American Music Awards 2009 – Performance Videos

After the jump, check out performances from Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert. Plus, Kris Allen and Demi Lovato present the Best Female R&B Artist to Beyonce.

Idol Performance of the night goes to Kelly Clarkson’s moving and powerful “Already Gone”. Carrie Underwood and Daughtry had solid performances.

Set aside the S&M overtones, or that Adam Lambert kissed a boy, and simulated a blow job on stage. That didn’t phase me. Unfortunately, Adam did not deliver a good performance. He overcooked his vocals, like he did on Idol a few times. He seemed nervous from the get go. And after he tripped, he never caught his bearings again.

There was too much hype and too much expectation around this performance–a lot of pressure to place on the shoulders of a young, new artist, I think.

Update: From Rolling Stone, “Rolling Stone has learned that producers weren’t informed about the guy-on-guy kiss in advance, and after the show, Lambert told RS the musician he kissed is a straight man.”

2nd Update: The simulated blow job was cut out of the West Coast feed…

3rd Update. Check out Perez Hilton HERE.

Videos after the JUMP…

Adam Lambert – “For Your Entertainment”

Carrie Underwood – “Cowboy Casanova”

Kris Allen and Demi Lovato

Kelly Clarkson – “Already Gone”

Daughtry – “Life After You”

  • gangreen29

    It wasn’t my favorite Carrie performance, but I agree she did a solid job. Daughtry was good too, and Kelly was excellent. My favorite of the night was lady gaga though. Now that is a risque entertaining performance that still really delivers on quality.

  • alxsavage

    There was too much hype and too much expectation around this performance’“a lot of pressure to place on the shoulders of a young, new artist, I think.

    Exactly. This is why the hype doesn’t help a new artist. I hope fans from future idol contestants learn from this. And it’s not too late for my fellow Adam fans to do it.

    And it’s funny, we’re here talking about hype, and Perez blog has just been adapted to promote FYE. Big time. And believe me, appearing on Perez like that is not cheap. A tv add might match the price.

  • tinydance

    Carrie CLASS.

    Kris CLASS.

    Daughtry CLASS

    Kelly CLASS.

    Adam…hmmmm…not so much.

    sigh…well at least some of the Idols did AI right that evening.

  • tinydance

    Gaga knows how to be “EDGY”.

  • J9BT

    Thankfully they saved Adam’s performance for last so that the chance of any children seeing it was low (hopefully). Honestly, I was totally disgusted by this performance and felt many of the graphic moves were unnecessary. Even Adam’s vocals sounded horrible, and he usually has very strong vocals. On the positive side, he didn’t crumble after tripping – at one point I wondered if it was part of the performance – so I have to give Adam some props for keeping the performance going.

    On a separate note – Ryan Seacrest looked and sounded horrible. Was he sick?

  • Natasha

    Adam is #1 on Google trends. I was a little worried that with all big name acts performing he’d get lost in the shuffle. Oops. Lulz.

    FWIW I greatly enjoyed the performance although his singing was not the best. Seems strange to have that criticism of him but there it is.

  • Tony

    *face palm*

    Attention whoring at its finest. There was not a single redeeming quality about his performance. ABC should have just cut the sound entirely. He was AWFUL.

  • kneipho

    Yes, there were problems, it could’ve been better, but sue me, I liked it. It was just so brave. Then again, maybe I just have no class.:) (or musical taste, as the case may be).

  • revcat

    That was a very kind way of putting it, MJ. It was a hot mess. I almost cancelled my FYE iTunes Deluxe (it’s not midnight yet out here on the coast) but I thought that would be uncool of me to “divorce” Adam the first time he screwed up. Crossing my fingers he will redeem himself and that maybe he learned a lesson. And where was RCA? His management is partially responsible for letting him put all this OTT stuff into the production… a little tease goes along way. Flipping off the audience, simulated BJ, okay the kiss was the least of it IMHO but most of middle America is not ready for this and Adam knows it, what Lady Gaga gets away with he cannot because he is a male. Yes, it’s a double standard but that’s the way it is and if he wants to sing he has to walk a fine line. He didn’t want to lead the gay rights movement, but instead he tries to tear down all barriers in one fell swoop? Maybe Adam has been working too hard, feel sorry for the guy even though he did it to himself.

  • tinydance

    Adam is #1 on Google trends.

    So was Britney the same time she was a big mess on tv.

    Everyone wants to see the train wreck.

  • primeminister

    The Kelly video doesn’t work. And wow, Adam blew…it.

    Edit: Nevermind. Kelly’s vid works and my, what a gorgeous rendition of Already Gone!

  • HeidiL

    I thought that Kris did a better job of not looking like he was reading a script than most actors and actresses do on these awards shows. And he say he’s not an actor!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Yes, there were problems, it could’ve been better, but sue me, I liked it. It was just so brave. Then again, maybe I just have no class.:) (or musical taste, as the case may be).

    ITA- It was a solid performance. Not up to his potential, but certainly not out of place with the other acts. Adam, IMHO, was trying to appeal to Lady GaGay and Katy Perry fans. He’s trying to develop a fan base that will like his style of music.

  • tinydance

    Adam, IMHO, was trying to appeal to Lady GaGay and Katy Perry fans. He’s trying to develop a fan base that will like his style of music.

    What happened to the “Rock God”?

  • Tony

    Why does Adam feel the need to push the envelope, sexually? Is that the only way to express himself? By being crass and vulgar? I guess when you don’t want to be creative, be shocking.

    And for my next trick, I will shove a dildo up my nose

  • Duke

    Aw. Its all good Adam. This dont mean shit!!!!

    I think the best way he could handle this is to just tweet something to the effect of,”didn’t give my best performance but thats ok. tomorrows a new day.” i would like to see him make himself vulnerable to america when he will be asked 100000000 times tomorrow about his performance. he just needs to acknowledge the fact that it wasnt his best and he just learns fro every new experience and will use it to grow.

    but on a serious not, his album is fuuuucking awesome and i never thought it would be this good and my expectations were thru the roof! so we got plenty to be thankful for this thanksgiving!

  • bjames

    adam’s perfomance = big, epic FAIL.

    kelly’s performance = big, epic WIN.

    did anyone else think carrie, although sounding great, looked a little spaced out?

  • Destry

    I have never seen Adam try so hard and fail so miserably

  • justantonio

    the guy kissing ..little bit expected if you know him….his junk in someones face…maybe too much……but touching that female dancers vagine for a couple seconds on ABC…carazy….i loved that he did the performance….it will for sure be one of the most historic moments in television….maybe of mankind…..but i can see how this will upset people

  • anovich

    ITA- It was a solid performance. Not up to his potential, but certainly not out of place with the other acts. Adam, IMHO, was trying to appeal to Lady GaGay and Katy Perry fans. He’s trying to develop a fan base that will like his style of music.

    Then he failed – at least in my house. I showed my husband the videos and he thought Adam was awful and he totallhy adores GaGa and thinks Katy Perry is pretty good (likes some of her stuff more than others.) I’m not an Adam fan so I didn’t care what his opinion would be but wanted him to make up his own mind.

  • Duke

    If you actually read these articles, both Rolling Stone and MTV gave Adam’s performance very good reviews and tons of attention.

  • tinydance

    Adam = Fame Whore

    and tonight his performance proved it.

    Daughtry…just sang.

    and they sang beautifully…without any gimmicks.

    Kelly … just sang.

