(ET)—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."