April 7th, 2009
09:12 PM ET

Top 8: Adam Lambert has me mad for him

Adam loved playing dress up as a child.

Adam Lambert

That explains so much when it comes to his flair for the dramatic.

Adam sang the mess out of Tears for Fears' "Mad World." He got a standing ovation from Simon, and he more than deserved it.

His rendition was SICK! That boy has an incredible voice, and I will even forgive him his boy-band hair and look tonight, which I guess would be cute to me if I was a tad bit younger.

Adam seems like he is leaving everyone else in the dust in this competition. He was by far the best.

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  2. Maddie xX...mrs,lambert...Xx

    Adam I love you soooo MUCH!!!!! Hes sooo HOTT!!! WOAH!!! I love him soo much!!! Well I get to see him Saturday!!! <3,,, In Concert<3.. Ahh sooo excited!!!!!! Well I love you adam!! See ya saturday!!!! <3...

    September 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ev

    Adam, you are truly wonderful, better than Elvis and so much charisma, wow. Can't wait to see you every week and can't stop thinking about you, you are so awesome, words cannot describe.

    April 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kim G

    Adam Lampert is in a class by himself. he has a truly legendary voice that will last as long as Steven Tyler and Mick Jagger. yes. I said it. I think his voice it that great, but everyone needs to let him be himself. Born to be Wild blew me away. if felt like he let go and showed us what he can really do. every move, hair, make up, arrangement, brilliant. Can't wait till he is out of the idol "box" so we all can see how amazing he really is. Adam, forget about the judges and do what comes from your heart. it is beautiful.

    April 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Madeline

    Oh my gosh...DANNY AND LIL? Who lifted the rock off of you today! Danny is ... well ... yuck yuck and more yuck. And Lil. Okay, you cannot be serious. Please tell me you're not. She has a flat, plain and lifeless voice. No personality and constantly makes excuses for her low rate performances. She wore a Wal-mart cocktail dress while singing a country music song! Who is styling her? She is just wrong wrong and one more time WRONG for this show. She has absolutely no hustpa!
    Watch out because she will probably be the next one packing!

    April 9, 2009 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. blacksfera

    There is definitely no doubt that Adam is winning with those kind of powerful pipes he have,there's just no competition.
    But what amazed me was that Adam is such a gentleman and polite to the judges.
    Everytime he is being praised,he never fails to say"Thank You".

    April 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bette

    Adam is the next American Idol...every song turns out great and sends chills up and down the spine!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Angela, Albuquerque

    Adam is amazing. I am captivated and find myself anxiously awaiting his song and performance. I had never before heard the song he sang last night, but he moved me.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jon

    He reminds me of the late Freddie Mercury what a VOICE I think this will be the best singer ever to come out of A.I. not sure that turns into record sales but he is the best.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dana

    By far the BEST on American Idol.....Can't wait to see him in concert, and buy his CD that will go straight to #1.....

    April 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Adam's version was fantastic. Not as good as the Michael Andrews and Gary Jules version for Donnie Darko but light years ahead of the boring Tears for Fears version.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. julie

    The original of this song is lovely but Adam brought it over the top. I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad that the dreams that have me dying are the best I've ever had. This guy is a genius. I a absolutely floored by his charisma and his voice. Wow, wow and more wow.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mm

    danny looks like a muppet and sings like he's the entertainment for ladie's night on a cruise ship

    you can dislike adam for many reasons, but singing off pitch/ off key cannot be one of them. the kid is technically perfect. a lot of people say he's over the top, but look at some of the tours done by the biggest stars today–britney spear's circus tour? people want to see a singer and a show, and adam can do it both. and since when is 27 "too old"?

    April 8, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eve

    I think Adam's hot, adaptable and controlled. I liked that last week he looked straight into the camera and mouthed "Thank you." What class! I'm 69 and partied a lot when younger. His songs are the first iTunes I've ever downloaded and I listen to them every day. They send shivers up my spine. It's been a long time since a singer did that for me.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robert - Hollywood CA

    Adam has been incredible and consistently so since season 8 began. His performances are mesmerizing and last night's Mad World was touching and displayed genuine artistry. Again.

    Last time I checked Adam received 375 comments on this site, almost as much as ALL other 7 season 8 contestents combined. Whether you love or hate him, his performances are water cooler topics week after week, and the forgone conclusion that he will win season 8 aside – people, we are all witness to the creation of a new (and mega) music legend of our time.

    Congratulation, Adam!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. sil

    Adam, YOU ROCK!!! Take it from a 72 year old woman that still kicks!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Joyce

    I think he is off the wham when he sings. Also I have Never seen
    Simon Cal give anyone a standing ovation. He didn;t even do that for
    Carrie Underwood. I think Adam will win the whole thing this year.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jael

    I thought I had heard the most beautiful song in the world and it couldn't get any better when I heard Adam sing Track of my Tears. Then .... he sang Mad World and I was literally stunned by the haunting, ethereal, *singing to me* quality by this young artist.

    Question: What does the AI contract stipulate for the winner of the contest? Does anyone know?

    April 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Glenda

    If I read one more time how it wasn't Adams version–I am gonna puke. NO IDOL IS ALLOWED to sing anything they wrote! Idol's legal team clears all copyright issues. Adam has written many songs (as well as Scott)–but they are NOT allowed to sing them. It is the rule!

    We will all see the depth of his true talent, I am sure–from his first CD.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Andy

    Adam completely destroyed this song. I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. He took a great song and sang it in his screachy voice and again just made it too theatrical, and it just didn't work for him at all. It didn't deserve a standing O...it made me want to throw my tv out the window. I do understand why Simon likes him, because he different, unique, and good on stage...but I will never listen to him if he wins.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. heather

    This guy is a hack why can't anyone see it????? PLEASE ppl open your eyes!!!! he sucks! he now ruined Donnie Darko forever for me which was a sweet movie. this guy is not even really old enough to be trapped in the 80's but is! ewwww he makes me sick!

    April 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Ellen

    I have been watching Idol since Year One and never bought a song on iTunes until this year. Now I cannot wait to buy Adam's songs the minute they hit iTunes and I listen to it over and over. LOVEEEEEEEEEE.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. debbie ross


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  24. Gary

    Adam is pure Broadway show type.Nothing more.However,some weeks ago,on Jay Leno,Simon,Ryan and Randy all said Adam is the winner. Lets just wait and see if everybody who votes has been had.
    Better yet,charge $1.00 per vote.Then give the money to the USO.I'm sure that would cut down on 34 million votes .

    April 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. hemnebob

    that boy!

    April 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Shannon

    I can't deny that he has a good voice, but he would be better suited on Broadway; I would never by an album. Not my cup of tea 🙁

    April 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Brans

    Every time Adam sings, I find myself holding my breath just so I don't miss a note. Not only does he have fantastic range and emotion, but his vocal control is like nothing I've ever heard before. Amazing!

    April 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. KatyMay

    Janet, he does remind me of Chris Isaak. Maybe he will sing "Wicked Ways!" I would love it.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ashley

    Adam is sensational, he's the only reason I watch the show. He connects to the song and audience better than many current artists, and completely draws you in. Mad World is one of my all-time favorite songs, but I even liked Adam's better than the Gary Jules version. Very similar, but I found he was more dynamic with certain notes, and I just really love Adam's voice. I would be shocked and dissapointed if he didn't win.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  30. kayemgee

    I think for once American Idol as found a winner very early in the show. When he walked through those audition doors, 'Winner!' was written across his forehead. We all know how Paula jumps the gun and claims particular contestants winners already – well I think we have to agree with her this time. I'll be surprised if he doesn't win.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  31. angela

    What is wrong with you people? Adam yes may be able to carry a tune, but really can you listen to his screaching high pitched voice for an entire album. Um, NO. If I heard him on the radio, I would automatically know what the song is going to sound like and immiediately change the station. Dont get me wrong, as said he can carry a tune but his emo look and girly voice has got to go!! Man is he over-rated.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. karuna

    The very very worst part of Idol is in the front area with all those girls and their waving hands and arms!!! This totally destroys the good essence of a singing competition, and whoever thought of this and allowed this is just adding to a totally unpalatable scene. The sight of those waving arms is a total distraction and we hate it more than we dislike any of the singers or judges. For god's sake, let us get rid of this stupid idea and those girls, who do not add anything, but rather distract from a reasonable show.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Rnel

    He butchered the lyrics in the beginning of his rendition of the song. I thought his overall performance was just ok. Nothing fantastic as the original and the subsequent version in 2000's were much better.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kristy G

    The best contestant. I love several others but he takes the cake.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  35. John

    I really don't get it. I have tried to like what Adam does, but just do not enjoy his voice (or theatrics).

    April 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Deedee

    Does anyone else see a resemblance to a young Elvis?

    I would love to hear Adam sing one of Elvis's romantic ballards.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Shayla

    Dude is a fraud. He's totally ripping off Jeff Buckley and Gary Jules. Sure, he's talented but in no way original......looks like he's perpetually playing dress up.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Janet

    I'm 59 years old but this guy, Adam Lambert, is truly the winner bar none. He is like a rocker Chris Issak in that he has such range and control. I really like Matt G. and Danny G was really good, and so was Allison. They will be the top four I think.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Festerfree

    Yeah, we were pissed Fringe came on late and we had to endure this very odd dude singing the already badly done REM version of the Tears For Fears classic... this show is so over-rated. Hopefully someone will watch the clock – 7 minutes was 7 minutes too much for me to have to watch. American Idol has "jumped the shark" already. (look it up).

    April 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Joe

    He is a decent singer but hisperformances and his whole body language screams put me on broadway or a stage, he will make it far in this season but will not win, my gues is the save will most likely be used on him, people are blinded by his performances that they dont hear that annoying steve tyler high pitch,or mick jager this was big in the 80's 90's I will say it right now he will not win AMERICAN IDOL but, he wil do something, as for music he will not sell just like our idols ruben studdard or tayolor hicks or fantasia burrino or should i say fantasia burrinwho?

    April 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Syerra

    Adam is superb in small doses. I'm not sure if I could sit through an entire concert, though, no matter how talented he is. I guess with professional choreographers and fancy sets, they might distract...even Queen let other members sing once in a while, because Freddy was, although highly talented, very theatrical too. We all know it'll be Danny vs. Adam in the final. I'm sure the rest of the contestants know this, too, and are just having fun while it lasts. Adam would be better off NOT winning and not being tied down to any American Idol contract. Let him sign with a bigger player who can really let him do his thing.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  42. yamamamma

    Why does is bother people that Adam's arrangement wasn't original, and it's been done before? I don't recall Adam saying that this is "his" original arrangement. I guess I didn't realize that all performers on Idol are supposed to create their own arrangements. Adam gets props from me every week because he's smart enough to look for the arrangements that work for his vocal style. He has never claimed to create these arrangements himself.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Obby

    The show is Over...and the 2009 Idol winner is .................................... ADAM LAMBERT.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Phyllis

    This young man reminds me of a time long long ago when another young rock n roll guy appeared. He even resembles him a bit and this young man became the king of rock and roll. Yup Elvis!!!! He has that same mild mannered way about him until he sings. I'm 62 years old now and I really really like Adam Lambert. Good looking, Wonderful voice and extremely humble. I have chosen him to be the winner from the very beginning of the show this year and I sure hope I'm right about this although he will have a career regardless of what happens. I'm confident about that. He is by far an extremely talented young man.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Rick

    Adam Lambert was the show's highlight even though he basically did exactly the same version as Gary Jules albeit at a higher range. I think Allison should get some credit for her performance of Bonnie Raitt's song. I also feel Matt was very entertaining and showed moxy in singing a Stevie Wonder song, usually verboten on this show as the judges seem to feel some singer's songs (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Wonder ) are untouchable.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  46. darla

    My prediction: Adam will get voted off, then the judges will save him, and then he'll go on to win it! (Will make great television!!!)

