April 8th, 2009
10:45 AM ET

Top 8: DVRs miss Adam Lambert's great night

Do not mess with Adam Lambert!

Adam Lambert

Complaints are pouring in from viewers who are steamed about missing Adam’s performance because "American Idol" ran long last night.

For those who programmed their DVRs and neglected to pad the back end with additional minutes, they were treated to a sweet little video vignette featuring Adam’s baby pictures and his parents. We learned that he loved dressing up as a child.

For those unlucky enough not to be watching the show live, they missed the full viewing of his incredible performance of “Mad World,” a Tears for Fears song – though Adam seemed to be singing a rendition closer to that of Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' version from the soundtrack of the film “Donnie Darko.”

Is there any excuse for “American Idol” to run seven minutes too long? It’s not the Academy Awards by any stretch, and the producers have been doing this long enough now that it seems the show’s time frame should have been kept under better control.

And do we think Adam’s votes will suffer because of the misstep?

His was arguably the best performance of the night, but if an “American Idol” contestant sings and there is no one there to hear it, will it still count?

- Lisa Respers France, CNN.com Writer

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  1. Merle

    Yeah I'm a Grandma who loves Adam. I haven't been this excited about a new singer since Elvis came onto the scene with "Heartbreak Hotel." I would love it if Adam sang an Elvis song. But no matter what he sings, he will be great. I wish I was younger so I could dye my hair black and streak it blue and wear a leather jacket again. Adam is such an infectious performer and makes American Idol so much fun this year. I am voting for him and telling all my friends to vote, too. Go Adam!!!!

    May 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kathy

    Adam Lambert is as good, if not better than Freddie Mercury of Queen. I hope he plans on doing a queen song because he will ACE it!! He has originality and talen like I've never seen!

    April 22, 2009 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. kim

    Adam has already become the american idol (for other countries as well) before the end of the show. and people just couldnot wait any longer to own any cds of him. his style might not always seen in US, but quite popular in Japan (eg X'Japan group, etc). Adam would be well accepted by asian easily. he is the best mixture of the west and east. unsure if he is the best, but he's definitely i like the most. Bravo!

    April 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KC

    ok, I think Kara has alot to say and i respect her comments. They are actually about the technicality of their vocals instead of what they wear or how everyone loves them etc.. i absolutely love Kara bc she has alot of credibility to her name and she knows what to say. Paula doesn't make any sense and just rambles. she does have credibility has well but seriously its time for her to go. you just never know when she's going to end her comments or what she's going to say next. Adam is a GREAT singer but i wish there were a lil more competition b/c we all know who will be the top 2! allison and adam. no brainer.

    April 9, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Karen

    First, I think Adam is awesome. No one said anything about David Cook last season having had experience before coming to American Idol why should it be a big deal for Adam to have had. Yep, he did hit a bad note at the end of his song Mad World but my then he had won everyone over and I am not sure they cared at that point. I am always anxious to see what he is going to do the next week. Of all the seasons I have been watching AI, I believe he is the only one I can remember standing out from the start other than maybe Carrie Underwood.

    April 9, 2009 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. someone

    Like to dress up yeah i think hes a little bit of a flamer, hes got a good voice but im over his dramatic acting, i feel like he if molesting me through the camera, and when he starts to scream its a little enoying Aero Smith is not aorund anymore dude and we dont need another one, danny is an ok singer i think hes here on a pitty party sad story and thats the only thin keeping him here, kris is a good singer very up beat and i think when the show lets them do more updated songs and they have a better selection he will shine, lil go home, anoop go home, matt need to get rid of the mole on his forehead is very distracting, Allison has a good voice i wish she would changi it up a little but overall she is good, my top three KRIS, ADAM, ALLISON.

    April 9, 2009 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Shaman

    Anahita – that's right – Miley Cyrus can't sing, period. She's all hype. She did much better doing a voice-over for the animated film. Allison is great and I think she will be in the last three as this show winds down.

    April 9, 2009 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. lynn

    The show is getting wierd! The judges clearly giving preferred treatment to Adam. Simon acting like he's got a brand new shiny boy toy (ick!) where none of his usual critiques apply. Kara, who IMO adds nothing to the show, yet seems to be falling in line (perhaps so she doesn't get voted off) singing Adam's praises while Simon has a big smirk on his newly plumped cheeks! (double ick!!)

    April 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    I love Adam, but what kind of music will he record? His skill is unmatched, but Alison seems like the better bet for commercial success. Everyone else is forgettable.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karen B

    My kids, grandkids and I all love Adam just the way he is. That shows that he has bridged the gap as few others have. Alison is great but I knew from the second I heard Adam, it was a slam dunk. I wish he already had an album out so I could buy it. Alison, I'll get one of yours too..........wonderful despite the difficulities of the show last night.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JRoss

    Rick; i just read your post & OMG! you are so right. My post that came up just before yours contained comments directed at homophobic, small minded, anal retentive, talently challenged posters and was incredibly, horribly insensitive to hill billys. I want to state that any comments made in my post linking the above noted homophobic, small minded, anal retentive, talently challenged posters to hill billys was an unneccessary & mean spirited insult to hill billys. I am truly ashamed of myself and apologize to hill billys everywhere. Now if only the gay-bashing, black-bashing and latino-bashing posters would just step up to the plate and do the same the world would be a better place... That said, I am not holding my breath. GO ADAM!!! GREATNESS WILL ALWAYS BE MISUNDERSTOOD!!!! Allison you go too girl... 🙂

    April 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Josh

    As far as votes go, it really doesn't matter. The judges would save him regardless. No one is in the same league he is in, and if Simon's standing ovation doesn't say it, nothing does.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pat

    Get rid of Paula. She is useless. They can keep the other 3 I suppose but Paula is a waste of time.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeremy

    I didn't miss it, but I sympathize with the DVR/TiVo people. This shouldn't have to happen. And yes, the judge's comments are the reason for that. They should return it to three because as it is it seems excessive. Randy is fine, he is generally supportive and constructive with his comments. Simon, while sometimes harsh, is correct most of the time; he shouldn't have to pull any punches if the contestants want to do their best. Both Kara and Paula say some things that make me wanna mute the TV. Paula oftentimes sounds incompetent when she critiques, and Kara at times has this grating ditsiness, particularly when she's giving praise. Boot one of those two.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anahita

    All those misduided Hanna Montana fans, should listen to Allison who is also 16 years old, then tell me that who really has the talent here?

    April 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Carl

    Adam, the next American Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Holli

    Adam's upper range reminds me so much of Mark Slaughter (Ya' know, from Vinnie Vincent Invasion and, after that, Slaughter). He is much more polished than the rest. Anyone else think so?

    April 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Chris

    NEXT AMERICAN IDOL RIGHT HERE!!....fantasic singer!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Timothy McGrath

    It's no surprise the show runs over. Between Paula and Kara it seems to be more often than not that they have to give us an undulation to prove how they feel. It's like they are competing with each other to appear the most hip in the music biz. Three judges were better. Paula's jewelry accessories are overdone and unnecessary. I too lost the last minutes as I had it on Tivo. Pity as I am sure Lambert sang greatly.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. megan

    maybe if they limit paula to 5 words per singer, it may work better – she is soooooooooo annoying and everything that comes out of her mouth makes no sense at all whatsoever!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sue

    I'm 61 years old and Adam is the greatest thing I've been totally in love with since the Beatles.....he's in a league all his on!!!!!love him,lovehim!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Rob

    I agree, there's no reason to run late ..as some have mentioned: cut out the stool chats, and shorten those stupid videos they make. gonig back to 3 judges is also a good idea ..but keep Kara, dump Paula. She never gives any constructive criticism anyway.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Chris

    Adam is overrated. He has over 200 comments on CNN compared to Dannys 90? He has the buzz, and unfortunately thats all he needs to win this seasons America Idol. Hope he wins, all the others who win usually have horrible careers.
    And oh, he is far from a modern Elvis. He has a great voice, but absolutely no musical presence. His STYLE is not impressive. He can't pick a song and he will never become a performer who consistently Being an independent record producer, I wouldn't waste my time with him,....unless he showed me he could write a song.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  24. maggie t

    there are too many ego`s from some of the judges. the girls have been misbehaving since "bikini girl" their behavior was very immature then and they have lost respect for each other AND the show. one of the girls has to go or its just a farse.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  25. JoAnn

    Adam is hot and he is the next American Idol!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. alice

    anne. How disrespectful to make statements about older peoples hearing and Adam screeching. You have a right to your own likes and dislikes on American Idol, but do you have to disrespect older people to make your point.
    Adam is an artist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with how he looks and if it looks like he is "drag", perhaps you should get your eyes checked. Back at you for your older ears comment.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. unarex

    I adore Adam and I am only 32. If you don't think Adam can sing, you need to have your ears cleaned. He is the best singer BY FAR.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. maggie t

    why cant people just behave decently. whatever you like to be. if you are discreet and not be in everyones face then no-one will notice you. i did like adams singing but i love LIL`S huge voice. SHE gave me goosebumps!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  29. alice

    His performance better count since it was the best of the night. Never saw a standing ovation from Simon before, so you know it was good. Adam "blew it out the box."
    Such a shame that the show ran longer than it should have, but people should know by now, Adam is the best.

    April 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  30. j

    Just his look will take him to the winner circle, and he can sing. Allison and Lil got to go.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Joplin James

    You know, I am so sick and tired of you homophobic people who keep calling Adam a drama queen, a freak, and a gay stereotype...I am a gay American and find these put downs truly offensive.

