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American Idol Behind the Scenes: Neil Patrick Harris & Adam Lambert's Obsession

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Want to know Adam Lambert's little secret? You speak. He listens.

Let us explain. You see, Adam, the funky-haired rocker from San Diego, has a penchant for googling himself. He told us so at the Top 13 party a few weeks back. Well, a source behind the scenes at Idol tonight told us that the reason Adam went for the slicked-back hairdo for two weeks in a row is because, "he read online how much his fans liked it, and he listens to their opinions."

"The look works for him and the judges like it, too," says the source. "I doubt he'll keep it up, though."

Fair enough. We think it's working for him, too. Hair aside, Adam's performance of Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" was the crowd favorite of the night and garnered the loudest applause.

And cheering in the crowd was Neil Patrick Harris. Keep reading to find out what Neil told us exclusively about Adam and about the finale of How I Met Your Mother

Here's what you didn't see on camera from tonight's iTunes Top 100 performance show:

Neil Patrick Harris on Adam Lambert: "Adam did tear it up vocally tonight. No male in this competition has sung so well. He really hit those notes." Now about that finale of HIMYM: "There will be lots of fireworks."

Ryan Seacrest's Postshow Tweet: Ryan posted this scoop on Twitter: "Anoop did not seem happy...the stairs and doors broke during rehearsal and set everyone back 30 mins...Gaga and Cook tomorrow. Gnite"

Hey, Joel McHale, Did You Catch This? In delivering her judgment of Adam, Kara accidentally said Studio 57 instead of Studio 54. What you didn't see was how horrified she was at her blunder. During the commercial break, the obviously embarrassed judge turned around in her chair, looked at the audience, and sighed a loud and visible "Ugh" in disbelief of her mistake. She sat there stunned with her eyes wide open in shock over what we like to call "Pulling a Paula."

Kara & Simon's Turn: The judges may snap at each other when the cameras are rolling, but it couldn't be more of a lovefest during the commercial breaks. Simon and Paula kept up their BFF act that we've been telling you about. But tonight, Kara plopped herself on Simon's lap on a break for once. Interesting side note: Even though Paula and Kara sit right next to each other, they hardly talk during commercial breaks or during the show. It's always Simon and Paula clucking away on one side of the judges' table, and Kara and Randy chatting it up on the other side. (They all usually bolt backstage on breaks, though.)

Signs of the Times: This time 'round, there were more signs for Lil Rounds than for the other contestants. Maybe it's because her name is so easy to rhyme. Signs read, "Lil Rounds Runs This Town," "Hot Sounds by Lil Rounds," and "L.I.L.: Looking Impressive Lil." OK, the last one didn't rhyme, but you get our point. Speaking of Lil, she was still wiping tears from her face as she walked off the stage after performing Celine Dion's "I Surrender" right before sneaking into the audience to hug her children.

Cute Moment Alert: When one of Lil's daughter's wasn't on camera bear-hugging Randy Jackson, she was chatting on the microphone with the warm-up guy Corey, who asked her preshow how she thinks mommy will do tonight. The shy girl responded in her tiny voice, "Oh, fine." That's the spirit!

Is Simon Cowell Bored? We caught Mr. Nasty not once, not twice, but three times looking behind his seat at the audience instead of watching the performances. And he didn't even clap for Allison Iraheta, who we think did a darn fine job on No Doubt's "Don't Speak."

Anoop's Troops: Gotta give it to Team Anoop. He surely knows how to get his family and friends to promote. His peeps handed out stickers to audience members outside of the studio before the show that read "Anoop Troop." Matthew, a 7-year-old fan, said, "They just gave me this sticker, but I like Matt [Giraud]."

VIP Action: David SpadeLisa Rinna and her husband, Harry Hamlin, and their kids, a pregnant Carnie WilsonJillian Barberie Reynolds, and Joe Simpson cheered on their favorite contestants. The most enthusiastic celeb? Neil Patrick Harris, who threw his fist in the air and yelled "Yeah!" when the warm-up guy Corey asked the audience preshow, "Are you ready to party!"

Do you like Adam Lambert's hair rocked out or slicked back? What did you notice about tonight's show that we didn't?



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