    April 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  47. l marie

    I agree Deb
    "He is so wildly talented, beautiful, sexy, unique and appealing in every way!!! I think he is amazing and will undoubtedly have a brilliant future! It is refreshing to see someone be exactly who they are and to be secure in it. He is beautiful exactly the way he is! Adam, don’t change a thing! Buckle up, it’s gonna be a wild ride for you from here on out….you are on your way!!!"

    April 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Gloria

    Adam is an incredible performer ... he is loaded with talent. He has a special onstage charisma (an "Elvis quality") when singing upbeat songs and he knows how to make the most out of slow songs. I was taken aback initially by his punk look, but he is so talented that I find myself looking forward to his performance each week.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Scooter

    Dannt vs. Lil? Are you crazy??

    Has Simon ever given a standing O before?

    April 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Beth

    I knew they would leave Adam for the last singer of the night, sort of the "closing act" if you may.... He is by far the most original for this year. As for those of you who missed out due to the show going long.. They've been doing this long enough, this should be routine for the judges. I get very upset with the beginning of the show cause they are all so chatty and talk way too long. They need to be given a 10-15 second comment time and when their time is up, cut off the microphone. We as viewers expect to see the show in the amount of time that is alloted... I know I went off on another road with that but I felt the need to say something...Adam you are great!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Amy

    Lil sucks... I'm sorry. She says the same thing every week when they critique her ("If you just give me one more week, I promise to come out & surprise everyone!") and then she goes back to the same old same old. Danny is good, but not as good as Allison or Adam.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Ole Sorensen

    If Adam does not win there is no justice

    April 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Brian

    Allison won't be in the finals. It will be Danny vs Lil.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Dorena

    I loved what Adam did last night. He made the song all about his voice and not him with the lighting. He is so incredible. I can't wait to see what he bring next week. I relistened to the Gary Jules version because I loved that song – props to Gary. But I think Adam did change it up, when he stands up I get chills and the performance is just so beautiful. How can everyone not love his voice?

    April 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  55. James steele

    They have to make your performance last,because after you its over.
    (the first time you did your hair different,you did look like ELVIS IN THE 50s)

    April 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Alicia

    I agree with RJ, he ruined an awesome song with his screaming just like he did with Johnny Cash ... if he wants to ruin his own songs fine, but dont ruin classics

    April 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  57. kindheart

    Without a doubt, he is the next American Idol. Every performance is fantabulous!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Sue Mazzone

    I can't wait until Adam can be voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,I wish it didn't have to take so long. I was blown away by his incredible performance and can't wait to see him play in Cleveland, Ohio. I love American Idol and Simon and very talented people like Adam are the reason. I think the judges should switch chairs for some kind of change,anything. Just don't ever leave Simon!!!!! I think it will come down to Adam and Danny,and Adam is exactly what we look for in an American Idol. How cool would it be if Constantine came back for a performance with Adam?

    April 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  59. RJ

    kevin0422 – Adam ruined the song. I'm sorry to disagree and like it if you do, but it is gone. The Gary Jules/Michael Andrews version is hauntingly beautiful. It is designed to be a sparse arrangement with little to no instrumentation other than the piano and maybe some guitar. It allows for Gary's voice to just sing. Adam's version was trying to take Gary's version and make it more popish, which doesn't work. Plus his voice was horrible-too high on some notes, no emotion. That's what works about Gary's version-all emotion. You feel it. Now it is ruined. Adam needs to go!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Valerie

    Adam is in the right place at the right time – he has the very popular "Twilight" look going – in fact, I wish he could have played Edward Cullen! He is the best American Idol this year and will win. I look forward to buying all his recordings and any movies he's in...that guy has a huge future ahead of him. Love you, Adam!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Deb

    I would also like to add that I am a 39 yr old, STRAIGHT, Mother of 3 who is crazy about Adam Lambert! He is so wildly talented, beautiful, sexy, unique and appealing in every way!!! I think he is amazing and will undoubtedly have a brilliant future! It is refreshing to see someone be exactly who they are and to be secure in it. He is beautiful exactly the way he is! Adam, don't change a thing! Buckle up, it's gonna be a wild ride for you from here on out....you are on your way!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. carolina gal

    There is one big reason why Adam is, by far, the top contender. Adam is more than a singer...he is an entertainer. His performances are three dimentional. With every other contestant you are focused on their singing and nothing more. When you watch Adam you are looking at how he portrays emotion, how his look works uniquely into each song and you are drawn in by his amazing vocal range. If he does not end up winning AI he will surely have every broadway producer beating down his door.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Al

    INREDIBLE performance!!!!!!! Adam WILL be the next IDOL!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  64. em gee

    Never mind that Adam 'copied' the Gary Jules version of Mad World from Donnie Darko (awesome movie, by the way); the fact is, he chose a song that was relevant, creative, and beautifully sung. Just like last year when David Cook got chastised for the Chris Cornell version of one of his songs... The performance and the voice is what matters most. For us audiophiles, it was refreshing to hear and watch that rarely heard song being performed by someone who deserves to sing it. Way to go, Adam!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Tony

    Adam, You were so good that I can not get you out of my mind!!! What an amazing performance I wish I had recorded it. I think they should have declared him the winner of this season right after that performance.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Sally

    Adam screamed last night? Really? I didn't hear it. I heard someone with incredible vocal talent showing he could control that voice. The "vibration" we all heard during a number of notes – that's called control. Not every singer can do that. Last night seals the deal for Adam.

    As for Adam's version of the song not being his own, give him some credit please. He had no chance to speak and give credit. He had no "stool" time prior to performing and except for saying thank you in the end he had no speaking time. He's always given credit where it is due. If he has speaking time tonight, he will give credit.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Robyn

    Adam needs to be on Broadway and NOT American Idol. His screetching, learing almost on the verge of depressing performances are too much to take! We get it Adam....you can scream! You can scowl and pout! God it's getting old.........he is so rehearsed and so UNnatural it's nauseating. Just leave now and head for Broadway where your "talent" can be applauded. I can hardly wait for each of his songs to end....gag. GO DANNY!!! Now there is some raw, god-given talent!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  68. sabrina

    Absolutely amazing performance,,, p,s, whomever is in charge of this blog.. you deleted my comment last night which was totally appropriate!!! That isnt cool!

    Anyway Adam was marvelous!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Deb

    American Idol needs to do the responsible thing and give Adam some airtime tonight to re-perform, with, judges comments + the standing O he so greatly earned and deserved again, to avoid any foul up with voting due to the show going into OT. Adam is light years and galaxies above and beyond the rest of the contestants on this show. He is far too talented to even be on AI. He is in a clear league of his own that is like comparing Elvis to a choir boy. I hope to see the brightest future for this uber talented young man and hope that he gets all that he deserves and more. Go ADAM LAMBERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Tracy

    When I see this young man, I immediately think of Freddy Mercury and Queen.
    He is a talent and gets into "character" when he sings which = PERFORMER!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  71. kevin0422

    RJ – I too loved the Gary Jules version of Mad World, but I think Lambert blew it out of the water...especially with the staging thrown into the performance.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Lucy loves ADAM!!

    MY 4 YEAR OLD GIRL/BOY TWINS LOVE ADAM!!!! My daughter cried when I showed her his performance of Tracks of my Tears. I asked her why she was crying and she told me "because it is so beautiful". She is drawing pictures of him with crayons and hanging them on our bulletin board! I hope Adam knows that he is touching the lives of old and young.

    I am 45 and loved growing up with Mic Jagger, Steven Tyler and the rest of the rockers. Oh, lets not forget Elton John. Hummm I bet Adam could rock the world over with one of his songs! I thank Adam for sharing his talents with us. I can't believe how happy I am after watching his performances and listening to them over and over again. There is too much sadness in the world and Adam helps make me and tons and tons of my friends smile and have something positive to talk about. There is an AMAZING website that sells so much Adam Lambert TSHIRTS, hats, bags and even dog bowls...and SO many other fabulous things. It's unbelievable. I can't give the name of the site but just google adam lambert tshirts and it will come up. I have ordered loads of these goodies. I'll let you know when I receive them!

    Now for the person that is bashing Adam's "Mad World" Yes, Gary Jules did a version and WOW so did Alex Parks, Donnie Danko, Tara McLean and the list can go on. And you know what, they all sound the same! Adam's version was HIS own. Humm and do you think he stole Tracks of my Tears also? And Smokey was there too? They are not creating original songs they are making an existing song their own. Gary Jules and the others did NOT sing the song the way Adam did. Adam of course added his own twists and turns. And who gives a hoot if he was off pitch a tiny tiny bit. He commands the stage. Polite, never getting smart with the judges, thanking the band (never heard ANY contestant do that before) humble, and man oh man is he talented, beautiful and creative. I see the next superstar preparing for an exciting adventure. His life will never be the same and neither will ours.

    And YES there is a problem with the show running over. Just think millions of viewers missed his performance. If Doop or whatever his name is did not spend 3 minutes apologizing to Kara for being rude, which apparently no one (even Kara) thought he did anything wrong, they would not have run over. I find that strange? Although Simon gave him a standing ovation, which I believe is the first in AL history, it still does not excuse FOX TV for running over. Simon should have been more on top of the time issue. I am anxious to see if they mention this tonight.

    Okay off my soap box and to the mailbox I go to see if my Adam goodies have arrived! Love too ALL of the loyal Lambert fans.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Dave

    This kids screeching and screaming voice has to go. I guess a lot of people like to hear it but I hate to break it to them that it just sucks.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  74. 1oldcat

    I think he has far more talent than all of the contestants. I will buy his music and hopefully, he will also make music videos!! HE IS GREAT!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Brittany

    I am getting so sick of hearing about how amazing Adam is.. he is NOT that good. He will be great on the stage doing broadway where he can scream and squeal all he wants but on the American Idol stage.. it's getting a little old. He's completely overrated and while he invents good versions of the songs he's covering, his voice isn't spectacular. How hard is it to scream? The competition is about vocal talent.. He's only mediocre.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Barbara

    Adam is a freak and no way should be the American Idol. There is much to much talent there to pick him. He is a screamer and can't sing. He must GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  77. L Marie

    I TOTALLY agree with Kara's comments . . . I can't wait to watch the show each week to see WHAT you do / perform next! UR AMAZING! keep up the GREAT work!!! <3

    April 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Kate

    I'm really tired of the falsetto. It's becoming very annoying. He doesn't belong here.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  79. Sky in Seattle

    I hope the directors did not set up the situation with the show running late so that Adams performance was after the official end time. You know....so that the judges could use their magic save vote.....I dislike manipulating our emotions and this year I have not felt as manipulated as in years past.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  80. NJ

    Adam is good, but too cocky. He dissed Lil at the end of the show. He's good, but not that good or he would have been discovered by now. Remember where you come from...you have not won yet.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  81. KatyMay

    First of all: Yes, Adam has way way more professional experience then your usual 'American idol'. He is a professional, just an "unknown" one up until now.
    Second; He doesn't always sing with the falsetto-go to YouTube and there are plenty of songs where he does not use it.
    Third; Many of his OWN, authored co-written songs (not covers) are very good. A few can be found on Youtube or fan sites.
    As for me, I only watch AI to see what Adam will do. i would purchase his music and pay to see him in concert.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  82. MEL

    ***I still can't get over how he butchered Johnny Cash....
    But yeah when he doesnt scream he's good... I dont get all the hype though. He's way too dramatic for me. He needs to be in theatre and not American Idol....
    Kris is the guy to beat. Looks AND talent.***

    April 8, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  83. Ih8Adam

    Can we please get back to IDOL and let Adam go back to his big, brassy, over-dramatized broadway show world?!?!

    Adam is ready for a big showy, glitzy, sequined Vegas act; it's where he belongs and he'll be happy there!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  84. Barbara

    Adam is by far the leader in the voice department but will the voters show there support by actualy voting? You must vote! Matt is too close on Adams heel and has that all American look that might give him an edge. Does anyone besides me notice the Elvis resemblance?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  85. Don

    A stading ovation isn't enough for this guy! He is just amazing in every possible way. The best contestant Amernican Idol has ever had, bar none. GO ADAM GO! YOU ARE A TRUE ARTIST, and I can't wait to be buying your albums and seeing you live!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  86. supercat

    People!!! Get a clue!! WAKE UP!!!