    Adam is an artist, plain and simple...either love his voice or hate it (I personally love it), you can't deny there's been no one like him on the history of AI. I can't wait to see what song he will choice each week and how he will sing it...truly hope he wins it all.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Steve

    The main reason the show ran long was because when the judges made their critique of Lil they all said the same exact thing and all felt they needed to take three minutes to do so. If one judge agrees 100% with another it would be a better show if they said I agree with whomever and pass it on. This is especially true when the critique is negative and the poor performer has to stand up there for what must seem like to them to be an eternity. I usually know what each judge is going to say before they even open their mouth anyway. I always predict it and it freaks my girlfriend out because I am right about 95% of the time.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Pat

    Funny how the people who don't like Adam are always "gagging" and "wanting to vomit." That doesn't sound like the typical things people say when they don't like an AI contestant. I wonder what the root of the problem is. I know it couldn't be homophobia or religious opposition to homosexuality, because we're all past that as a society, right?

    April 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. tracy

    Yo Betty, since when is being you self, wrong.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. tracy

    does anyone else notice every time someone says something deragatory towards Simon he pretends not to hear it ( what did they say). Its annoying as hell. Scott needs to go tonight.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Chris in Central FL

    Adam is atrocious, and his premature coronation by the judges and the media is a slap in the face to any real talent that exists on that show. Period. I hope he leaves.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Rick

    The really nasty, homophobic comments in some of these E-mails is truly frightening. If Adam were Black, or latino would you people be saying these things about him, too? Whether you like him or not, that's your personal opinion but it's not acceptable to gay-bash, nor black-bash, nor latino-bash, etc. Adam should be judged solely on his singing. You don't like him? Fine. You love him? Great. But leave these innappropriate comments out of the mix.

    April 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  38. beanhead

    Regardless of the reason, if you're that interested, be just a little resourceful. Go to youtube and you could have watched the whole thing.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. JRoss

    All the people saying Adam sucks, he's whiney, he's theatre, etc., etc., are too funny and have probably never seen live theatre in their lives! Obviously homophobic, small minded and completely lacking in any type of singing talent themselves! Can you say jealous?!! OH SO JEALOUS!!! HILARIOUS! You all know Adam is a superstar and after the show is over he will be making a FORTUNE and that just kills you cause you're anal retentive, talently challenged hill-billys who just can't stand it!!! HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!! 🙂 GO ADAM, GO ADAM! WOOT-WOOT! oh, and Allison is pretty good too. . .

    April 8, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. stef

    Think about this. Ratings. They don't get credit for you watching when you use a DVR. They're trying to force you to watch live for ratings!

    April 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jessue

    This show has constantly run over it's advertised times. I think last night was the latest it has run over. Whose to blame ? The egos of some of the judges and Ryan !!! They 'll apoligize tonight and you can rest assure , IT WILL HAPPPEN AGAIN AND AGAIN ! Slowly but surely it has become the "American Sesame Street!"

    April 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  42. AdamSux

    Why don't all the judges point out the notes Adam misses as they do everyone else? He's hit a few clunkers in his attempts to go falsetto – in fact, last night his very last note was off, but in the recap, they showed his dress rehearsal performance where he hit the note. How rigged is that?!

    April 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  43. NanaOne

    I think adding the fourth judge - who talks way too much anyway - is most of the problem. Along with Ryan Seacrest who thinks he is entitled to make all kinds of remarks in between performances and judges' comments. Turn the show over to the contestants, eliminate the horrific "group" numbers, and let the judges vote by number held up on a paddle, with no comments at all!

    April 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Elle Nora

    Ahem, I have perfect pitch, a music and singing background, and I am not a grandma but I am over 50 and I LOVE ADAM LAMBERT as a singer and performer. So, take that....and do what you want with it.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  45. LoveIsAllAround

    Must admit I'm really getting sick of all this fauning over Adam. He's not the second coming, people! He doesn't even belong on this show – it's supposed to be for amateurs, not professional musical theater actors. If he wins, it will open the doors to all kinds of pros auditioning & probably taking over the competition. This is just wrong. Matt, Kris & Allison are just as talented as he is, if not more so. And they play their own instruments, keyboards & guitar. And they don't have to screech their way thru everything.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Anne

    Does anyone else notice that praise for Adam is usually accompanied by the phrase "I'm a grandma!" or "I'm over the age of 50?" Too bad the generation who made so many legendary artists famous is plagued with terrible taste as their eardrums age. I guess their loss of residual hearing means they can't hear the screeching.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ann

    I wasn't able to start watching the show at 8:00 PM, so I set my DVR to record. At about 8:30 I started to watch and when it ended BEFORE Adam performed, I couldn't believe it. Then I realized I was taping Fringe too, and found Adam's performance on the front end of that!! Thank goodness! Adam is the only breath of fresh air (along with Allison) this year. What talent they both possess!! Hey, American Idol, get your act together and quit messing with us.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  48. sagun

    it's a publicity stunt; even if he get the lowest vote due to the DVR mishap, the judges will save him using the new rule....

    April 8, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Donna

    Plus I missed the last of Fringe because I did not have the end of Fringe go beyond 2 minutes as usual. So I am not happy with Fox at all. Yes I did get Adam song just because I watch Fringe. So Fox really should know by now how long 8 singers take. Maybe 4 judges are too much.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Anne

    Glad I'm not the only one who cannot stand Adam. All that wretched make-up makes him look like middle-aged drag queen, but with none of the likeable qualities. Ordinarily, I don't criticize people on TV because it's unnecessarily cruel, but it's so apparent that he's a self-absorbed tool that he deserves it. He's probably going to win because nobody has actual music taste. Clearly someone bought off the judges, because this guy is suited for some crappy, small-town theater version of "Grease," and that's about it. They should send him home soon so he can get started spending the rest of his life styling his hair, applying "man-liner," and playing "Danny Zucko." **Emo tear**

    April 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  51. regina

    Out of all the seasons, there have been only three relevant artists to come from the show. Kelly, Carrie and now Adam. He will be just as famous or even more so than the other two. He rocks! Who cares whose rendition he borrowed, at least he can sing. The blind guy needs to go, and then the pamby guy who I can't even name the one who playhs the guitar every week. After that I don't care. But Adam will win, mark my words.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Elle Nora

    Sorry but your sentence about Adam loving to dress up as a child can be misunderstood. It should read "as a child, Adam loved to play dress up". lol

    Adam Lambert – SUPERSTAR! His performance was outstanding, as always, he just barely saved the last note, though. But, he's got the complete package – looks, charisma, talent, amazing voice, a great performer, magnetism that demands we watch him, and he has a great sensitivity and ability (with emotion) to understand and tell the story in a song's lyrics. He's IT.

    April 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Lady Godiva

    It doesn't even matter. If he gets voted off, the judges will save him, no doubt. BTW – I was one of those who DVR'd the show and didn't see Adam's performance or Simon's reaction. I watched a video of it today online – I didn't see what the big deal was. It was okay – just okay. Not spectacular. Not even worthy of a standing O.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Betty

    Adam has a lot of talent, but I could do without the gay pictures, why can't he just sing and leave the other stuff to private time, I don't need to know it and sure don't want to see it. If they did not give a number to text to, it could hurt the voting, seems wrong to me.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  55. jas

    If the show was about the singers it wouldn't run over. The show has become about the ego's of Simon and Paula. I think the show would actually be much better and generate a larger audience if just Kara and Randy were the judges.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jane

    Funny story, the cable company had sent two guys out to fix and bury the cable after we continued to lose signal, they showed last night at about an hour before the show, I was hoping that they would be finished by then. No, we waited and waited, finally the picture comes back on just in time to here the judges comments for Matt and to see Adam. So where everyone else is ticked that it ran over, I am grateful that it did otherwise I would have missed him. It's true we saw none of the others, but we can live with that.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Lola

    I heard Adam sing last night. He was terrific. Most of the voters probably did get to see and hear Adam last night. If the DVD watchers missed him they probably would have watched their DVD too late to vote anyway. I doubt that it will cost Adam any votes. I hope he wins. He's so talented.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Karen

    It seems the contestants actually wait to hear what Simon has to say. I feel they know that he will be honest with them even though at times you know the way he says things hurts them but at least it is honest. Paula needs to go this is not a fashion show and that is the best comments for the most part that she ever makes is how nice someone looks. I think it should go back to 3 judges without Paula.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Rose

    Rachel.... I completely agree! What's with all the gay bashing comments all over the place?? They still make you people? Go back to the barn that you were raised in.

    Rachel...... and yes..... Adam is soooo hot!

    April 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Rose

    Go Adam! Fox owes him for that crap last night. Dial Idol said that he received the majority of the votes anyway, so it ok. Fox: Don't let it happen again! Why the hell can't Adam just sing first? They always put him near the end. I guess it's because the producers know that he is going to win and they want people to watch the entire show and not just him. Makes sense!


    April 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Christine

    I know i'm not the only one who feels this way... but I still don't get what all the hype is about Adam.
    He screams theatre performer, not pop star. He's an actor playing a pop star. and what's with the recent changes to his helmet hairdo???
    they say, be true to who you are and then applaud him when he shows up looking like a mattel doll of himself.
    I don't dispute that the kids got talent, but it's not going to be recording top 40 hits. would you buy his record? maybe only if it was the soundtrack to rent or wicked.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  62. zivo24

    It kind of cracks me up seeing all the posts from women swooning over Lambert...who is so obviously GAY.

    No, I'm not taking digs at him. I'm gay myself.

