Janet, AKA songwriter4adam, and I returned to Janet’s home after seeing the show live, and we’ve analyzed the performance and watched it back on big-screen TV over and over. Both of us also viewed all your comments regarding the performance on the previous thread. Both of us formed our opinions before viewing the comments, and sadly, we agree with what the majority of you have said.
We want to shoot the set designer and crucify the choreographer. And did we mention we want to spank Adam? Over and over… Seriously, the performance was disjointed and all wrong right from the start, from the strange Liberace-style piano beginning to Adam’s uncharacteristically angry look at the end. The trip didn’t help, and we hope Adam isn’t hurt, but there were many more serious problems with the performance than the unfortunate trip.
I wasn’t crazy with FYE when I first heard it, but the song quickly grew on me. I loved the sexy lyrics, and the song was catchy and fun. Janet and I agree that the song is poppy and full of kinky fun, and the performance should have reflected this. Adam would have been better served to do a fun, tongue-in-cheek performance with his trademark sexy dance moves than this angry, stilted S&M mish-mash.
Adam never smiled once during the song, and more importantly, never smiled at its conclusion, something he ALWAYS did during his American Idol performances. At the end of this performance, Adam’s eyes and mouth scream anger, and at the very end, Adam almost looks like he’s trying to smile, but instead simply compresses his lips in disgust. We freeze-framed this shot of Adam on the big screen. Neither of us have ever seen this look on Adam.
Now, neither Janet nor I are prudes. But both of us agree that all the crotch-grabbing and the kiss were a total disservice to the performance and the song. The song is sexy and flirtatious – those moves were not. They were alienating. It might have been about sex, but it wasn’t sexy. Hello!!! (That’s Valley Girl talk in case you didn’t know! Hey – I’m learning!)
Now maybe Adam, in his typical “what the hell was that?” fashion was simply trying to be provocative and trying to do the unexpected. But his first performance on national TV of his first original song, one day before the release of his album, is not the time. Hello!!!
After the performance ended, I screamed (this is Adam, after all, in person), but after the screams died away, there was an unexpected, shocked silence in the theater. There was no applause. Ryan ended the show with a lame joke, and people immediately began filing out.
When I asked Janet for her reaction after the show, she told me she needed a few minutes to gather her thoughts. Her first impression was how silent the audience was. It was as though everyone was having a collective WTF moment. In my mind I was trying to defend the performance as provocative, but I couldn’t disagree with what Janet was saying. We were confused, as many of you are, and when we watched the performance again on TV, we realized it was even worse than we first thought.
I want to cry for Adam, and when I’m done spanking him, I want to hug him and tell I love him anyway. It will be OK. Adam may lose casual fans and I’m afraid his album sales will take a hit, but I don’t think this one performance defines Adam, and I hope that none of you will stop supporting Adam because of this literal and figurative “trip-up.”
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5 & songwriter4adam, Glamb #72