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Why I hate Adam Lambert (a lot)

adamlambertI, Julia Hass, have to confess something — I hate Adam Lambert.

Total shocker, right? I mean, especially considering the title of this post. But for me, this actually is pretty shocking. Because if you’ve known me for, say, a week, it becomes self-evident that I’m about 90% a secret gay man, and the other 10% is the biological structures that make me actually a girl. And as an undercover homosexual, I should tell you that there seems to be a pretty strong consensus among my not-quite people, which is this: Support Adam Lambert or you are not one of us.

He is everywhere in the internet gaytopia. Before the whole Perez Hilton/Miss California scandal, he was the hot topic du jour on sites like AfterElton (where he has won Gay of the Week an unprecedented five times and counting). Neil Patrick Harris (probably my favorite gay, and also one of my favorite people, ever) has publicly said that he and his partner both love Adam and are rooting for him to win. AfterElton isn’t even pretending to be impartial — their American Idol livechat is subtitled “Don’t forget to vote for Adam Lambert!”

Ever since the pictures of Adam came out where he’s in makeup and molesting some other dude with his tongue came out, it seems like everywhere I turn it seems like scores of gays and friends of gays are coming out of the woodwork, going on and on about how great Adam is, how he’s so innovative and original. And seriously? Are we listening to the same person? At all? Because I’m talking about Adam Lambert, that pitchy, consistently off-key screaming dude. You know, the one whose hair makes people cry? (I have heard it described as “bad lesbian hipster hair,” which I do not necessarily endorse as a descriptor — I’m just putting it out there.) The one whose clothing gets more heinous and his eyeliner gets thicker and more raccoon-like as the weeks progress. That guy.I mean, he isn’t the worst singer this season of American Idol has produced. There’s always Megan Joy to scoop up that honor. And he has a few redeeming moments — his performance during Motown Week was pretty stellar, and he wasn’t too awful this week. (Though saying he did well this week is like saying that Kris Allen would do well if the theme was “folksy songs about kittens in love.”)

But he’s pretty bad, let’s be honest. He has a tendency to go sharp or lose his key, which he then covers up by making a screaming “gyaaaaa!” noise with his tongue sticking out, and cue the crowd collectively orgasming. And then after that, like clockwork,  Paula stands up and becomes moved to tears and Kara yells a lot of nonsense while Randy tells him to check it, dawg. And since I feel bad making my sister listen to me wail and yell and threaten to throw things at the TV every time we see his face, I usually go into the kitchen and find some ice cubes to chew on viciously, or something so I can temper my rage.

His cover of  “Mad World” was a beyond boring carbon copy of the Gary Jules version. “Born to be Wild” was just plain awful. I find “Ring of Fire” insulting on a personal level both as a huge fan of Johnny Cash and Jeff Buckley, who everyone compared him to. And I’m not even going to get into how sexually violated I felt watching his performance of “Feeling Good.”

Look, guys, I applaud originality. I love singers who don’t fit in a cookie-cutter mold. But sometimes I think what people forget is that just because something’s new, doesn’t make it good. Sometimes, things haven’t been done or thought of because they’re bad. And yeah, Adam brings a new way of interpreting songs that’s theatrical and grandiose, but even that’s not new. His glam-rock, old-school theatrical campiness has been done, and there’s a reason it went out of style a long time ago. Putting a new melody on it doesn’t make it less tired or tacky, and it’s certainly not enough to make me wet myself like the judges do whenever he opens his mouth. (And let’s pretend that last sentence wasn’t nearly as innuendo-laden as it was.)  Once he’s not forced to choose songs from different genres, I would bet lots of money that his album will be a lot of him screaming to neo-glam rock like he did this week, and be utterly, awfully forgettable.

My top pick, far and away, it’s Kris. He’s already released a record on a tiny indie label, and I’ve heard snips from it while it circles the internet. And let me tell you — it’s good. Maybe not the most original thing I’ve ever heard, but good. The boy can sing and write a solid, enjoyable song that’s like eating ice cream in the summer while slow-driving in the sunshine. On Idol I loved his arrangement of “She Works Hard for the Money,” I literally screamed when he chose “Falling Slowly” (because I love that song so much it should be illegal), and I was amazingly impressed by his rendition of “The Way You Look Tonight.” It doesn’t hurt that he’s so cute it’s like staring into the eyes of a baby unicorn. Every time I see him I feel the inexplicable urge to share a malted in a diner with him and then have him walk me to my front door by nine before I give him my pin and we start going steady. Going any further with him seems, well, wrong. Like I’m corrupting him. Never mind that he’s married and older than me, I still would feel dirty on a deep and personal level.