    He has perfected his stage persona of falming drama queen! so what? Big deal. Adam has had YEARS of professional show biz experience. So, yes, of course he can get on stage and sing technically very "well".

    HELLO!?! He is so flaming with drama and so whining; he is so irritating, so annoying... it's staggering!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  87. supercat

    Yes, he dressed up as a child. Is anyone REALLY surprised to hear this?


    Can he please go straight to Las Vagas and stay there?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  88. christina

    Women everywhere, even women of Elvis's Generation, are saying that Adam Lambert is a modern day "Elvis Presley". One lady on this board said it, I have heard other ladies say it- and when the women of Elvis's Generation are saying it- that is saying alot. ADAM LAMBERT deserves to win this competition- he truly is amazing!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  89. Wendy

    AWESOME!! AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!! Need I say any more! WOW!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  90. Brenda

    Adam has so much talent that I actually think American Idol should find some way to have two winners. Obviously Adam has already won the top spot. Why not let the others compete for the 2nd spot? In other words have two winners.

    If not that then do something that's never been done before and Simon declare him the MID-point winner and pull him out. Let the others compete. I'd hate to see him miss out on the weeks coming up and I wouldn't want to miss his performances but he has so much talent he is truly blowing the competition away. Admit he's won and then let the others compete against each other.

    Don't think I've ever seen anything like this before in competition. No matter what happens he's destined to be a huge star.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  91. Bill

    I'll stick to listening to the other versions of this song. I found it boring, and there was nothing special about it (honestly, thats how I felt about everyones performances last night).

    The only part of his performance that I "enjoyed" was not having to hear his Axl Rose sounding howl.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  92. craig

    I do not know why everyone keeps saying this is Gary Jules arrangement. It was similar but Adam went a very different direction with the vocals. Which makes a big difference in a singing contest.

    Go back and listen to Gary's version again.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  93. Not a Fan

    TERRIBLE!!! I don't understand what people like about Adam. He sounds like a woman and is so theatrical. I believe he belongs on Broadway and not on the radio and concert halls.

    If he wins American Idol, I am done watching. Go Danny Gokey!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  94. Tracie

    amazing performance last night.....he's got talent for sure

    April 8, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  95. Julie

    Adam is absolutely amazing! Notice Idol always saves him to perform last? He blows everyone away with his talent. Can't believe he has not been discovered already. His performances are so polished and he looks so comfortable up on stage. You go Adam!! Your takin it all the way.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  96. Simon's Taste is in His Mouth

    Adam's version of Gary Jule's rendition was amazing. The changes he made, though small, gave it new energy. I youtubed nearly every version of this song this morning, including Tears for Fears' and Ben McKenzie's version from Australian Idol '07... Visually and audibly... Adam's version was amazing.

    The strange thing about this is that Adam was not my original first pick in this competition, I youtubed the other performances looking for some flaw or copy catness to Adam and I found

    Zip! Nada, Nilch, Nuffin.

    Congratulations Adam.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  97. Melissa

    I may be the only one who says Adam is not my cup of tea. He's got mad talent, but if I close my eyes, I hear the lead singer to an 80's hair band. I see him on Broadway, not as the winner of American Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  98. Steven S

    I'm 50 years old and I remember going to an Elvis concert. I remember seeing a command performance that has been unmatched until now. What this young man did last night was no less than an artist way beyound his years. Just looking at the performance, and I looked at it again this morning, I 100% agree with what Simon did. There was no words to speak and he really didn't have to speak for everyone else. It just showed. He stood up and applauded. Enough said. Adam performed like he has been doing this for years. Just his stage presents reminds me of Elvis. I have been watching this show since the second year and I have never seen anyone come close to what this young man has done. Yes at times he is out there, but what good artist isn't now and then. As far as what he did as a child.... what child didn't dress up being something they wanted to be when they grew up. God bless him, I hope he goes all t he way.

    the correct one. wrong email address on the first one.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  99. Jane

    This may have been Gary Jules' version of the song (never in dispute as far as I can tell), but Adam took it and kicked the crap out of Gary Jules with it.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  100. Nantz

    Every once in a while someone comes along that is breathtakingly memorable and that is Adam, he is that special and I predict he will win American Idol. Last night and all the other nights he has sang have left me just stunned in amazement how truly good he is. I find myself waiting through the other contestants just to get to Adam and he never disappoints. Maybe if they dropped the baby pictures of the judges and Ryan segment they could've been on time for those who DVR'd the show or maybe we just don't need to see Paula and Simon involved with their crazy antics all the time. You notice how much Adam looks like Elvis Presley? He was special too. Good luck, Adam, though you don't need it, you will shine no matter what the outcome.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  101. Bren in Lex

    Adam's talent is beyond any of his competitors. It won't matter if he doesn't win AI because he will surely get a record deal/contract even if he does not win. He's better than most 'professional' singers out now.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  102. Suzie

    They should send all the other contestants home, and crown Adam. He is the most unique person Idol has ever had on the show. By far the best!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  103. ROCK MAMA

    I concur!!!! Adam Lambert ROKKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's got this contest hands down!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  104. 2nd

    You people are tone deaf.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  105. dlskoy

    Loved the performance. He leaves me excited to see what next week will bring. I'm so glad Idol found him this year. He makes the program worth watching!
    Congratulations on all your hard work and effort- it is paying off!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  106. Debra A Sinclair

    Disappointed that the Judges' comments seem to be taking more time than the actual talent performances... therefore running too long on time. Adam is the best thing since sliced bread....and should get a "do-over" with special recognition. He's so talented I'm sure he will still get the majority of votes in spite of Fox's unfortunate lack of attention to their viewing public and the Top 8.

    You go Adam....!!! You're the new Millenium Elvis!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  107. Samuel

    I had always told my wife and kids that you are the best in this competition but last night you said it yourself by your performance. I am looking forward to buy tickets to attend your concert. Wow!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  108. eric

    kat April 8th, 2009 10:29 am ET

    if this young man does not win something is wrong
    he should already be a recording artist

    He Already "IS" a recording artist....

    His Present band is The Citizen Vain. Together, they have written over 20 songs, and are now working with Producer Malcolm Westford and A&R Worldwide in recording.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  109. Carolyn

    Adam is an amazing artist but is he what American Idol viewers are looking for? I think Allison and Danny could easily end up on top.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  110. Ron In California

    Good singer but doesn't have mass market appeal and he knows it. That is why he is changing his look.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  111. lois liebherr

    Adam...GO ALL THE WAY!


    April 8, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  112. Lee Marcussen

    Adam is the best hands down. I am 62 years old and I would buy his cds in a heart beat. Every week he delivers something that is just "Adam." I cannot wait each week. He is the winner hands down.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  113. KK

    I don't get it. Adam is a freak and actor. He is no way compaiable to Carrie Underwood in talent. And.... he likes boys not giorls

    April 8, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  114. Nikki B.

    I also agree that it is soooo down to him and Allison......everyone else can just take their carbon copied selves HOME!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  115. Lesa

    Adam – I haven't been this excited about an American Idol in any of the past years – he is so talented and so sexy- I'd buy his music NOW! Allison is my next favorite – love her sound and her rocker look – can't wait to see the finals of this season!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  116. Nelson

    I agree with Sandra.... Those two are the best and I REALLY would like to see Lil Rounds go home next. She is annoying and too ghetto to be considered one of the finest america has to offer.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  117. tric

    I really enjoy Adam – and his performance was once again stellar – however, I am tired of him getting placed in the final 3 performers of the show. No one else has had that, except for Matt – this past 2 weeks, it's been Adam & Matt. Adam has placed placed near the end consistently, not that it would hurt him to be one of the first performers, but it's not fair to the others. While I adore Adam's singing, I am still not convinced that a recording contract would benefit him; he seems to be more a a stage performer, not a recording artist.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  118. Paul

    This 58 year old straight married male thinks Adam is FANTASTIC! #2 in my view is Allison; an amazing young talent. The rest... fair to ho-hum.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  119. Nikki B.

    I am SO impressed by him over and over again..As soon as the background music cued I was like "Yes, yes YES"..this is such a great song and his cover was the only Idol song this year that I would actually download!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  120. Sandra The Moonchild Diva

    Adam and Allison were the best BY FAR. I'm sorry to not be a fan of Matt from Michigan but I didn't think anyone else sang that great last night except Adam and Allison.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  121. kat

    if this young man does not win something is wrong
    he should already be a recording artist

    April 8, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  122. Marcia

    Really can't see all the hype on this guy. He sings a good rock song, but stunk at his country rendition, totally wrecked Tracks of My Tears with his whiny voice, and although I didn't recognize last nights song, it just reminded me of how he sang Tracks. Not good. Not a favorite or mine. Wouldn't mind seeing him go.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  123. gwen

    You rock Adam.... You have every week.... you got this in the bag....

    April 8, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  124. Nelson

    All Adam haters are only wishing THEY could be half of what Adam is. I have never heard a voice with such range and clarity. this dude has chops man and it just can't be denied!

    I look forward to listening to him evrytime the show is on. Don't care for the others as nuch , Except for the red haired 16 year old, (her name escapes me right now) but I expect to see both of them in the final 2 and Adam winning the whole gig.


    April 8, 2009 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  125. Brandi

    Oh please just go away! Always creepy. This is what we've come down too. At first I thought he was s statue sitting there. Yikesss

    April 8, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  126. LK

    Adam was amazing. He has my vote – all the way and I'm 43 years old!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  127. AdamsFan

    This guys pure genuis !!!! Where the heck has been hiding all these years is what I want to know. It is impossible that he's been doing some silly job until now.

    Just give him the trophy, and end the misery for the rest of them. I was so mad I had to watch the "whole" show until they got to him at the end. Maybe they know people are just watching for him.

    The kid has "it" and then some !!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  128. eric

    Brad before posted the correct comment. Adam should be pulled from the show. He is already a Proffesional with his own Band already recording an album, staring as a regular in an La theater group "Wicked" since 2004, stared in a 10 commandments theater group with Val Kilmer. The Show "American Idol" is about making a star from someone who is not. This guy already has a Professional career doing what he portrays on american Idol.....he is this years ringer. no wonder he comes off so polished, he has been doing this for years. You might as well put Mariah Carey on as a contestant next year

    April 8, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  129. Nancy

    Adam is the best artist to EVER appear on Idol. Actually he could make it big without Idol. I have never been so mesmerized as I am when he preforms. Because he is so unique, you are on the edge of your seat waiting for what he will do next.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  130. Skat66

    Are you kidding? He ruined the Tears for Fears song, why is everyone so forgiving of his missed notes, i.e., the last dramatic note of the song and he totally squeeked it!!! Pouty lips and Elvis personna can only get you so far, the judges have lost all dignity on this one..... a standing O ?!!!! Would all those teenage girls still love him if they found out that he could care less about them and would rather hang out with their brothers? Hype, hype, hype

    April 8, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  131. Julie

    OMG! Adam....I'm 50 years old and absoltuely love listening to you sign. Buckle up Adam....you're going places!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  132. christi

    First and foremost, Adam Lambert has it all! Looks, voice, style.. everything! So the media needs to lay off of all of the "gay" press that he is getting. I dont care if he is gay,straight,bi,trans,purple,yellow or green,. that doesnt change the fact that he is awesome. His voice is amazing! oh and did i mention .. HOT!...LOL..

    April 8, 2009 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  133. Sara

    I am almost old enough to be Adam's grandma, but I LOVE this guy! AI should announce him as the winner and complete the competion for runner up! I will, for sure, buy his CD.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  134. Marsha

    Each week I look forward to seeing Adam perform and he never disappoints. I have been watching American Idol since the very beginning and can't think of any other contestants with a greater flair for entertainment. When the judges use the word "artist" Adam Lampert comes to my mind. I also don't remember the winner ever being so obvious, so early in the competition.