    But t look at how many girls and women were just crushed when Clay Aiken finally came out....even though anyone with a clue knew it was coming.

    For what it's worth, Lambert is too good for this show. The kid has incredible talent.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Tori

    I think that Fox does this intentionally to force you to buy the performance from ITunes where they can profit more!! WHy else would they always have adam sing last? They know he is in another league and people are tuning in just to see what he will sing each week. Then they coincidentally cut off the recording just as he's about to sing leaving the viewer wanting more. And their site will only lead you to buy the performance from ITunes. Hooray for you tube!

    April 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. LifeBunny

    I could not care less about American Idol....however...

    AI's overtime fiasco caused millions of DVRs across the country to miss the last seven minutes of last night's long-awaited return of Fringe.

    Compare it to the climax of a mystery novel being cut off before the Big Reveal.

    Sounds like FOX owes a big one to people who watch both shows - like they'd pay us back...

    April 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  65. ChgoSteve

    Scott SUCKS. That wouldn't even be a good karaoke performance at a bar in Des Moines. Screechy, off-key caterwauling. Anoop and Adam were incredible.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Amy

    For all you technologically saavy people who are mad becasue they missed Adam's performance I have one word – youtube, duh!

    April 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Anna

    It's really hilarious how the people who don't like Adam always make some vague complaint about his voice–always untrue–and then in their second comment get to the real reason for their dislike: that he's gay. Except they say something like flaming, queeny, "not interested" in his girl fans, etc. Your homophobia is only hurting YOU–it is rendering you incapable of enjoying a phenomenal singer. Go get some therapy.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Elise

    I was lucky enough to hear Adam Lambert sing because at the same time I was taping the show, I was watching the ending. My husband was disappointed because when he came home from work and watched the show, he didn't get to hear Adam sing because it went over the time limit. Most of them are good singers, but Adam is the greatest singer of them all.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Scott

    You can;t record it long if you can only record 2 shows and you are recording 2 shows when it's over.

    April 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  70. hemnebob

    tell ryan seacrest to shut up and stop tryin to be cute.
    btw...tell paula to stop talking because she only adds to the
    rumors that she drinks while she is up there and that her
    and simon are doing the dirty dance as well!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Darkstar

    You should here about all the irate comments from Foxnetwork posts regarding American Idols program causing their DVR to miss the end of "The Fringe" !

    April 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Candy C

    Adam is the best singer on American Idol. He is right up there with all the previous winners. Way Better than Taylor Hicks who won a few years ago. As I said before I would buy that song he sang last night called Bad World. Go Adam You are Going to win

    April 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Reggie and Maggie

    Adam is in perfect pitch. Can easily tackle and achieve 3 octaves.
    Never sharp or flat...The most controlled voice ever on AI. Versatile
    with his style and music selections, but, always follows the AI guidelines and the advice of the judges. He is humble, and has
    "Star" quality and stage presentation that is hard for most to ever find.
    Others have performed throughout their lives that are on the show and just because he has had some stage experience, does not mean he has an "edge". Once in a while, someone comes along like this young man...and, this is his time and he will be a star. American get ready!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  74. trueblue

    can he perform again tonight for the one that miss him i also have a dvr

    April 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Coco

    It's because they have Kara now....when 4 judges need to talk, the show is always going to run long. It's a shame. Down with Kara.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  76. JH

    His performance was a complete rip off of the Gary Jules version. There was no originality there. The sheer fact that people are giving him such kudos for that version is ridiculous. The judges burned Daughtry how many seasons ago for doing Live’s “I Walk The Line” instead of the Johnny Cash version. They should do the same to Adam.

    I’m sorry, I thought it sucked. That’s just my opinion and I don’t like the guy. /Shrug

    Adam is a true talent. You sound jealous...get over it!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Glenna

    If indeed Adam is a "screaming" vocalist than I am a fan of screaming!
    Scream on Adam!

    Also would certain others stop trying to sequester Adam away in Musicals? That particular genre has had him to themselves for long enough! Let this caged bird fly so the rest of the world can enjoy his talents on the wing untethered and free!

    AS for Adam's sexual orientation, how in the world is that in any way relevant?? If I had wanted to know or in any way cared what it is/was, I would have asked ! But I haven't asked because I don't care and most importantly, it's none of my business! I wish those people who feel it is their businss would keep it to themselves.

    Or at the very least restrict their comments and innuendos to an adult site which is the only place that particular subject should appear if at all.

    In my opinion having an unwarranted interest in someone's sexual preferences and especially when it is expressed via public discussion of same is a sexual perversion. It amazes me how many of these type-of perverts are able to satisfy this particular perversion by slipping it in as a gay-straight issue , and right past the censors, too.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  78. freddy

    adam ( sam harris impersonater) is a theater pro. every song is out of a musical. He is a musical theater entertainer. He should stay there. He should NOT be on the show giving his credits in theater and his succsess. Most of the others are vertual ametures by far and should be with this type show. would you put a top selling recording artist in line with an ameture for compitition? No, so why would you do the same with a top musical theater performer. come on. It is just not fair for the other artists. Yes adam is awesome, but he is al ready succsessful. Lets give an up and coming a break, he has had more than enough.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Patricia

    If Adam doesn't get enough votes to keep him in, it certainly was caused by AI's running overtime and viewers who voted only voted on those performances they saw. AI needs to take responsibility for that. Hopefully, he will get enough votes anyway and it will be a moot point. He is obviously far and away the most talented, poised contestent on the show and deserves to be the next AI.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Shane

    Randy, by far, has the most insightful, unpredictable, and spot-on observations of all the judges.

    Im in 100% agreement with most posts here about Paula's critiques...she may be a nice person, but her incessant rambling is annoying and its the fact she hardly ever says anything concrete...its always abstract allusions to "auras" and "glows"..."All you can do is the best you can do" lol.

    Lets not forget last year's fiasco where she critqued a second song by Castro that he hadnt sang yet..on live TV.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Karen

    If the judges wouldn't go on for 10 mins. for each early contestant, then the show wouldn't run over! They should be cut after 10-15 secs. just like the acceptance speeches on awards shows. We, the viewers, want to hear the contestants and not the same long boring speech from each judge!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Ian

    I was more upset that the overrun ruined my DVR programming for Fringe...The performance of Mad World sounded strangled and really wasn't that great.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Teresa

    I love ADAM........He is the best...He is gonna win the whole thing..

    April 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  84. JuJuan Mooney

    The remaining contestantants are all very talented young singers but I always look foward with anticipation to Adams performance. He is always great !!!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  85. twitter.com/gearbox

    These shows do not “run long” by accident, or due to unplanned gabbing, etc. It’s an intentional device used to stop you from changing the channel to another show on the hour.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Tania Hurless

    Kara's comments are too long and self promoting. It seems that Paula's competing for more time than Kara.
    The contestants are rushed off because of the long commnents
    We were better off with 3 judges.
    Simon, Paula and Randy.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Sherry

    Because of the time running over I was able to vote for Adam about 20 times before he even began to sing. I always start dialing when the last contestant starts singing and the line are always open. I was just getting his number punched into my phone so i could hit re-dial when the time came, and Vwah-lah! it went through!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jack in Carlisle

    For a nation that put a man on the moon, leads the free world in power and consumes more than our fair share of resources, Fox allowing AI to run over is like AIG bonuses: deplorable but the devil is in the details and many someones knew it was going to happen. Makes you wonder what the REAL motivation was? It may rightly be a scheme to use this year's "Power Save" when poor Adam is sent packing for lack of votes and boost ratings!! How shameful that the joke is on us. But then is AI really more than a joke anyway???

    April 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Laura

    Not comlicated – FOX wants us to record the show afterwards to increase their ratings.

    April 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. JLM

    Adam's peformance last night was like when Michael Jackson did the moonwalk on the Motown reunion show; it will be remmbered forever!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Sean

    First, your DVR should be sophisticated enough to record the entire show whether it runs 1 hour or 1 hour 7 min.s. If it isn't, complain to your provider. Second, Kara is a great addition to the judging team. She provides excellent critiques such as pointing what is missing (such as a lack of artistry). Randy is good but Kara follows him only in the sense that she's seated next to him. Third, everyone knows Adam is the front runner and deserves to be the next Idol. Drawing comparisons to Elvis is a bit overzealous though; Elvis had much more natural talent. If he were born in the 80's he would've already been double platinum without ever taking the Idol route.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Jean

    I would not be sad to see Adam leave he has way too much experience, for it to be a fair competition. In my opinion he is not Idol material.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Rachel

    Adam needs to win, he is by far the msot talented and has amazing stage presence. He could honestly sing anything, and really, who else comes close to him? He is leaving everyone behind in the dust.

    And for the record who cares if he's gay or a "drag queen" or whatever else he's being labeled as. He is the best singer, and it is a sining competition. End of story, If people are afraid because he's honest and not ashamed of who he really is they can either stop watching or buy more kleenex to wipe their tears away with, because this boy is going to be there until the final show.
    And he's insanely gorgeous too, definitely the best looking American Idol contestant ever.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  94. T.A.