But I digress from my tweeny Kris-love. My point is this; I understand where you’re coming from, gays. There isn’t a lot of representation of you on television, much less on a huge show like American Idol, which, if your websites are any idication, you seem to tune into so faithfully. And that sucks. I understand what it’s like to want your guy to win, because the last guy you had go even close to this far was Clay Aiken, and who wants to admit to being on the same team as is-he-or-isn’t-he-Aiken?

If a guy can have pictures circulating of him licking another dude while being a full-on transvestite and still win Idol, that is one giant leap for homo-kind. And I applaud giant leaps. But do you really want to waste it on Adam Lambert? It’s one thing to root for a guy because he represents you, but think about who you’re choosing as your face, because that face? It’s Adam “I Can’t Hold A Key/Keep My Tongue Inside My Mouth/My Hair Was Attacked by Gardening Shears” Lambert. Where’s your dignity? Your pride? I’ve listened to enough out and proud Broadways stars belt their hearts out to know that not only can you do better, but you deserve to do better. Now let’s dump that loser and go back to ogling Jake Gyllenhaal together, the way we were clearly meant to.

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63 Responses to “Why I hate Adam Lambert (a lot)”

May 7, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it!

May 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

He’s a friend of NPH’s (and his partner)–of course they’re going to support him. To say it’s a an orientation thing is rather ridiculous.

May 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM

who wants to admit to being on the same team as is-he-or-isn’t-he-Aiken?

I don’t know what your problem is but I’m out and proud in my Aiken love.

May 7, 2009 at 1:02 PM

*Rupe pops popcorn … settles in for the three ring circus that is surely coming like a wave of mutilation*

Rupe is so gonna dig this ……

May 7, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Well I don’t have a prob with gays, but I honestly feel like 99.9% are voting for him for anything but his singing. I just don’t see how he is going to be as good as the previous winners and even the ones that didn’t win. I know Hicks and Ruben haven’t done as well as Carrie and Kelly, but I just don’t get it. It’s not Teeny Bopper Idol. I was surprised Allison went home because I figured of the normal good singers was going to go home. If Adam didn’t bring his Cabaret style and his weird wailing then I possibly might like him. He didn’t do too bad on the Zeppelin song, but he sure wasn’t perfect.

May 7, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Oh thank god! Finally, I’m gay too and for the life of me I can’t see what America and lots of other people see in him! I’m still clueless when I read comments like “eff* gorgeous/oozes sexuality etc* – he looks slightly pudgy and erm, really regular and not attractive at all to me.

And I can’t get into his singing too. I’m out of US and and don’t really follow AI, except last year with the buzz on David Cook and I caught his amazing rendition of ABMB. This year there was this buzz on Adam Lambert, so I tried checking it out too. I’m amazed why it seems most people who love David Cook last year also loves Adam Lambert this year, cos he’s “different and original”. I really like DC (bought his album too), but I can’t stand AL’s singing. To me, he just goes into a song, screech and wail, and like you said, “collective orgasm”. And during slow songs, he just put on a wavery “emotive” tone to it. I’m still unclear as to what is this “stage presence” he seemingly have also, for the life of me I can’t see it.

Totally agree with you on Kris Allen – everything you say bout him. I tend to pride myself on focusing on talent, so I was quite surprised at myself that I like Kris too! After Kris is Allison (sadly got booted), and to an extent I can also see where Gokey’s appeal is coming from.

But Adam, no f***idea what his appeal is.

May 7, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Your article shows how little you know about singing and music. Professionals have said Adam’s voice is spot on key, his soprano notes pitch perfect. He sticks his tongue out and flattens it because it’s a vocal technique for getting the most power behind those high notes.

He hasn’t worn guyliner in a few weeks…of course he’d wear it for Rock week. That’s the type of singer Adam wants to be. I admire him for being true to himself, when AI isn’t cramping his style.

I adore Kris and his musicality. But if the only way you can build up your favorite is by cutting down the most talented contestant in this contest, your words and “reasoning” are hollow, and obviously have no credibility.

May 7, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Look, I really don’t mind people disagreeing with me. People do it all the time and you are free to do so as well. But what I do mind is you bringing me into it on a personal level. Attacking my music experience and knowledge was not only presumptive, but wrong. I took piano lessons for ten years, voice lessons for four, and worked on musical theater both on and off stage for six years. I do know what I’m talking about, and me disagreeing with you or experts doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t. And I don’t appreciate you telling me I don’t when you really don’t know anything about me at all. If the only way you can build up your point is by cutting me down, that makes your words and “reasoning” pretty hollow, and also makes your credibility seem, at best, dubious.

