Adam Lambert One by U2 Judges Pick by Simon HQ Video, Pictures and MP3

Adam Lambert sings One by U2 as the Judges pick by Simon. High Quality Video, Pictures and Studio MP3 below.

Love the look; sans eye liner; but still the same very handsome Adam. Great song choice; and how cool is it that Bono cleared the song for him! I guess if Led Zeppelin can clear a song for Adam, so can Bono. After this performance, is there any question as to who the next American Idol should be? The other two didn’t come close in vocals, interpretation, or performance. Fantastic! Love the parents beaming in the audience, as usual, giving us the warm fuzzies just watching how proud they are. This was one of my favorite Adam performances, and that’s saying a lot, since I love them all!

by LindaK (andmeljar@aol.com)

 

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“Rethinking Adam’s One”

by Ann Power’s (LA TIMES)

We must admit, even those of us who are moonily devoted to him, and see hope and change (or comfort and nostalgia) in his button-pushing, classic-rock-star, chrome and leather ways, that Adam Lambert is a little overhyped. He hasn’t won “American Idol” yet — he may not, still — and yet, in terms of buzz and media madness, he’s walked away with the championship belt. National magazine covers and nearly 1,000 fan-crafted homages for sale on EBay do not usually go to runners-up.

As a nation, we have been shocked by Lambert’s outsized singing skills and made productively nervous by his persona. He’s inspiring serious conversations as well as giddy sighs, and that’s what makes him a pop star that matters. At this point, though, it’s getting a little tough to be moved any further by his performances. The conversion experience has happened, or will never come.
That’s why, I think, Lambert’s performance of U2’s “One” this week made less of an impression than it should have. Something about it haunted me after it slipped by, pushed to the side by Kris Allen’s exciting (if Fray-inspired) version of “Heartless” by Kanye West. It deserves a little more attention.

Lambert said in a USA Today interview that he’s not much of a U2 fan; the grit and sleaze of Aerosmith, whose “Crying” he selected for himself, is more his style. But he appreciates the message carried within Simon Cowell’s pick for him. He used his brief post-performance chat with Ryan Seacrest to ask “Idol” viewers to consider it: “I think [Simon and I] agreed that the lyrics of this song, if you guys rewind it back at home, the lyrics are really beautiful,” he said.
Since every song performed on “Idol” is seriously truncated, it’s worthwhile to review what lyrics Lambert and his mentor-for-the-night, Cowell, considered essential — and what Lambert’s interpretation did to Bono’s inspirational words.
Lambert’s version reenacted U2’s reworking of the song with Mary J. Blige in 2005. His rendering of the first verse was somber and a little weary, like Bono’s own; then he cut to the bridge, and the famous lines, “Love is a temple/love’s a higher law,” and let go, into diva territory.
In this instance, the “screeching” that has become Lambert’s trademark (and, to some, his bane) had a specific meaning. Taking on both Bono’s part and Blige’s, mimicking their phrasing and then carefully elaborating on it, he made the connection between the vocal stylings with which he’s wowed the nation and those of the black women who have inspired hard rockers from Mick Jagger to Steven Tyler to U2’s own soul-obsessed frontman.

Lambert also stressed the song’s most powerful lyrics about learning to live with difference. Though its message is universal, “One” has often been linked to the movement for gay and lesbian rights; U2 encouraged this connection, dressing in drag in one of the three videos made to promote the song, using images created by the artist and queer activist David Wojnarowicz in another, and donating proceeds from the single to fund AIDS research.
1992, the year “One” became a hit, was a time of mainstream visibility for the gay rights movement: Tony Kushner’s AIDS drama “Angels in America” won a Pulitzer Prize, Tom Hanks was filming his Oscar-winning role as a man with the condition in “Philadelphia,” and activism was building toward a massive march on Washington the following year. Since that time, the fight for sexual equality has had its ups and downs, and the song’s meaning has kept expanding.

By 2005, Bono was fully immersed in his role as a roving ambassador fighting against global poverty and disease. The ONE campaign, in which he is deeply involved, had been launched, and the song after which it was named became associated with renewing interest in the idea of compassion as a political motivator beyond national boundaries. Blige’s version of the song, obviously rooted in the singing of the black church, must be seen in this context. The phrase, “we’re one, but we’re not the same,” secured its place within the broader lexicon of international civil rights, alongside, “We Shall Overcome” and “Amandla!”
Lambert’s rendition of “One” may have seemed histrionic to some; various online pundits have complained that he should have kept it cool, as he did with this much-admired reworkings of “Mad World” and “Tracks of My Tears.” But by paying homage to Mary J. Blige, and by choosing to make explicit the line that connects her voice to Bono’s to his, Lambert continued his campaign not just to win “Idol” but to become a pop star who doesn’t just play to his audience, but helps people realize that we’re not the same, but one.

We must admit, even those of us who are moonily devoted to him, and see hope and change (or comfort and nostalgia) in his button-pushing, classic-rock-star, chrome and leather ways, that Adam Lambert is a little overhyped. He hasn’t won “American Idol” yet — he may not, still — and yet, in terms of buzz and media madness, he’s walked away with the championship belt. National magazine covers and nearly 1,000 fan-crafted homages for sale on EBay do not usually go to runners-up.

As a nation, we have been shocked by Lambert’s outsized singing skills and made productively nervous by his persona. He’s inspiring serious conversations as well as giddy sighs, and that’s what makes him a pop star that matters. At this point, though, it’s getting a little tough to be moved any further by his performances. The conversion experience has happened, or will never come.
That’s why, I think, Lambert’s performance of U2’s “One” this week made less of an impression than it should have. Something about it haunted me after it slipped by, pushed to the side by Kris Allen’s exciting (if Fray-inspired) version of “Heartless” by Kanye West. It deserves a little more attention.