    Way to go Adam! Marsha from Baltimore loves you!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  135. Nacho

    "What did Simon say to Adam? I missed it!!"

    I don't remember exactly, but he said something to the effect of, "We're running short of time, but I have to give you a standing ovation."

    And he sure did deserve it! He's been my favorite since the beginning, and is literally LIGHT YEARS ahead of everyone else!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  136. Mac

    I am 60 years old. In my life there have been the following artists that changed the world of entertainment: Elvis & Beatles. The next phenomenon: Adam Lambert!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  137. connie

    I am 52 years old, and I would go to one of his concerts today, and
    I could not say that about any of the past contestants or winners,
    he is unique and really good and captures you, I hope he stays the same and his future success does not change him.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  138. Maria

    He ruined Gary Jules version.. Ever watch Donnie Darko?? It was horrible!! Or watch the commercial for Gears of War??? Adam ruined one of my all time favorite songs.. Hated how he sang it.. the music is overpowering as it is.. Very disappointed!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  139. Carole

    Didn't get to see it the DVR cut it off right before Adam. Oh well his loss.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  140. Dave

    Adam has the voice for 1980's hair metal. I wish he would have done a power ballad from one of the hair metal bands.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  141. paulo

    Adam, the one i was waiting the whole night and for what? FOR MY STUPID DVR TO CUT HIM OFF!!!!! %^&*$% DirecTV!!!!!! and thank goodness for the internet, but i would've loved to see him last night instead of in a 4×6 square... and missed the judges comments but seems he was the top one... good luck

    April 8, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  142. Emily Hogan

    The proof is in the pudding. Just look at the number of comments left on this blog post thus far: 262 for Adam Lambert. All of the other contestants have about 30 – 40 comments each. People are psyched about this Adam guy and love to discuss his performances. That's the mark of a winner.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  143. Diana Vandeventer

    Standing ovation by Simon Cowell says it all. Adam has got such a talented voice. No matter what he sings . This man can deliver any song that you throw his way. He is the competion this year . I am in utter awe by his talent. Kudos and many more standing ovations.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  144. Roberto

    Adam is the best, HE Will Win American IDOL this Year!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  145. PKW in N. Ga.

    Unbleeping believable! You are too awesome! What a major talent! I am in love, love, love...Like the other 40-somethings here, I think you are great!

    I also scoped out the "Black Dog" performance from the Zodiac Show on You Tube! Unreal!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  146. Tom

    I find Adam annoying. He certainly has ability, but he uses it in all the wrong ways. (ie: his Guns & Roses screetching in every other song that he sings) I would never buy his CD.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  147. John B

    Adam Lambert makes me want to jam pencils into my ears. Sure, he can sing and has creepy (and by creepy, I mean ultra-gay (and I'm gay)) stage presence. But why does he ALWAYS have to hit that disgusting scream note? It might have been interesting or unique the first time it screeched, but now, like plane crashes, it is happening WAY too often.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  148. tangyt

    I would never buy his record. I don't care for female singers and he sounds like a girl.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  149. Deb

    From now on– Adam should take the songs that each of the contests was going to sing that week and Adam should perform them all. He is the only one who gets how important artistry is. How many times do the judges have to tell that to the contestants? I would rather see 8 Adam songs than have to wade through the other contestants just to get to Adam!!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  150. Bill

    One more thing – it seems very obvious that most of you who are going ga-ga over Adam are girls in the 13-15 year range. And for that one person who compared him to Mick Jagger, Elvis & Axle Rose, what, exactly, are the drugs you're taking????? You're comparing Adam to 2 rock legends and a could-have-been?!?! Seriously?

    And I'm going to dog pile on the Gary Jewels version (not Tears for Fears) Adam did; it was almost exactly what Gary did only Gary didn't crack his voice at the end trying to sound like a girl!!

    And granted the judges didn't have time to talk about it, but Simon giving him a standing-O was a bit much. Very surprising from Simon because as much as I liked what Adam did (didn't love it) I didn't think he deserved it.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  151. Anita

    He is the BEST..... I love this kid!!!!! he HAS to win. I'm a Elvis fan and when you did his re-make of Smoky Robins' song – he looked like a young Elvis....OMG – that look was AMAZING!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  152. Tom

    Adam sucks.

    He has a voice, an impressive range, and CAN sing, but his style and performances are mostly nauseating.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  153. Penny Lane

    I think the controversy with Adam is that he is more suited for the stage. On the off chance that he doesn't win Idol, he will be on Broadway, in a lead role. The man definitely has a gift. And when Simon gave him the Standing O, he was visibly choked up. You can't get more validated than that. A lovely voice, Adam, and a great performance.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  154. Adam

    I don't understand it. He kills my ears. He seems like a nice guy and all, but I am completely confused about why everyone likes him so much. It's like I'm in on a joke that no one else seems to get.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  155. Pam

    I have two words for Lil, "Jennifer Hudson"
    If I remeber correctly, simon didn't like her either. Well, she sure proved him wrong.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  156. Chris

    Adam in a class by himself – where's his album already? can't wait!!! his concerts – I'll be the first to get a ticket – awesome!!! I predict he'll be as big as Elvis. A real star – hurry, let's get this over with so I can see him in person – his voice is incredible! His performances – like I've never seen before – can't wait to see him each week. Wow a star is born.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  157. Kevin

    Okay Adam is a Great Singer. however last night he ripped off Gary Jewels version of Mad world and nobondy called him on. it was a karokee version at best of Gary version of the song, so disapointed in the judges for not calling him out on it!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  158. Maggie

    If Adam doesn't go all the way, it's fixed! The kid has it!!!!!!

    Top two: Adam & Allison!
    3rd & 4th: Danny & Matt (much to my dismay, don't like him, don't like JT, he's just ok, won't sell records!)

    Can't stand Lill, she just isn't that good!

    Love Scott, love his story, wish him the best, bravo for achieving what he has, but he's close to being done!

    Anoop not so much!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  159. Bill

    I thought he's been very good the last few weeks, but he's too in love with that falsetto voice of his. He's got great range but why he feels he needs to stay in the upper stratosphere is beyond me. I liked what he did last night, but he screwed up the last little bit.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  160. Linda

    The music scene has been a tad boring lately but Adam has certainly changed that. His voice / performance is addicting. What a talent! What a voice! A true Star!

    April 8, 2009 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  161. natalie

    I can not STAND Adam when he sings up beat songs. he screams them and they sound terrible! When he sings a slower melody unfortunately I have to admit that he is the best singer/performer in the competition. When he screams, I just want to turn off the t.v.
    I want to see Matt and Allison make it to the finals.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  162. Tiffany

    I am glad he didn't scream tonight. I can't stand that. He should sing like this more often.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  163. Barbara

    I have been with American Idol since season 1........yep, that's what I said. There have been great artists throughout the seasons of AI, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daugherty, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, and of course Kelly Clarkson from way back there but I have never seen an artist yet who has so entertained and amazed me as Adam does. He is a very talented young man and not bad on the eyes. For those of you who don't like change, he's not for you. For those of you who are so old or just act that way, he's not for you. All songs should NOT remain the same......change is good. Remember when David Cook rearranged and/or changed a few great songs last season??? How soon we forget how good he is. Sit back, relax, close your eyes, just listen, and take in all that is Adam. Like him or not, he is a force to be reckoned with. He is a true talent and I look forward to seeing him perform each week and look forward to him being voted our American Idol winner of Season 8!!!!!!!!

    Have to send love to Allison........she is an awsome artist too!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  164. J

    I don't understand it. He does not sing well. He is either screaming or in falsetto, which if you think about it is not his real singing voice, it is "false" Everytime he sings it angers me to no end. I really don't see how so many people can love him. Don't base your decisions on what the judges say. Danny, Kris, definately Allison are the only ones with true singing talent. I will give it to Adam that he can perform, but he only deserves to be on Broadway, he can have his "dress up" times there again.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  165. Sherry

    Adam is simply put... in his own league. He is way ahead in vocals and talent to the other contestants. He is an entertainer and an exceptional artist! I look forward to his fisrt album!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  166. Deonne

    Adam is the best! He can't be stopped and he is going to sweep this show!!!! I love every interpretation he has done!!! He is off the chain!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  167. Mina

    Yep, the final 3 will in fact be

    April 8, 2009 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  168. Mina

    I loooooooovvvvveeeeeee me some "Adam Lambert" He rocks.. i don't vote for anyone else but "A D A M L A M B E R T"
    I polished my nails black and they will remain that way until he wins!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
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  170. Sharon

    I think the final 3 will be Adam, Danny, and Allison. This week I believe it will be either Lil or Scott who will leave.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  171. tina

    I LOVE ADAM!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  172. Sharon

    Adam is the best they have ever had on American Idol. Such a clear resounding tone. Talent galore. I am 52 years old and can still appreciate a young star.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  173. TamsToy

    Tears for Fear – WHO? Adam sang Mad World better than they did in 1982. It was absolutely amazing! Adam is definitely a WOW factor! He stands out more than any American Idol in the history of the show.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  174. Steve

    I agree with those that think he is over rated and the what not. He can sing, but God, not on the radio. He screams. Those so called high notes are annoying. Go back to Broadway, please.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  175. JM

    Is it just me or is American Idol always running late and rushing the judges this year? Let's see....adding a fourth judge just wastes time....get rid of Kara.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  176. mik

    That was one impressive gig!
    He rose way above the template performances of most contestants, showed feel for music's artistry and his stage presence was tangible.
    I've been waiting for a PERFORMANCE on that somewhat lame show, something to remember, someone standing out, a hook, a hit to my own musical heart ......... go it!!!
    Thanks man, that was memorable!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  177. Roger

    Adam is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. His rendering of Mad World left me speechless. This is what American Idol is all about – true talent!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  178. JM

    Yes ... he used another version but he never said it was his rendition. Just like Chris Daughtry did when he used Live's version of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line". People made such a big deal of it, he had to give props to Live the following week.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  179. texas

    Adam is definitely in a class by himself. I look forward every week to see what's he's going to do. Scott needs to GO- and so does Lil. Their time is up and they cannot compete with the rest of the pack. Love Danny too!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  180. ATlian

    Well count me in as someone who never heard of the song but it was unbelievably great. What a talent! Best ever on AI.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  181. Jesse Richardson

    Overrated. Good, but not great. Allison was much better.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  182. wild for him

    That song was great. It was cool seeing him in that Emeco chair, too.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  183. Tom

    he was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! he deserves to win it all...

    April 8, 2009 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  184. Fritz

    he did cover Gary Jules version...and sang it ten times better. this guy is head and shoulders above the competition on this show and will no doubt be a superstar.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  185. Angie

    Bravo to the guy that can do anything.
    He has the whole package and he doesn't have a bad day.
    It is unique and gives it his all each time he performs.
    Way to go.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  186. B

    I am a little concerned that Adam will be hurt by Fox doing their usual and going over time so that dvr and tivo cut it off--seriously, they need to stop that. I wonder how they will address it as well.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  187. rebecca

    It's been a while since I've watched Ameican Idol. I saw last night:s and I must say Adam's performance was the contender, I have heard such voice and talent coming out of American Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  188. Tracy G

    I don't know about ya'll... but I'm ready to buy my first Adam Lambert T-shirt!!!! (and album, of course!!!)