  • Destry

    I think the best way he could handle this is to just tweet something to the effect of,’ didn’t give my best performance but thats ok. tomorrows a new day.’ 

    That would be a smart move. He better not tweet “Thanks to those who get it, it’s not that deep.”

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    If you actually read these articles, both Rolling Stone and MTV gave Adam’s performance very good reviews and tons of attention.

    Neither Rolling Stone or MTV is going to give Adam a bad review at this point.

  • jack5791

    Kelly, Daughtry, and Carrie all sang amazing. They truly represent what Idol is about. I call them the “Big Three” of Idol. They all made incredible careers for themselves and have all seemed to stay genuinely nice.

    Adam’s performance was really not great at all. Inappropriate and desperate.

  • Mark

    Neither Rolling Stone or MTV are going to give Adam a bad review at this point.

    Indeed. And, look, even Slezak bucked his general trend to give a negative review. That’s pretty indicative; unlike RS and MTV, he’s inclined to be positive but doesn’t really have full-on blinders. And you’d need that to call that a good performance, IMO.

  • tinydance

    Yeah Cook, Kelly Daughtry, Carrie and Archuleta the BIG Idol stars never have to add gimmicks and stupid performances to try to prove themselves.

    JUST SING.

  • HeidiL

    LOL!!! This!!! He is too talented for all of the shenanigans. I would prefer to be shocked by how beautiful his voice is than by having sex shoved down my throat. It’s not homophobia or a double standard. Its that I don’t think its necessary if you are musically gifted which Adam is.

  • anovich

    Kelly, Daughtry, and Carrie all sang amazing. They truly represent what Idol is about. I call them the ‘Big Three’  of Idol. They all made incredible careers for themselves and have all seemed to stay genuinely nice.

    I would add Jordin Sparks to this list as that girl has really made a nice career for herself. I think David Cook has the potential to be part of this group and I hope that Kris will also join (both are on their way, Cook has a platinum album and Kris has a song charting in Top 40 on HAC and CHR).

  • tierbee

    I missed Kelly’s performance on the show but thanks for the video – gorgeous! I love her voice, she’s amazing.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    If you actually read these articles, both Rolling Stone and MTV gave Adam’s performance very good reviews and tons of attention.

    Neither Rolling Stone or MTV are going to give Adam a bad review at this point.

    Or perhaps they liked it? Who really knows. I’m just going to take them at face value. :)

  • Niall

    Neither Rolling Stone or MTV is going to give Adam a bad review at this point.

    Exactly. They jumped on his bandwagon early on and aren’t going to make themselves look foolish by admitting he sucked. Along with Perez they’ll hype the “edgy” aspects of it and totally ignore the epic failure of the execution.

  • BeckyMD

    Downloading FYE to my ituen. Waiting for Down the Rabbit hole.

  • anovich

    Neither Rolling Stone or MTV are going to give Adam a bad review at this point.

    Or perhaps they liked it? Who really knows. I’m just going to take them at face value.

    Rolling Stone is too far up Adam’s behind to ever give him a negative review. Hard to ever take this at face value. The fact that Slezak was actually slightly negative made me respect him so much more.

  • tinydance

    I am Gay and I don’t like all that OTT stuff.

  • Tony

    That MTV article wasn’t even a review. It was just a recap of what happened. It was so bad that they didn’t even offer an opinion.

  • IdolThoughts

    Adam will be fine. It was completely in line with AMA performances. His voice was great. It was hectic…I would have preferred less going on, but I think Adam has established that he has stepped waaaaay outside the Idol box. Adam is an incredible talent. This will not break him. Oooo…finished my deluxe download…gotta go!

  • BeckyMD

    I think Taylor Swift fans will probably hate Adam b/c he kinda stole her thunder??

  • tinydance

    Britney sells a lot of downloads and cds…doesn’t make her a class act.

  • movin2thabeet

    I keep seeing raves from fans who seem to be rating Adam’s performance based on how far he pushed the envelope. But this was not the American Pornography Awards. This was for a Music show, albeit one with a high degree of OTTness. But the facts are – Adam was terribly off with his vocals. I agree that he was either trying way too hard or his nerves got the best of him. It was difficult to listen to. That, and the ‘choreography’ was too erratic and messy and did not enhance the song IMO. Overall, a mess of a performance. I expected better from Adam, as a seasoned musical theatre performer. Maybe the hype really did blow this thing way, way, way out of proportion.

  • anovich

    I think Taylor Swift fans will probably hate Adam b/c he kinda stole her thunder??

    Nah, they still hate Kanye

  • tinydance

    I think Taylor Swift fans will probably hate Adam b/c he kinda stole her thunder??

    They don’t have the same fanbase.

  • dv

    before the show Already Gone was at #28 on iTunes now its #17.

  • alxsavage

    I am Gay and I don’t like all that OTT stuff.

    IMHO, your sexuality should never define your taste, so great for you.

  • savgal

    Kelly Clarkson….gorgeous vocal and beautiful arrangement with the strings on stage…..now, THAT was for my entertainment. Thanks, mj.

  • calvinshobbes

    terrible. All that hype for some messed up singing and simulated sex. If they wanted a diva to close the show, they should have given it to Whitney and hyped it as her comeback. Instead we get desperate and fake and cabaret and jazz hands.

  • Mark

    Rolling Stone is too far up Adam’s behind to ever give him a negative review. Hard to ever take this at face value. The fact that Slezak was actually slightly negative made me respect him so much more.

    I wouldn’t call that “slightly”. He basically made it clear he didn’t like the performance, and even called out the pitch problems in a way that many others aren’t, with only some vague cushioning and his nerves.

  • tinydance

    before the show Already Gone was at #28 on iTunes now its #17.

    YAY KELLY!!!

  • Mark

    before the show Already Gone was at #28 on iTunes now its #17.

    Oh, hell yes!

    Go Kelly!

  • kneipho

    movin2thabeet
    11/23/2009 at 1:32 am
    I keep seeing raves from fans who seem to be rating Adam’s performance based on how far he pushed the envelope. But this was not the American Pornography Awards. This was for a Music show, albeit one with a high degree of OTTness. But the facts are ‘“ Adam was terribly off with his vocals. I agree that he was either trying way too hard or his nerves got the best of him. It was difficult to listen to. That, and the ‘choreography’ was too erratic and messy and did not enhance the song IMO. Overall, a mess of a performance. I expected better from Adam, as a seasoned musical theatre performer. Maybe the hype really did blow this thing way, way, way out of proportion.

    I plead guilty to being one of those fans, but I can’t help it. Something inside me really liked it — shake-y vocals, stumble and all. I know what a good performance on a music show is supposed to be, I was heavily involved in Theater for years. I can’t helped that I liked it. I just did. And I’m okay with it. :) Chalk it to a question of taste. Feel free to question my taste level. I won’t be offended. :)

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Rolling Stone is too far up Adam’s behind to ever give him a negative review. Hard to ever take this at face value. The fact that Slezak was actually slightly negative made me respect him so much more.

    I think I take it at face value because what Adam did on the AMA wasn’t shocking to anyone who has been following his career. MTV and RS knew what his video shoot was like for FYE, and so it’s not much of a stretch to anticipate the AMA performance would be similar.

    edit: don’t question the motives of posters

    I get why some people don’t like the performance, but at the same token I do think it’s also possible that some people liked it. :)

    ETA-The Wall Street Journal liked this performance as well. I posted the link in the other thread.