May 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Your article was so off base I couldn’t read through to the end. Your comment re “don’t attack me and my knowledge of music” was incredibly stupid and really shows you know zip about musical notes. Just because you did piano lessons for 10 years does not mean you know a note when you hear one. I’d take a guess that those piano teaches are just taking your $$$ and realize you have 0 talent.

May 11, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Okay. I have an issue with this post on a major level. It assumes that because a professional with years of experience says something is good, it must be good. When it comes to music there is no absolute good. Everyone has their own tastes and enjoys music differently. For you to criticize a taste not your own is fine, but do realize that even if that view is not yours that doesn’t make it wrong. It makes it an opinion. This article was not a musical critique of Adam Lambert, it was one person’s explanation of why Adam Lambert does not appeal to her personally.

Now I hear your opposing opinion and obviously many agree with you, but if you’ll read the other comments you’ll see that others do not. It doesn’t matter how many professionals say that Adam Lambert has perfect pitch or whatever they say (I’ll own to knowing nothing about music), if people don’t like the way he sings, they don’t like the way he sings. Disagreeing with you and 20 or 1,000 professionals does not make their view any less valid or any less worthy to be shared.

I’d also like to point out that nowhere in this article does Julia claim to be a professional. This is an opinion article about a show where you are encouraged to pick a favorite, of course it will have bias and assuming anything else is ridiculous.

May 7, 2009 at 6:42 PM

I love this post. A+, would read again.

And Hanna, you must be tone-deaf if you can watch that boy warble the way he does and call it pitch-perfect.

May 7, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Sorry, Teija, but you’re the deaf one. NO ONE on AI can sing better than Adam. Get over it.

May 7, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I positively detest Adam. I hate the screeching, the tongue, the ‘guyliner’ all of it. He makes me physically ill.

May 11, 2009 at 7:07 PM

I agree. I get physically ill listening to Adam sing. His future career choices? He can probably front a rock band; at least an 80’s band that is. Teased hair and eyeliner is so not the 21 century! No, he is not a solo artist. The main stream music industry execs will insist he tone that screeching down to make his songs more “singable” and we’ll finally get to hear his normal voice for how dull and non-unique that it is. Who can hit those horrible high notes? Who wants to? Can you imagine the guy in the car next to you singing an Adam AI song? Oh the horror!

May 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM

I am a gay man and I totally agree. I dislike Adam and everytime he is performing, I have to fast forward it on my TIVO. And to be honest, I dont even care who wins anymore. None of them would be artists I would buy an album from anyway now that Allison is gone.

May 13, 2009 at 12:18 AM

OMG THANK THE GODS i hate adam so much probably more than u he is such a dusche nd he cant sing with that high pitch death sound he must make nd he is so ugly wen he sings the internet is lucky i cant say wat i want 2 say!!!

May 13, 2009 at 1:34 PM

i hate him too! i agree he is not the worst singer in the world. but he is just terrible. i could not get into american idol at all this year. i loved david cook and many other contestants last year. and i’m from blue springs so it was so exciting when david came home and watching him win. so many of them were really good. i have watched a little bit this year lately while my mom watches it from our dvr and skips through a lot of it! we are like that was awful so high pitched and screaming, then the judges go crazy! i wonder if they are trying to protect their contracts or something and trying to be positive. but we feel like we are from another planet watching it and then hearing them! anyway i don’t think danny is very good at all. kris is cute and he sings pretty good. i would rather either of those two win because i do not want to hear a song by adam on the radio constantly.

May 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I hate Adam too!! Don’t understand why Simon feels so strongly about him as he is usually the voice of reason. He is soooo screechy and annoying. Love Kris, but if he gets voted out this week, I will vote repeatedly for Danny.

May 13, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Adam is so overrated. All he does is takes really good songs and screams them into the microphone. After he performed U2’s “One” last night, I thought I was going to vomit. I will never forget that disaster. Go home, Adam. You suck!

May 13, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. I can’t believe the way Adam butchered U2’s one, and the judges fell over each other in a race to kiss his butt “OH ADAM….you SO amazing!” Blah! I have a deep deep appreciation for artistry in music, but all I hear when Adam screams are those hideous 80’s hair bands… I LOVE Matt Bellamy of Muse and his ridiculous range is to DIE for. But Adam is no Matt Bellamy (Adam even ripped off Matt’s rendition of Feeling Good). Chris is truly a musical talent with heart…and I hope that dark horse gallops to victory.