    I think Idol owes it to Adam and the fans to allow him to repeat his performance tonight!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Aubrey

    I was very sad to miss my favorite performer, because I always record the show and watch it about an hour later. I always try to watch in time to vote. I was able to watch Adam's performance online today, but not in time to vote. Fox needs to give us some notice next time.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  96. MC

    I didn't like his performance at all. I don't get it.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Hater

    Adam had to come on American Idol because he couldn't make it far on his own. Seeing past clips of him performing (before he was on Idol) show a disgusting man less than half dressed with screeching vocals and dancing with sluty women. Is this the kind of person America is going to name their Idol? Probably. And it's all due to two reasons: hype and the fact that America doesn't believe in instilling values into young people. I am only 23 and cannot believe the crap that goes on.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  98. LaDonna

    I gotta admit. My favorite from the beginning was Danny.........but Adam is growing on me and his perfomance of Mad World was absolutely incredible! I'm sold so my hopes would be Adam and Danny in the final two. Doesn't matter who wins because they will both get recording opportunities, for that matter the top 4 or 5 will do just fine – they always do.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Melissa

    I agree in that there should only be 3 judges. Its taking wayyyyyy too much time with 4. If Adam gets voted off and the judges do not save him tonight we all know it was intentional.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Mickey

    No wonder the show runs long...6o yr old Paula is rambling and Darla/Marla/Carla...whatever...has abosultely nothing of value to add. Too many judges...two are too windy!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Phil

    I padded our Tivo recording with 5 extra minutes some 2-3 weeks ago due to the show going over an hour several times in the past. As we were watcing, I told my wife (at the 1 hour mark) that they should replace the director. There is no excuse for this to happen when a show has a viewing audience this large. I could understand this on Pee Wee's playhouse, but when you command this large of the viewing audience in prime time......

    Do the right thing and make the correct personnel changes!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Caroline Molteni

    Adam is hauntingly talented. No matter his song choice for the week, once he performs, I cannot get it out of my head. He is in league all his own. I will buy tickets to any Adam Lambert performance and can't wait for the chance to do so!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  103. ann

    I do not like Adam. His voice is a pretend. He tries to act like a 16 year old.Danny is the best!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  104. casual observer

    6 out of the bunch could be signed tomorrow,, two of them can go home,, which two,, the two that, yell ,scream, wail, thier songs, no melody (talent) maybe they need a fifth judge to keep the show shorter.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Pat

    Votes don't count. The producers decide. Adam will be fine.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  106. twitter.com/gearbox

    These shows do not "run long" by accident, or due to unplanned gabbing, etc. It's an intentional device used to stop you from changing the channel to another show on the hour.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Brian

    Kara is there because Paula may or may not be next year. I seriously think one of the two needs to step aside. The show ran over because they talk way too much in between for the first couple of performances, then have to rush through the last couple. Shut someone up earlier and then stretch it out at the end if you have to.

    They also ran over time because someone decided it was a bright idea to run a full string of commercials 3 minutes before the show was supposed to end. If the intro and the song are supposed to be about that long, why not just run the string of commercials right afterwards and then lead into the commercials before the next show. I don't particularly care about what commercials were played or how much that time slot cost the distributor. People aren't paying attention to the commercials, they're paying attention to the singers. Show the people what they want to see and they'll keep watching your channel.

    As for which Idols I like: Adam is by far the stand out performer. Great voice, solid performance each week, and even manages to step far enough away from the emo look to make me listen to what he has to say and sing. Matt is awesome when he's in his comfort zone. And Kristen really could have been a teenager in the 80s performing in a high school hair band.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Kathy

    Adam Lambert is overrated. He tries too hard to be different. He can't go a song without that damned shriek of his.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Janet

    Adam Lambert is awesome! I'm a 55 year old woman but even I can appreciate his voice and enjoy his versions of the songs. He obviously puts a lot of thought into how he will sing each song. I don't care how he dresses, or if he wears eyeliner and fingernail polish. I have no doubt he'll win this thing. Allison would be my second pick. Great voice.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  110. shar

    not since the infamous "heidi" fiasco back in the 70s has this overage of a program caused such an uproar. i'd be upset too if i'd programmed my dvr for idol and missed adam's performance.

    get rid of kara, btw. she just comes off phony each week – and for a "judge" on american idol, that's truly saying something. go back to three judges, and cut the small talk with ryan. they drag it out at the beginning, and then rush to try to finish on time, shorting people like adam who deserved much more praise.

    however, the standing o was just fine....

    April 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  111. DitaFan

    anyone who watches the show regularly KNOWS to set their recorders to go at least 10 extra minutes. this happens every year. It's LIVE TV!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Kath

    lambert is totally overrated, and narcissistic. Dont like him, and I never usually have the one I like actually win it all. Only Kelly Clarkson.

    The guy should just sing Queen, he would sound good with a tune from them

    April 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Kayla

    My DVR missed his whole song. It made me so mad, he's the one I wait to see every week, but at least we have the internet and I got to watch it online last night. It was very good! It was as good as "Black or White" or "Tracks of my Tears", but he's definitely going to go far in this competition.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  114. malu

    It depends on what coast u were on at the time of the show aired i think. I live in arizona, (i dont watch idol anymore) but idol came on at 8pm...we dvr'd "fringe". When it was time for us to view fringe we got 6-8 mins. of extended idol, which ran long, which annoyed me, and only to find out as we watched fringe that it cut off 6-8 mins before it ended leaving us in limbo. (we will watch the download on the fringe website tonight) I know idol is a popular show, but why does it run over, why doesnt it do its time-slot like most other shows so it wont
    interupt the next show coming on for other viewers? We are all entitled and can choose what show we wish to watch, but fox needs to stop bending the rules for idol in allowing them to do whatever in running over time live or not. (what was the reason they ran over anyways, paula amd simon rant too long on nothing yet again?)

    April 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  115. - Vickey

    I think going back to 3 judges would be the right choice, but I think Paula needs to go. She adds no credible constructive critizism to the show. She talks forever gushing with unitelligible goobly gook and the the very few times she has a critizism, it is out of touch, out of place, and WRONG.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Amary

    Allison, has real talent, but needs to change the way she dress and tune down her attitute,

    Lil, stop screaming, sing. No screaming, also need to know how to dress, get read of your two size lower out fites, they don't look good on, you, I don't know what Paula meant last night when she says, you look sex, for me you look like...

    Anoop and Adam, go all the way. No holding back, you got it and show it.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Maggie

    Adam will win.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  118. - Vickey

    Danny was, as always #1. While I loved them all except Matt and Adam, Danny as always was the best.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  119. christy

    i had to scroll down to find it ..but thank God I found it written by Kim....if the people were dvring it – either they were not home to watch or were going to watch later....so unless it was within the 2 hr time frame – they would not have been able to cast a vote anyway.or they could have just done what I did – I dvr'ed it – watched it after i watched another show & because I fast forwarded thru the commercials – found it was cut off & immediately went to the internet to find the performance – – I do not believe adam will suffer – & if for some reason it happens – the judges will save him. i believe thats what this save was created for anyway.you have adam ...who is so far ahead of all the others ,but the rumors & pictures of him are running amok,you have allison – who has been awesome every week & has been in the bottom a couple of times & danny ..... the past has proven that America just can't seem to get it right ....remember daughtry,johns.... so they created this "save".too many of the "winners" have not gone anywhere with their new found fame & they need to have more successes like kelly & carrie & that will only happen if adam,danny or allison wins!!! so far this season ...America has been pretty right on with the only exception being allison in the bottom 3

    April 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Amy

    Having a fourth judge makes everything go too long. I like Kara but she says the same thing for every contestant..."You have to be an artist, make it your own, blah, blah blah." She's almost as bad as Paula telling Danny she like how she appreciated his "chord substitutions."???? Let Simon and Randy comment, Kara and Paula sit there and smile and the show would be done in 30 minutes.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Jason

    I think they need to do away with the new girl and Paula get a good record producer, maybe have Simon Fuller. They just let Paula ramble on too much.

    As for Adam, He is the most talented singer they have had since Carrie Underwood. If this guy dosn't win the viewers are simply stupid!!!!!!!!! I am also glad that they are seeing that Lil Rounds is not anywhere as talented as they thought. She would never be able to sell records. Also, the red headed Mexican/American would not be able to sell records.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Fan from Canada

    Adam has an amazing talent even baby boomer like myself can appreciate young talented person like him.
    America, he deserves to win!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Joyce in DC

    This seems to be a new problem this year. I wonder if this is a pathetic attempt by FOX to get viewers to watch the show that comes on after idol by screwing them out of the beginning of other shows.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Desiree

    I do not see the big hype about this kid. I think he is horrible and will not continue watching the show if he makes it. I would NEVER buy his cd!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Binu

    American Idol did not need a fourth judge. They used to run short of time with 3 judges & they really do need a timer to keep their comments short.
    I fortunately saw Lambert's performance & thought he was amazing!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Sarah

    More than any Idol contestant I've ever seen, Adam's got the complete package. He's got the voice, the stage presence, the musical sense, the originality and TV friendly looks. Sure he's over the top but what rock legend isn't? That's what rock is all about, isn't it?

    Having said that, I think Danny's going to win this season because he's crazy talented but generic. He settles nicely into most people's comfort zone.

    April 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Diana

    Adam was AMAZING! I don't often buy CDs but whatever this fella produces, I will purchase. His talent is miles above the rest of the group and he could sing the phone book and you'd still want to listen.

    Added plus - he's really hot to look at as well!!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Alesia in Missouri

    First time I've ever seen Simon stand up! Not a big fan of the song choice, but he's got a good voice!