Lambert said in a USA Today interview that he’s not much of a U2 fan; the grit and sleaze of Aerosmith, whose “Crying” he selected for himself, is more his style. But he appreciates the message carried within Simon Cowell’s pick for him. He used his brief post-performance chat with Ryan Seacrest to ask “Idol” viewers to consider it: “I think [Simon and I] agreed that the lyrics of this song, if you guys rewind it back at home, the lyrics are really beautiful,” he said.
Since every song performed on “Idol” is seriously truncated, it’s worthwhile to review what lyrics Lambert and his mentor-for-the-night, Cowell, considered essential — and what Lambert’s interpretation did to Bono’s inspirational words.

Lambert’s version reenacted U2’s reworking of the song with Mary J. Blige in 2005. His rendering of the first verse was somber and a little weary, like Bono’s own; then he cut to the bridge, and the famous lines, “Love is a temple/love’s a higher law,” and let go, into diva territory.
In this instance, the “screeching” that has become Lambert’s trademark (and, to some, his bane) had a specific meaning. Taking on both Bono’s part and Blige’s, mimicking their phrasing and then carefully elaborating on it, he made the connection between the vocal stylings with which he’s wowed the nation and those of the black women who have inspired hard rockers from Mick Jagger to Steven Tyler to U2’s own soul-obsessed frontman.

Lambert also stressed the song’s most powerful lyrics about learning to live with difference. Though its message is universal, “One” has often been linked to the movement for gay and lesbian rights; U2 encouraged this connection, dressing in drag in one of the three videos made to promote the song, using images created by the artist and queer activist David Wojnarowicz in another, and donating proceeds from the single to fund AIDS research.

1992, the year “One” became a hit, was a time of mainstream visibility for the gay rights movement: Tony Kushner’s AIDS drama “Angels in America” won a Pulitzer Prize, Tom Hanks was filming his Oscar-winning role as a man with the condition in “Philadelphia,” and activism was building toward a massive march on Washington the following year. Since that time, the fight for sexual equality has had its ups and downs, and the song’s meaning has kept expanding.
By 2005, Bono was fully immersed in his role as a roving ambassador fighting against global poverty and disease. The ONE campaign, in which he is deeply involved, had been launched, and the song after which it was named became associated with renewing interest in the idea of compassion as a political motivator beyond national boundaries. Blige’s version of the song, obviously rooted in the singing of the black church, must be seen in this context. The phrase, “we’re one, but we’re not the same,” secured its place within the broader lexicon of international civil rights, alongside, “We Shall Overcome” and “Amandla!”

Lambert’s rendition of “One” may have seemed histrionic to some; various online pundits have complained that he should have kept it cool, as he did with this much-admired reworkings of “Mad World” and “Tracks of My Tears.” But by paying homage to Mary J. Blige, and by choosing to make explicit the line that connects her voice to Bono’s to his, Lambert continued his campaign not just to win “Idol” but to become a pop star who doesn’t just play to his audience, but helps people realize that we’re not the same, but one.

— Ann Powers

Comments

  1. glambertfan says:

    Don’t know what to say.adam have look as king,have voice as queen.music infuenced by prince.but I guess adam will never be like them.understand he avoid lyric about “girl,woman” because of his sexuality or being true to himself.but in this song..cresendo the important lyric but cut the lyric and tell audiance go back to watch the “beatiful” lyric?.what is he doing? brave or coward..maybe smart.. …ambiguous game keep playing..hope he still will get gay fanbase and female fanbase after his performance..he will be etlon john..I guess that’s it.

    • Glambertfan..isn’t it yet enough about the sexuality issue??? I’m getting bored of you americans being sooo conservative…relax..have fun..it’s only about music…and and an awesome artist as Adam is!!!
      Vell (from argentina)

      • Dear Vell – You’re on – definitely enough. And who gives a poop what he is? He’s going to be a 21st century superstar no matter what happens.

        • Marianadam says:

          Vell you are right!! I love Adam he is a great singer a great person and i don’t ive a sheet about the sexuality.
          he is the greatest american idol EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and the most BEAUTIFUL
          Mariana from Israel

          • Summercandy says:

            Agreed! Lets drop the whole sexuality isue. Its the music we want to hear. That amazing voice and the beautiful renditions he comes up with. Forget about his sexual ambiguity. He can be as ambiguous as he wants on this issue because its very personal. He’ll reveal when he’s ready. Lets be more open-minded about these kind of things. Its beter to focus on his talent and support his music. Rock on Adam! -MalaysianFan

      • not all americans are that way, i am american and i am tired of people saying crap like that about us, just because we are americans doesn’t mean anything, Adam is american, but i agree people nedd to lay off on Adams’s sexuality, but there is nothing wrong with being conservative, or being american!

      • Another thing, he is the “AMERICAN Idol” no one ever said we have to share with you, but we do because we are people, from all over the world, we are excepting, we are the melting pot, we don’t care where you come from, but when you act like just because we are americans we are not as good as you, we will not be as generous, we are Americans and proud to be Americans, we have more gays here then almost anywhere else, you are way out of line, I agree we should stop worring sbout sexuality, but you need to back off, you are overbaring and un-kind to say anything like that. We do relax and have fun. And Adam is the most incredible artist, but you have no right to pick and choose what nationality his fans come from, because i am sure people from all over the world even you country have something to say about his sexuality. Oh yeah and, Glambertfan is gay, so maybe he is not looking to cause trouble for himself or Adam he is just looking for hope!

  2. the first half of the song was wonderful. didn’t like the second half. I hope he will stay after tonight, it was his weakest yet…too much high register in both songs for no reason:(

    • totally agree!

