By Michael Slezak
May 28, 2009 at 09:52 AM EDT

He gave you “Mad World,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Tracks of My Tears,” and so much more during American Idol‘s eighth season. And if that wasn’t enough for you, now Adam Lambert has added to his list of accomplishments with a candid, freewheeling, and totally awesome five-part Idolatry interview. Press play below and hear what Adam has to say about why he gravitated toward songs with social relevance, what a drag queen and designer Bob Mackie had to do with his season-finale performance with Kiss, and how he vehemently disagrees with detractors who said his “Ring of Fire” cover was disrespectful to country music. Oh, there’s also talk about Adam’s strategic plan for global domination in a post-Idol world, his brilliant “Slow Ride” duet with Allison, and that Bill O’Reilly segment on those so-called “embarrassing” photos. Enjoy, and when you’re finished watching, do share your thoughts in the comments section below!