May 13, 2009 at 8:41 PM


May 18, 2009 at 6:12 PM

lol you lose!! America put the Go in Go-key

May 14, 2009 at 8:20 PM

i agree with you 100 %

I am a lesbian and can not stand this kid . he ruined one of my favorite U2 songs and Aerosmith songs. i flip the tv off every time he is on ,thats how frustrated it makes me. and what are those judges smoking to say he is the favorite to win , they need to re check that hearing aid. you could not pay me to buy his CD or go to his show. this is one lesbian that does not vote for screaming off key singers full of themselves.even if this dummy wins i bet he is gone in no time people who actually know what good music sounds like will not buy anything of his. and those in the gay community that like him so much now in a couples of months they won’t give a shit.

May 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Well!! What can I say!! He is great for a drag Queen, And yes he probley has a great voice for heavy metal. But we all know where that is anymore, And gay i ahve a sis that is gay so come out!! Kris is good but I really think Adam will win, But I would have not picked Kris or Adam.But lets face it the last 3 or 4 will have a shot!! Let’s just see where any of them take it!! Must have been a flash in a pan!!

May 16, 2009 at 8:06 PM

You, Julia Hass, should take note of this more informed opinion than yours: From April 27, Los Angeles Times:

“Many responses have hit my e-mail inbox about my recent musings on Adam Lambert. Some readers appreciate my explorations of the musical scenes that inform his approach; others find them irrelevant, even disgusting. A few e-mail writers seem to think my mentioning Lambert’s ties to gay culture is an attempt to discredit or demean him — as if being gay equals being corrupt or “less than.” I find this disturbing. More justified, I think, is the question some others ask: Ann, what about his singing? Isn’ t that what makes Lambert so special, after all?

Yes, of course! Lambert’s voice is a rare instrument. Without it, his performances would merely be glitzy entertainment. To put it another way, he’d be Normund Gentle. Confrontational style attracts controversy, but it can’t raise deeper emotions. For that you need real talent, the kind that can move even those who never meant to pay attention.

Lambert sings in a certain way partly because he learned that method doing musicals and cabaret as well as glammy rock; he’s been working onstage since childhood and is well-trained. But a very particular gift allows him to go beyond the average show tune belter — or the average heavy-metal squawker. I think this gift puts him in a league with some of the best singers of the rock era. It has to do with the passaggio — his ability to transition from the lower register to that killer falsetto.

A friend who is a singer pointed this out to me (thank you, Erika Gunn!). She noted that many of the vocalists we find most unearthly and stirring can go from their earthy chest voice to the more piercing head voice without stumbling into the weak, constricted zone that often plagues singers as they make the leap. One blogger described it this way: The voice is like a stick-shift car, and the passaggio is the area of shifting, that risky spot where you’d better be both flexible and totally in command.

There’s a lot of interesting technical stuff written about the passaggio. I’m no expert on vocal technique, so let me leave my thoughts within the territory I know: the effect of a certain voice on listeners. Lambert’s natural range is fairly high — he’s a tenor emerging at a time when most rock-oriented singers are baritones, like those kings of the “Idol” jungle, Chris Daughtry and David Cook. (R&B singers are a different matter altogether; the lingering influence of Michael Jackson means that soft, high voices still do well in the field.)

What’s most striking about Lambert, though, is way he can linger in between registers without cracking, wavering or producing a “tight” sound. That’s why his rendition of “Mad World” struck many as his best performance of the season. It lived in that space. The way Lambert’s voice moves gives definition to grace, the way an Olympic skater does when executing a triple toe loop.

I was first convinced that Lambert’s talent goes beyond that of the average “Idol” striver when I saw the Youtube clip of him singing “Dust in the Wind” at the Upright Cabaret in Hollywood. Oh, my God, I thought. Idol is going to have its own Antony! Except he’s younger, more conventionally handsome and not wearing a dress.

Lambert had put me in mind of Antony Hegarty, the hugely gifted art star who uses his near-castrato vocal tone to convey his thoughts on the androgynous nature of love and life’s transitory flow. I wondered how such a delicate creature could survive the harsh grooming that “Idol” demands. (And I’m not the only “Idol” watcher to note the Antony connection.)

Since then, though, Lambert has shown more than that one side. He’s put his scariest Axl face forward for a metal-hard version of “Born to Be Wild” and regularly reached for notes that Janis Joplin might have dared. He’s earned comparison to Freddie Mercury and a standing ovation from Smokey Robinson. Lambert shares two things with all of those great singers: an urge to scale the wall of any melody and the knack for unsettling expectations that come with such a talent.

All of the greats I’ve mentioned pushed through the personae that might have otherwise held them in check. W. Axl Rose, in his prime, was not just the premier heavy-metal singer but the man who took metal into totally new territory. Joplin remains one of the only women to have fully commanded the male-run clubhouse of hard rock. As Queen’s frontman, Mercury made glam rock at once more androgynous and, paradoxically, more manly. And Robinson: His moonglow voice defied racial and gender stereotypes.