    April 8, 2009 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  189. Jerry

    I am just wondering how come none of you were saying how horrible his Ring of Fire cover was. He should have been booted the next night.
    His next performaces were much better but still.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  190. Technovibe

    Watch "Donnie Darko".
    At the end credit, Mad World is playing and the rendition is very similar to Adam's.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  191. shar

    actually, i've just re-listened to all renditions – TforF, Jules, Lambert – and i have to say that adam's was by far the more dramatic and effective. look, folks, AI is a talent show. and for any one performer on that show to give us a "wow" moment is nothing short of miraculous. only a handful of them do it – and tonight, adam did it. just like he's been doing for about three weeks running now.

    he is giving us WOW moments and for AI, that's pretty darn neat. doesn't matter if adam riffed on someone's rearrangement of a TforF song – he managed to make it his own, bathed in blue light, heavy with drama. it was quite nearly the most amazing package performance that American Idol has ever seen. there is no competition; adam is in a class of his own.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  192. Elle

    Adam Lambert is a true phenomenon. His charisma and vocals are incredible. His musicality, phrasing, and physicality put him in a league with Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Axel Rose. He goes way beyond ‘pop’ music. I watched tonight’s performance on You Tube six times and cried at the end each time. Each performance Adam does is unique. He is worth seeing on ANY stage at ANY price.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  193. Jeff

    Okay, listen up DVR people, you can set your DVR to record past the scheduled ending of a show. If you can't figure out how to do this, then be nice to one of your nerd friends and they can show you how. If you do this then at least I won't have to hear you crying next time the show runs over. That said, the producers should have scheduled the show for at least an hour and ten minutes tonight. Idiots.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  194. Delia

    Adam is an original and that's very rare with all the generic type singers of today. He has a wonderful voice and it would be sad if it's not him and Allison in the finals.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  195. Bill

    Are you all serious? This was considered good? He didn't do the Tears for Fears version, he did the Gary Jules version. I remember Daughtry got a lot of flack for doing the Live version of Walk the Line without mentioning it, but no barbs here for Adam doing the G.J. version? Not only that, but he didn't change anything stylistically or arrangement-wise from the Jules version, and he stripped all the emotion and soul out of it and sang it like a bad Hot Topic commercial.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  196. Paul

    I'm suprised they didn't show any young pictures of him in womens clothing. Come on, everyone including him knows he's gay but has he ever said one word about it on the show? Nope! Why is it when he's on the show he stays in the closet??? Not trying to gay-bash here but I'd have more respect for the guy if he'd just come out and admit it.

    I can only describe his voice in one word: PAINFUL. Whenever Adam gets up into those higher notes or he's really trying to belt it out I just cringe!!! Can't stand his voice!

    April 8, 2009 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  197. HJO

    Yes, everybody who knows the awesome Donny Darko movie knows this version of the song by Gary Jules. (The original by Tears for Fears actually really sucks). They know it's an emotional and totally over the top song that will linger in your mind FOREVER..... but then Adam Lambert took a stab at it and made it even more AWESOME. Adam's talent is so over the top, he has already it made it. Where can I buy his album. I am a "cougar for Adam" and my teenage daughter also thinks he is the best IDOL EVER!!! ...real men wear eyeliner...yeah!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  198. Michelle S

    OMG Adam has it all! He's got to be Elvis's lovechild. He reaks of charm and talent!! He is my Winner!!

    April 8, 2009 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  199. Candy C

    Adam you delivered the best performance tonight of all comtestants ever. I LOVED IT ALONG WITH EVERYBODY IN AMERICA. I would pay money to hear YOU sing that song Mad World again You Are #1 !!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  200. Zturner

    It was a great song, but it was done before by Gary Jules. Adam sang that well, but didnt make it his own. He didnt change anything from Gary Jules version.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  201. YMA

    RRRRR... My Tivo cut it off because AI ran over. Dang it, they need to keep on schedule. Maybe the judges could talk less!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  202. Jason

    I'm very "meh" about Adam: he's too manufactured and formulaic, a copy of a copy of a copy of, for my tastes.

    I liked the spunky little lady that got voted off a couple weeks ago. Of course she got voted off, she has character and personality.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  203. Travis

    Enough already. Cut the crap. His songs all sound exactly the same – a mix of cats being skinned alive and livestock being slaughtered, completely off pitch, and every one of them indulgent nonsense.

    And this is called "talent," apparently?

    April 8, 2009 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
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  205. Hanko

    Take it from someone in the music industry, Adam is the real deal. Those of you HATERS in this post, what do you do for a living eh? Adam Lambert is already the next American Idol, whether he wins the title or not. I'm sure record execs are already knocking at his door.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  206. merri

    This young man should be under a recording contract RIGHT NOW!!
    I first watched because he is a fellow San Diegan–but now I watch because he's GREAT. I would not be surprised if he doesn't wind up on Broadway, especially because of the range of his voice. Great Job Adam, San Diego has your back!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  207. mara

    ADAM is the most arrogant conceited sure he'll win contestant we have ever had. when i watched David Cook last week accept his platinum record award I thought of how genuine he is and love able. Adam is not lovable. The judges have pushed this guy over the top as far as ego. The rest of the contesta nts know it is ll over. I am sorry i even got into season 8 and just hope Danny, Kris and Alison can get record contracts in spite of His Highness Sir Adam. We have had other contestants who as good or better (Chris Daughtry for one) and he was never worshipped by the judges like Adam is. I can not stand the injustice to the other contestants who are working so hard.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  208. Wayne's Music Journey

    It's like watching somebody who without the show can walk in the steps of a great artist easily. This guy is such a natural with/without the show.
    He song choice was fantastic and he sang it with grace & style.
    I thought David Cook of the same scope but I would remember Adam for years to come but probably forget David Cook unless I really looked closer to see what hes doing. Adam is like Clay Akin. Memorable
    to the core.


    April 8, 2009 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  209. Bertie

    Adam is amazing. I can't imagine how we got along with out him.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  210. CJ

    Adam is number 1. Awesome singer and performer. Simon was right on to give him a standing ovation. Go Adam!

    But also AI is unfair with so much chatter they use up the time so Adam, or any of them, would end up without the same comments everyone else got. They need to fix their timing.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  211. Frank (leelee's friend)

    Tracy G: camping out for his tickets??? Really? Wow.
    This guy (I think) is overrated, creepy, annoying and changes his image every week. That's not originality, it's a second-rate Vegas night club act.
    Cannot believe all of these people who actually think this guy's good.
    Man this country is in deeper trouble than I thought it was.
    I have one word for Adam:

    April 8, 2009 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  212. maggie

    i did not want adam to stop singing. i was critical of him for what he did to ring of fire but i really loved him singing Mad World

    April 8, 2009 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  213. Laura

    I got home from work late and turned on my DVR and fast forwarded to see my favorite singer perform BUT THE DVR CUT OFF BEFORE I COULD SEE ADAM PERFORM!!! So, I had to waste my time searching the internet for the youtube video of Adam. Anyway, I only got to see Adam on my small laptop screen and even on the grainy internet video, Adam was hauntingly good. I wish I could have seen him on my big screen TV. I think the AI producer or director should be fired for continuously running late, it is getting really annoying.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  214. P J

    Adam is good but I would never buy his stuff.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  215. barbara loves adam

    remarkable performance....gave me chills....an amazing singer.....

    April 8, 2009 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  216. Tully

    The beauty about Adam Lambert with tonight performance of Mad World is that the song he chose reflects who he is. His voice and the lyrics moved me to tears. What a talented, exciting, sensitive and well read artist since everything he gives the audience from his appearance to his song interpretation seems to be well thought out.
    Adam Lambert, you are magnificent!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  217. GeeDub

    Can't wait for the "singoff"......Adam v. Allson......Allison singing Joplin, and Adam singing everything else! This is the best Idol show ever, and is producing the most star quality. Amazing! And I don't agree that this is/was the Gary Jules version, it was much, much BETTER!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  218. Cindy

    Well, Adam is my man. He has been on my No. 1 spot the whole season. And like the writer above, I can't wait to see what he'll come up with next. He is incredibly creative and a great risk taker. He is heads and tails above everyone in terms of performance. Danny, Allison and Matt all have fantastic voices and I'm sure they will be fighting it out at the end. But Adam stands out because he is a true performer, a true artist. He gives us the whole package and we are riveted to him. I don't know if he'll win; I want him to for sure but Danny is quite the wholesome guy and he gives a show as well.
    But to me, this year has been the best of all seasons – it has the best performers all in one season. I believe Adam will get a contract, no doubt. I also believe someone will grab Allison. Both of them are just wayyy to unique. Adam is the best performer ever for Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
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  220. Marge Anderson

    Adam is amazing. His physical resemblence to Elvis is astonishing, plus his lip turns up also, so I hope they let him dress in black and do a slow Elvis song, like Are You Lonesome Tonight. If not maybe a sexy Bob Dylan, Lay Lady Lay....Either one would be an enormous hit.
    So judges please read this email and DO IT..By the way, I am old enough to be his grandmother but still appreciate a good looking man when I see one. Yes Simon, that goes for you too.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  221. Lynn

    Adam is THE most original Idol to ever hit the stage, I doubt I will watch next year I do not think anyone will ever top him!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  222. villavilla

    It's the very first time that Simon got up and gave a contestant a standing ovation and it's not even the finals yet!


    April 8, 2009 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  223. Kathy

    sorry not a fan – he overdoes EVERYTHING. he is a walking talking drama queeen and it seems everyone is on the Adam bandwagon. Whatever – a career in broadway is all you will have Adam – face it. not that that is a bad thing – he'll be fine with that from what I can see – he loves to "dress up". OKKKKKKK?

    April 8, 2009 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  224. D

    What an incredible talent Adam is and what a blessing we have to watch him become a star. The control he has over his voice and the vulnerability he shows when he sings is just incredible. Tonight the hair on the back of my neck stood up as he sang and it brought tears to my eyes- just the raw emotion as he sang. I've never even heard this song before but I keep replaying my DVR over and over (I always have my DVD record 10 minutes longer for AI- it always goes over!).

    I've been searching all over the internet for anything he's been in or sang in and listened to it over and over. I can't wait for his first album!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  225. RoseAnn Davenport

    ERIN! Get it right! Donnie Darko, not Danny Darko!!! And Adam did a freakin great job with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Learn your music, girl!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  226. Jen

    i want adam adam adam, kick the rest off lets just hear him

    April 8, 2009 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  227. RoseAnn Davenport

    I have loved Mad World by Gary Jules for years!!! He made an excellent choice and I bet most of the audience did not know the song came from the movie, Donnie Darko.

    Adam rocked it, hit it, did it,,, I loved it!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  228. M. E.

    Adam is just crazily ahead of everyone on this show. AMAZING. Like Cook he does the different versions, add's his flair to each song to make it 'his own'. Yea, like Cook before him, his renditions are not truly his (remember Cook's 'Billie Jean'). Anyway, this dude is definitely in for top 2, i cannot see him NOT making it there. No way. doesnt matter, he'll get a deal of some kind..
    Danny is 2nd to Adam, he's got it but just needs a smidge more spark to be on Adam's level.
    I can't think who would be 3rd, Anoop has to go, Scott has to go (i so do not see what the deal is with those two)...Lil Round has fizzled out, each night she get's blasted for poor song choice..Allison...she's hit or miss...Matt...he annoys me...But, for Adam, he'll kill the competition if they did an 80's hair band theme LOL!! he'd probably nail a Queen song...this dude is definitely going to be making a record even if he doesnt get AI's top spot.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  229. Dan

    Did anyone else have American Idol not even RECORD the last person? The DVR with my cable provider cut it off.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  230. Ap

    Even if you don't like his style, you cannot deny his incredible talent. I look forward to see what he is going to do each week. It is talent like that that gets me to watch American Idol. If Adam wasn't on it, I probably would not watch.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  231. Sherri

    This is why the show has gotten sort of boring. I totally agree with everyone here that Adam will win this....actually, he already has. It really doesn't give the other contestants any motivation whatsoever to try and compete. They read these boards, they read the news, they hear the chatter. Why bother? They know they're going home soon enough. Too bad, because there are a few others with some real talent there who won't get the chance to have that boost the AI gives them. Now LAST year was very exciting, with the two Davids competing nose to nose until the end. And DC had the "sexy" factor going for him, as well.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  232. Franco Harris

    A man among boys (and girls), a supernova next to a group of dead lifeless stars. The best and brightest talent on American Idol in many years.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  233. Elena

    OMG!!! Loved it. I didn't want it to end. Now I can't stop watching it. His personality and talent is overwelming. Can't get enough. Bravo!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  234. Kate

    The only reason I tune in each week this year is just to watch ADAM. I agree to many others, who cares if the title goes to Alison. The real star in this show is the one and only ADAM !