    April 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Sue Mazzone

    Dear CNN, you have refused my wonderful comments about Adam and I am very upset that you are censoring these comments as we are supposed to have freedom of speech. I will not read http://www.cnn and more. I have better luck with cleveland.com

    April 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Nancy

    Adam is a FREAK! The whole drama that he adds to his songs makes me sick and the close ups of his face are nauseating! I bet he always did well in his high school drama class! Someday his inner drag queen will appear and become part of his act.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Kenneth Johnson

    agree. I was one of the ones who DVRed the show. One, i hate watching all the stupid commericials, and two, Paula Abdual is ABSOLUTLEY pointless. When she was commenting on Scott's performance, you could see tyhe lipstick on her teeth. I mean, seriously, American Idol is the #1 show in America, and you cannot tell me that they cannot tell her that she has lipstick on her teeth. Bur, back to the show, either they cut some of the stupid stool chats or make the show longer. This is an outrage, and it is not the first time this has happened. i have written to the producers, but i bet they will just put it on the back burner because they obviously know all, and us viewers who make the show what it is, know NOTHING!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Pantsy

    i'm glad to see there are at least a few others out there that dont think adam is as great as everyone makes him out to be. he's too screechy, i dont like his high notes, so the last two songs were like torture. i just dont get his appeal.
    and someone should tell him how awful he looks with his tongue hanging out when he's screeching. that only works for michael jordon and gene simmons.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Brigida Monteiro

    Adam should win, if not, he will do just fine. I think that Paula and
    Simon should stop trying so hard to keep the ratings. The show is doing ok without their bickering. I think Kara is ok, but three judges is
    good enough. I really like Paula, but I don't know what is going on with
    her, sometimes she behaves very strange. If she could just get herself together, she could be great.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Matt

    Kara doesn't bring anything new to the critiques, all she ever does is try to pigeonhole the singers into the genre that she deems appropriate and if you look at her songwriting credits, there isn't much variety there. It's all saccharine generipop.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Kathryn

    Adam belongs on broadway... not as the American Idol. He's all about lights, hair and make-up. Allison has a natural effortless sound that I would actually enjoy listening to for longer than five minutes. I can only take Adam one song at a time.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  136. max

    At the end of the day it's the producers' fault as they know how much time they have, they know how long each recorded segment is going to be and they know exactly how long each performer is going to be on stage. They know how much time will be spent showing us commercials. The only moving part is the commentary which sometimes goes on and on and is painful to listen to. That's what they need to grab control of. The simple answer is to cut out the non-essential, uninteresting content and get back to the roots of this show – a music competition.

    For those people suggesting the "simple" solution is to extend your recording by 10mins...what if you have something else you want to record after American Idol i.e., the channel has to change? What if you don't have more than 1 DVR?

    April 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Nate

    I can’t believe the show went over and my Tivo stopped right as Adam was going to come on. Ryan and the producers need to do a better job policing the judges now that there are four of them and they take longer to give their feedback. The “golden” final slot is not so great anymore since people who wait 30 minutes after the start of the show to watch and skip the absurd amount of commercials will begin missing the end. Luckily I found Adam’s performance online and thought he once again made a brilliant song choice and delivered an amazing performance. What I can’t believe is that out of the 2 1985 born singers neither did the #1 billboard song which is getting renewed airplay by Seether, Wham’s “Careless Whisper”. Going home this week will be Scott or Lil.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Tina

    I too was one of the sorry dvr users that missed Adam...whom I LOVE!! As far as the judges, 3 is enough and I can't stand Randy's 'slum dawg' slang that he uses constantly!! Maybe if he were 30 years younger he could pull it off but IMO he sounds like a fool!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  139. super sid

    Missing Adams performance because of the over run was disapointing to say the least. Hopfully it will be shown again on this evenings show. Come on FOX, it was your fault. FIX IT !

    April 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Elyse

    I can't stand Adam. First of all, his image: the faux-punk/goth/wanna-be Pete Wentz schtick seems to be a complete cover-up for his musical theater chorus boy background. It's so trite and disingenuine – I want to hand him a bottle of cold cream and tell him to wash off his eyeliner, take off the black nail polish, get rid of the bad asymmetrical haircut and come back when he's ready to get back to his roots and sing me some Kander and Ebb.

    And where do I begin with his voice? His sound is shrill, whiny, nasal, off-key at times, and completely lacking of anything unique. I really wanted to like his version of "Mad World" until he started screeching, completely deviating from the melody just to impress us all, and totally destroying the song. Seems these days all you need is a strong vibrato and an ability to scream into the stratosphere to be considered a good singer.

    The gays, midwestern housewives, and the prepubescents can have him – I'm rooting for Gokey.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Cindy

    I too am a grandma and I agree with Anita, Adam is something else, unbelieveable!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  142. cfl

    If you want to see Adam's performance, you can go to the American Idol official site. Click the tab "video" and then performance. They post all the idol performances there.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Becky

    Adam's rendition of 'Mad World' was indeed incredible, maybe to the point of 'spiritual', but this guy has been amazing from the first note at the auditions. Whoever didn't get his version of 'Ring of Fire' is not really worthy of commenting on it. Adam deserves world-wide recognition for his incredible voice, unique arrangements AND good looks & personality.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Jean McAndrew

    Adam is definitely the best, most talented genius in the group... he is simply amazing. Can't help but love Danny, he's really good too.. and Allison rocks.. they will definitely all get signed with someone, but Adam deserves to win American Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Lin

    Go on Youtube to listen to Adam's haunting performance of "Mad World" – surely one of the best AI performances ever! Too bad the judges wasted minutes torturing Lil. A few "ditto's" would have sufficed.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Allison

    Adam was not good last night! I am lost on why everyone thinks he is so good. Danny rocks!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Geoff Garcia

    His votes won't suffer from it – voting is only open for 2 hours after the show – folks that had DVR'ed it most likely wouldn't have seen it within that window anyway...

    All that same, I was kinda ticked not to have caught it on my DVR.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Libby

    Lukily for Adam, those who do the most voting are probably watching the show live and did get to see his performance and Simons comments earlier. I always set my DVR even when I do watch the show just in case I miss someone. I set mine to go 5 minutes long and that got Adams performance but not Simons comments and not the show recap. Allison was also very impressive last night and is now moving up as one of my favorites.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Joan

    This was very unfortunate for Adam (and me)! I am a 54 year old female from a musical family and even I am crazy about watching Adam each week! Fortunately, my daughter called to warn me they were running out of time as she knows I record the show. What a joy it is to watch his talented perspective and amazing delivery! American Idol has never seen anything like this before...and regrettably, neither did a lot of the fans.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  150. RJ

    Don't worry, you didn't miss anything except crappy singing and him ruining a Gary Jules/Michael Andrews excellent version of the Tears for Fears classic. He ruined it. Gave it away. Oh, sorry, spoilers.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Bryan's BF

    The show could save time if they limit the number of times Ryan rubs Kris Allen's shoulders.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  152. megan

    Honestly, I think this additional press coverage for his performance will garner more votes for him. People will feel like he won't get votes, so they'll vote for him where they may not have otherwise.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Angela

    Not only did I miss Adam's performance I also missed the end of Fringe. Way to go AI producers and shame on you FOX! In this day and age there is no excuse for a show running long.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Debbie T

    He is not just a singer but with his theatrical background he is an entertainer. He can do so many creative things with his talent, thats why everyone wants to see what he will do next. Not just standing there singing a cover but making you forget it's one.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Marie

    Am I the only one that is cold over Adam!? That falsetto sets my teeth on edge. He always sounds like he is screetching to me. I prefer Danny and Allison any day. But please, please send Scott and Lil home!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Bill

    If they get rid of Paula that will shave about 15 minutes of blabbering off their time and allow more time for longer performances.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Matt Schoewe

    Adam is absolutely terrible. His rendition of "Ring of Fire" was the worst thing I've ever seen or heard on television. He can't sing, all he does is screech. And all the girls who are screaming at him don't even seem to realize that he's not exactly interested. Terrible singer, terrible perfomer...Adam needs to go!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  158. SUE

    May be it was a trick to create a scene where Adam gets lowest number of votes, producers and Judges singing apologies for the stretched out time and stuff, then using the Judges pick ticket which they are holding for loong and use it on Adam. They are sure they cant pull back any of the remaining contestants in the coming months. And with their performances, Adam and Danny will never be in the bottom 3. So, this is just an excuse for another Drama by Simon and Gang.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Karen

    I think they should get rid of Paula.........even when she talks you have no idea of what she has just said. I think Kara at least says something.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Denise

    This show has been running past the alloted time now for 3 weeks in a row i learned to tape the show behind it and got lucky to not miss Adams Performance he is definately the winner in this years competition. If he should go like my favorite Daughtry did due to not enuf votes because the show ran over and some didnt get to view due to DVR issues.... Im totally done with Idol and will think it is all fixed with their knowing Adam and Daughtry both will get deals reguardless of the votes.....is how i felt when Chris went home ....

    April 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Carmen

    I saw the performance and he was AMAZING...he is an artist willing to take risks and keep it real...totally a fan...felt bad that his time ran out but Simon's standing ovation was off the charts!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  162. tiki

    Running long has become an issue for many shows. They should be required to keep it to an hour. It 's hard to know which shows will run long...and hard to plan recordings for anything following these long running shows...
    As far as the singers go, Adam is in a league of his own.... a modern day Elvis definitely comes to mind! I look forward to seeing/hearing what he will do next!! Kris, Danny, Allison & Matt are all Very Very Good...but Adam is the stand-out!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Rona

    Why bother to continue this farce and air the show at all the rest of the season? Who even needs to watch it? Anyone with half a brain has already figured out Mr. "looks-like-a-zombie" Lambert already has the title in the bag. The way the judges swoon and drool over Adam Lambert, you would think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread and the only realy singer on the show. Their reaction is so over the top, it is actually sickening. Same song-and-dance from them each week – Lambert can do no wrong! This season is so rigged it isn't even funny. No one else has a chance, and the judges will save their "one save" in case the public is dumb enough to ever let Adam hit the bottom (which is highly unlikely). So, let's just say he won now, give him the stupid title, and put the rest of the contestants out of their misery.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Susan

    How about less from the judges, especially Kara who is an idiot, and more from the contestants.