Lambert is hardly as formed as these greats. He has a long way to go and much to prove before he stands at the door of the pantheon. But his singing ability, at least, gives him the right to try. And that’s why we just can’t stop talking about him.

— Ann Powers (Los Angeles Times)

May 16, 2009 at 8:33 PM

1. How was my opinion “ill informed?” I don’t like him, and I gave my reasoning. This is a TV blog, not a musical one. You’re free to disagree with me, but I don’t appreciate being told I don’t know what I’m talking about.
2. What I object to is the fact that his performances are not in any way, shape, or form “confrontational” (except, perhaps, “Ring of Fire”, which just was upsetting on so many, many levels). My point is that they are cliched glitzy ridiculous circuses of what artists have been doing for over twenty years and he’s pretending to pass off as his own. Bowie did it over thirty years ago, just to name ONE, and he did it better. Furthermore, while I agree that his voice can have some shining moments (Such as “Tracks of my Tears”), most of the time I find it objectionably sharp and grating.
3. The only deep emotion I feel while listening to him is nausea, or perhaps fear because his expression looks like he wants to break through my television and violate me.
4. I do know about the passaggio (though I’ve never used the official term for it, I’ll admit), and I agree that it’s the sign of a good singer if they can master it. I vehemently disagree that Adam Lambert can do that. It’s like a very jerky flip-switch, he’s either in his falsetto or his chest voice. And his chest voice is fine. It’s not amazing, but it’s quite good. If he stayed there more I might not hate him so much, but when he switches into that falsetto is when we get into real problems, and it’s not a pretty transition.
5. So he’s a tenor and people like tenors, even though most singers are baritones. If you’ve participated in musical theater for any amount of time, that’s a patently obvious fact based on the ranges of most male lead roles. But I’d take a good baritone or bass over a bad tenor any day.
6. No amount of technical mumbo-jumbo and far-flung, undeserved comparisons to dead artists Adam Lambert can only dream of being an iota as talented as are ever going to change the fact that this is a singing show, and he’s off-key and off-pitch all the time. He could have been specially trained at the most prestigious institutes in the world, he could have received a doctorate from God himself. But that doesn’t change the fact that he always sounds badly-tuned.

May 17, 2009 at 7:14 AM

You are entitled to your opinion. However, you have stated that Adam Lambert “has a tendency to go sharp or lose his key.” That is incorrect and you pontificated on that point as if you were an expert. Stick to your opinion and do not give out false information.

I, also, have an issue with the bigotry and hate you have displayed. Though at one point you disavow your bigotry by disclaiming “bad lesbian hipster hair” as not your description the rest of your paragraph belies your Homophobia.

As to the hat you displayed, please pay attention to how Adam and and Kris genuinely seem to respect and like each other as did all of the finalists.

Please, make your argument for your preference in a constructive way. There is enough hate, bigotry and misinformation in the world with out your additions. Have you ever experienced nasty, hateful misinformation being spread about yourself? Do you want to be the type of person that does that to someone else?

May 17, 2009 at 7:16 AM

You are entitled to your opinion. However, you have stated that Adam Lambert “has a tendency to go sharp or lose his key.” That is incorrect and you pontificated on that point as if you were an expert. Stick to your opinion and do not give out false information.

I, also, have an issue with the bigotry and hate you have displayed. Though at one point you disavow your bigotry by disclaiming “bad lesbian hipster hair” as not your description, the rest of your paragraph belies your Homophobia.

As to the hate you displayed, please pay attention to how Adam and and Kris genuinely seem to respect and like each other as did all of the finalists.

Please, make your argument for your preference in a constructive way. There is enough hate, bigotry and misinformation in the world with out your additions. Have you ever experienced nasty, hateful misinformation being spread about yourself? Do you want to be the type of person that does that to someone else?

May 17, 2009 at 12:27 PM

1. I stated that other people described his hair that way. I also stated that I didn’t condone that description. I merely used it because it was the most colorful descriptor I’d heard.
2. My argument was not “I hate Adam Lambert because he’s gay”, my argument was “I don’t understand the fascination gay people seem to have with him just because he’s gay, and I think they can do better”.
3. He is sharp and off-key. Not all the time, but he usually goes there at least once a song, usually before doing his screaming notes.
4. Yes, yes I have. And let’s just say, for the point of argument, that this was the bigoted article you claim it is. What I’ve accused Adam of is a) being campy and overly theatrical, which Simon also accuses him of on a regular basis, b) the gay community seems enamored with him and adopted him as a poster boy and I’m not down with that, and c) he’s not a good singer, which is an opinion I’m entitled to.