      • Another_admirer says:

        I totally agree too. But didn’t Simon say that he was involved in the arrangement? Not sure if I was in Adam’s shoes that I would say thanks, but no-thanks to Simon.

        I remember from previous years that the top 3 night and in the finale, the contestants seemed more tense and I think even more conservative than they were the rest of the season.

      • It’s those freakin’ ear pieces! I think it messed with Adam’s hearing. And the back up singer for One was way too loud.

    • Leah Marie says:

      I TOTALLY LOVED THIS SONG!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR THE STUDIO VERSION!

      I DO THINK HE WENT SO HIGH AND TOO POWERFUL TOO EARLY (A LITTLE TOO MUCH) BUT HE STILL DID SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE OTHER TWO! MY FAVORITE IS STILL MAD WORLD BTW.

      SOMETIMES IT’S SCARY TO THINK HOW HUGE OF A STAR THIS GUY CAN AND WILL BE WHETHER HE WINS THIS THING OR NOT!!!! HE IS SO HUMBLE AND NICE AND I HOPE HE CAN HANDLE THAT MUCH FAME AND FORTUNE….HE CERTAINLY WORKED HARD FOR IT AND DESERVES IT!!!!!

    • Totally disagree – watched it many times – kept getting even better each viewing. What an incredible singer.

      • Melanae says:

        Lee, I agree with you, it seems he has been so stellar that we take for granted the genius
        spin he puts on all the songs. I too watched it many times and you are right it gets better each time.

        • Tuesgone62 says:

          Lee: I agree, I was so hoping that Adam would cover a Queen song -Freddy Mercury. But the song stays with me now and keeps getting more powerful every time I play it back.

    • I knew it! I knew he could not really ever disappoint us. I too was not as over the top thrilled with it as he sang it on the show last night but it just came out literally on itunes now —-studio version. Night and day from show….MJB version….beautiful! If you are hesitating to download from iTunes….do it. Promise you will love it! This is the other side of Adam’s voice that no one (not even anti-Adam groups) can deny is beautifully sung! BONO WILL BE PROUD and he does the song justice. He is a rock god on so many levels. Get the word out…post on youtube posts bashing Adam’s version of it last night. This absolutely crowns him the most talented Idol ever and makes his mark as a pop/rock star!
      Love you Adam.

  3. I didn’t like his performance on this song, he seemed off tonight, it was not his best performances, in fact, both songs were his weakest of all the seasons. I still voted for two hours straight for him, but I am worried, and wonder why he did so much screaming on both songs when it was not necessary. I am a loyal fan though……..what happened to the rocker? He could have done so much more, maybe he was tired from all the home town festivities. It is exhausting. I am shocked at his weakest two performances tonight. BUT i BELIEVE HE WILL STILL BE A STAR….

    • AdamAdmirer says:

      I STRONGLY DISAGREE THAT ADAM WAS OFF LAST NIGHT. AFTER WATCHING IT BACK HE WAS PERFECTION AS USUAL. I DO AGREE THAT HE COULD HAVE CHOSEN A LOVE BALLAD FOR HIS SONG CHOICE, SO THAT WE COULD HEAR THOSE TENDER, SWEET NOTES HE PULLS OUT. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, I CAN’T STOP WATCHING AND I HOPE HE WINS THE WHOLE THING – HE DESERVES IT SO MUCH MORE THAN THE OTHER GUYS. HE CERTAINLY HAS PAID HIS DUES.

  4. wholelotta lambert says:

    It was his weakest performance and I also voted for two hours…I blame Idol as the stage looked like a karaoke bar and obviously there were monitor issues as Adam had to wear ear monitors and he never has before. The timng of the show was slow and boring…his ac dc shirt should get him extra votes in the midwest…the lack of eyeliner on the first tune surprised me. I think he toned it down deliberately tonite.

  5. TerBear says:

    I loved Adam’s perfomance on this song. I loved his look, minimum jewelry, little or no makeup, simple clothes, and I was in awe of his ability to sing his heart out, all the emotion on his face. I was pure Adam!

  6. RockChickDigsAdam says:

    Did anyone else notice the blue nail polish on Kris during his hometown visit???!!!

    • TerBear says:

      I did, I wonder if it was a sneek attack from Adam or done with Kris’ permission.

    • yeahhh!!! maybe he’s gayyyy!!!!….LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (joking…perhaps someone gets offended…at this point..everything can happen)

  7. i thought the first performance was outstanding as usual the second may be had a few too many high notes but that could be attributed to wearing ear pieces sort of amplify the sounds and you end up pushing harder than necessary .But honestly Gokey 1st performance was pure karakoe ,the 2nd was better but adam at his worst beats danny at his best any day ! any year ! I loved Kris but unfortunately he bailed out tonight both performances really lacking the kris zing , mediocre really , I guess fatigue may have something to do with it after all.But the person that said i’m still voting for him is so wrong ,if someone has given you 100% for months and give you 85% one time I still say thats an a+ average anyday .And enough with speculation about the man sexuality or song choices that is invasion of privacy give him a freaken break here

  8. OK, now. I liked both Adam’s songs. THE SECOND SONG DIDN’T SOUND AS GOOD BUT NOT BECAUSE ADAM COULDN’T SING IT (BECAUSE WE KNOW HE CAN!). IT WAS THAT AWFUL BACK-UP SINGER. Somebody needs to shoot her. She was just plain awful! Is it any wonder that Adam pulled out his ear piece! Did everyone notice this? What the hell was that back-up singer trying do do?! She was trying to out sing Adam and made a mess of it, screwing over Adams song. I’d love to know who the hell that was!

    Go Adam, I love you no matter what. You are still the best in this competition!