  • IdolThoughts

    Down the Rabbit Hole is a total club hit with some cool Moroccan sounding vocals mixed in…a little disco. Super fun. Something about Gigalos and Hos. Hahaha…it’s really fun.

  • Diane

    Slezak calls it like he sees it, and this time he was right. I actually thought he was pretty fair in not calling it a disaster.

  • sealily1c

    Love him and always will and excitedly just listened to FYE the album for the first time–fabulous–but my question would be this: After talking for months about how he just wants it to be about the music, not his sexuality, I find it odd that this performance was MOSTLY about his sexuality. Michael Slezak wonders where were the vocals, and I do too. I do think there were sound mix issues and the fall certainly did rattle him. And it was VERY busy choreography.

    I wish that Lee Cherry, the guy from Zodiac, who famously put the brakes on Adam’s wish for a “subtle flaming headress” had been involved.

    Who knew that the flaming headress WOULD have been subtle compared to this. LOL.

    I remember watching him describe that he thought he should have done RofFire later in idol and more people would have like it. Hmmm…where was that foresight on this performance? Caught in the hype maybe?

    Regardless, Onward to Letterman, GMA. Will be interesting fo’ sure.

  • sr4mjc

    wow, look at the background on Perez’s site..hmm

    Hey, maybe Letterman might want to interview him after tonight

  • SparklesATL

    Why did Adam flip a bird? Saw the photo on Huffington Post.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Why did Adam flip a bird? Saw the photo on Huffington Post.

    If I were to venture a guess, I would say it was to the OUT editor. I wonder how much that letter influenced Adam for this performance.

  • tinydance

    Why did Adam flip a bird? Saw the photo on Huffington Post.

    Trying to ACT like he is “edgy”. Let see he grab his crotch…kiss a guy on stage…act like he was getting a bj on stage.

    TRYING to be edgy, but failing miserably.

    You don’t have to carry on like an ASS to be “edgy”.

  • natsmavenus

    Why should anyone make a point of the fact that the producers didn’t know about the kiss ahead of time? Would that be an issue if he had kissed a girl? Sounds like a straight/gay double standard. Green Day on right now. Will be waiting to see what censorship is in store for those of us on the west coast…

  • revcat

    All of us who have been posting on this blog for awhile know those who dislike Adam and those who don’t and the comments are pretty much falling into line with past comments.

    I have always been an Adam fan and I thought it was a hot mess and I noticed several other long time fans not happy either.

    Other than Adam’s performance, the worst thing about the past three big music award shows is that Taylor Swift, a lovely girl I am sure, is winning so many awards. Good songwriter and sounds okay on her recordings and is really cute in her videos, but her live singing sucks. Which proves she really can’t sing. Adam can sing which is the sad part as who could tell tonight.

    Maybe everybody should do us a big fat favor and lip synch. It is pretty hard to sing while leaping around the stage, especially after taking a tumble like Adam did.

  • Sherena

    Why did Adam flip a bird? Saw the photo on Huffington Post.

    If I were to venture a guess, I would say it was to the OUT editor. I wonder how much that letter influenced Adam for this performance.

    I hope not at all. The Out editor’s not worth it.

  • leeann

    Bunch of photos of Adam and Kris here in case anyone else wants to flail over that…

  • druzilla

    That wasn’t very good. He looks way too orange. Halloween was last month.

    Something was missing for at least the first half of the song.

    It just wasn’t “fun” or entertainment. Lady Gaga? THAT is entertainment.

    Kelly sounded great. Kris was fine. I think the “lol” of the script about being “new to live tv” went over the crowd’s head since there was no laughter.

  • StevenD

    Based on just the American Idol performers I thought Daughtry bored me, Carrie looked like she wanted to be anywhere but on that stage. Which is a shock because I think her performing skills as of late have been incredible she still looked great though. As for the absolute Best Idol contestant tonight. Kelly Clarkson was just spine tingling. It even seemed like she even gave us yet another different arrangement of “Already Gone.” She looked great except maybe for the hair but flawlessly sang this song and made it sound fresh. Yet again Kelly showed off her beautiful voice giving the right amount of emotion and belting without overdoing it in a simple production. Two things that another Idol tonight should have really listened to. I love Adam Lambert but have to say he gave the worst performance of the night. He looked inexperienced, the leader of the carnival walking around the room idea has been done to death, he threw in the crazy belting when it wasn’t needed and made the song unappealing which already didn’t need that to do it. I think with him getting the last spot and the show building up the number already had way too much to live up to. A horrible production number that game across as cheap, gay, goth cabaret performed by Jack McFarland didn’t help matters or his career. Outside of Idol I thought that Alicia Keys and Jay Z were good together not so much when Alicia Keys was by herself. I think she can write a good song but it always feels like she’s trying to have a bigger voice then she has. I would love to hear her music performed by a Jennifer Hudson or Latoya London. I liked Lady Gaga but thought she should have reversed the order of the songs. I thought Whitney it sone great notes and held up better then I thought but I also thought she cheated a lot during the song and was more in love with her performance then she should have been. I was surprised she ignored going for a huge note at the end and thought it took any excitement that could have been there. I ctually liked the Timbland song and liked Green Day (except for one or two live notes.)

  • alxsavage

    Well, life goes on. For me at least, it’s all about the music. Hopefully, Adam and his management will learn from this, things can’t get worse.

    Wow, there’s a new, eye-catching banner on the main page of the iTunes store.

  • cheese

    Adam really, really (really) likes crotches and will kiss anything with a face, we get it! He’ll probably have to resort to full on masturbation if he has to perform this song without backup dancers.

  • revcat

    nvm double post

  • Sherena

    The press responses so far have been really good. I’m really surprised, and pleased, about that.

  • blmetsfan

    http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/11/23/adam-lambert-says-censorship-of-american-music-awards-song-would-be-discrimination/

    In approximately 30 minutes the West Coast will get a look at the American Music Awards performance that has everyone talking: Adam Lambert’s racy rendition of For Your Entertainment’s title track. When Lambert finished his song ‘” complete with simulated oral sex with a male backup dancer and a passionate kiss with a male keyboardist ‘” earlier tonight, fans hit the Internet to debate whether the American Idol runner-up’s first major televised performance since the Idol finale pushed the envelope too far. Lambert tells Rolling Stone he didn’t do anything female performers haven’t done on television already ‘” and that if ABC cuts any part of his performance for the rebroadcast it will amount to ‘discrimination.’ 

    ‘It’s a shame because I think that there’s a double standard going on in the entertainment community right now,’  Lambert tells RS backstage after the show at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. ‘Female performers have been doing this for years ‘” pushing the envelope about sexuality ‘” and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom.’ 

    American Idol’s glam-rock sex god: Lambert in action.

    If ABC opts not to broadcast several of the more risqu moments of ‘For Your Entertainment’  in a few moments, ‘In a roundabout way it’s a form of discrimination because it is a double standard,’  Lambert says. ‘They didn’t censor Britney and Madonna macking onstage did they? But yet two men kissing they’ll censor?’  The famous Video Music Awards moment Lambert is referring to went down on cable television ‘” on MTV, of course ‘” rather than network television.

  • girlygirl

    Just got back from the AMAs. I got a photo with Kris (unfortunately, I was a bit of a dork — I don’t remember if I even remembered to thank him! He was very sweet, though — and looked great).

