''I'll tell you what I was hoping. I was watching it, and I think he's got a fantastic voice. I was hoping he would stand there and sing some fantastic song and blow the roof off the place. I think, running around and doing all that -- I think he missed a great opportunity.... He can do whatever he wants to do. I was hoping they'd give him some great lighting, and let him sing something just fantastic.... He's got a great instrument.... I don't really give a shit. I don't care [about the gay controversy]. I was just hoping he would sing a great song, and that's all.''
Singer Barry Manilow, 68, reflecting on new gay pop 'Idol' Adam Lambert and his over-the-top performance on the AMAs. Manilow has kept a low profile on his own personal relationships while maintaining a long career of singing and songwriting. (Joy Behar Show)