    • AdamAddict says:

      I so agree with you. Both songs are great. ‘One’ was brilliant! ‘Cryin’ was too if that B#### shut her mouth! She’s too loud,WTH??!! I want to slap her face and slap her hard!! Totally ruined Adam’s great perfomance. …a little because Adam too great.I was like “Ignore that B#### and listen to that beautiful voice that coming out from that beautiful face” Adam sings awesome like always!F### her, no no no, just fire her!!!

  9. Glambertfan please change your name to okey dorkey karaokee !!!You’re are acting as some music critics or Adam experts ! well Im neither and I’m not judging . What I do see is that Adam has been giving his all despite all the malicious comments about him ! why do people have to put an artist in a box “sing like whomever” ” looks like what ever” has the influence of so and so and now he will only be Elton John ! so mean spirited of a comment and so judgemental just like the extreme right ringers voting for Danny .I’ll venture a guess that your next votes will be for Danny ! Adam is an artist ,who has the freedom of chosing what ,whom and how he sings not for you mister “pigeon hole” to choose .this is 2009 not 1969 get in this century please .And what he does in his private life is only HIS business not eho HE IS AS AN ARTIST.Madiona has slept with as many girls as she’s done men judge her,john meyer just kiss a guy on a cruise ship judge him , a lot of the rockers like manson are openly bi-sexual judge them ,the rocker that married Carmen Electra and Pam Adderson open mouth kissed a man in view of all judge him .You get the point????

    • glambertfan says:

      Just make it clear here.I am gay and have no problem with adam lambert’s private life.and I mention “king” and “queen”.one is because of he is icon.one is icon of “gay musician and legend” and the song “one” was wroten by founder of DATA ( Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) bono.this song also be used often on gay and lesbian community because of lyric “we’re one,but we’re not same,we get to carry each other.sisters, brothers,we’re one”.so there is no issue about to be gay.
      it’s a bit too far now.so just back music.without “we’re one,but we’re not same” lyric,it doesn’t make sense on high register of song arrangement.just as “feeling good” one long high note won’t give song any more sense.it just feel like vocal exercise or practice. as personality.feddy mercury stand on who he is.so if adam stand who he is.he should sing this song justice.that’s what I expected.I do respect adam his own interpretation of song.just as elton john sing “I’m just pianist”.so I also agree adam is just “entertainer” and not a gay musician icon as feddy mercury “I will rock you”.

      • Leah Marie says:

        Amen and thank you Glambertfan!!!!

        We have seen and loved Elton John, Freddy Mercury, Melissa Etheridge, and many other gay and lesbian superstars in our time….why the issue with Adam!!?? What Adam does behind closed doors has NOTHING TO DO WITH how we will always enjoy him as an entertainer!!!!

        Giving us his own interpretation of his songs with his own arrangements just reminds us each week how much of a genious he really is….and not afraid to be himself.

      • Another_admirer says:

        Glambertfan
        What you hear in a song is always influenced by how you see the world. When I heard that song, it did not have the same meaning for me as it did for you, and the words he used sounded fine to me. Perspective is an interesting thing – it allows for diversity and as long as we all recognize that our views are about our own perspective – it’s not about being right or wrong – just preference

      • Another_admirer says:

        Sorry, I meant what WE hear in a song is always influenced by how WE see the world. (WE – meaning all of us)

      • AdamAdmirer says:

        GLAMBERTFAN, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT – BONO IS NOT GAY. ADAM SHOULD NOT BE JUDGED ON WHETHER HE INTERPRETED THE SONG FOR THE GAY COMMUNITY, IT’S A SINGING COMPETITION – ALSO, WHO ARE YOU TO SAY IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE IN HIGH REGISTER – A MUSICAL GENIOUS?! COME ON GET OFF OF IT AND GIVE HIM A BREAK – ADAM HAS BROUGHT IT EACH WEEK WITHOUT FAIL (PERIOD)!

  10. bigadamfan says:

    is there anyone who could insert the clip? i don’t see it!

  11. I thought his performance was pretty good! I like it a lot. 😀

  12. yakinette says:

    high notes and all, but still came out beautifully…..amazing!

  13. Now this is real throwback talent.

  14. Wow! I’m so surprised by the comments. Maybe it’s because I’m not a U2 fan so I totally loved Adam’s performance. I can’t wait for the studio version. I hope you rallied behind Adam and voted.

  15. Adam looks gorgeous tonight. I love his clean look. I like One better than Crying. Even though these two may not be his best performances, we should still give him a break. Danny’s fans let him through with that screaming disaster last week. We need to support Adam. He has given us many many great ones. These two aren’t bad, just not his best! Our rocker and Adam is still there, just give him a break. We can’t have the “best” day everyday, too.

  16. BTW, I voted for the entire two hours. I won’t question his talent and ability due to two good but not great songs. Danny and Kris have many ups and downs, too. We simply take Adam for granted! He has worked so hard. He deserves to be in the final and win AI.

  17. This just gave me chills like none of his other performances.
    I cant wait for the studio version.
    It was awesome.

    • AdamAdmirer says:

      HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE STUDIO VERSION OVER AND OVER, IT IS AWESOME ADAM AND MAKES ME CRY, IT’S SO POWERFUL!

  18. tonto55 says:

    I didn’t like either of these performances when I first heard them – I have never listened to Aerosmith but love U2 – I’ve been more a fan of Adam’s songs like Track of my Tears, If I Can’t Have You and the like – but the more I listen to Cryin’ and One, the more I grow to love them. Just like how I have grown to love BTBW and WLoL! As well as his audition tape, Satisfaction, BandW, and Believe!