    Kelly was easily the best of the Idol/ex-Idol performers tonight. As Adam has said, she can sing her face off, and did so tonight. I saw tonight why some call Carrie a “barbie” – she sounded fine, but she doesn’t do much in the way of performance. Daughtry was fine. Adam seemed off from the beginning. His oice sounded different, the sound mix was too loud, and the performance didn’t stand out at all to me. I didn’t even notice that he tripped, though (my seat was in the mezzanine, so didn’t have a close-up look). The people sitting next to me, who are country music fans mainly, were not impressed.

    The bigger problem for me is that they pimped his performance so heavily the entire night. I could hear the promos in the theatre coming in and out of the commercials, and they must have mentioned how you didn’t want to miss Adam’s performance, or how his would be the one people would be talking about tomorrow, close to a dozen times. WAY too much hype for pretty much anyone to live up to.

    Another thing I was thinking about is that the people who think Adam will immediately become this massively popular artist might want to take tonight’s results under consideration — Taylor Swift won 5 awards. Lady Gaga got shut out, even losing breakout artist to some country artist I’ve never heard of (nor had many in the audience, judging from the reaction). I’d take Lady Gaga over Taylor any day of the week, but it seems that a lot of people still prefer safe over more controversial.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    Which Glamberts should realize when they constantly say Adam is being ‘edgy’ or ‘pushing the envelope’ by kissing a guy on stage.

    So, tinydance. You’re saying Adam didn’t push the envelope when he kissed his keyboard player on network television? The interwebbery begs to differ.

  • alxsavage

    Just got back from the AMAs. I got a photo with Kris

    Awww, congrats Girlygirl! :)

  • mr

    Ok- it did sound bad- the back up vocals were non existent, the music itself wasn’t heard, and Adam was off key more times than I’ve ever heard him- and I’ve heard alot of amazing performances outta him- as if he wasn’t hearing himself or something.
    I guess everyone has bad days, but I feel kinda bad for him because of the timing…
    BUT- his album is kick-ass, and I’m sure he’ll come out of this little malfunction…
    But I guess all those who said they’d like to see him “crash and burn” are having a ball… that’s okay, have your fun, it really was a bad performance- but I wouldn’t count on it happening again any time soon… It probably only made him more determined to prove himself after maybe falling into a place that was a little too comfortable.

    I’m still a HUGE fan.

  • Thea

    I was looking forward to hearing his voice again, and I’m partly disappointed. The voice was not BAD, it was just not up to Adam’s standards. The rest…whatever. But maybe the whole choreography distracted him from making sure the vocals were impeccable.

    I’m afraid we’ll see a lot of backlash

    But hey, the way he recovered from the stumble! ;)

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    The press responses so far have been really good. I’m really surprised, and pleased, about that

    I think because they are outside the idol bubble and perhaps they are looking at it with no expectations in regards to what Adam’s image should be. Alot of people have an idea of what an idol should be (the boy next door, etc) and Adam doesn’t fit that image.

  • summersnow

    I’m not in the US and glad to see the videos. Have watched all videos except for well…you-know-who. After reading everyone’s comments, I guess I wld not want to spoil my appetite for dinner later LOL. Agree that Kelly is AMAZING as usual!!!

  • Niall

    ‘It’s a shame because I think that there’s a double standard going on in the entertainment community right now,’  Lambert tells RS backstage after the show at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. ‘Female performers have been doing this for years ‘” pushing the envelope about sexuality ‘” and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom.’ 

    Oh God there he goes. He wants it to be all about the music and he doesn’t want it to be about his sexuality but the minute it benefits him he suddenly makes it ALL ABOUT BEING GAY. He was barely offstage and was already creating distraction…Creating a strawman argument over how he’s treated differently than female artists takes the onus off him for stinking up the stage.

    Newsflash Adam: plenty of female artists have been censored or gotten in trouble for their on stage choices. Stop trying to create a distraction from the fact that you went overboard, got nervous, and failed to deliver on the hype. I really want to continue to like you the way I did on AI Adam, but your pompous yet clueless behavior is making it tough.

  • jill16

    I’ve watched Adam’s performance three times and have yet to see him touching a woman’s vagina or him flipping off the audience. At what point do these two things occur?

    I thought he handled the fall really well. In fact, while watching it live, I wasn’t sure if it was choreographed in or not.

  • Tony

    Why would Adam give a shit if the kiss was censored? Is THAT what we’re supposed to take away from the performance? That Adam kissed a guy?

  • tierbee

    I thought he handled the fall really well. In fact, while watching it live, I wasn’t sure if it was choreographed in or not.

    That I’ll agree with – I just thought he was trying to roll and did it awkwardly. LOL.

    BTW, I missed the middle finger but at some point he definitely had his fingers in a girl’s crotch area – wasn’t she hanging from something and he was sitting on the chair? Lord, the whole thing has run together for me. It had to be near the end because I had flipped over to the MLS Cup for a while and then came back and saw that.

  • Eileen99

    I loved Kelly’s performance. It was simple and beautiful. I think I’m becoming a fan – I’m seeing her live Tuesday night and will probably be buying her album.

  • tinawina

    Yeah, it wasn’t the sexuality for me. He just sounded bad and looked like he didn’t belong there. I think it was just too big of a performance to put on a newbie. Talk about high stakes. It was just bad.

    Of course, we don’t know if this will have any affect on his record sales. Honestly, a lot of people won’t even see it they’ll just hear about it tomorrow. They will run to YouTube.

    It will all blow over in a couple of weeks. But it was still pretty damn bad. Ugh, Adam.

  • kradamour

    I am sad for Adam right now – he has to be struggling to come to grips with what he did tonight. This is a young man who obviously cares a lot about what people think, in a good way. He wanted to entertain us…and mostly, he didn’t. Verdict seems to be out on whether he fell on his face literally as well as figuratively…but clearly it was not his best vocal performance (and he is very hard on himself in this area)…mostly, though, he lost his smile. Remember edgy with a smile? this went way beyond edgy, and there wasn’t a smile in sight…the stills from the performance look almost angry.
    Too much hype, and perhaps too much trust in Adam by those who should should have known better. He is in many ways a very young 27.
    I hope that he will not be as devastated as I was to read the comments on his fansite. Anger, disbelief, sense of betrayal…over and over again until I couldn’t read any more.
    Whether or not this performance is ultimately considered not to be a catastrophe, it is clearly not the triumph he dreamed of.
    My heart just aches for Adam tonight.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    I agree, Kelly Clarkson was the best. Great vocal performance. Chillz. Daughtry bored me to no end. I kept thinking when is this going to finish. Carrie was good vocally, but the choreography was no bueno. Shes so stiff when she tries to move. Adam disappointed me. My expectations were way too high. I will not make that mistake again.

  • SparklesATL

    Adam shooting a bird.

    It’s the last photo.

  • JosieX

    watching west coast – I think they cut the blow job. Sound was a little better, I think. Anyone else out here?

  • SBC

    Kelly Clarkson = Solid Performance

    This is how you do it, Adam.

    Tsk, tsk. Opportunity wasted.

  • tierbee

    ‘They didn’t censor Britney and Madonna macking onstage did they? But yet two men kissing they’ll censor?’ 

    Heh, funny that they might censor out the kiss — I’m thinking more the simulated blowjob? The kiss didn’t bother me except it looked kinda ridiculous like “Oh yeah? Watch THIS – Ima make out with a GUY!” Didn’t look very natural, you know? It could’ve been a sexier kiss, lol.