    I set my DVR for 4 minutes longer and I still missed nearly all of Adam's performance.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  165. SDJ

    The best performer of the group and he gets cut short!! What they need to do is cut the female judges' comments to one word instead of letting them run on and on and on and on and on............................................................................................................

    April 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  166. RR

    The producers have enough experience to know better! 8 singers – with promos, judges, advertising, etc in only 60 minutes – I knew that would be trouble going in. I set my DVR to extend the time for this one.

    Does anyone think Simon and Paula are having a fling? He broke up with his girlfriend and those two act like they are working out a junior high crush. i'm suprised they aren't passing notes at the break – or making out...maybe they are and we just don't see it!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  167. John

    Adam is a screamer and he sucks. His performance was like watching paint dry. If he wins this is definitely the last season I watch the American Idiot show. It not about talent. it's about who has the most commercial attractiveness.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  168. shanmom76

    Am I the only on that can't stand Adam Lambert? I don't think that proformance deserved a stanging O and haven't really liked any of his renditions at all. Am I really the only one? If I want to buy a broadway soundtrack...well then he's good, but I don't.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Margie

    Adam is already a paid professional. I don't understand why he was permitted on the show. It's unfair to the others. He has a great talent, but is already a seasoned stage performer!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Susan

    It probably ran long because we have 4 judges who like to talk!! Why the 4th judge – do not get it. As for Adam's performance last night – wow!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Ruth

    Ditto to the judge comments. Having a fourth judge is unnecessary and has to be the reason the show runs long every week. After every contestant I find myself thinking, "Just stop talking already! I got it when the first person said it." Lame.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Me!

    The show should never run over. They should give the juges a limited amount of time to speak. Especially Paula! Half of what she says makes no sense anyway. Adam is, BY FAR, the best contestant, but maybe the show's producers don't feel he is Idol material with his "Emo" image and did this intentionally. I'm not a big fan of the show, but this kid has talent! And I don't vote, but wish I had. I hope this doesn't hurt his chances.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Trish

    Am I the only one who can't stand Adam Lambert? He's creepy looking, for one thing, but besides that – he hasn't been himself yet. He's a Broadway performer, not a singer. If he'd quit playing a character and show his own personality, I might give him a chance.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Kevin

    I get that, for what he does, Adam is good. I just do not care for the male falsetto, and have never thought it sounded good.....no matter who was doing it. It always sounds like a guy, trying to sound like a girl while singing- it never just sounds like a guy hitting a high note- if that makes any sense. I am also a huge hater of that screeching 80's rock thing he does to 90% of his songs. Though, like I said, apparently he's good at what he does, as fans of that style seem to really enjoy him. I don't see him crossing any musical genre's if he wins though, so I'm not sure what kind of sales he'd have post-idol. hey, what's another season of Idol with a less than stellar winner?! We've already had 5 failed winners, one more won't hurt- then again, if he is a huge hit, it improves the quality of the show- 3 good winners out of 8 seasons.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Susie, St. Cloud, MN

    His performance was very good–too bad to those who missed it. I think they are going long because of the fourth judge, which is really getting to be just too much to listen to. By the way, I think Paula's comments are memorized before she even hears them sing–they sound very rehearsed....

    April 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  176. john

    Incredible performance lifted right off the movie Donnie Darko. Not really original or that incredible.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Nancy

    Adam will win. this is a singing competition after all. I know that
    AHU is looking down on you with that little smirk on his face and nodding like "I knew it"! As for the judges, Kara seems nice but they should get rid of her and Paula has always been flying higher than a kite and it's always been annoying.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  178. blaine

    I cannot believe I missed him because the show ran long. He's the only reason I watch to begin with. Get your act together, Idol!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Frank

    It really does not matter as Adam is light years ahead of this group. He really has an amazing range.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Jack

    Okay, if you are DVR'ing it for later viewing, are you really one of the voters that will decide the outcome. There is 2 hours of voting after the show. Only the people that watch it live would be the ones interested in actually voting for their favorite. Come on people, either get real or get a life.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  181. beth

    SOOO ANNOYED ABOUT THE DVR SITUATION!!!!!! I ended up having to watch Adam online!! AI should really cut out all the talking already and just let them sing, oh and maybe cut out a commercial or two!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  182. BK

    I'm upset that the show ran long! I had my DVR set up to record Fringe and due to the overrun the DVR missed the ending. I don't know whether to blame the show or the TV station that just didn't cut it off when it's time was up.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Izzy

    The judges need to keep their comments shorter...especially Paula who hardly makes sense anyway...there are 4 judges now and they tend to go on and on and argue like children. Also keeping Adam to the end is so people will stay tuned to the end of the show. Fortunately for Adam, he was awesome last night and people are tuning in to all sorts of websites to see his performance. No excuse for the show to run late!!!! If it were any other contestant, their scores would have suffered but Adam is THAT good. He is the next Idol!!!! Also I predict tonight is the big save night. There is really only one (maybe 2 worth saving) but I think Kris is in trouble and they will save him. If they don't and he goes home...bad move. The others can go. It is going to be, Adam #1, Gokey#2 and Kris#3 at the finale. I would be surprised with any other combo.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Sally

    I'm fine with the stool visits, and the videos were fun. The problem is simple, and simple to fix. The problem is the judges. They ramble on way too long. Especially Kara, easily the wordiest of all the judges. So how to fix – put a time limit on the judges. Give each judge the same amount of time for each contestant taking into account the length of the show. If a judge goes long, cut off their mic and insist the next judge start with their commentary. After Kara was cut off a few times, she'll learn to shut her trap. If somehow the show ends up with excess time, then Ryan can argue/flirt with Simon for awhile.

    BTW – regarding votes, Adam is fine this week. Dial Idol has him at #1 by such a large margin that he is the only one predicted safe. I believe it may be the largest margin of the season to date.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  185. m.m.

    Adam fans need to chill. Shows how oblivious you all are...the show runs long almost EVERY week. the other contestants that get their performances cut off don't have fans complaining. learn how to use your technology before you start your rants. sounds like his fans are just as, if not more rediculously dramatic as he is...lord, help us.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Mike Donofrio

    The best thing that can happen to Adam is if he loses in the final four. If I were advising him, I would tell him to tank in the finals. Why? Does ANYONE buy American Idol albums? I loved David Cook and his first album is drivel; he is WAY more talented. Look at Bo Bice and his relative success. Adam Lambert is the best of the bunch, but way to creative to be peddled as American Idol winner

    April 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Emily

    I missed it too because of the DVR. Thank goodness for YouTube! I was able to watch this morning & he was fantastic!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Brian

    It's as if the judges don't realize that saying the same things 4 times takes longer than saying the same things 3 times. Thank God we got rid of the judges' walk out before the show. Now, if they only remembered that they're not the show, we could actually see it in the entirity.

    April 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Jano

    I am a 64 year old woman and both me and my husband love Adam. We, like so many, wait only for his performance. I loved Elvis and yes, he is another Elvis. He is wonderful. Best singer and such a nice person. His parents should be proud.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  190. L Marie

    What I want to know is why is it that Adam ALWAYS gets to perform last??? Is this a ratings tactic knowing that everyone is waiting to see Adam? He's the ONLY one and reason why I want to watch American Idol . . . GO ADAM!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  191. jean

    True Colors - while I feel that Anoop's vocals on this song were very good, I wonder how many have heard the Eva Cassidy rendition of this song. Though Anoop may have "made it his own", he also made it Eva's. Credit where credit is due folks.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  192. Heath Hughes

    Amy – The "Paula is on something" line is tired and overused. Ironically, this season Paula is more coherent than ever. Also Kara is fantastic and by no means repeating Randy – she brings an insightful industry perspective.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  193. Alexa

    And for those of us who HATE Idol but wanted to catch the series premier of Fringe... we were tortured with having to watch the last 10 minutes!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  194. Annette

    They extended to 4 judges then they did more air time. Adam is definately our next american idol so we missed a few minutes of his performance we will have a life time listening to him. Lets not get down on the judges it is up to the producers to get more air time.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  195. Reeba

    Adam is okay if you like the punk'd-out gay-guy stuff.... nail polish, eyeliner, earrings, etc. If you don't have to look at him....... he sounds great. Definitely NOT another Elvis........ to say that, is total sacrilege !!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  196. Isabelle

    I recorded the show even though I was home, because I like watching it again sometimes when the singing's particularly good (as it was the night Adam performed his incredible (and I do mean INCREDIBLE) version of Cash's Ring of Fire. Last night my DVD stopped recording at 9:05 p.m. but I got it recording again (and was not listening) so I only missed Simon's comments. All I got was the standing ovation. What did he say? (By the way, I strongly believe that only Simon's comments on performances are valid. The other three judges, to me, sound and seem absolutely useless.)

    April 8, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  197. Ann

    I used to like Kara, but now she's just annoying (and not as hip as I thought she'd be). People may not like Simon much, but he keeps his comments direct and concise. Randy usually has good input, but Paula just drones on and on. Even Simon has to explain what she just said, using less words. I like Paula, but she needs to learn to speak properly and not be so verbose.