  19. ‘i love this song so much..He made me cry,to be honest with all of you..He’s the Best man in the competition..Yah,Danny and Kris was not Consistent..But Adam is the MAN..He is the Most original Contestant..So Guys,Vote for him..I’m so frustrated because I Can’t vote for him..But you guys have the chance to Save Him and to be the American Idol..I mean the World Idol..But no matter what happen, even he won’t be in the Finals,He will be our Idol Forever!!!

  20. I can see it now, EVERYONE calling Adam asking for suggestions on how to re-make their own music.

  21. AdamAddict says:

    I like Simon when he said “Don’t assume Adam going to final,You have to vote” Something like that! He was like reminding people that he won’t go to final if you guys don’t vote for him because you think he’ll be safe.

    I hope everyone will vote for Adam like crazy after Simon said that, because that’s so true. People really think he’s going to be okay because…well you know,he’s the best,Duh!

    Please let him be on final,please,please,please!!

  22. I’m adamazingly Glambertized…………..he sang two songs that have been one of my favorite songs ever, specially Crying and I was kinda worried, coz’ I really love the originals…but once again Adam hypnotised me with his performance and left me forgetting about the originals, I couldn’t love it more, he blows me away, he’s amazing. And imagine seeing that live right there…if he manages to give you that feeling over the TV, I think I would just melt if I stood right there, and that’s what happens to the judges…anybody that says that they are just trying to get him thru’ with their praising critic is really wrong, they just speak their hearts, HE IS THE MOST AMAZING PERFORMER EVER.

  23. Once again I could listen over and over. It just keeps getting better and better. There is soooo much to watch and listen to the first time around. His style and arrangements just get stronger over time. What a deserving performer and artist. And, that’s why I’ll vote and vote and vote for him. I love his artistic insight and his vocal range — perfect pitch. As it’s been said, he’s very polarizing — he’s said it himself. I admire that he has stayed true to his own self. The pressure has to be intense. I think the ear pieces were giving everyone a little trouble, they are very hard to program.

  24. Natasha says:

    I wonder if international votes count. I voted for 2 hrs yesterday and every time got “thanks for voting for contestant 3” message… but is there a way that AI screens the calls after the lines are closed and weeds out international calls? i live in canada and feel like moving to states just so i can vote for Adam.

    btw – loved yesterday’s performance….

  25. I would love to see Adam in the finals, and to win. But then, Adam is already made, and we can expect him to make inspirational, beautiful music, whether it is rock or a soulful song.
    Im not being pessimistic and all, but I want to make a point that Adam doesnt have to win American Idol. If he wins, then the nation and the world have indeed chosen a deserving person.
    American Idol airs here about a day late so I read all the comments on his 2 performances.before I got to watch them myself. I however found both songs very very good! I am not very familiar with the original version, or with the original singers but I did listen to the 2 on youtube prior to watching the performances. I found his performances very very good, and he showed low register at the beginning of both songs, which I loved then he spiked it up somewhere nearing the end, which again, hit all the right notes and the right cadence. (correct word?) which made me croon , something like ‘confused’ and ‘happy’ as Kara would say! Wooppeee!! Love it.
    I loved it and cant really agree with what has been said, or most of it! I loved both songs, ONE thing though, I agree that he almost sang off key at the start of Crying when the backup singer sang, I agree that the singer has to be sequestered. LOL. All in all, I really loved it, probably because I am as I said, not familiar with the original songs. I can say that Adam did it again, by making the songs all his own.
    He looked very handsome singing ‘One’ very cute, a bit different, somewhat boyish….sans eyeliner, and with a polo instead of his usual attire. Then he donned a ‘darker’ look for ‘Crying’ and was again a handsome rocker. Loved it when they showed his mom teary eyed when he was sining ‘One”.
    And, yes, when he complimented the other two contestants at the end, dont you think that was a very touching gesture? NO other contestant would dare comment on his contenders, and this far out in the competition. I dont have any more words for this guy. On the contrary I will never run out of praises for this guy. He is really a performer, and the histrionics of this contest will not lead him off track. He want to WIN, he deserves to win, but if fate takes another turn, as we all know, which may happen, (I hope NOT though) he will take it all in stride, be happy for the winner, and be forever grateful for the EXPOSURE this all did for him (for all of them) and this is only the beginning, WINNER or NOT.
    But then again, since I cant watch it live, I will check this site for the results, (which I usually do) with breathless anticipation.
    GO GO ADAM

  26. Rayzonn says:

    Have you ever listened to an artist and you like EVERY song on their album?? Probably not..EVERYONE does a not so good song now and then,even Elvis. That said Adam did a great job last night. Hes consistant , talented,and has made this year the best on American Idol. I have never heard so many talking about this year and Adam. Hes set the bar HIGH for this year and years to come. If he doesnt win he will still outshine the one who does. He will outsell any of the idols imo,and i expect he will be around for a longgggggg time. Adam is BRILLIANT and ready to ROCK!! Hes already won

    • I totally agree with that he has already won no matter what happens, and Simon has also that many producers are going to want to work with Adam. You know the old saying a pix says 1K words well look at that pix of the 3 of them coming out Adam is in full stride, smiling and fully ready to put on a great show and the other 2 are like do we really have to do this, and poor Kris already feels like he has lost, reading his body language!. Just go read Adam’s Q&A on Idol and that was someone who has been in the business for awhile and looking forward to even bigger career after idol. The first one is a real big give away!

      As always Adam did an awesome job and has an incredibly bright future ahead of him once done with the idol commitment, and becomes free again.

  27. Adam did great last night!! I admit during Crying, the back up singer was just too loud, but that was no big deal. Adam is so great!! Kris and Danny’s performances bored me. They’re vocals are just too mellow … .

