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It was an awkward moment on American Idol this week: two best friends. One goes home. One continues to pursue his dream.

Unfortunately for Chris Richardson, he was forced to pack his bags and exit the FOX reality show stage. But don’t feel too bad for him. As the Justin Timberlake look-alike explains, life could be worse …

How did you and Blake Lewis become close?
It started during Hollywood week. We had a lot in common: music taste and style, loyalty of friendship and common interests.

How did you feel about the producers pitching you against Blake since they know you two are such good friends?
They have to make a good show. They are smart producers. They know what will get people interested and get people watching.

What were you saying to each other up there?
I was just telling him to go ahead and sit down because I knew I was going home.

What was going on in your head?
Me and Phil came to peace with it and we figured out we were going home… I knew. I think you should go out there hoping for the best. I think everyone knows Blake is my best friend, I was glad he was staying in my place [along with other finalists such as Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks].

You are definitely charming. Are you single?
I just got out of a three-year relationship. That’s about it. All the other things [i.e. Lauren Conrad shagging] are just rumors. Other than that I am pretty much right now single but still respecting the fact that I just got out of a relationship.

Are we ever going to see the Blake and Chris variety show?
You will all just have to see!