02/27/2014 AT 11:55 AM ET
As a competitor, it is always good to have winners in your corner.
“We are tight. That was Alex’s guitar that I was using [on stage],” Preston told reporters Wednesday night. “We hung out a bunch of times this week. They are really similar to my style so we really connected.”
“They actually messaged me and were like, ‘We love you! Can we go out to lunch?’ And I was like, ‘Hell yeah,’ ” Preston, 20, said. “So we went out to lunch on Sunday and just really connected.”
Now living in Los Angeles and collaborating with artists like Jason Mraz (whom Preston covered on Wednesday night) on their debut album, Kinsey and Deaton were perfect role models to dole out advice to the aspiring American Idol.
“They just told me to take it day by day don’t get too ahead of myself,” Preston told PEOPLE. “Just worry about what is happening in that moment.”
After a pause, he added, “They are awesome people.”