May 17, 2009 at 2:15 PM

LOL @ yayay, I’ll have you know I’m classically trained and certified to have perfect pitch, so you can call me tone-deaf all you like, but it’s not going to fly. If Adam Lambert is your opinion of the best voice to come out of AI then I feel sorry for you.

And as for you, Susan Edmunds, I think it takes a lot of gall and sensationalist crybabying for you to call anyone homophobic based on a post like this. You must be one of those people who cries foul at every little thing. Chill out and stop trying so hard to be the moral police, would you? It’s TELEVISION.

May 17, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Finally, I had to google , “I hate Adam lambert” to find someone who feels the same way..I also, hate the way AI is soo fixed..

May 18, 2009 at 6:15 PM

You Lambert haters are going to have to hide in your closets when the show is over. You think he is everywhere now… Look out he’s about to be plastered all over your TV sets, magazines, movies, radio and more… Sorry but he’s around for the long hall. He can’t make you love him but you won’t be seeing the end of him anytime soon.

May 20, 2009 at 11:06 PM

“Everytime someone screams, I’ll think of Adam.”
Is that what you mean? LOL
if children search “Adam Lambert” on Google, they’ll find pictures they shouldn’t look at.

Kris deserved to win. No Doubt. Simon is just sad his bet didn’t win.

May 21, 2009 at 3:36 AM

You are an idiot this writer of this blog is an idiot.
Kris may have won the battle but he will not win the war. Trust me we have one justin timberlake we don’t need another one. He isn’t real rock and lets we’ll be saying Kris who by next year this time. Oh Lambert will outsell Kris in cd’s and concerts. Some people can hear talent and some people are just tone deaf which you are and clearly this author is.

May 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM

To become successful, Adam will have to make a radio-friendly mainstream pop or corporate rock album, just like everyone else.

Also, I think it would be technically possible for him not to sign with 19 Management, but if he doesn’t sign with them, they will not promote him.

There’s not that much room for originality or creativity in the music industry, especially with American Idol.

May 19, 2009 at 2:57 PM

There is something very unpleasant about Adam Lambert.
He has that nasty negative energy around him.
His overconfidence makes me sick.
I know that quiet confidence is not very popular in US, but at the end of the day it always wins.
Adam is acting like he is a king of rock@roll, But it takes a lot more then thick eyeliner and loud screams to be one.

May 19, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Everytime he screams, I feel like getting a hammer and banging it on the television set.

I remember in the movie “School of Rock” – Jack Black told his students not to imitate those guys w/ black eyeshadows w/ punk hair blah blah.. they’re just posers. I don’t know if that’s the case with Adam.

I hope for Kris to win

May 22, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I totally agree about the nasty negative energy.

BTW, Allen is outselling Lambert on iTunes as we speak.

May 19, 2009 at 3:24 PM

As a true appreciator of Real Rock I feel insulted when the simpering judges call him a “rock god”. Hello? Can anyone honestly say he is the caliber of Bono, Axel Rose, Jimmy Page, or Mick Jagger? I remember when he did Ring of Fire one of the judges compared him to Nine Inch Nails. What!? Have they even heard NIN? Trent Reznor could eat this spoiled little twerp for breakfast. Nail polish, eyeliner, and a wardrobe straight from Hot Topic does not make a rock n’ roll star. Plus, he totally butchers every song that requires tonality. It’s kind of a joke. Sorry, just had to rant. It’s just really irritating to have this guy as the poster boy (on a show with international exposure to boot)for a musical genre he truly doesn’t belong in.

May 19, 2009 at 4:09 PM

“Everytime he screams, I feel like getting a hammer and banging it on the television set.”
couldnt have said it better myself.
He is cokey, annoying, a poser and very irritating.
I hope Kris wins. We have seen his musical talent with singing, piano and guitar. He is the whole package. He is so creative and has such a great heart. For sure a GREAT role model for people.

May 19, 2009 at 9:07 PM

This is why I hate him… If the show was ” Big Fat Nuns on Crack Singing Bad Manilow” he would have gorged himself on twinkies for 6 months and shown up in a habit strung out on crack singing Mandy. He is the ultimate poser, there is nothing original or genuine about him. Makes my skin crawl….

May 19, 2009 at 11:36 PM

I actually missed out on the whole season so I don’t know much about the contestants. But boy, was I shocked to watch this guy! I could not believe he is a finalist. Really? He is the most annoying character I’ve seen on tv. My immediate response was repulsion. You can tell he has an unbelievably cocky aura. What a poser!