  • JosieX

    Please wait for confirmation on the blow job – I get distracted sometimes and it could have slid by me.

  • BeckyMD

    ABC didn’t edit it out. nice.

  • JosieX

    The kiss was there, bikini snap was there, drop and roll was there.

  • natsmavenus

    Aaaarghhh! Censorship! We got the kiss (big deal people, yawn!) but no bj. Any sound issues were not his fault, IMO. No one sounded epic over my TV speakers so I have to listen elsewhere. I liked the performance, not offended or disappointed at all. Now off to watch the uncensored version…

  • jammasta

    Speaking of Adam’s performance, the West did censor the BJ part and went to the drummer. Lulz.

    Oh yeah, Adam’s trip, I actually heard it. Apparently censored “Take the pleasure”. Oh dear god, how under pitch Adam has been on the big notes. The sound mix also made him sound really nasally.

    This was the most painful performance for me. The visuals weren’t bad other than the fall (which was accidental). Personally, I loved the leashes on those guys. But the vocal was pure CRAP. And no, not just because of the crappy sound mix and the background singers. Eek. Not a good debut. I feel really bad for him, the vocals were just completely off except for the beginning. The song itself is decent, but it could’ve been better.

    Adam will bounce back, hopefully. I’m kinda regretting buying his album, it’s too hit-or-miss for me to think it was worth all $16 (or even the $10 regular version), but there’s definitely some gems so I hope he sticks to them.

  • SparklesATL

    I think they cut the blow job.

    If you don’t think you saw it, it was cut out. It was hard to miss. Poor producers waited just a second or two too long to cut to a view of the audience.

  • Tony

    ZOMG! THEY DONE CUT OUT ME GETTING A BJ FROM ANOTHER GUY! I thought this was America?!

  • tinydance

    NO ONE IN THE AUDIENCE CLAPPED….MAYBE A FEW…BUT NO ONE CLAPPED.

    WATCH IF FOR YOURSELVES.

  • listen

    West coast watcher here >> didn’t see the blow job .

    I was expecting the absolute worst (based on prior thread) so to me, it wasn’t that bad. Except his vocals were very mediocre and that is the thing I am most disappointed in. Adam can “sing his face off” and he didn’t do that, tonight.

    If I didn’t know who Adam was, I would think “he’s okay”, but nothing special.. Bummer for him. Tough break, but hopefully he will get over it and move on.

  • tinydance

    TPTB cut out the big mess ups by Adam in the west and mountain times.

    They didn’t show the public why the audience didn’t clap for Adam.

  • carolinacharms

    East Coast viewer here. Kelly was brilliant, Alicia brought it, and Whitney Houston’s appearance and attendant audience reaction were memorable. But Adam Lambert’s closing ceremony performance? Well, often flat with an unusually spotty and unreliable upper range, Adam pranced stiffly around the stage in his studded duds, engaging in simulated sex with various toy boys. Crowd response was appropriately tepid.

  • sr4mjc

    I am more disappointed for him because of the fall and the bad sound mix. Other than that it was fine with me.

  • shuey

    Ok..ABC just edited the heck out of Adam Lambert’s Performance! Wow….They fixed or should I say pitch shifted & fixed the BAD notes he sang & edited the video…you can see what really went on on yourtube…This is what you call damage control ..LOL……hahaha

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    NO ONE IN THE AUDIENCE CLAPPED’ ¦.MAYBE A FEW’ ¦BUT NO ONE CLAPPED.

    WATCH IF FOR YOURSELVES.

    Like I said in the other thread, he got the same response as Madonna did after she performed “Like a virgin” at the MTV awards in the 80s. She was in a white dress and wriggled all over the stage humping it.

    Madonna’s done pretty well. From my understanding, Adam knows her and she has given him advice.

    He’s following her path, IMHO.

  • adamisthemanfan

    ok hold on now. He addressed the censorship issue because Rolling Stone specifically asked him about it. They didnt mention anything abot his vocal performance and frankly I dont think its a good idea for him to say “yeah I pretty much sucked” the night before his album is out…c’mon guys…we all know he can sing
    also I understand his point about the double standard issue and I do think the producers messed up (they cut the sound even there isnt any profanity in the song…that actually made me angry, I didnt like how they censored that)
    however, the kiss b/t Britney, Madonna and Christina happened on MTV and it was a staged event…but w/e he wanted to take risks and that was his choice…
    also, there seems to be a general consensus that the keyboardist is straight (supposedly Adam told RS that)…idk really know but thats what I read…
    all I can say is…lucky guy LOL
    he didnt look like he was expecting it but I dont think he felt harassed or anything…
    I didnt comment about the sound when the first rehearsal vids were posted so as not to jinx it but I thought it sounded bad from the get-go so I was not shocked that it didnt sound great…oh well, the ending sounded good.

  • smartalek

    Well I’m over the performance already. I think we should just concentrate on his debut album and that’s that.

  • BeckyMD

    They didn’t show the public why the audience didn’t clap for Adam.

    The audience was already half empty before his performance but they gave the loudest clap they could.

  • tierbee

    Well the good news is that even though the album isn’t entirely my thing, I liked four songs enough to download them :) . And I’m totally going to play Broken Open again when I’m going to sleep to soothe my aching head. Purty.

    however, the kiss b/t Britney, Madonna and Christina happened on MTV and it was a staged event’ ¦but w/e he wanted to take risks and that was his choice’ ¦

    It was also on cable, not network TV.

  • Tony

    Like I said in the other thread, he got the same response as Madonna did after she performed ‘Like a virgin’  at the MTV awards in the 80s. She was in a white dress and wriggled all over the stage humping it.

    Madonna’s done pretty well. From my understanding, Adam knows her and she has given him advice.

    He’s following her path, IMHO.

    I think I get it. Madonna has nothing to do with Adam, yet the responses to their performances were the same. Therefore, Adam will achieve the same kind of success and we’ll be talking about this performance for the next 20 years.

    I guess people who received standing ovations will go on to rival the success of Michael Jackson.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    however, the kiss b/t Britney, Madonna and Christina happened on MTV and it was a staged event’ ¦but w/e he wanted to take risks and that was his choice’ ¦

    Yes, it’s important to remember, the MTV awards are on cable and not general broadcast. I believe different rules apply I think. I”m sure others here know for sure.

  • alxsavage

    I’m definitely not gonna let my mom watch this. I’ll have to tell her that the TiVo messed up or something. It’s better if she remembers the Adam she fell in love with.

    Finding about the guy being straight made a difference on my impression, I won’t deny it. This was just too much, too soon, too bad.

  • SparklesATL

    Isn’t he making appearances on the morning/talk shows this week?

    Anyone know what the schedule is? I need to make sure TiVo has it covered.

  • listen

    Re the sound, he didn’t sound “off” so much as there was nothing great about his voice tonight. You could barely hear him above the music. Like I said up thread, if you were new to the Adam experience, you would think he was just an average singer.

    And about the fall, ha, my hubby didn’t even notice it !! LOL.
    He thought that was planned, so that was not a big deal.

    Agree with the others who say this was a wasted moment when Adam really could have shown the viewers what he had. He really lost his moment to “shine” ….

  • IdolThoughts

    The fall looked much worse on TV. And may I ask…was he flicking that lady’s vag? I need to watch it again…for the 4th time.

    E! has a poll of favorite performance of the night and Adam is winning.

