The 27-year-old singer from San Diego acknowledges in an interview that he's gay, and says it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Says Lambert: "I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me."
Lambert says he was inspired to audition for the Fox network singing competition after having a "psychedelic experience" at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.
Lambert says he knew "American Idol" was his "only shot to be taken seriously in the recording industry, because it's fast and broad."