Lukas: Hey, Whitney. What's going on, man?
Not too much. How has your first day as an official rock star been so far?
It's pretty rad, man.
How much sleep did you get last night?
Not much. I had to wake up and do a lot of press, you know.
Oh, before we go any further, I should let you know that this could be used in a podcast.
What's a podcast?
It's something that people can download and listen to on their iPods ...
Oh, I'm poor, man. I don't have an iPod.
You will now, I'm sure. So what did everyone do after the show last night?
We all went to the Geisha House, and just celebrated and got to relax off camera -- finally.
"Everybody," meaning all of the contestants?
Yeah, all of the contestants, their friends, their family ...
What family members did you have there?
I had my aunt there, my brother, two of my cousins. It was jammed.
Now, I'm sure everybody's told you this, but there were rumors on the Internet for days, even weeks, before the finale that the gig was pretty much yours. Going in before the show, did you have a feeling that it was going to be your night?
I had to think positive the whole time, you know? I think everybody shoud've been thinking they were the person, you know, or else someone's gonna be right there to take your place.
And how much time did you get to hang out with the band outside of the show?
On a few occasions. J (Jason Newsted) would come over and jam with us acoustically. We did that songwriting thing with Gilby (Clarke). Tommy (Lee) would come over and party. It was awesome. They're good guys, you know.
While there are people who are pumped about the band, there are others who are bummed because they voted for Toby or Dilana or Magni. What would you say to them now?
Well, I think everybody -- Toby, Magni, Dilana -- they're all amazing. It was just what the band wanted, and you have to respect them for that.
And have you guys discussed the new name at all?
That's all up in the air right now. That's legal stuff. I can't concern myself with that.
So you don't have any ideas for what the new name should be?
I really don't know yet.
Were there any covers you wanted to sing but didn't get to perform during the show?
No, I'm not a big fan of covers, man. (Laughs) I'm kind of glad all that's over.
Is there a performance you wish you could take back?
I try not to have any regrets. Even with Celebrity Skin, it was just ... I chipped a little bit, you know? Whatever. It was only human. It's part of the fun. When you fall, the fun is getting back up.
And what brand of lip gloss were you wearing last night?
(Laughs) I don't know, man. Some cheap stuff. I think it was like $1 or something.
What are some things viewers might be surprised to know about you? In one episode, you mentioned you used to work at Hooters, which was a little unsettling -- though maybe not as unsettling as actually working at Hooters.
Well, I'm not always as tame as what they show on the show. I can get a little crazy. But we're never gonna survive unless we do ...
What are your plans tonight?
Tonight I'm actually going on Ellen. I can't believe that -- it's so cool, man. I used to watch her show at home, and now I'm gonna be on it. That's so weird.
What's the first concert you ever attended?
311 and Sugar Ray? I think was it. Years ago in Toronto ... I wasn't really a big concertgoer. I always wanted to be playing the concert, you know.
What was the best show you've ever seen?
Oh, it had to be Tool.
Really? What tour was that?
I don't know, I just remember the singer was half blue and half white. It was awesome.
Once you go on tour, what DVD do you think you'll want on the tour bus?
Oh, Jackass is always entertaining, man. He's always crazy.
And what CDs will you want on the bus -- excluding all discs by Metallica, Motley Crue and Guns N Roses?
I always love Depeche Mode, old school (Smashing) Pumpkins. And you've gotta have the classic Billy Idol.
And once you get offstage, what do you think your beverage of choice will be? You're no longer sponsored by Dos Equis, you know, so say whatever you want ...
I'm a big fan of light beer -- I know that sounds wuss, but ... I just don't like the heavy beer, man.
So when do you get to stop doing press and work with these guys?
I'm in the studio tomorrow. Me and Gilby are gonna work on some groove issues with (Headspin, his original song) -- just go in there, chill and just have fun, you know?