    I think the Paula and Simon antics need to stop too (this is American Idol, not the "Paula and Simon Show").

    April 8, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  198. Nellie

    Adam Lambert is by far the best one in this competition. He is an entertainer. As a matter of fact, he is the best I have ever seen on American Idol! Every time he performs, my entire body gets chills all up and down. I find myself looking forward to hear and watch this young man perform with such emotion. I say, let him make a record right now. He is more than ready!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  199. Jamie

    I'm so upset I missed it, and I've yet to find his performance posted online. Reguardless of what happens with him tonight, he will not go home the judges still have a save, and they save him over anyone on that stage!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  200. Kate

    Adam, not so much into sports but liked to dress up as a kid. Wow, that explains so much. I can totally see him in drag singing in a South Beach cabaret. But he's not American Idol material.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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  202. Heather

    I can't believe I missed it! I thought I was going crazy for a minute....I saw it on you tube this morning....EXCELLENT!!!! He and Allison will be the final two in the end!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  203. dlh814

    Somebody please get Paula in a 30-day program and maybe have her sit far away from Simon, sick of seeing her on his lap, hanging off him (gross), etc. . . maybe get them a room nearby or something. I could be wrong but seems to me Adam has way too many female characteristics. Great singer but he comes across, to me, as overly feminine. And somebody please cut that straggling piece of hair that hangs in his face off. . . he's got a girly face, at least show it off.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  204. Cheryl

    Adam and Alison are my favorites. I felt like it going long was on purpose for some reason. I'm tired of hearing from the judges. They are sooooo bias and push their favorites and rip the others. Who care what people are wearing – how was the singing? Instead of judge comments why not rate with a number 1 to 5 or something similar. American Idol is America (supposedly) voting. They put in so so singers instead of the top best 12 to begin with. They have preselected who they want to win and push and rip accordingly.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  205. Lindsay

    Adam's performance was great. I felt really bad for him though b/c he wasn't getting the viewers he deserved – considering it was 9:10 on my clock. If Paula would sum up her jibberish in 5 words or less, they wouldn't run over. Now Adam may suffer b/c of her babbling.
    I like Matt, Kris and Adam! (Although I appreciate Allison's great voice) Time for Lil or Scott to go.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  206. Danny Day

    I think Fox News should start off tonights show by showing Adam Lambert"s performance that so many of us missed because we taped it and missed the last 7 minutes.

    All my friends at work today are telling me how SPECTACULAR Adam's performance was last night. I want to see Adam's performance on my large 50" TV, not on youtube or any other page on the computer showing it.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  207. deb

    Love Adam!!!...as far as I am concerned he is the next American Idol...no question about it, he is very talented and has the best voice range out of all of them... Danny and Alison are good, but not quite as good as Adam..

    April 8, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  208. Finn

    Why doesn't fox rebroadcast it on the websight?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  209. Ror

    For one, it doesn't matter if Adam doesn't get the votes because the show ran long. The judges will save him. Also, it doesn't matter if Adam DOESN'T WIN A.I., because his future career has already begun. Think of past 'winners' to the runner ups.

    This kid has a truly gifted amazing voice and will be around for years to come. I just hope he uses his voice for the 'right' songs, and not to fall in the current crappy "music" scene.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  210. T-Bone

    We were watching and noticed that the show was running long. Since we DVR all of them to keep Adam's performances we just hit record on the next show on FOX. But considering just how brilliant his rendition of that song was, I would have been really ticked if my DVR had cut off before he finished singing. I will be recording the next show everyweek too from now on. Adam is an original. I can't wait for his CD to come out. I'll be first in line to buy it.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  211. Starlynn1313

    Fear not Adam fans, Simon Fuller may as well just rename this years idol show to the "Adam Lambert Show." The competition is over, the only question left is; can Adam outdo himself next week?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  212. Ann Wigal

    Adam should just be taken out of the contest because he is
    so Awesome and talented that the other contestants do not
    have a change against him. In all fairness, let all the other
    contestants who are also so very talented compete against
    each other, now that woud be a great and fair contest. Sorry
    but he is out of the other's league, what an artist. His career
    will soar!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  213. WhyteAvenue

    I hope Adam is safe. His performance was spellbinding. The TIVO/PVR crowd are timeshifters so are not the types who would vote in the 2 hour window after the show.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  214. Drew

    The votes will NOT be affected at all because people who DVR the show won't vote anyways. Those who watched live (and DO vote) enjoyed every second of the show, including Adam's performance. There's always YouTube for catching up on missed portions of the show.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  215. Lindsay

    Adam arguably the best?! come on.... he's making everyone else look like a joke! they are all competing for a very distant second place.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  216. June

    The antics between Paula and Simon are getting old. Paula babbles on and on and on.....time to limit her face time..or her mike time. Maybe time to seperate the two trouble makers. Randy...one more "dawg, do you know what I like about you..." I think I will PUKE. Not sure if the judges were watching the same show I was...Anoop good job..thought it was painful. Scott...bad job..though I don't like him, I thought he did a pretty good job. Lil...please someone help her. Wrong song week after week.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  217. Hu

    Whatever. People need to learn how to use their DVRs so that they can adjust the settings to make sure they record the entire show, including overtime. That the show runs over week after week is no accident; it's intentional. Try to keep up.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  218. Katie

    Mad love for adam. I want him to be the next American idol.
    Adam you have a true talent to show your fans.
    Thank you keep doing what you do best.

    What is up with paula?She is acting like a train wreck in motion.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  219. IH8Paula

    Look, we all know the reason the show ran long – Paula doesn't know when to shut her damn mouth. After the first two performances last night, Paula rambled on for about 3 minutes for EACH performance. Take away her useless input and the show runs on time. I hate her and her insipid critiques and I think the show would be so much better without her.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  220. Brittney

    I really don't get the appeal here. I find his voice very irritating and he just gives me the creeps alittle. Plus I find it HILARIOUS that all these little girls are screaming for him... I want to pull them all aside and let them know that he isn't a "fan of the ladies"...

    April 8, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  221. Ingrid

    Are they making it possible to see the performance if I missed it? Shouldn't they let it be released on the web?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  222. PMF

    Anybody but Adam. He was already a professional entertainer before Idol. He was on tour for a year with a musical. Give the true "unknowns" a chance.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  223. jean

    if paula would talk faster, or better yet, just shut up, this wouldn't have happened. adam was by far the best. i'd buy his music right now.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  224. Kim

    Ummm... that's what you tube is for.

    And anyone DVRing it wasn't home/watching it to vote anyway.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  225. Marti

    YOu have Randy calling everyone Dawg or Dude and sucking air through his teeth, Kara thinking no one is a good as her, Paula with her halting comments....just spit it out Paula and then there's Simon who doesn't think anyone is good and criticizes everything about everyone. They all always say the same things week after week. Get rid of the judges and let America decide.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  226. Bob

    Point is you should not have to program your DVRs for each episode. A season pass takes care of it. We missed it last night as we were putting our kids to bed and found out it stopped short.

    F$%#K You Fox

    You and the other networks are purposely going long to prevent people from going to other shows on time. And yo wonder why people are fleeing network TV...

    April 8, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  227. 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- that is saying alot. ADAM LAMBERT deserves to win this competition- he truly is amazing!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  228. supercat

    Doesn't anyone else feel like I do about Adam? He's just too whiny and way too showy. I cannot stand him. It doesn't matter how much show biz training he has had. I hope the judges get sick of him eventually, but I'm thinking not, at least Paula probablyt won't....

    April 8, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  229. Bill

    In my opinion, all these performers are cheezy, scripted and unoriginal. Nearly all of the vocalists sing with similar styles. Beyond the show, they are not seen as an "idol". Yes, they do have some talent, but it's unoriginal, bland and frankly boring. It would be nice if American Idol actually supported real musicians and bands that write, record and produce their own original music, rather than the same old junk each season. These "judges" aka industry "has-beens" should be replaced with current respectable industry artists. The show is so cliche it's sickening.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  230. dvd_psycho

    the votes don't matter anyway. its up to the producers on who stays and who goes. Read the credits at the end, also they never give out the exact numbers for the votes or the company that counts the votes.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  231. ASolomon - TX

    Yeah I was a little peeved that my DVR missed Adam's performance because he & little Rocker Girl are the steadiest contestants and I AM A TRUE BLUE R&B FAN DEF. NOT A ROCKER PERSON AT ALL . . . but good singing is good singing no matter what the music genre. I'm starting to think that one of the two, Adam or Little Rocker Girl, will be the winner. I also believe that Scott is going home because his performance and Lil's were the weakest so it could be Lil. I hate to see Lil leave since she is the only other woman left and the last black contestant, however, it is what it is. FYI – the part about confirming Lil's name was for our lone non-American judge, Mr. Brit, I mean Cowell made her name seem ridiculous, consider the source.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  232. THD

    Anita: Adam, sultry? Who are you looking at? you need your eyes examined!

    You're a Grandma who "loves" the showiest, show-queen, lounge singer in the universe!

    You know what I'm saying?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  233. Cornel

    If you miss Adam's singing, you can downloaded it from iTunes, I believe it will be available soon.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  234. betsy

    It's not as though Fox is incapable of extending the end of the show a few minutes in the guide of DVRs, so that the DVRs don't cut it off as Fox originally schedules it. While I prefer not to assume there's malice operating instead of the more likely scenario of stupidity, I can't help but wonder if Fox fails to amend their scheduling because they'd like you to see their advertising, encouraging you to watch the show live.