    April 8, 2009 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  235. Darlene

    Did you know Adam had been on Broadway? No wonder he knows how to have a stage presence. I think it was called, "Rent". Yes, he is good but really too professional to be on this show. Scot was same oh thing. Danny was great. Matt did good tonight. Atoo has got to go. Allison's song tonight just wasn't her but she is great no matter what she sings. Lil has got to be herself and not copy off of other stars. Chris was ok.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  236. RJ

    I thought this was for amateurs. Adam has been performing professionaly. Why was he not pulled like others.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  237. Andee Panders

    Adam Lambert is a super star on the level of Elvis - of MIck Jagger - this guy is a complete and confident entertainer - and he should win!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  238. Barb Pressel

    Adam Lambert has an amazing voice! He is the best contestant by far. I predict he will be the next American Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  239. Joan

    Adam Lambert's talent is so much superior that it's almost unfair to the rest of the contestants who are competing against him. Adam is going to be a BIG STAR! What a voice!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  240. taytee

    Adam is just hot hot hot! His performances are cool and refined.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  241. CA

    I haven't heard Mad World in decades. The radio always played Tears for Fears' hit "Shout", and I would never hear Mad World which was my favorite of theirs. Anyway, this gave me a thrill for 2 reasons tonight. Getting to hear that song again... and getting to hear Adam sing! Wow!!!! Amazing!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  242. Gil H

    My wife and I pegged Adam as the best contestant by a long shot from the beginning of this season. The other remaining folks are good, but Adam flat out rocks! Even if by some stroke of misfortune he does not win the competition, somebody will offer him a record deal. And we will be happy to purchase his recordings, and encourage others to do so as well. Well done, Adam!


    April 8, 2009 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  243. Linda

    So what if it was Gary Jules version? It's still way more unique than what Idol contestants typically bring to the table. By Idol standards, this was new and exciting and very well done. I'll be interested to see what he does when he wins and has to sing this year's version of "This is My Now".

    April 8, 2009 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  244. kangamommy

    Sounds like I'm mostly alone on this, but ... I can't stand listening to Adam sing. He sounds like he's in a moderately good high school musical theater number. I can see him on Broadway, but not on the pop charts. I realize there are a lot of people who adore him, and it sounds like he will win, I just wish he would drop the act.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  245. Mary B. Murphy

    Adam definately won the night. He's adorable. Noticed he was a little red-head when he was a child!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  246. Mary B. Murphy

    Adam definiately won the night! Noticed he was a little red head with freckles. He's adorable!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  247. Jeremy

    I can understand some people not liking, or even hating, Adam – good art generally has that effect. What I can't abide is a claim that he was singing off pitch. Lil? Yes, she has been off pitch on glory notes two weeks running. Scott was off pitch. Adam is not. Which in terms of live performance is pretty stunning, particularly considering the relative difficulty of the songs he is performing. You may not like what he does with his voice, and that's fair, because tastes differ. But he has amazingly good control..

    April 8, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  248. dj

    ADAM ROCKS!! This young man can sing. I will not insult someone by saying they don;t know what they are talking about when they say he can't sing but remember when Elvis and even the Beatles came out people said shut that noise off. Well guess what, he is the newest on the block and I feel that he will go a long way. In some ways, I hate to see him win and be tied to AI for a year but it would also be a shame to see him lose. He is by far the best the show has ever had.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  249. David

    I think Adam Lambert is the best of all American Idol. He is already an established artist. He must be winning this contest.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  250. A

    After having explained his childhood, I think Adam just outed himself tonight.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  251. Mrs C.

    I finally got to see this performance and it is eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeexcellllllllllllllent! What a talent, what a gift this kid is.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  252. Clarke Gaines

    Adam may get voted off,,,,BUT,BUT, due to the dramatic nature of the show,he will be their "save" for the year and he will go on to win.A typical idol twist

    April 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Kasius

    What can be said. The winner is here and it's clear. This guy is a megastar, on every level. His tremendous voice is matched by his stage presence and class act humility he shows the judges and America. Idol is lucky to have him this year and the second place finisher? Let's face it, everyone else is playing for second at this point. I'd like to see the second place finisher be the 16 year old chick.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  254. jd

    Why, does Adam always get to go at the end of the show?

    April 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Nicole

    M E S M E R I Z I N G...

    Listened to audio/video many times...just fantastic...Adam is miles ahead of anybody on AI. Rest are totally predictable and boring.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Gillian

    Did the show run over because my TiVO recording cut off before Adam's performance. Oh well, not my thing anyway. Based on past performances I could not take much of his voice. The show loves him for his star quality. Being that it's a singing competition, Allison rules.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Lora

    The criticism of Adam is silly.

    Half of it seems aimed at convincing us that he cannot sing, as if we cannot hear for ourselves that this criticism is objectively wrong. His pitch and control are outstanding; his voice does what he wants it to do. If you do not like his choices, that is a preference, but claiming that the boy can't sing is absurd.

    And tonight, the other half of the criticism is based on the fact that Adam did not write the arrangement. Of course he did not "write" it. The contestants have less than a week to plan and rehearse their performances. NONE of the contestants has ever been solely responsible for his or her arrangement. "Billie Jean," for example, was David Cook doing Chris Cornell doing Michael Jackson. Even if they are not doing "covering a cover," the rely upon the AI band and directors to help put it all together.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Michelle

    Adam was by a comfortable mile THE BEST tonight. In fact, I'd go see him in concert tomorrow if I could! He's fantabulous!

    April 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Kait

    I always look forward to what Adam is going to bring to the stage on Tuesday nights. He is an amazing artist, and his vocal range is just incredible. Even when he sang that really crazy rendition of "Ring of Fire," I LOVED it. I wouldn't be surprised if we see Adam winning a Tony award for some breathtaking performance on Broadway someday!

    April 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Linda R.

    I am a 59 year old cancer patient, singer, music program director, and opera fanatic. But there is only ONE concert I would pay to see in person – Adam Lambert. He is by far the best prepared, most talented contestant ever to appear in all seasons. Look at his intense attention to the details – his appearance, every note perfect (okay, that final note tonight he had to adjust – which he did in a millisecond), the lighting, the set – for every single performance. What a talent, and what devotion to his art!

    I predict the popularity vote will kick him off soon, the judges will use their save, then he'll be voted off again. Then the producers will be lined up. Good things ahead for him, and he well deserves it.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Powerpets

    Adam's great. After reading all the comments, here's a few of mine:

    First, no secret that Adam is going to win. When I started reading, there were over 120 comments on this blog, and just over 120 on all the other contestants together.

    The screeching – Sometimes it pushes the limits a bit, however for this competition it's perfect. He's using that to make his songs *adam*, however his voice allows him to sing just about anything. I'm certain his career will go in the direction of Metallica's - have several CD's in his well known own style, then release a calmer "black" type album to attract a broader audience - make a cover album with a great orchestra in the background, etc... With the right producers and companies behind him, he'll go into the history books. With the wrong producers, all he'll do is make "adam" style songs, and eventually just sell to groupies when someone comes along with more variety.

    Overall, no doubt Adam will win this competition. I can't wait to hear just about everything he'll do in the near future.

    (and someone on AI stop the other contestants from posting silly comments on this blog under pseudo names)

    April 7, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Lin

    Adam is so far and above the other 7. As soon as he opened his mouth and got the first line out it was obvious he was going to blow the rest off the stage. He was halfway thru the song when I realized my mouth was open in amazement! Love, love, love this guy and can hardly wait for his first record!

    April 7, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  263. jay

    Adam is perfection. Period!

    Simon gave him a standing Ovation. That has NEVER happened on idol and only has happened one other time and that was with the divine Leona!

    Go adam!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  264. boerne, TX

    Adam is so spectacular, it won't matter if he wins or not, he's won already. Idol is as much about the performance as the voice. That's why some idol winners have gone on to great things and others havn't. The one's with great vocals but nothing else, havn't produced well. Adam will be a hit, because he has it all.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  265. foundjoe

    Adam seems to be following the David Cook formula of singing someone else's cover arrangement that most people don't recognize and assume is an original arrangement of the contestant. He did well except for that last note of the song. I liked the comment comparing him to Axl Rose, as Adam definitely sings with a very OTT 80s heavy metal style ... a little like Geoff Tate of Queensryche.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Scott

    For you people saying he is going to be the biggest Idol ever should have your heads examined. There is NO WAY he is going to be bigger than Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Sandy - St Louis

    We are watching a legend in the making – AMAZING!

    April 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  268. bridgette

    Not since Melinda Doolittle, have I looked forward to seeing what an contestant will do on this show from week to week. You never know and that's what make him so interesting. He surprises you and chooses song we have heard a million times, and makes it new and interesting. Plus, it doesn't matter what he's wearing, how his hair is styled and whether he's wearing eyeliner, you just hear that voice. He keeps you enthralled with the song and unlike some other contestants, your mind is not wondering to who is coming up next.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Commonwealth VA

    Scout–Rabin's memorial service?

    April 7, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Linda

    ADAM LAMBERT is, by far, in a league by himself. I think he is phenomenal – not only hot as far as looks are concerned, but also has the most fabulous voice.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Vinny

    standing ovation??? maybe stand up and puke... this guy sucks... i can't wait till he's voted off.. there no way he will win...

    April 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Riley

    Adam & Allison were my favs tonight!

    April 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Scott

    I didn't get to see his performance. Did he scream like a girl like he usually does?

    April 7, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Joey

    Adam is soooooooooo overrated! The guy cannot sing – he is all image!! And he doesn't even have a great image – talk about not knowing who he is – he changes completely every week! Give me a break.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  275. lyndar

    Adam is the best singer and performer that has ever been discovered on AI....
    I can't wait to see what he is going to sing each week..
    He is the first contestant that I have ever followed in any way.
    In a class by himself.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  276. DEMJ

    After my years of watching AI, Simon has never ever gave a standing ovation and Adam is the first. That ought to say a lot since Simon is hard to please.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Tracy G

    I just can't get enough of Adam! I'm ready for his 1st album and no doubt I'll be camping out for tickets in his first tour.

    April 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Commonwealth VA

    And FWIW I was a bit flipped out by Ring of Fire. But I liked it. And I think the Man in Black would have applauded Adam's venture into something out of the ordinary. Hey, Johnny did it...so why not Adam?

    April 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Commonwealth VA

    Marco Polo–oh heck yes I'd absolutely hit the rewind.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Linda

    at 60 I know a true WINNER that is
    I couldn't believe his song
    Ring of Fire I played it over &over
    again there not anything the boy can't

    April 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Stephanie

    You know how to fix the TIVO/DVR issue? Do what I did, EVERY recording is set to add 15 minutes. It comes from recording sporting events..

    And copy of someone else's version of Mad World or not.. it was Mad Bad and totally awesome.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Scout

    It's good that Adam is last or I'd have tuned out. I have downloaded everything I can find on the internet with him singing. He can't be all bad if he was selected to sing at Rabin's memorial service. His song tonight gave me chills when he stood up and put his heart into it. Sign this boy and start recording CDs. He will be a big star, I can see him selling out stadiums, Las Vegas, or Broadway. He could do no worse in Hollywood than Elvis and probably a whole lot better. How about a remake of Flaming Star.....

