Video: 'American Idol' Top 10 Ready To Hit The Road

As the American Idols Live tour gets ready to kick off its 50-city trek July 5 in Portland, Ore., Billboard sat down with this year's Top 10 contestants to talk about their struggles and triumphs during "Idol," how excited they are to finally hit the road, and their plans for life after the tour. Watch our interviews with five of them below -- including winner Kris Allen -- and check back soon for the other five, featuring runners-up Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta.

Kris Allen was surprisingly calm when he was crowned the Season 8 American Idol in May, but he says nerves almost got the best of him at his audition. "I actually had to go to the bathroom really bad," Allen confesses. I was so scared -- I was like, 'I'm going to pee on myself on national TV.'"
One of the most popular Season 8 contestants, Anoop Desai (a.k.a. "Anoop Dogg") plans to keep performing for after the Idol tour wraps. Says Desai, "Hopefully, we'll be playing arenas for a long time, each of us individually."
"The night I got saved was incredible," recalls dueling piano player Matt Giraud, the first contestant to ever get a second chance on "Idol" after being voted off. "I feel [like I'm] a part of "Idol" history, and I'm looking forward to seeing my name on a Trivial Pursuit Card," he jokes.
Ninth place finisher and single mom Megan Joy says that "Walking After Midnight," was her favorite performance because it surprised everyone. "I was really, really sick that day," she says. "And an hour before dress rehearsal, I didn't hit a single note... but somehow, I got up there and it was the best one I did."
A former oil-rig worker from Texas, Michael Sarver says that making it to the Top 10 of "American Idol" has inspired him to switch career tracks. "I'm going to stick to singing and make the change completely," says Sarver.