Following the news that they were season 10 finalists, all remaining American Idol contestants met with the press last night at the show's after-party.
Among the quotes and tidbits various singers shared on the red carpet, James Durbin was asked about similarities to Adam Lambert. He didn't respond so kindly to the constant comparisons:
"I'm kind of tired of answering that question. We're completely different people stylistically, tone-wise. The only similarity that we have is the high note... He put his foot in the door; I want to try and put my foot straight through the door. He did some rock, I liked it. I want to do some metal like Iron Maiden, ACDC, Ozzy, Sabbath."
Here's a look at what other finalists had to say, which includes a warning from Karen Rodriguez: Look out, Jennifer Lopez!Rodriguez told reporters: "Marc Anthony stops by sometimes and he gives me hugs and thumbs up... He's another one of my idols. If there is someone who I would love to sing with and do a duet with, it would be him."
Lauren Alaina likes a judge: "If anyone tries hard enough, they can have a connection with Steven Tyler. He's really down-to-earth and he's a great guy.
Scotty McCreery can sing more than country: "My first couple preliminary auditions before I went in front of the judges, I sang Frank Sinatra and John Mayer, so I do different stuff."
Haley Reinhart respects the concept of song choice: "It would be cool to find out how to pick a great song because there are so many components: You're thinking about the audience, how you're going to connect with them and with the judges and with yourself. It's such a big deal and you have a little time to do it."