  • glamertitis

    Actually, the audience does clap etc…. then Ryan comes on and the show is over . Happens very fast. I can’t believe people can say there was no applause. Maybe on the West coast feed, but on the east coast, there was plenty.
    In the real world, people are giving Adam’s performance very positive reviews – I think I will stay out there ;)

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I think I get it. Madonna has nothing to do with Adam, yet the responses to their performances were the same. Therefore, Adam achieve the same kind of success and we’ll be talking about this performance for the next 20 years

    Well, Adam fans can only hope he has a career like Madonna. :) That wasn’t my point. I meant I think he is strategically trying to be shocking like Madonna. Whether he is successful is yet to be determined. At the time, I remember watching Madonna’s performance, I was like whoa, Madonna, don’t know if that was a good idea. I think that is what happened with Adam’s performance this evening. It’s was whoa…not sure if that works or not. I didn’t say they would have the same success.

  • alxsavage
  • jammasta

    Aww, I read the thank you and now I don’t regret buying the album anymore (Although if he really did write it, he spelled Allison wrong when he was thanking the Idols.

    Plus, Soaked is on there and that is a real big hit.

    Still, there are some songs there I probably won’t wanna listen to again. Ever.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    Much better audio in MJ’s clip. I still think most of the OMG reaction is over content rather than performance. I’d have preferred Adam’s voice more front and center – but I doubt this will hamper sales in any way. Adam will tease and titillate – it’s what his performance style is. I’m looking forward to his next iteration……the entire Greek pantheon, perhaps? Whatever it is…you know we’ll all be there to watch.

  • tinydance

    The audience was already half empty before his performance but they gave the loudest clap they could.

    I re-watched and that is not true.

    The place was still packed.

    and hardly anyone clapped.

  • JosieX

    From Allison

    So damn proud of @adamlambert.. Oh hermano !! How I love your crazy amazing ass!!
    6 minutes ago from Echofon in reply to adamlambert

  • kradamour

    Has anyone else noticed that there is not one post about his hair tonight? Just sayin. Lack of hair comments is sufficiently unusual that the absence means we are pretty distracted…
    Sort of a Sonic the Hedgehog look. I like it.

    Re performance…Clearone, hope you covered your eyes…

  • listen

    Happens very fast. I can’t believe people can say there was no applause. Maybe on the West coast feed, but on the east coast, there was plenty.

    I heard applause on the West coast show as well.

    I wondered if they added the applause based on a few folks saying they didnt clap on the East coast showing… So good to know there was applause and it wasn’t dubbed in ….

  • nina.t

    A Rock God is gone…unfortunately…I want him back.

  • emmuzka

    Adam’s performance was a big hot mess. He probably got what he wanted: A lot of talk and media attention. Too bad that his nerves got him and the vocal performance was weak. He tried too hard and should have just concentrated on better vocals and some synchronized dance moves instead of rushing from prop to prop.

    However, I think that what he did was super brave: He took a deliberate risk of this ending up like a Timberlake/Jackson “nipplegate” and his performance ending up cut from West coast overall. Also, in the worst case scenario his talk show appearances and GMA concert could be dropped because of this. (America *is* clutching its pearls in the recession…)

    I’m a fan and no way I’m going to drop him because of one hot mess. I don’t get the Rolling Stone commentators who claim to be fans but then changed to haters because of one “indecent” performance. Adam doesn’t need “fans” like that!

    And at least now we know why Whadaya Want From Me was released so early. Hand up all who think that Adam would be let perform For your entertainment in Good Morning america after this?

  • sr4mjc

    I would give anything to be a fly on the wall backstage right now see what is really going on.

  • bamboo

    My humble recap……Kelly and Carrie were good…the rest……bland over hyped crap…Lady Gaga…mildly entertaining….still not getting her….now for Adam….of which I’m a huge fan….yup there’s pressure for sure….after AI….we have all been waiting patiently with great enthusiasm….I’ve heard the album and for the most part thought it was a decent first offering….much better than most of the crap coming out these days….BUT…imho…tonight was a disaster…..if what Adam plans to do with his future career….lends itself towards his pre-idol……Zodiac type repertoire…..then being put in a box…as Adam likes to refer to…..is where he’ll end up….kissing, fondling, grabbing etc. aside…..it was a complete mess…..I know he wants to entertain and that he does….but he hooked us with his voice and genuine humble self….there’s and old saying…..less is more sometimes….Adam….regroup…rethink……lesson learned….

  • greenT

    the crown : Taylor
    the best of the night : gaga
    the worst of the night : adam?
    and, who steal the headline : ? LOL

    if I was’t a fan, I would google who this man is? What happened on that stage?

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Lyndsey Parker’s thoughts on the performance http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/295456/did-adam-lambert-blow-it-on-the-amas/

    She sums it up pretty well. There are just too many variables to know how this will shake out.

  • Sky

    Kelly has one of the cutest faces I’ve ever seen.

  • sealily1c

    “But hey, the way he recovered from the stumble! ;)”

    That was expertly done, wasn’t it?

    I am tired now and have to get up in 4 hours but my hands have quit sweating.

    You know, on Saturday, I did have a premonition–or at least a “Gees, there is a LOT of pressure on this boy, hope he doesn’t fall or cough or something” thought.

    Hmmm…should have called his management. LOL

  • jenrdr

    I saw the audience on their feet at the end and heard loud clapping and cheering for the East coast performance. The only thing they didn’t do were close ups of their faces because they were out of time.

  • SparklesATL

    Not only was there deafening applause, there was fangurly screaming. I’ve watched it over and over and over and it’s the same every time.

  • fanaround

    I think Adam will come out of this just fine. If his backstage interview with RS was any sign, he pulled his confidence back on that slipped momentarily in the last shot of him. I would bet that he performs the second single WWFM for GMA. I think that was always going to be the case though…songs obviously about sex aren’t really morning show stuff…

  • Sydia

    The truth is that as followers of AI we tend to dissect our idols performances, while the rest of the public, is either interested, or not. The professional reviews for Adam may mention the sexual OTT aspect of it and nothing more. All the angsting, and and criticism of Adam’s vocals, nervousness, and lack of experience won’t be a topic of discussion outside the bubble that is idol.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Newspapers are having polls! I am surprised that he was doing well in the Kansas City star. No surprise he is leading in the postive opinion poll with the LA Times.

  • cookmerized

    IdolThoughts, I saw that vagina flick too and had to wonder WTF? No simulated fellatio allowed on the west coast feed, but shoving your hand up a woman’s – ah, whatever. after numerous rewatches, my take is that adam certainly didn’t hit it out of the ballpark tonight, but he’ll be fine. he’s the talk of the town again and people are intrigued. i’m eager to see what he does on GMA this week. maybe he’ll follow his idol formula – in your face one week, tender the next.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    Like I said in the other thread, he got the same response as Madonna did after she performed ‘Like a virgin’  at the MTV awards in the 80s. She was in a white dress and wriggled all over the stage humping it.

    NO. DO NOT COMPARE THEM. Adam dosen’t deserve to be compared Madonna. Madonna performed well and hit all her notes and didn’t mess up the choreography on like a virgin. Adam sounded like a dying cat and moved like one too tonight. Madonna was bold and edgy, Adam was fame whoring came across desperate

    When Adam becomes anywhere as successful as Madonna then comparisions between them might be acceptable.but not now. when Madonna performed she had a number 1 single/album. All Adam has right now is runner up prize on a reality show and 2 singles that aren’t charting well.

