Adam Lambert gave one of the night’s best performances when he owned George Michael’s 1988 hit, Faith on ABC’s Greatest Hits Finale. It was a homecoming because he was accompanied by American Idol’s band leader Ricky Minor, and the back-up singers were made up of Idol vocal coach Dorian Holley and some of the Idol back-up singers. Plus he was on the same stage where the Season 8 Idol finale was held.
The reviews are raving about him! My favorite part of his performance? The walk out to the stage and the glance to the camera. I haven’t seen a walk like that since he sang Feeling Good! And his white loafers were as cool as could be!
Adam and a few others were the best part of the night. From Lila’s and my viewpoint, the other standouts were Colin Hay from Men At Work and Smashmouth, even though Hunter Hayes’ voice didn’t really blend with the group’s! The worst part? That some of the performances had been filmed previously, so while the pre-recorded videos played on the screens, Lila and I (and the rest of the audience) were watching the stage crew set up for one of the upcoming live performances. In addition to Adam’s live performance, were New Edition, Sheryl Crow (with co-host Kelsea Ballerini), FloRida, Kathy Griffin (comedy routine), Richard Marx, Colin Hay (from Men At Work), Smashmouth (with Hunter Hayes) and Nelly. I guess with that many artists, it’s not hard to believe there may have been scheduling conflicts. Plus, I don’t know if they could have reset the stage that quickly if every artist had been there. On video were Ariana Grande (this was filmed a few hours before the live show and the seat filler organization was begging for attendees to come early to fill the mosh pit & orchestra seats), En Vogue, Celine Dion (co-hosts Arsenio Hall and Kelsea Ballerini did introduce her as “from Montreal” so this was not a surprise) and John Legend.
What did you think of the show? A few more Adam/George Michael songs would have been great! But we can’t be selfish, can we?!