Adam Lambert Finally Admits: I Went Too Far

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Dec. 1 2009, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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Now that the furore around his adult-oriented American Music Awards performance has died down, Adam Lambert has made a decision: He wants to leave the theatrics at home and focus on the music.

Although he was initially proud of his sexually-charged showmanship at the awards show, Adam, 27, now thinks he might have done things differently, reports

"It was maybe a little too far," the American Idol star admitted during a sit-down with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing today.

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"I think in hindsight I look back on it and I go, 'OK, maybe that wasn't the best first impression to make again, the first second impression.' I mean, I had fun up there, I had a good time, my dancers had fun and the band had fun.

"I respect people and feel like people walked away from that feeling disrespected. I would never intend to disrespect anybody. So that was not my intention."

Ellen, 51, an incoming American Idol judge, stood by her guest: "My whole thing is I feel like if you're offended by a show of sexuality on stage, then you should be offended by all shows of sexuality. It should be all forms," she said.

"I think, too, people aren't used to seeing gay man portrayed that way on TV," concurred Glambert.

"The gay male image in the media tends to be very clique and safe...I was putting on a character, putting on a persona being this kind of rock star, kind of dangerous kind of guy.

"After seeing one of my favorites, Lady Gaga, tear it apart on stage...She was incredible. I don't know, something came over me and got caught up in the moment and maybe went a little too far."

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Adam says that his own father suggested an apology might be an order, but the young rebel refused!

"I was like, 'You know, Dad, I don't feel like I did anything wrong.' It just wasn't maybe the right judgment call. It's a taste thing more than an obscenity thing. I think it's just a taste level."

However, he was upset when Good Morning America canceled his scheduled appearance three days after the AMAs.

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"I think ABC was a little bit mad at me," says Adam. "I don't blame them. I got carried away...They gave me a great opportunity to close the AMAs and I would never want to smack that gift horse in the mouth.

"I think they were taking a leap of faith having me do that and it unfortunately it didn't work out as we all thought it would."

Out of the controversy Adam's decided on a new direction, starting with his performance of "Whataya Want From Me" on Ellen.

"Ellen:airing 2m.Singing 'whatya want from me'!," the singer tweeted today. "AMA performance was a one time event. Goin in a new direction now.

"Focus back on the music...Don't worry friends: I'm still gonna be me. Always. W/o appologies. Just gonna experiment differently w how I present myself...I'm learning. :)"


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