  28. first thought into the performance: dang hes hot;D loving the denim look and the performance was good.looking forward to the studio version

  29. Mr Lambert….isn’t this better than sports!!!!

    • Your son is amazing and thank you Mr & Mrs Lambert for the teaching/shaping of one hell of a great individual and rocker…

  30. Countess says:

    I hate American Idol, and still hate it, but caught a performance by Adam and was nonplussed – flabbergasted – in awe. God has bequeathed to this man phenomenal talent – he wrapped it all up into one thing: his voice.

    I’m officially a fan of his.

  31. Do’t you just wanna HUG this guy??? OOO, men,, i CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF ADAM LAMBERT!!!!! HIS SMILE IS PRISLESS AND I AM READY TO VOTE VOTE MY ASS OF TO SEE THIS SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you ADAM !!!!!

  32. AdamAddict says:

    I just watched it again because I can’t get enough of him,duh!! I like the part when Randy said something and then Simon said “boo” Look at Adam’s smile…..awww,that beautiful smile! Again when Simon said “brilliant song choice(One)” That smile can give a heart attack or athma attack or whatever attack!

    Life just unfair. He looks dashing,charming gorgeous when he’s wearing suit. He looks hot,sexy,cool when he’s wearing jacket,boots,eyeliner. But that just not enough,God give him that beautiful smile. Lucky,he doesn’t have dimples or I already drop dead now!

    Pleassseeeeeeeee let him in the final! I can’t accept if he’s not!!

    • AdamAdmirer says:

      ADAM ADDICT, I AGREE 100% – I WATCHED IT BACK (BOTH SONGS) FROM LAST NIGHT AND THEY WERE BOTH PERFECTION FOR ME. THE NOTE HE HIT IN ONE, HAD ME IN TEARS. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH. ADAM CAN’T HAVE A BAD PERFORMANCE, AND HIS STYLE LAST NIGHT FIT THE SONGS, HE LOOKED GORGEOUS AS USUAL.

      ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT ADAM IS IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT STRATOSPHERE THAN THE OTHERS AND WE JUST KEEP EXPECTING MORE AND MORE. FOR ME, HE DOES THAT EACH WEEK – PLEASE GOD, LET HIM STAY AND WIN THE WHOLE THING!!

    • JustJoey says:

      Lol… I can totally relate to you, AdamAddict.. I’m getting adamanic attack everytime I see him or hear him or watch him or think about him. That smile…

      To me these two performances were rather ‘humble’ compared to his other performances, which to me was great because it allowed me (again this is just me and my humble opinions) to see another side of Adam. Simply brilliant…

      And yes that back-up singer should be shot dead, she threw Adam off-key. Must’ve been a Danny Gokey fan, that back-up singer. Lol… And she was singing so freakin’ loud. Perhaps inspired by Gokey’s rendition of Scream On?

      And all the ‘friendly’ banter about Adam changing the lyric to One… Honestly I wasn’t even paying attention to the words or the lyric. To me, when that man is on stage singing, the world stops revolving and time stands still and it’s just me and him and the song. So he can change the lyrics of every song and I would still be a fan. He can even hum the song and I would still be a fan. He’s just perfect. Just perfect… 🙂

      But then again, it’s just me and my humble opinion… 🙂

      All Glam Soldiers, UNITE!!!!! 🙂

      Joey, OUT!

  33. hmmm …….. love Adam …. and he has got to be the American Idol – World Idol. Never been another so consistent in any of these competitions.
    But unfortunately I do think this was his weakest week …. please , please , please America vote for Adam based on his performace throughout the competition and not just last night.

    He so deserves it ….. but agree he should have not put in quite so many high notes

    I guess we are now expecting perfection always

  34. Glam, Fab & Fierce says:

    This a.m. on the TODAY SHOW Adam was proclaimed the heir apparent to Freddie Mercury….

    • Hey Glam and Guys! DId anyone see this in Entertainment Weekly today?

      “When Billboard broke the news this morning that Queen and Paul Rodgers would be going their separate ways, it was hard not to think, “Well, what’s next?” Or rather, “Who’s next?” The late Freddie Mercury’s frontman role is ridiculously tough to fill. Might we suggest Adam Lambert? OK, so the guy will probably be pretty busy in the next few days/months/years (hey, we’re not the only ones who think so), but the American Idol front-runner has the musical chops and stage presence vital to preserving Queen’s signature sound. Can you even imagine what he could do with ‘Somebody to Love’ or ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ in concert? What do you think, Music Mixers? Could Adam Lambert do Freddie Mercury justice? Is there somebody else who could do a better job? Or should the band just call it a day? ”

      http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/05/adam-lambert-sh.html

  35. Who was the moron singing backup on Adam’s song. What a twit. Did he really need a backup singer and one that bad. God almighty what a mess. Thank God Adam has the voice to overpower that stink.

  36. Someone please relay to Adam to loose those python shoes he wears. Can’t stand those creepy crawlers. Upon his arrival in San Diego, some reporter got a close shot of his shoes (boots) they looked alive, yikes uglyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. So please, Adam no more snake skin mumbo jumbo, stick to regular shoes, no animals please, especially not snakes.

    • AdamAdmirer says:

      I LOVE ANIMALS AND DON’T WEAR THEM, BUT SUE’S COMMENT IS A BIT HARSH. I ALSO OWN A PAIR OF PYTHON BOOTS (NOT REAL), WHICH I BOUGHT MANY YEARS AGO IN NYC AND I HAVE NO PLANS TO LOOSE THEM.

