Michael Slezak
November 26, 2009 AT 05:02 AM EST

Adam Lambert may be among the most polarizing performers ever to grace the American Idol stage, but even his biggest detractors would have to admit the man gives a great sound bite. In parts 4 and 5 of a freewheeling Réalite interview filmed Wednesday afternoon at Manhattan’s Hudson Terrace, Adam talked about how Idol gave him the Elvis treatment when he performed “Whole Lotta Love” during Rock Week, what the Idol summer tour taught him about getting in touch with his inner sexy beast, and why it’s “confusing” and “hard to navigate” his position as a political firebrand when, really, he just wants to be a singer. Press play below to hear what the season 8 runner-up has to say, and please do come back next Monday when we’ll post additional interviews with Adam that delve deeply into the writing and recording process for his debut album, For Your Entertainment, which hit stores this week. And if you want to get up-to-the-minute alerts about my latest Idol scoop, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak. (UPDATE: CBS responds to Lambert-blurring controversy.)

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