other finalists are weighing in on the controversy.

"I honestly had no problem with Adam's AMA performance," season five contestant Kevin Covais tells UsMagazine.com. "After watching him take risks on Idol, it was about what I expected. Despite being a bit risqué, I don't feel like it pushed the envelope that much further from what we normally see these days, especially on primetime television." As for Good Morning America's decision to cancel Adam's upcoming performance, Kevin said, "I see no reason why he should be punished by ABC."

Season one's Jim Verraros, who is openly gay, commended Adam for his verve. "We need this, and we need him," Verraros said. "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."

But not all the Idol kids are on Adam's side, as season three's Jon Peter Lewis slammed Lambert. "All this nonsense about Adam Lambert's whole project being art is bogus," he said. "That idea is absurd. It's like calling Thomas Kinkade art. What a sham."

As for the media attention that Adam has garnered, season three's Diana DeGarmo says it's what should be expected. "When you take a big risk like that, you can't be surprised when there are repercussions for your actions," she chimed in. "Plus, with all of the buzz around the performance, his sales shouldn't suffer whatsoever."

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