      I DON’T THINK IT’S UP TO US WHAT ADAM WEARS, HEHAS GREAT STYLE AND ALWAYS LOOKS OUTSTANDING IN ANYTHING HE PUTS ON. HIS GOOD LOOKS, THE WAY HE CARRIES HIMSELF AND THE INCREDIBLE WAY HE LOOKS IN CLOTHES, HE CAN WEAR ANYTHING AND LOOK GREAT – THAT’S PART OF WHY WE ALL LIKE HIM.
      IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE ABOVE OF HIM WALKIING OUT WITH KRIS AND DANNY, HE OUTSHINES THEM IN LOOKS, CLOTHES AND HIS FUN SPIRIT! NO COMPARISON – ADAM IS OUR AMERICAN IDOL!

  37. Jennifer says:

    ON to the finals! Go Adam…..what a Happy night and I am happy for Adam!

  38. From day one, I knew it would be Adam in the finals 🙂 He’s phenomenal, really talented. Was wondering if he’s in any way related to Ryan Lambert…anyone? I swear Adam looks just like him 🙂

  39. Guys, Thank you for bringing Adam to the Finale.. I’m so Happy..
    thank you America for voting him..I’m sorry for Danny, but i will be more sorry if Adam is out.. so thank You!

  40. Just thinking about Adam’s final 3 song choices. Think he needs a ballad (elvis costello’s Alison -for Miss Iraheta of course 🙂 , or Damien Rice’s Blower’s Daughter) , a rocker (something contemporary not old-hat please! The Killers, Nirvana or Blondie even! We need everyone to see Adam as a contemporary star, as we know he is! Not stuck in a retro warp. No offence meant, I love Adam as much as anyone, but just cause he can out-sing Steve Perry, doesn’t mean he has too stick to out-dated stuff. I truly believe that is not where his own heart is either.
    And a third choice -any song taking it to a new Adam place please – saw this suggestion on a blog -check it out dawg (yeah I’m actually randy jackson!) obadiah Parker’s version of Hey Ya (4 million hits on youtube) -awesome! Adam can out-kris Kris with this and add some major moment notes too! Game set & match I hope! Still thinking Beyonce’s Halo would make me smile too as I know he can kill RnB if he chooses. What do you all think?
    Whatever he comes up with, I’d rather see Adam go out in 2nd being true to himself and doing exactly as he desires, than attempting to play it safe and risking going out middle of the road. Go Adam FTW

  41. wiccagirl2009 says:

    I know a lot of people will discredit Adam’s attempt on U2’s One. So of Adam’s fan might also wonder why he did what he did. Taking the risk at this stage. I had my hypothesis which linked to Adam being a deep thinker. When i saw Ann Power’s (LA TIMES). “RETHINKING ADAM’S ONE” article. I knew that i was on the right track. Read it. DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR ADAM ON TUESDAY. The Kris and Gookey will surely combine forces so let’s vote until we can. 🙂 If you can pass this on to friends, please do so.

  42. International fans, you can vote by using gizmo: http://www.gizmo5.com
    I’m from Vietnam and it works for me. So keep voting for Adam Lambert!!!
    Now he needs our vote more than ever. He can’t win AI by just standing there on the stage. Our votes are what matter.
    Don’t get complacent that Adam’s in the finale. Remember that Kris has a huge fanbase and last night there’s just 1mil votes seperated our top 2.
    Next week is crucial. ROCK THE VOTE!!!!

  43. Chrissy says:

    I loved adam’s performance last night. 🙂 I actually prefer his softer, sweeter performances like If I can’t have you and the one Simon chose for him yesterday. Loved it. He’s amazing. I like hearing his wide range, pulling all those crazy notes with those more upbeat rock songs but I’m still a massive fan of his slower, tender tunes. I know the judges like him to do a rock album, but I hope he would not neglect all those quieter sweeter tunes when he cuts his album.

  44. I love U2’s version
    But WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
    This blows you away
    This is the next American Idol

    woody

  45. Seems kris’s heartless no quite so original as everyone thought -check out the video & MPs files of Mia carruthers doing it –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hcXZDR5cMc

  46. ilikecake says:

    I’m so worried Kris will win over Adam next week – especially since they said only 1 million votes separated them yesterday. And that Danny’s fans may now vote for Kris. I know Adam will be successful no matter what, but I want him to win and be ecstatic in a shower of confetti. I’d be heartbroken if he didn’t since he deserves it so badly. I’d vote if I were American, but I’m from Singapore. It’ll be great if you guys could ask bystanders like granny or mum to help vote too! I shall pray fervently from now till next week. Good luck Adam.

  47. ILOVEADAMLAMBERT!!! says:

    I watched Adam’s “Crying” performance today at least 20 times. I can’t for the life of me find anything wrong with his performance. I really can’t understand some of the remarks I’ve read on here today and I have tried. In my opinion, Adam nails each and every song he sings. His consistency has me in awe. His talent goes way beyond his incredible voice. His emotional expressions and mannerisms are magnetic. His ability to reinvent himself according to what he is singing is truly amazing. Everything he does comes off as authentic. Back in the day, I believe I was Robert Plant’s biggest fan. I never thought in my lifetime, I’d hear a voice that effects me the same way. Adam has done that for me. I hope Adam wins American Idol and goes on to be whatever he wants to be. Adam comes across as intelligient and thoughtful when he speaks, and he appears to laugh easily. I like that about him. I love that he just seems so sweet. I hope the pressures of stardom will not change that about him. May all your dreams come true, Adam Lambert , our rising star.
    May God bless you today and always!

    • I agree with you totally. The show airs in India a couple of days after it is telecast in the U.S and I had already seen the performance on this site. But watching it on the tv screen, it was as if I was watching it for the first time.Nothing stale about it , if you know what I mean. And the first part (just the voice and piano) had me absolutely spellbound .I could even feel the hair stand on end. Adam’s voice requires no embellishment by way of background arrangement or whatever you call it. It is at its best on its own perhaps with a piano or acoustic guitar as accompaniment. That voice can blow me away anytime.

