He had one of the best voices on this seasonís American Idol, but Alex Lambertís shyness led to his early departure. His fans were shocked ó and so began a campaign including a petition with 20,000 signatures strong in support of his return.
This Thursday the Texas shy guy will get another shot at stardom when he moves in to the If I Can Dream house. Created by Idolís Simon Fuller, If I Can Dream is a Web reality show documenting the story of six rising stars living together in the Hollywood Hills. The other residents include Miley Cyrusís ex Justin Gaston, aspiring model Giglianne Braga, and actors Kara Killmer, Amanda Phillips, and Ben Elliott.
You can watch Lambert, 19, on If I Can Dreamís live streaming 24-7 along with five other up-and-comers as they tackle Hollywood. Weekly episodes will air on hulu.com every Monday at midnight.
Peopleís Jessica Herndon caught up with Lambert to chat about Elvis, Lambertís girlfriend, and (gasp!) cutting that mullet.
Are you really as shy as you came off on the show?
I donít think Iím too shy. At home Iím not really shy, itís just that this whole experience is so new to me. Once I get more confident I donít think Iíll be shy at all.
What tips did you get from the judges about improving your confidence on stage?
Kara was telling me to just go out and get more experience. Go play some bar shows.
Are there any performers that you watch where you say, ĎOkay I really dig their stage presence?í
Elvis! I wish I had the stage presence Elvis had. He worked the crowd like a beast. But Elvis was true. He did all the leg shaking and sliding.
Can you dance?
No, I canít dance. But I can swing dance. I was in swing dancing for like three years with my mom.
How will you decorate your room in the house?
Iím gonna [put] Bob Marley, Elvis and Beatles posters up and a picture of my grandfather. People up who inspire me.
Are you single?
No. I have a girlfriend. Her name is Raylee. She really understands me and believes in me. Iím kind broke so we never go out anywhere fancy, but usually I just jam out and she tells me what she likes and I usually write her a song every week and play it for her.
Do you keep in touch with Siohban?
We text every once in a while. She was one of my best friends on the show. Everyone else was spastic and crazy and always wanted to do something, and me and Siohban would sit and eat for like three hours.
So, you cut your hair?
I still have a mullet a little bit. Itís just hair. Itíll grow back.