May 20, 2009 at 10:49 PM

That was very well written…I found your article in a search in hopes that others agreed with me.

I had to get rid of cable and my tv well before this season of Idol began. Last week I saw the episode where it went from 3 to 2. Never before having seen these guys nor heard them, I was amazed. Amazed at the judges reactions. Kris was the only one I felt sounded GOOD. I’m not a musical genius but I do feel like it was interesting hearing the “top” 3 without any previous back story or whatnot. When Adam sang I was well, disgusted. The whole screaming, tongue thing. Oh my God, I had to turn the volume down really low. Then to hear the judges…I have no words.

So, I just read that Kris won. I saw people on MySpace complaining in their status messages. “HOW COULD ADAM NOT WIN!”….Um, because maybe there are actually people with taste who vote. Or maybe it was rigged like they accused. I really don’t care.

All I know is that I will continue my new tradition of not watching Idol because I’ve always felt that they could put someone not so great (or annoying etc) up there, have the judges talk ‘em up and the masses follow. I’m going to just believe that that’s why so many people….cough….like him. I have to believe that.

May 21, 2009 at 3:40 AM

Also this writer is very insulting and rude. Oh yeah and this writer seems very unintelligent.

June 8, 2009 at 6:18 PM

I agree X 10 1000000000!

May 21, 2009 at 6:12 AM

Another America Idol season wasted! Adam Lambert by far is superior to Kris Allen. Being in the music scene it’s all about talent and theatrics. Yes, talent Kris has, theatrics, no, he’s just another acoustic guitar playing musician, who’s career will last as long as his Idol contract.

Adam Lambert reminds me both in voice and theatrics of the great Freddie Mercury. Adam is now free to do what he wants and not be tied to Idol. With the departure of Paul Rodgers from Queen, I suspect he’ll be offered a contract with Brian May and cuts an CD with EMI/Parolphone.

I predict that anything Adam releases will far exceed what Idol has Kris release.

I too find this blogger insulting and rude, it’s not a gay thing as you elude to. It’s about talent and as someone who has been a DJ for 10 plus years and once again america got it wrong, which fortunately will work out in his favor.

May 21, 2009 at 9:11 AM

ok look i am 21 and i just want to sat that u guys need to stop bitchen’ about Adam i bet u cant sing better than him and i just want to say that u people suck cuz Adam puts on a show well thats all i want to say

May 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM



Im glad that Kris won…I hate arrogance. The posted photo for last nights win is on a shocked Kris – everyone should have been watching Adam’s face instead – I WAS. I knew Kris was going to win!

Hey maybe he can do a MasterCard commercial:

Outrageous clothes…$2,000
Tons of liner & nail polish…$200
Look on his face when he DIDNT win…PRICELESS

June 9, 2009 at 7:49 PM

i love your reply. all of it. perfect.

May 21, 2009 at 5:16 PM

yeah I agree with how Adams all cocky and overconfident but I really don’t like how your discriminating people who are gay. I may not really understand them myself but dude thats totally cold

May 23, 2009 at 6:51 AM

I don’t HATE Adam, I just don’t like him. For all those Kris haters, your comments and all the bad stuff you say about him isn’t bringing him down. It’s making him even more popular. So sucks for you that Adam didn’t win. But I’m very happy about the results. :)

May 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM

if a kid is that young to not be aloud to look at kissing pictures-maybe they should know how to use a computer?? goodness. Adam DESERVED to win. Look at Simon Cowells reaction to Kris’s win. He didnt stand. He didnt move. He didnt even smile! He knew america made the wrong decision. He wanted Adam the win from the Get-go. Adam is just so much fun to watch! such a performer! Kris is boring and forgetable. If i wanted to see someone like Kris i would have went to a John Mayer concert.

May 25, 2009 at 12:56 AM

Im glad that Kris won…I hate arrogance. The posted photo for last nights win is on a shocked Kris – everyone should have been watching Adam’s face instead – I WAS. I knew Kris was going to win!

Hey maybe he can do a MasterCard commercial:

Outrageous clothes…$2,000
Tons of liner & nail polish…$200
Look on his face when he DIDNT win…PRICELESS


Actually Adam was happy for Kris as I remember it. And by the way what was the first thing out of Kris mouth That Adam deserved to win so lets stop the bullshit. Even Kris knew that Adam was more talented than him. I like Kris he’s cool but I’ve seen artist like him before. He is not as original as they come. He is a dime a dozen.

May 25, 2009 at 6:21 AM

Adam ‘s look when Kris won: pure happiness. Genuine good feelings for his good friend to have won the title.

