''American Idol'': Advice for Adam Lambert -- Colleagues offer words of wisdom

By EW Staff
May 08, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

”He seems like a pretty fun dude, so I was thinking he could do a Scissor Sisters kind of thing.”
— Michael Johns, former Idol contestant

”He has gone far enough on the show and has won enough hearts to get a record deal. We’d work with him if we were doing a rock opera or a musical.”
—Bruce Cohen, producer (Milk)

”I think Adam Lambert has the potential to make great pop/rock records in the likes of Pink, but with his own voice and identity.”
—Eric Podwall, talent and music manager

”For me, as a gay person, I’m not watching him perform saying, ‘Oh, God, he has to come out.’ I love him as an artist and I enjoy being entertained by him. I think that’s how most people think.”
—Jim Verraros, former Idol contestant

Reporting by Carrie Bell, Tim Stack, and Adam B. Vary