    Sorry don’t mean to be so bitchy but I’m a huge Madonna fan and Adam hasn’t come close to deserving any comparisons and seeing him get compared to the queen of pop infuriates me(sorry I know it’s ridiculous)

  • dv

    itunes singles chart

    Kelly #17
    Carrie #20
    Daughtry #181
    Adam #60

  • tinawina

    All the angsting, and and criticism of Adam’s vocals, nervousness, and lack of experience won’t be a topic of discussion outside the bubble that is idol.

    It won’t end his career or anything, but it will get discussed outside the bubble all right. They hyped him up all night.

    He’ll live. But y’all might have a painful week or so.

  • kneipho

    tinawina
    11/23/2009 at 2:31 am
    All the angsting, and and criticism of Adam’s vocals, nervousness, and lack of experience won’t be a topic of discussion outside the bubble that is idol.

    It won’t end his career or anything, but it will get discussed outside the bubble all right. They hyped him up all night.

    He’ll live.

    Heh.

  • sr4mjc

    Seems to be gaining followers on Twitter pretty rapidly.

  • carolinacharms

    I re-watched and that is not true.

    The place was still packed.

    and hardly anyone clapped.

    You are correct. I had the EC feed, and the place was jammed even at the point of the very last note. Crowd reaction was almost non-existent. Very quiet.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Sorry don’t mean to be so bitchy but I’m a huge Madonna fan and Adam hasn’t come close to deserving any comparisons and seeing him get compared to the queen of pop infuriates me(sorry I know it’s ridiculous)

    I was talking about a performance early on in her career before she really hit it big and the controversy it caused at the time. Wasn’t talking about success, but rather, how one doesn’t really know how a performance is going to be perceived. It will take time for this one as well. It could go either way for Adam.

    I also brought up Madonna because Adam knows her and his guitar player is also Madonna’s guitar player. I wonder what she thought of this performance?

  • Mitla96

    Sorry, skat-girl, but I remember that Madonna performance of Like a Virgin and Dan Ackaroyd coming out afterwards and barely being able to control his laughter.

    Not my favorite Adam performance. I’m betting not HIS favorite either. However, the album is wonderful, and I’m sure he won’t be performing FYE on Letterman or Ellen. We’ve all been so used to him outperforming everyone else that we figured he’d do it tonight. It was overproduced.

    He will analyze it and fix it.

  • sr4mjc

    So when do we get the extra track from Adam Official?

  • LambertRocks

    Seems to be gaining followers on Twitter pretty rapidly.

    I’ve noticed this, too!

  • lorenzo

    What the HELL is wrong with him? I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in him.. Just f’ing SING!

    Okay.. you’re GAY! enough already! Why would he do all that stupid shit?! grow up before you lose ALL your fans…

    I’m as openedminded as they come, but this is bs, SING.. he’s better than that.

    He’s so close to really losing everything… it’s like he’s trying to.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    I was talking about a performance early on in her career before she really hit it big and the controversy it caused at the time. Wasn’t talking about success, but rather, how one doesn’t really know how a performance is going to be perceived. It will take time for this one as well. It could go either way for Adam.

    Sorry I just thought that you were saying that he was just ‘ahead of his time” or that the performance would be looked back as genius or something along those lines. My bad.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    NO. DO NOT COMPARE THEM. Adam dosen’t deserve to be compared Madonna. Madonna performed well and hit all her notes and didn’t mess up the choreography on like a virgin.

    Uh… actually, no. Madonna pretty much sucked vocally. But, everyone forgave her because she was unique and interesting and new. No one back then EVER though Madonna could actually sing.

  • sr4mjc

    The jury is still out with me on whether or not it was just a sloppy ‘tuck and roll’ or a trip. The dancers did a roll around the same time.

  • girlygirl

    Adam is the #1 trending topic on twitter right now

  • sr4mjc

    Tommy is tweeting they are getting on the plane to NYC now.

  • Keel

    So, here’s a question, if he had killed the song vocally and didn’t stumble — but he still did all the stuff he did during the song (crotch grab, shove face to crotch, makeout with keyboardist, etc.) — do you guys think the performance would have gone over well? I’m thinking no. Because at the end of the day, I think the performance had a very cabaret, broadway vibe to it that was trying too hard. Coming off Idol, I’m not sure that’s the vibe he should be giving off. In other words, even if he had executed the performance perfectly, I’m not sure it would have been a home run as far as selling the album. (Of course, it could still be a home run in the long run if the awkward performance keeps his name out there for people to talk about — at least long enough so that he can release another single that’ll do much better on radio.)

  • IdolThoughts

    Meghan McCain tweeted favorably about it.
    How very MAVERICK of her. hehehe…I need to sleep.

  • alison8701

    The jury is still out with me on whether or not it was just a sloppy ‘tuck and roll’ or a trip. The dancers did a roll around the same time.

    If you watch closely before the tumble, you can see Adam trip over the bottom of the stairs, not fall completely flat- kind of on all fours, then stumble and tuck and roll. It was pretty impressive. Had I fallen on my face I probably would have just laid there on my face for a few seconds to asses what just happened.

  • aa618892

    Is anyone having trouble downloading the Deluxe FYE? It keeps telling me the prduct is being modified.

  • tierbee

    Had I fallen on my face I probably would have just laid there on my for a few seconds to asses what just happened.

    LOL, I would’ve pulled a muscle. He really did cover the fall well – I mean, it looked like an awkward roll to me, but I really didn’t realize he fell at first.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    Adam is the #1 trending topic on twitter right now

    LOL!! It’s way past my bedtime, so I read this as “Adam is the #1 trending topic on glitter right now.”

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Is anyone having trouble downloading the Deluxe FYE? It keeps telling me the prduct is being modified.

    Mine downloaded fine…but I had pre-ordered it, so I’m not sure if that makes a difference or not.

  • lostinidol

    Huffington Post has the typical AMA dets: JLo fell on her ass during her performance. Rihanna’s striped bondage outfit didn’t have tan strips but nude stripes revealing a tiny bit of her goodies. There is a close up of Kate Hudson’s nipple show. And then Adam. Adam’s fall. Adam’s crotch clutch. Adam’s kiss. Adam flips the bird. A typical AMA show.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entertainment/

  • Dlynne

    Just a few comments from an unspoiled West Coaster –

    As you know, they edited out the blow job and flipping off the audience. I didn’t know that the fall was truly a fall or notice that he even touched a dancer until I came here to read the comments. The average viewer will judge based on the performance they saw and it could go either way. Hopefully, people have heard the single already and will just think he had an off night.

    Personally, I don’t think anyone who sang on that stage tonight sounded all that great except for Kelly. The sound mixing wasn’t at its best.

    I also could have done without much of the theatrics and would have liked to see more dancing instead of writhing but, all in all, it was okay. Not amazing but it wasn’t awful. And I say that after watching it five times. It will have people talking about him, that’s for sure. That’s not a bad thing. Hopefully, they’ll be curious enough to check out the album because it does not disappoint!

  • dhunken

    All the angsting, and and criticism of Adam’s vocals, nervousness, and lack of experience won’t be a topic of discussion outside the bubble that is idol.

    It won’t end his career or anything, but it will get discussed outside the bubble all right. They hyped him up all night.

    He’ll live. But y’all might have a painful week or so.

    Not necessarily if he gives a great GMA and Letterman performances. I am guessing here, but, I bet he will do WYWFM for the GMA performance and most likely an acoustic styled song too, and for Letterman SFW or Sleepwalker….