    April 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |

    # 1 best show on t v thanks i watch every week

    April 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Ali

    Adam's rendition of "Mad World" actually brought tears to my eyes. To stir that kind of emotion is incredible. He will be the next Idol and go on to do amazing things.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Dave

    Yes, it was the Gary Jules version; but Adam (who I was originally hoping wouldn't win the contest and now is changing my mind) changed the song with his vocals. Like the point when he adds power to the song when he stands up. There were also some little phrasings that he did that were very distinctive. This was not a karaoke (aka Lil Rounds) performance.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Tracy G

    We are watching a SUPERSTAR born in front of our very own eyes. Adam is amazing. I'm 38 years old and haven't been so excited about the potential of a new album coming out in over 20 years. I think his first album should be called "The Interpretations of Adam" ... it would sell like MAD!!!! Don't ya think?!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Beverly T

    Since IDOL cannot seem to run on time and Adam got completely cut off for those of us recording it – has anyone found a place to see the video of Adam's performace tonight?????

    The best contestant and FOX cannot get him in on time!

    FOX, to be fair, you need to put up Adam's video and allow extra voting time for him NOW!

    Anyone know where there is a video of Adam tonight????

    April 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Renee

    There are a lot of good ones but Adam is definitely the best...Need to end the show now and give the guy the the title...

    April 7, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  289. David

    Does anyone have a link to this performance? I cant seem to find it online any where and I am dying to hear what ever one is talking about. My DVR cut off since the show ran over. Please help if you can. Thanks!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  290. rick

    people talk about him killing johnny cash's song, plz,
    he did what he is suppose to do not do a karaoke version
    like most of them do. this kid is something else, and everytime
    he sings, it brings me back to the great bands of the 70's,
    when rock was relevant. he could take the national anthem and
    make it a rock classic. outstanding................................................
    and yes, everyone i know would buy his cd's..............................

    April 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Tanya S

    Adam is THE American Idol. Period. Dear God...he is amazing.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Elizabeth Lodge

    I'm 62 years old. I think Adam is the best performer IDOL has ever showcased in all its history. And I'm not his grandmother... I'm simply a proper Bostonian who knows genius when she sees it.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Angel

    He is one of my favorite..it is a toss up with him and kris....I hope they are in the bottom two.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Nancy

    To Brian E.: Admit it, Scott is your favorite and you're worried that Adam is going to come out ahead, right?

    April 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Jeannie

    Adam Lambert wil be the next American Idol! The guy is fantastic!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Stacy

    I turned to my husband after hearing Adam sing MAD WORLD and said, "..They should just give him the trophy now."

    Oh my GOD. Such talent. As far as I am concerned, at this moment, he is the only contender. None of the others stand any chance. He is light-years ahead of them.

    Bravissimmo, Adam!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Teresa W

    Adam is the bomb! He is sooooo unique, and I can't believe some of those people who don't see it. He looks soooo comfortable on the stage like he was born there. Every single song he has sung has been his own rendition of them. I can't say enough to praise him, and WHY hasn't he been snatched up already in a signed contract. I would gladly pay money to see him in concert, and with the way the economy is, that's very special!!!
    Keep up the awesome work, Adam, we love you!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  298. julieanne

    All right, Adam is obviously safe, he's mega out in front in predictions. My vote's are going where there a little more needed. Kris Allen is predicted to be in last place (dialidol) and he's by far not deserving of going home this early. Basically, I say, vote for you second favorite, Adam's got noting to worry about.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Marco Polo

    Ok, going to a carnival is fun but I don't want to go everyday.

    Listening to the Macaren or the Chicken Dance was cute a couple of times.

    Sure, Adam is talented, but would you hit the rewind on your CD player? Could you really listen to an entire album of his falsetto (sic?) music.

    Yeah he is good, but too far off center to be number one.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Maureen

    I have to say I am getting a little bored with the screeching. He murdered the Johnny Cash song and he hasn't deviated from his style one iota.
    Great looking guy, but hate the dark Goth look. Yuck.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Nancy

    Adam is head and shoulders above and beyond the rest! Outstanding performance tonight, and every night. How did he get this far without being discovered sooner?! Well, he's on his way up to the top now, that's for sure! Congratulations Adam!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Mercy Me

    It was just dumb luck that I watched AI tonight in real time; if I had made do with the Tivo version I would have missed Adam's perf. Two irate friends called, mad as hell that their tivo had totally neglect the best part of the show. They AI people knew they couldn't keep the show to one hour – why not give the program the extra ten minutes it obviously needed? I also felt cheated not hearing comments from the other three judges.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  303. michon fay

    Loved the song when Tears for Fear did it – liked it even better when Michael Andrew did it – But Adam blew it out of the park – I will listen to this rendition before all the previous – Go Adam – all I can say is excellent!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Greg D

    The BEST overall.....this season....

    He just might be the biggest ever also.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Michelle

    Adam has an absolutely unbelievable voice. My husband and I listened to him sing and just looked at each other and said WOW! Anybody who says he can't sing is totally ignorant about music.You may not like him and you don't have to vote for him but my gosh can he sing!!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  306. lfy

    So Adam liked to play dress up as a kid. That sure explains his creepy transvestite persona!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Chris

    What ever, I am so sick of Adam, I can't stand it. That is all we need to win is another screaming high pitched rocker like David Cook. Go America, way to turn it into another popularity contest.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  308. RJ

    Adam should be sent home. It was horrible to hear. He is not even in the same league as Gary Jules, let alone anybody else in this competition. He should go to Broadway-not an insult. Not everybody can sing Broadway and he would be great there. Few people can do it.

    Go Allison!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Angie

    Adam is so amazingly talented! I get goosebumps everytime he sings! He is in a league of his own. I didn't even know what song he was singing tonight, but I didn't care. He can sing the phone book and still sound amazing! Definitely the best singer in American Idol history!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Sherri

    Adam is, for sure, the best performer on the show, which is why I will NOT be voting for him. He can go far all on his own, without the help that Idol brings. He is that good. I will instead be voting for someone who definitely has the talent, but could use that extra push from American Idol to get where they want to go. So it will be Kris or Danny for me.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Judette

    All I have to say is Adam ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! He sang the hell out of that song. Adam is so consistent, always deliver.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Commonwealth VA

    Well, Texas, I've never even heard of Donnie Darko. I reckon I'm an old dork or something.

    Julie, I hope someone does put it up on YouTube. But don't worry about that now, just go vote! Contestant 8! Or whoever you want to vote for!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Michael

    I feel bad for the TIVO people, but I can relate. I always DVR the show after American Idol, just in case something like this happens.

    The producers of the show should take a stab at looking less lazy and incompetent, however. To go over like that is downright disrespectful to the audience

    April 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Julie

    Will someone please put it on YouTube. I missed Adam!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Commonwealth VA

    I didn't even know what the h-e-double hockey sticks the song was and I just didn't care. I thought it was wonderful....wow if I were only 20 years younger or he was 20 years older. Oh yes, and if wasn't already married too. 🙂

    That young man absolutely sends chills down my spine.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Rosie, Toronto

    Adam is one superstar!

    I had goosebumps listening to him and I sat completely and utterly motionless in order not to interfere with the total absorption of his song.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Brandi

    Go Adammm Gooo,,,, You are awesome !!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Texas

    Why are people freaking out about Adam's version? Who HASN'T seen "Donnie Darko?" Big whoop, he did the Donnie Darko version, that doesn't mean he "stole" it. Is he supposed to submit a bibliography and notations along with his song selection? The SINGING was great. If the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Elvis can be performed on AI, so can "Mad World." Deal with the "epic" tragedy if you can.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Ann

    absolutely unbelievable!! I couldn't even think of Tears for Fears when I heard the song. Never has the show had such a talent.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  320. susan from longwood

    Adam is unbelievable! He's versatile, and great at whatever genre he attacks. Allison is good, but always Allison. Adam rocks, is gentle, is smooth, and, tonight was eerily touching. Verrrry cool!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  321. James R

    I agree with Amy. The show ran so long that anyone who watches on their Tivo or DVR never even got to see (or vote for) Adam.

    Hopefully someone will throw it up on YouTube.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Brenda

    Another Elvis-like is born. Unique! He is not an Elvis wanna be.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Watched it three times

    Wow. Despite it being a cover of a cover, it was still incredible. The performance reminded me of Michael Crawford's Phantom character - creepy and wonderful.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Jen

    Why did Idol go so over in time? Unfair that Adam got cut off for all of us with TIVO.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Commonwealth VA

    So what's next week's theme?

    April 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Madeline

    he is the best person on american idol i hope he wins he sings awesome good luck adam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Commonwealth VA

    Devin–so what's wrong with 80's hair bands? Hmmmm??

    April 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Caron

    I absolutely agree. Adam has tons of talent. He's very unique... it's time someone broke the mould and didn't follow the crowd. I think Adam's the one!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Michael

    Also, ERIN doesn't seem to quite get it.

    No one ever sings THEIR OWN song. Each song is a cover. In this case, he chose to base his performance off of another cover of the song from (I believe) an early 2000s movie soundtrack (Donnie Darko).

    While the MUSICAL arrangement was based on that cover from the early 2000s, his VOCAL performance veered SIGNIFICANTLY from the Donnie Darko version (as well as the originial from the mid 80s).

    Because his vocal performance veered significantly, it could hardly be called Karaoke. Everything thing he did on that stage, with his voice and every physical nuance, was decidedly NOT Karoake.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Circe

    Another wonderful night for Adam. We love him at home, and all of us at work do too! Good Luck!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  331. James

    Um, and Sherr? I don't think Adam Lambert has the actual physical ability to "convince" anyone he's a good singer. He IS a good singer; you just don't happen to like him. But, he's water-cooler talk, people love him, and that's what's going to keep this guy going for a long time. Even YOU'RE talking about him.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  332. pb

    Erin & Karen – Ring of Fire was a Jeff Buckley version. Who cares?? HE CAN FLIPPIN' SING!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  333. MJ

    Yes, Erin, I think many people will recognize that as Gary Jules's version from Donnie Darko. Don't be so high and mighty. You're not the only one who's seen that flick and recognized a good soundtrack. The other contestants also used familiar arrangements, but it's what's done with that arrangement that sets each one apart (or doesn't). Adam changed it up vocally and made it his. It fit him and he killed it. Get over yourself.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Sarah

    I want to see and hear Adam for the next 25 years.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Melissa

    Love adam when he doesnt scream, but PLEASE PLEASE FIX YOUR HAIR!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Sam

    It wasn't his rendition. You mean Gary Jules' rendition is SICK, which it is. But he doesn't deserve many originality points as people give him for this one. Good work Gary Jules!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  337. James

    Joan, you totally summed up everything I've been trying to tell people since Adam Lambert first his the AI stage: It's uncomfortable watching the other contestants compete against him, because they are nowhere near his level of vocal or performance ability. It's really unfair, in a way, that he was put on the show, because these kids don't stand a chance against him. It's a slaughter. And what cracks me up is that even the people who claim to hate him ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT HIM! That's when you know you've made your mark. Oh, and Ditto your comments, Brad.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Trish

    Erin, I did check out the Mad World song by Gary Jules on iTunes, and while Adam's version was more like his version than the Tears for Fears version, it was not a "complete karaoke" version as you say...replay your TiVo and listen to the Gary Jules song and you'll understand...Adam is by far the most talented of the remaining 8 despite your attempt to make him seem less so.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  339. KB, central Florida

    I'm 67, grandmother type, and all I can say is ADAM ROCKS! lived thru 40s/50s/60s-woodstock/70s/80s/90s and now. the fellow gives me the adrenalin burst I used to get at concerts, that rush. He is beyond words, beyond "good"...there is nothing he can't do.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  340. watch'n n wait'n

    the thing is – I agree with your lineup!  I am giving up on Lil!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Sherr

    I absolutely HATED it. My ears cringed when he was singing but I've NEVER liked him. His tone is way too high-pitched and when he goes "rock" I feel he's screaming instead of singing. He reminds me of Axel Rose – a guy from an 80's rock band. How is that current?? Seriously, what do people see in him?? Theatrics & stage presence ... he's a good actor/performer and he's convinced everyone he's a good singer. Ugghhh ... I just can't stand his voice (shutter).

    April 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Michael

    He overshot the last note for about a second before pulling it down to the correct pitch, but what an incredibly well done performance - just like he manages every week - whether or not you happen to be a fan of that week's particular interpretation.

