updated 05/29/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/29/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert may want America to keep speculating about his sexuality, but there’s at least one person who has no doubt which way the 27-year-old singer swings: judge Kara DioGuardi.
“I don’t think that Adam was ever in [the closet],” she says in a chat set to air on The View Friday.
Her comment came as part of a response to host Barbara Walters, who had asked if Lambert’s controversial loss to Kris Allen was influenced by questions about whether Lambert is gay. Lambert has a penchant for eyeliner, nail polish, tight pants and flamboyant hair styles, and has been photographed kissing other men.
“I hope not,” DioGuardi answered. “Because we should be judging on talent and viability in the music industry, and they both had that.”
In an earlier interview with PEOPLE.com, Lambert said people who worried about whether he preferred men or women romantically needed to “calm down,” and that the most important thing was that he was being true to himself.
“You should own who you are and what you’re about, and never make apologies for it,” he said.