I know music is all personal taste. Kris is not to my personal taste, and I totally get that Adam is not appealing to all. But to say that gays are supporting Adam because he’s gay? Totally unsubstantiated. Is that the case with some people? Yes. Just like some people supported Kris because he’s from Arkansas and so are they, or because he’s a worship leader, or because he’s just not Adam. Not everyone voted based solely on talent.

One thing can’ be denied, and that is that BOTH Kris and Adam had strong fan bases, lots of gays and TONS of straight people. So if you were a Kris fan or an Adam fan, you should at least acknowledge that the other DID have something to offer, or they wouldn’t have made it into the final two.

Let’s give credit where credit is due. Both guys were deserving of the crown, but only one could win it. I think we got it right – Adam is better off in second place. He’s still tied to 19 Entertainment contractually, and NO WAY will they let that cash cow out of it. But as the 2nd place winner, he won’t be as restricted creatively because he’s not THE American Idol.

Don’t blame gays. They have EXCELLENT taste (this blogger excluded, of course).


May 25, 2009 at 7:36 AM

Adam a bad singer? Do me a favor and check out what people with actual expertise and musical hearting, like vocal teachers, think of him.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the AI results, but not because Kris is the better singer. He is so clearly not. He’s cute and non-threatening and has a good voice. That’s all America wants from its American Idol.

May 25, 2009 at 7:37 AM

That’s supposed to be ‘hearing’, damn it. Blame the early hour!

May 28, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Wow I am so impressed by the rudeness of so many people. The best, most just comment by far was the one that started with:

“Adam ’s look when Kris won: pure happiness. Genuine good feelings for his good friend to have won the title.”

I feel like a teenager (which I am not) when I watch Adam Lambert, thinking that if he does release an album and goes on tour, I will be first in line! Oh, I should also say I am a woman, not a gay person. So I like Adam not because I’m gay, not because he might be gay, but because he reminds me–as one person said– of good singers back in the day, like Freddie Mercury, who knew not only how to sing but how to give a great performance. I don’t give an F how much nail polish or eyeliner Adam wears; he looks amazing no matter what ;), and hotter than Kris too! All you losers that say he screams a lot try screaming like he does and all you will accomplish is a dying-cat sound. Adam can sing, and can scream with style…evenly, perfectly. It’s a steady scream and I enjoy hearing it! I am going to smile so much after seeing how much more popularity Adam achieves than Kris. Kris is not a bad singer, but as many have said it… he is average like so many out there. I am not mad that Adam did not win because that way he will have more freedom to make an album that a lot of us Rock fans have been waiting for. So long losers, especially to you the author!

June 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I soooo Agree with you Marce5 , Adam is AMAZING and people are just soooo homophobic these days i too will at his first concert

June 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Kris’ music has nothing to do with less is more
Adam is just adam


So just coz someone goes wild on stage it means they’re cockey? I say DAnny is cockey and so is lil rounds coz unlike ADAM, they talk back to the judges comments! Even when Simon criticized his ring of fire, he was just laughing it off.

June 2, 2009 at 1:50 AM

i would like to know how you despise adam lambert with every fiber of your being but your article is TOO BORING to finish reading. LOL. i love how he bothers, intimidates and outrages you by just one look of his face! LMAO. i can’t imagine how hard your life must be. everyday you wake up and you’re reminded how you HATE adam lambert! HAHAHA. that’s soooo GOOD. I LOVE ADAM LAMBERT! and i’m completely okay with whatever haters say about him. continue ranting! and please make it more interesting next time. PS: does it annoy you that i mention adam lambert’s name more than three times? *grins*

June 23, 2009 at 5:13 PM

you are totally right!
i hate him too.
I cant see his face any more he make me sick!
everytime i see his face im about to throw up!

June 24, 2009 at 1:37 PM

You people are so stupid , Adam is one of the best singers ever his voice is outstanding and should of won. Kris is no way near as good as him every just likes Kris becuase he has a little pretty face WHATEVER Adam is gonna big. So all you homophobic people out there get a life the world is changing. Adam shouldn’t be judged because he is gay. And all you people who say he “screams” it’s ovi that you don’t have a clue about music and that all you want to hear is KRIS if you walk into a bar you would see 50 KRIS with all the same tiny little voices BUT there is only one Adam Lambet.

August 2, 2009 at 3:05 PM

U MOUTHER FUCKER!! THIS IS SOO STUOPID!! Adam is Amazing he can hit notes that i did’nt eben think where posible! He has pure talent! If you cant tell that ur deff! I respect you for voiceing ur opion but seriously if your goi g to voice ur opion make it one that we WA NT to here! :((

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