    The technology exists to provide solutions to problems like this, but networks need to feel like they gain something ($$) by using these solutions. Somehow, I don't think that our happiness as viewers is what they're most concerned with. And they know we're still going to watch American Idol, House, and 24, even when they play fast and loose with DVR scheduling.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  235. Deb Wilcox

    I LOVE ADAM!!! I am 52 years and look forward to hearing/seeing his performances every week. Can't get enough of him. Will be downloading all of his songs. GO ADAM-The next American Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  236. mike W in Milwaukee

    could care less about AMerican Idol – but Fox really dropped the ball with letting this dribble run long – it effected the DVR's of people recording their other mainstream shows after it – so I have no idea how Fringe really ended – and may choose to not watch another show if it is on after Idol. Some of us need DVR's due to work schedules.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  237. THD

    Exactly: anyone BUT Adam! PLEASE! I know he's a good singer. I KNOW. I KNOW! Ugh! enough already. His super dripping sweet vocals are on pitch, but they leave so much.... he makes me want to vomit!!!!!!!!! And, seriously, there is really something fishy with the total adoration of all the judges. Is he really an arist or just a con artist? He has been around the show biz block many times, so he knows how to be "JUST" right. but it's sickening!!!!!!!!!!!! He would be a genius broadway director or something. But, trust me, his big FLAMING show-girl act is going to be popular for about as long as Clay, remember him? who wants to see him now?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  238. Brian

    Adam is awful...he shrieks and poses like the lead singer of a cheesy 80's hair band.

    The fact that he looks relatively good is a testament to how bad the others are...is it that hard to find 8 people who can sing in tune for two minutes?

    April 8, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  239. Eneri Rose

    I have emailed FOX twice about American Idol running long. It is a disgrace! We now set the DVR for AI and the following show.

    Lat night we watched Adam's performance 3 times. It was amazing! We tried many times to vote for him, but the line was busy every time, which is good news for Adam. He is totally AWESOME!!

    I now plan to contact the sponcers to tell them I will only DVR the AI shows and zip past all their ads.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  240. darrow

    I would record longer, but with my DVR already set to record 2 other shows after it I couldn't record Fringe or have it run long. Oh well things happen, but it would have been nice to see the whole show.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  241. Maggi Clark

    Adam is definitely super star stuff! My favorite! For those who missed it, why can't they show his entire performance tonight and cut some of the unnecessary frills.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  242. THHD

    Oh For GOD'S sake people. Adam is not all THAT. Confessing his love to dress up....big shock. Is America really so gullible that we cannot see through his Big Drama Queen persona? He's a great singer, that's no lie. But he is already so solidly locked into a big stereotype of a big , flaming, show queen. Unique? HARDLY! He is is one big walking chariciture of a stereotype. His high-pitched, whing, gaspy voice makes me gag! Ick! Ugh! I cannot stand it! Our world just does not need another one!!!! People: YES, he's a really, really, really, REALLY good singer, but he just OOOOOOZES sticky sweet oooey gooey glossy flamey showey goop! ICK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  243. Jeff

    Was upset when Alexis Grace was kicked off. She deserved better judgement from Simon.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  244. D B

    We need to vote one of the IDIOT judges off.....that is why the show is running too long! Oh, and by IDIOT, I mean Kara or Paula!!! Everytime one of these to ding dongs start to speak my testicles jump up into my stomach!!!!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  245. Patsy Porterfield

    I think all the finalists were wonderful but what in the world is up with the judges. First they tell the idols to take a song and make it their own and when they do those stupid judges don't like it. I really am so sick of them. Why can't we have new ones each year. I wish Simon and Paula would either get married or just get a room. YUCK!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  246. Bill

    You didn't miss much if you didn't see it. The Tears for Fears and Gary Jules versions both blow Adams out of the water.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  247. Ginny

    I bet at the finals it will be Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta. They are the best two in the competition.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  248. Matt

    Thought Adam was bad last night. How can they say Lil Rounds copies all songs every week when clearly Adam's song was just as much a copy. Allison is the best so far! Girl can definitely sing her butt off.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  249. Rose

    I, for one, do not watch American Idol, and my irritation lies with the fact that I turned to FOX to watch the first new episode of FRINGE in weeks and I had to put up with American Idol running late. What happened to the good old days when any show thart ran late was simply cut off at it's designated time. That's what time schedules are all about...

    April 8, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  250. Philbert

    DVRS have a setting that will automatically add 5 10 15 minutes to the end of the programs you record or to only specific programs. I use this for Dancing and Idol.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  251. Jenny

    Adam has been my favorite from the start with the group sing offs. He has gotten better and better each week. What talent. GAME OVER!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  252. AbA...hehe

    "Anybody but Adam"....I LOVE that!
    So what if the show ran over and people missed the messiah Adam's song.....they can just listen to Adam's performance from last week....they ALL sound the same.
    I don't see the appeal of a overly made up, trying too hard to look young, screaming theater freak.
    He can sing, but he is not current or hip at all.
    Idol has totally jumped the shark this year.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  253. MJ

    Everyone seems to have good suggestions. I just got a DVR last August, and even I know how to "record it long". AI has been going over a few minutes for the last several shows. Just add some time.
    I like Kara, but comments at this site are right, she doesn't seem to add anything different. I usually like Paula but she is just way to wordy. Adam is different - some weeks fantastic some weeks too wierd like some Chinese version of a Johnny Cast song a few weeks back. But if judges are looking for original, they've found it. Don't rule out Danny or Allison.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  254. Beth

    I hope Adam's performance will be repeated for all the fans who missed it! I thought it was a problem with my DVR, or a full disk since I record in HD, and hadn't realized the shows were running over. Now I know what to do!

    Simon and Paula should get a room.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  255. EDW

    I'm going to have to check him out on Youtube. Any time Simon gives a standing ovation (never seen him do that) I need to see the performance.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  256. Matt

    His performance was a complete rip off of the Gary Jules version. There was no originality there. The sheer fact that people are giving him such kudos for that version is ridiculous. The judges burned Daughtry how many seasons ago for doing Live's "I Walk The Line" instead of the Johnny Cash version. They should do the same to Adam.

    I'm sorry, I thought it sucked. That's just my opinion and I don't like the guy. /Shrug

    April 8, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  257. mitzi appleby

    I'm one of those who had DVR'd AI just to find out that my DVR cut off at 9:03 just as Adam was finishing his pre preformance speech and missed the whole entire song.. It won't affect him with the votes though, he's way too big for that.. He will not be in the bottom three, but for those of us who adore Adam and had to search and search for a site that was playing the video it was a huge disappointment. I finally found one but a 5×7 version is totally different than seeing it live in the moment.. I pre-ordered it through Itunes and was pleasantly surprised to find it already available this morning so that helped. It wasn't fair that all the judges didn't get to input their positive insight as well, but seeing Simon giving him a standing ovation, soothed the bruises a bit.. Adam is by far my favorite AI contestant to date by a mile, and I have watched them all..

    April 8, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  258. Wichita

    Adam needs to go back to Broadway where he can star in rock operas. That screeching voice, his disgusting googoo eyes....ewwwww!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  259. Amy

    It's not just Paula... Kara is HORRIBLE! All she ever does is say "Ya know, I'm going to have to agree with Randy..." and then she repeats what he just said. I used to like hearing what the judges had to say, but not anymore. But Paula definitely needs to lay off of whatever she's on before the show.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  260. Carolyn

    From the comments there are some mad DVRers......you can bet they are calling their suppliers to find out how to work that thing. All kidding aside I don't think Adam has anything to worry about until we are down to the last 3 or 4 contestants.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  261. Shannon

    They should definitely go back to 3 judges. I don't think Kara brings anything new to the table. She shadows Randy, for the most part. And if Simon and Paula would stop acting like they were in elementary school, that would save time as well.

    April 8, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  262. Jim

    If Paula can keep a lid on her craziness, the show might not run so long!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  263. mary.j

    I missed his performance due to my DVR not recording it.
    Is he singing it again!

    April 8, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  264. Diane

    Adam IS the next American Idol!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  265. Grace

    Adam is the NEXT Elvis!!!! HOT HOT HOT

    April 8, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  266. Anita

    Adam Lambert is a wonderful singer. I can't wait to see what song choice he sings each week. I think he will ace this competition! I am awed by his sultry looks and musical range with his voice. He is leaps ahead of any of the other contestants. I am a grandma who just loves Adam!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  267. Don Dee

    Does anyone think that running over was an accident? This is being done more and more on all the networks to keep people from using TIVO or their DVRs in hopes they won't change the channel. I for one think it should be outlawed.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  268. Dhh

    ABA....Anybody But Adam. He should go back to musicals.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  269. pat bishop

    Adam is another Elvis in today's time. He is the next American Idol. Allison is great for a 16 year old. She won't win but she will go far in the music business. I wait ever week just to hear Adam sing. The others are good but don't compare to Adam or Allison. GO ADAM

    April 8, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  270. melissa

    American Idol does always run long, you can set your dvr to start 10 minutes early and end ten minutes after. or you can just record the show that comes on after so you will not miss the parts that go over. if you know American Idol always run late why wouldn't you just do that.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  271. Scott

    This is even more of a reason to go back to 3 judges

    April 8, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  272. gabe

    Something fishy is going on indeed. The director of this show sounds incompetent if he can't manage to keep this show under an hour. Do away with the stool chats or something.....not everyone watches the show live...some are still at work or some are still on their way home or better, some fast forward to avoid the judges' inane comments!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |

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