By Adam B. Vary
Updated May 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM EDT

Adam Lambert looked the picture of contented calm after coming in second to presumed underdog Kris Allen during last night’s two-hour American Idol finale, although that could’ve just been due to the scant five hours of sleep he’d had the night before. The guy’s been, in a word, busy. (One example: Before he talked to EW one-on-one in the post-show “Winner’s Walk,” he was waylaid by judge Paula Abdul, who couldn’t wait another second to give Lambert some pricey looking jewelry, as well as a big hug and several cheek kisses, as her parting gift.) Lambert was so busy, in fact, he was only able to speak with EW briefly before he was moved along to the next step in his long post-Idol PR parade, so be sure to check back at next week for Lambert’s interview with a fuchsia-haired Michael Slezak on what is sure to be one of the best Idolatrys of the season.

Lambert did have time, however, to gush about getting to rock out with Queen and KISS, sing the praises of his competition, and address in his own way The Question that’s been on many people’s minds all season.

I want to just get this question out of the way first, something that’s been dangling a bit over you for the whole season: Would you like to put to rest all the speculation about your sexuality?
It’s not dangling over my head. [Laughing] It may be dangling over yours, but it’s not over mine. Yeah, I think speculation keeps things really interesting.

So you don’t want to say anything one way or the other?
Like I said, I think speculation keeps things very, very interesting. [Laughs]

All right. What was it like singing with Queen and KISS tonight?

Oh my god, what an honor. Queen is like one of my all time favorite rock bands, and then to be up on stage with KISS with the pyro and the costumes — I mean, it was a dream come true. It was awesome.

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You were called a front-runner from the very beginning. Did you feel that pressure?
I didn’t feel it as pressure. I felt it as support. I felt like they were very encouraging early on, and that really helped me feel like I could take the risks that I took, you know? Had it not been for that support, I probably wouldn’t have done as well in the competition.

Your friendship with Kris has been pretty amazing to watch. On paper, you don’t necessarily have a lot in common. What brought you guys together?
Yeah. We were roommates, so we were kind of thrown in together, and he’s just like a really open-minded, good person. He’s got a great view of the world. We share a lot of philosophies on the world, even though we have different backgrounds. You know, I’ve learned a lot about his relationship with his wife. She’s great. We’ve hung out. He’s just a good guy, you know?

So you’re happy he won?
I’m so happy for him. He deserves it. He’s so talented, and he’s a good person.

UPDATE: Below is video from Adam Lambert’s post-finale press conference