"I remember coming off of Idol and going into the mainstream music industry/label system, and even if they were themselves excited there was a lot of question marks, there was a lot of fear, 'Is thing going to sell?'" said Lambert, whose colorful, boundary-pushing interpretations and performances made him a fan and judge's favorite from his very first audition.
Lambert said it was a bit of a struggle to stay focused and keep his eye on just being an artist and musician, but in the end he's really thankful for the experience he's had, even with all the unexpected ups and downs.
"I think that the world has changed," he said. "I think we're in a place now, within the music industry, within the entertainment industry and in the world, yes there's discrimination, there's still problems, there's still work to be done, but there has been so much progress made."
Watch Lambert on The Kelly Clarkson Show below.