adam lambert the view 290 'American Idol' Adam Lambert on 'The View': 'My dreidel spins the other way'“American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert appeared on Thursday’s “The View,” where he talked about the American Music Awards and his work with Donors Choose, then gave an excellent performance of “Whataya Want From Me.”

The headline may be a bit of a non-sequitur, but when Joy Behar joked that Adam Lambert is just a good Jewish boy, Adam Lambert responded, “My dreidel spins the other way.” It cracked up us, the audience and the ladies of “The View.” Heh heh.

In addressing the American Music Awards controversy, Lambert said that he’s not a babysitter. It’s not his job to monitor what children watch on TV, even if they were his fans during “American Idol.” He said, “It’s not a TV reality contest anymore, a singing competition. It’s my career.”

He does admit to getting carried away. “It wasn’t meant to be an announcement of, ‘This is the way I’m going to be all the time.'” But he does agree with the “View” ladies that publicity is publicity.

The interviewers do give Lambert a chance to briefly plug his work with Donors Choose, which is an organization that raises money for public schools arts programs. He says he wants to help kids with their expression, whether that be through music, drama, art, photography, whatever. Donors Choose official website can be found here.

Finally, Lambert performed “Whataya Want From Me” from his “For Your Entertainment” album. First off, it’s nice to see him perform something other than the eponymous song (though he did do “Want from Me” on “The Early Show” too). Secondly, it was a really good performance. It’s a subdued song that shows off the fact that Lambert really can sing. That gets lost sometimes when he’s doing his vocal acrobatics all the time.

What do you guys think? Good interview? Good performance?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."