      If Adam could read this I’d say “Go easy on that upper register” as most people seem to have issue with that. I , for one, love it; still one has to listen to the majority at times.

      All my very best to Adam now and always. God bless him!

    • AdamAdmirer says:

      I AGREE WHOLE-HEARTEDLY WITH “ILOVEADAMLAMBERT”. VERY WELL SAID, THANK YOU. I STILL CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW ANYONE CAN FIND ANYTHING WRONG WITH HIS PERFORMANCE OF ONE AND CRYIN’. BOTH WERE INCREDIBLE FOR ME. I ALSO AM A HUGE ROBERT PLANT FAN, SO I GUESS YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT KIND OF FROM-THE-SOUL KIND OF ROCK BALLAD WHALING (SP?).
      GOD BLESS ADAM LAMBERT!

  48. Big Canadian Adam fan says:

    Just to reiterate what’s already been brought up here several times. I personally think that Kris picked up a lot of Allison’s fans since she was in the top 2 with Danny when Kris was in the bottom 2. I’m afraid that a lot of Danny’s fans will now vote for Kris in good part because of all the Danny bashing that’s been done in response to the Adam bashing! So this just means that all of Adam’s fans ABSOLUTELY MUST VOTE TO THE MAX FOR OUR ADAM TO ENSURE THAT HE GETS THE TITLE THAT HE SO RICHLY DESERVES. PLEASE TAKE THIS TO HEART ALL YOU AMERICAN ADAM FANS AS I CANNOT VOTE AND WILL BE SO BROKEN HEARTED FOR ADAM IF WE LET HIM DOWN!!!!!!!! How about those DIAL IDOL programs I have read of being used by Danny fans to vote millions of times each for Danny- now they’ll use them for Kris so go get yours to vote for Adam – please, please, please!!!!!!!

  49. The studio version is much better! i love it!

    • JustJoey says:

      the studio version is …. it’s just … omg, words fail me… just beautiful. beautiful…

  50. toplesswithElvis says:

    I’m probably too late tonight to get any response on this, but I think Adam should have done the Roy Orbison song “Crying.” That would have been something.

  51. Leslie Berry says:

    I am a 62 year old grandma that started loving music of any kind over 50 years ago. As an “reformed” hippy, as a mother of girls during the Poison, Guns and Roses and Prince days and as someone who loves broadway…Wicked, Brigadoon, West Side Story, Rent….I have listened to music always. Adam Lambert is absolutely a joy to listen to a joy to watch and a joy to see how he works with other Idol contestants. I have never seen such a complete talent. Let us celebrate his talent and vote until our fingers go numb! Thank you, Adam for bringing your joy of music to us!

  52. glambert says:

    Heck, don’t under estimate the power of our ADAM! He is a megastar in the making! His intelligent
    and talented! He has transformed lives worldwide and will to come!
    We’re be at the concert………and all the way from AUSTRALIA!
    ROCK ON ADAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. adam has one of the best voice in the world, i love to hear him all day

  54. RadicalRich says:

    Some people are saying that if Adam doesn’t win they’ll never watch Idol again. I beg to differ…

    After Adam wins [and he will win by the way] why would you even need to watch Idol any more. They may as well pack it up after tomorrow no matter who wins. There won’t be any good reason to watch. We’ve already got all the Idol we’ll ever need. Mr. Adam Lambert.

    Never mind an Idol, we’ve got our American Icon. Adam the Icon.

    He is such a fine showman. He’s such a consummate gentleman and a genius. So humble and thankful and respectful he is to the other contestants, judges and the band. He is so very appreciative and complimentary to his parents, his voters and his fans. What else could you possibly need in an entertainer, or in any person for that matter. He is a true class-act in every sense of the word.

    And what a great ambassador he will be for the United States? He’s going to be such an inspiration to so many people with his brand of respect, humility and Americanism. He’s going to be able to span across most every genre’ of music and appeal to more people than probably anyone else ever has. All he has to do is stay true to himself, resist the temptation to stray from the path he is presently on, and he will attain heights never before reached by any artist.

    The AI Season 9 show next year, if they are foolish enough to do it again, is undoubtedly going to seriously pale in comparison to this year cause it was just so unbelievably good. So absolutely good because of Adam Lambert, and only because of Adam. Even his perceived minor imperfections made him more real and entertaining than any of the other contestants. The others were OK, but none of them had the concentration and determination to do as well as Adam did with each and every performance.

    Just wait until all the factoids and figures come out about the number of views and listens of his various videos and songs, and TV interviews and everything in between. Just wait until you see the money he has generated for the iTunes company from the song and video downloads. Just look at all the unlicensed merchandise that’s already for sale at this point and he’s only just begun. Wait until the ratings of his performances are tabulated and published. Just wait until the figures come out about how he single handedly brought out of the dust the popularity of all the classic songs he performed and how much the original writers and artists and groups have gained by his exposure of them. It’s going to be staggering the number of people who absorbed everything there is to absorb of Adam as they could since he started. People are going to crave for him and his talents more than a drowning man wants another breath or an addict wants another hit.

    Adam may even have the ability to soften a lot of those hardened hearts and haters out there who might realize his gifts of kindness and respect, and how much we all could learn and benefit by the fine example he set with his performances, his character, his comments, his forthright personality and his genuinely kind hearted nature all along the way.

    It is a rare gift indeed to find such a person as Adam in these times. Let’s all use and follow his exemplary attitude of determination, respect and kindness, and witness as he embarks on a journey most of us can only dream of, but who each of us can make the best of any path we are on if we can follow his example.

    Rock on Mr. Lambert, Rock on!!

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