Singer Adam Lambert has been voted best role model for young people.

The 29-year-old American Idol season 8 runner-up topped a survey of readers by UK website Flecking Records.

“So what makes Adam a great role model?” the website asked in announcing its winner. “Could it be the fact that he's pretty much the poster boy for being yourself? His charity work? His successful career?”

Lambert briefly hesitated coming out – neither acknowledging nor denying his sexual orientation while competing on American Idol, despite massive media speculation – but after his public coming out on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2009, he's never looked back.

“I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me,” the Whataya Want From Me singer said in his first interview on the subject.

“Right after the [American Idol] finale, I almost started talking about it to reporters, but I thought, 'I'm going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler,'” he added.

After a world tour for his debut album For Your Entertainment, Lambert said he had learned that music brings people together.

“I think there's something the same about all the different countries and people as opposed to something different. And I think the more we focus on how we are alike, I think the better off we are, in general.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Eighteen-year-old singer-actress Demi Lovato came in second in the online survey. She was followed by Tom Fletcher, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Robert Pattinson, Andy Biersack and M. Shadows.