Onetime "Idol" Contestant Now Homeless

Alex Lambert tweets about life on the street

By Greg Wilson
|  Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Alex Lambert, an American Idol contestant, performs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on August 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)

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He showed off his talents on "American Idol," but now Alex Lambert is sleeping on the street.

Lambert, 20, made the show's top 16 during season nine. When he was finally ousted, it was widely seen as a surprise, given the Texan's impressive performances of "Wonderful World" and Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble." More than 19,000 people, including actress Demi Moore, signed a petition demanding his reinstatement..

Lambert, who went on to star in "If I Can Dream," an Internet reality series about struggling actors, models and musicians, recently tweeted that he is on the streets and at wit's end.

"Ever since "IICD" ended I've been kinda homeless!" Lambert tweeted. "Sleepin on the street and behind buildings. I have a choice to stay and pursue my career or go back to Texas and not do music! I'm usually a strong person but I can't take it anymore."

Still, Lambert, who is not related to past Idol winner Adam Lambert, he hasn't given up on a music career.

"I'm a poor boy yall! Never had nothin in my life," Lambert blogged. "Please be grateful for everything you have. Because there's people out there with nothing! There's no way I'll ever stop making music as long as I live."

Selected Reading: Us Weekly, Twitter, American Idol.

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