    He is quite possible the most talented singer Idol has ever had on the state. STRONG, strong voice, perhaps a bit screechy at times, but STRONG nonetheless, combined with a true, artist's understanding of the ebb and flow of a song.

    FOR EXAMPLE: Go back and listen. He choice the word 'nervous' as the first point at which he veered from the song's basic melody and into that frantic, passionate range of his. And then he pulled himself back, restrained once again, until he chose his next moment.

    This was a performance of restraint, yet it was filled with moments of intensity. Perfect for the song.

    This is a brilliant Tears for Fears song from the 80s that was part of the album released just before they made it BIG with 'Shout' and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World.'

    This wasn't the Tears for Fears arrangement, however. His performance was based on the artist who performed it very, very well on the Donnie Darko soundtrack.

    Adam not only picks the right songs, but has an artist's EAR for arrangement, for style, for what will best-suited to his particular voice.

    Folks, this Adam guy is really, really, REALLY good.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  343. KC

    Wow "Don't Like Him" I actually think you may be insane.
    Are we watching the same show here??
    And yes this was the Gary Jules version but Adam still sang it better and in his own unique way. Seriously Adam is going to win no matter what happens. I hope Kris gets more attention for his good weeks though!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Eileen

    Wow, this kid makes me feel alive. He transcends Idol. His performance tonight was haunting and beautiful. I don't remember this song from the 80's but I'll never forget it now.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Brian Edwards

    Adam can't sing. Period. He is not the next Carrie Underwood, he is more like the next William Hung. He will lose this competition if only the judges would stop sucking on his teet to realize how terrible he really is.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Staci

    Absolutely amazing!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  347. joan

    Adam, for the next few weeks, should be the last contestant to perform. I wouldn't want to be the contestant that has to come on after him. He has more talent than any winner of AI in years past. Can't wait to hear what he sings next week.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Tania

    Adam is clearly the most talented, most original, and MOST INTERESTING contestant. Every week I can't wait to see and hear what he has come up with. I am never worried about what he will choose or what he will do with his choice. He is consistently brilliant and oh-so-exciting to watch. There's a mystery about him, but that makes him even more intriguing. Week to week he becomes someone different, better and more engrossing than the week before.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Felines for Freedom

    Adam Lambert is too good for American Idol! Why has no one found him before? Record producers should be lining up at his door begging him to sign with them. I can't wait til his first solo concert in my neck of the woods. For the first time ever (with respect to AI contestants), I'm going!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Jill

    Adam has not had one single "off" note during the entire competition – the mark of a really good singer. The judges – and almost everyone else – knows that the rest of the contestants are going for 2nd place. There's not a doubt that Adam will be 1st. He is both talented and unique. I just wish those **** girls would stop the shrieking in the background!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Joan

    The sad thing is that once this guy makes ONE mistake and presents something more than A perfect, the sharks will be out and go...see, there, told ya so. This guy hasn't even peaked his true potential yet...he's still holding back and the Idol Execs know that...

    April 7, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  352. cba99

    This guy is in a league of his own. The performance tonight gave me goosebumps is was so incredible. There wasn't one performance that came close.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  353. sue

    adam rocks!!!

    just award him the title NOW!!!

    he's always so AMAZING!!!

    i can't remember a contestant that thrills EACH WEEK like adam does.

    please- have an elvis week so i can hear him sing an elvis song.......and he resembles elvis also! BONUS!!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  354. karuna

    Bravo! none better, and don't see anyone topping him within the group. U go Adam.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Renuka

    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Don't like him

    Send the Elvis no talent home!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Valeri

    Carol: Thank you so much for answering my question. I agree with you on the well deserved standing ovation!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Don't like him

    I havn't liked this idiot since his audition. I don't think he has done anything to make himself standout talent wise. I hope America Wakes up and gets rid of this Elvis wanna be maybe I should say joke.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  359. ann

    Adam is incredible....pack up the show and give him the win!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  360. the thing is

    @ERIN- I am quite aware thank you. But he did it great.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Brad

    In all fairness, Adam should be pulled from the competition, given a record deal and let someone else have a shot at winning idol. I believe with him in there, no one else has much of a chance. The best year of Idol yet. 8 let and I hate to see any of them go home. I hope we see much more of them in the future.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Devin

    He can sing and has some good performances but a lot of the time he sounds like an 80's hair band singer.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Karen

    Erin – thanks for your comment about Adam copying the Gary Jules version. You were right. I checked it out at iTunes. You have a great ear.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Joan

    Katey...I totally agree with your comment...it is getting really boring. Everyone is just waiting ot hear Adam, the judges are waiting to hear Adam and the contestants seem to be defeated. He's in a whole different league than any of these present contestants. Season 4, he would have had his work cut out for him, but this lot...it's becoming painful. Mind you...it will keep me watching and millions others, just to see more of him.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Dyan

    Adam was off-key towards the end. Not his greatest performance. I liked him better 2 weeks ago.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Reggie

    This is silly.

    No one is remotely in his league. This season is stale as the rest of the contestants are simply trying to play catch up. Bring on season 9.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  367. melinda dontlittle

    the version he sang was by gary jules and was used in the movie donnie darko. he ruled with this cover of a cover – yet again. if he was to get sent home (he won't but...) 3/4 of the audience wouldn't bother tuning in anymore. he is just so good and i hate the fact that he was last tonight because the rush of having to wrap things up didn't allow me to revel in his amazingness.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  368. the thing is

    @Valerie- they were running out of time, but Simon gave him a Standing ovation with a clap

    April 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Amy

    Well, the show ran so late that I didn't get to see Adam's performance, and nor did anyone else who used Tivo or a DVR to record the program (which I usually do, then start watching it when the recording is partway done, so I can fast-forward through all the tedious commercials!). So how can voting possibly be fair this week? I'm curious how Fox will deal with this tomorrow, especially if Adam ends up in the bottom three.

    What am I saying? I'm acting like the public vote actually makes a difference! Silly me...

    April 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Dini

    va va voom. that was absolutely thrilling. the contest is cinched for me. no amount of incremental weekly improvements can bring the rest of the group up to this guy's level. wow. double wow.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Greg

    I hope someone mentions that the arrangement he used was that of Gary Jules and not Adam's idea

    April 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Toopy

    'Adam sang the mess out of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.”'

    Mess of a song? What are you talking about? That was great album and a great song by Tears For Fears! What Adam did with it, is even more incredible. I disagree with you on your opinion of the original song (assuming mess means mess and not the opposite, like sick means good). However, I certainly agree with you about Adam's performance and the 'fact' he is leaving everyone in the dust!


    April 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Kara

    Amazing voice, fabulous song choice - All around incredible!! Everyone else blew in comparison, it's too bad he was last and didn't get the time he deserved from the judges.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Lisa

    Chris, are you watching American Idol or Back to the 80's with Adam Ant?

    April 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  375. judy madeley

    For sure Adam is a true artist, that rendition was awesome!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Adam Fan

    Adam was amazing! I am always amazed at his singing accuracy, his stage presence, and his ability to modify a song so that it's truly relevant. I really hope that he's successful and that his personal life doesn't affect the way the audience votes. If you sing well then you sing well. If you have talent then you JUST have talent. GO ADAM!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  377. veronica

    FINALLY! American Idol has someone who is an actual entertainer competing for the title. I hope and pray he wins. Adam rocks!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  378. watch'n n wait'n

    I'm calling it now! He's the one!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  379. the thing is

    1. Adam
    2. Alison
    3. Matt
    4. surprisingly, Anoop

    Scott or Danny have to go. Although I wouldn't mind seeing Lil Rounds LEAVE ALSO. Sorry, I just think she is average and she can't do anything but bland R&B.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Joan

    I'm starting to feel REALLY sorry for the other contestants on American Idol. It's actually making me feel uncomfortable. I suppose, given another forum, any of them could sing and sound and look like stars...but attempting to compete against Adam? They Suck!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Carol

    Valeri: Simon said, 'the bad news is....we are out of time' (the show was running late).....and 'the good news is.....I have to give you a standing ovation' and he stood up.......well deserved!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Jacer

    Wow. Adam has quite the flair for the dramatic but man, can he sing! He oozes talent and can sing the phone book. Great job, Adam!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  383. NS

    Adam is probably the best American idol to date, and not just this year. Wouldn't be surprised if he becomes a super star a few years from now. He will make Carrie Underwood look like average in the next five years. Prediction – If he is voted off before the finals the judges will use their safe vote to keep him around.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  384. Bob S

    Simon said nothing other than giving him a standing ovation. A first for Simon.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Lisa

    ADAM YOU gave me goosebumps! You are going far in life! Keep it going...you ROCK!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Karen

    He is so original. I don't see the rest of the group keeping up with him. There were other very good performances tonight but when compared with Adam's, in my opinion there was no comparison. Well done!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  387. cristal stoutzenberger

    Adam is awesome!! He has already won and the others know it!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  388. Erin

    That was not HIS version!!! It was Gary Jules version of "Mad World" from his 1st album "Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets"! It was a complete karaoke copy of that Gary Jules version which is especially annoying because most people won't get that this was not Adam Lambert's own creation. Check it out on iTunes if you don't believe me.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  389. dave

    Adam's versatility as a singer and a performer puts him easily in line to win this season. Say what you will about his rendition of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," but he knows how to make you stop and listen. He's memorable. He's pure entertainment. He's money in the bank.

    I'm sure Clive Davis and every other record label exec is already lining up to throw all sorts of record deals to throw his way...even IF he doesn't win the teenie bopper vote at the end of the season. Unfortunately, he has to sign his first contract with the American Idol execs, but he's one of the most original artists (yes, Kara...artist) the show has ever featured.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Katey

    i think adam is making american idol boring! there's no competition here, therefore not fun to argue over who's going to win. I guess all we can is debate over the top three

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Trina

    He will win this thing. He's just good. He makes it looks so easy! He rocks. Plain and simple.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Paige

    I agree Carol.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  393. RJ

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! It was done before by Gary Jules/Michael Andrews for Danny Darko and he ruined it! Now I can't listen to this song without hearing his annoying, screeching, off pitch voice. He is in a class by himself-but he is not right. Its all theatrics and nothing more. He RUINED this song! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Michele

    I so agree. Adam is magic. I didn't even know the song and I enjoyed every second. He has not made one wrong choice, sung one bad note, or even made a flip comment to the judges. Far and away this year's best.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  395. NS

    Adam is probably the best American idol to date, and not just this year. Wouldn't be surprised if he becomes a super star a few years from now. He will make Carrie Underwood like average in the next five years.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Carol

    Me again.....this guy can sing the phone book backwards and make it sound great! I just LOVE how he does a totally different take on these songs and they rock! ADAM~congrats!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  397. rek

    A beautiful performance tonight by Adam. Quite memorable.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Kate W

    American Idol would be boring without Adam!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Chris

    I don't see what everyone believes this person can do. I think his singing is lousy and I can't stand all the screaming. I WOULD NOT SPEND ANY OF MY HARD EARNED MONEY ON HIS MUSIC.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  400. JAS

    If I didn't have people telling me that was good, I'm not sure I would like it.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Valeri

    What did Simon say to Adam? I missed it!!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Paul

    The boy has talent.

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  403. Sandi

    Oh Lord, someone give this boy a record deal. I would definitely pay to see him perform. Hot. Hot. Hot.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Carol

    ADAM!!! oh man, you are one talented kid....yes I can call you 'kid'....I am almost 45 and I LOVE to hear you sing and see you perform. Your mom and dad must be sooo proud. I am looking forward to seeing you and Allison up there on FINAL night. AWESOME!

    April 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
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  406. Paige

    Hate to admit it but I too think he out did everyone tonight- with Allison in the next spot...

    April 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Suzee

    Bravo...as usual. No surprises left here, the boy can sing a dictionary and make it sound beautiful. Kudos.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Bob S

    The hairs are still standing on the back of my neck. Adam, you are light years ahead of the competition. You are in a class by yourself.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |

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