  • glamfan

    adam, i am not afraid of sexy, but sexy is something that is natural and leaves you wanting more. less is more. even your straddling and stroking of the mic stand during the AI tour was better than tonight- that was just the right amount of sexy and edgy.

  • Chicagolaw

    Oh, it was a fall all right, lol. I was horrified for him in the moment and actually turned my TV off for a bit. There was just no fun, no energy (and this is an energetic song); seriously, he was probably too concerned with trying to keep up with the choreography. And I can’t get over how nervous he seemed because he usually makes everything appear so easy. Well, the week is young and he has a lot of opportunities in the next few days.

  • tinydance

    Even I, as a Gay person, am sick and tired of him shoving his GAYNESS in everyone’s face…. we get it…YOU’RE GAY ADAM.

    so freakin’ what.

  • karenc

    This does remind me also of when Madonna did Like a Virgin. The the difference is that her cd was already a big hit when she did this, it wasn’t her first performance for the cd like it was with Adam. It’s really the first impression of him by some people. And whether or not if I liked the content, I am more concerned that it took away from his singing.

  • fanaround

    Let’s all stop and breathe and wish everyone Happy Beginning of AdamWeek!

    And I agree with all the posters who are betting that it won’t be FYE on GMA. I think it was always going to be WYWFM.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    Uh’ ¦ actually, no. Madonna pretty much sucked vocally. But, everyone forgave her because she was unique and interesting and new.

    Madonna isn’t the best singer and I know that but her vocal on like a virgin wasn’t bad at the mtv awards.

    No one back then EVER though Madonna could actually sing.

    in 1986 and 1987 she was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance so I think that some people thought she could sing.

  • Chicagolaw

    I think if you haven’t pre-ordered it is not letting you download yet. Before I figured out how to find my preorder ( I never preorder CDs, so it took me a while to figure it out), I was trying to purchase the album and got the “not available, being modified message.”

  • MollyAnnMay

    I’m not a big pop fan and have never paid that much attention to Kelly Clarkson up till now, but she really does have a beautiful voice. I especially appreciate the distinct absence of stupid vocal acrobatics. She doesn’t need them to make an impression. Bless.

    As for Adam, all I can do is laugh. From the comments I expected to see something truly shocking, but all I got was warmed over Britney. I’m afeared the hype machine is still working overtime; it’s just reversed direction. Frankly, Justin Timberlake’s “Dick In a Box” was more outr. If a performance art version of “he’s here, he’s queer, get used to it” is shocking in this day and age, we’re in a lot more trouble as a culture than I thought.

    OTOH, I *hate* watching performers fall on stage — it’s really one of the worst things that can happen to them, and it was doubly scary because he could have gone right off that platform. Oy. Also, we keep being told over and over that Adam’s voice is unique, stunning, one of a kind, shoot the moon awesome, etc. and this performance didn’t demonstrate that. I don’t know why. Nerves? Too caught up in his own hype to have rehearsed enough to get his breathing under control? I don’t know. All I got from that song was bounce-bounce-bounce, thumpity-thump-thump, JAZZ HANDS!

    There was a lot at stake here and I can’t even begin to comprehend the pressure he’s under. I like that he was brave enough to go for it and even make sort of a stab at making a political statement, but I think with all the other things he needed to accomplish with this performance he bit off more than he could chew. Eh. He may yet laugh all the way to the bank and pop immortality. Or he could end up being a pop culture joke. I honestly have no clue how this is going to shake out.

  • JosieX

    No one back then EVER though Madonna could actually sing.

    in 1986 and 1987 she was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance so I think that some people thought she could sing.

    I was in grad school then and people talked about Madonna quite a bit. I have to agree that people did not think that she was a very good singer, but thought she was an interesting performer. Madonna and Cyndi Lauper both had big hits at about the same time, and I remember saying that Cyndi was a better singer but Madonna was going to be a much bigger star.

  • carolinacharms

    Re: the Madonna discussion, the only difference between Madonna and Adam is that Madonna is a legend in her own time. Adam, a legend in his own mind.

  • natsmavenus

    The kiss was definitely planned. Really doubt Adam would just grab some unsuspecting person on the stage and kiss them. His every move was choreographed, which IMO put way too much pressure on him physically while also singing. Adam did sound a little winded to me later on in the song, which again I think is because of way too much choreography. Running up and down the stairs, he was required to move a lot more than his dancers, while singing at the same time. After watching the westcoast feed and the Youtube vid posted here, this was definitely not the trainwreck I was expecting after reading the posts this evening, so glad I got to see and judge for myself. By the way, I heard applause on tv and on Youtube, although who cares if someone didn’t? A bunch of people in the Nokia Theater are not going to decide what I like. If anyone there was expecting the typical AI saccharine performance because they don’t know Adam they would have been too stunned to move after what he did tonight. Anyone who saw his pre-AI performances, or even the last few nights of the tour, should not be shocked by his antics tonight. His hip thrusts on the last few nights of the tour were so pronounced I thought he was going to hurt himself. Those last few tour performances gave a good indication of what lay ahead. He was through holding back. I didn’t see anything unexpected on that stage tonight, other than poor sound quality, which was not Adam’s fault. Doubt that they’d repeat this performance on GMA anyway, they got nervous last time when he mentioned bra throwing. (Talking about murders and mayhem while we’re eating our breakfast is ok though, GMA, lol) The nature of FYE and the visuals involved was likely the reason they put Adam on as late in the show as possible. If Adam is the talk of the town tomorrow – which is quite likely – then I would be surprised if Letterman didn’t take the opportunity to talk to him. Adam’s probably on a plane to NY right now. Can’t wait to see what he does next.

  • AnninSD

    Wow and to be honest not in a good way. I am a little disappointed in Adams AMA performance.
    I was hoping, maybe too hard, and I really think something happened he looked so angry.
    I don’t know…fell rolled and recovered, he tongue kissed the keyboard player and flipped of the powers that be, and he did not sing all that great.
    I really think something happened back stage or something he was very late and did not do red carpet except for pictures . West Coast got lots of edits throughout the night.
    AHHH I guess I am gonna have to hope any publicity is good publicity,,,ahhh

  • JosieX

    All I got from that song was bounce-bounce-bounce, thumpity-thump-thump, JAZZ HANDS!

    Oh Molly, I love Adam dearly and didn’t think it was all too bad, but this made me laugh until I choked! I agree with your conclusion, who knows. All will be revealed in time, but it sure is interesting to watch it play out!

  • crazedemcee

    Mr. Lambert didn’t just push buttons… he OBLITERATED buttons with that performance… OTT at its best/worst. I do think it’s a major TURN OFF for many. He’s got people talkin alright… Too bad he came off across as an average singer and not the consummate vocalist I’m used to hearing. Concept-wise, I don’t think an artist has to apologize for his art so I don’t see him backtracking on this. But I do see him saying something like “vocally, that was not my best” (coz it wasn’t by a long, long, lightyears-long shot)

    On another note, Swift winning “Artist of the Year” – now that’s the real shocker for me.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    All I got from that song was bounce-bounce-bounce, thumpity-thump-thump, JAZZ HANDS!

    Oh Molly, I love Adam dearly and didn’t think it was all too bad, but this made me laugh until I choked!

    LOL! It’s good to laugh about it. Adam’s performance was solid, but there were flaws. He’s got the rest of the week to impress. How big is the GMA audience? I suspect bigger than the AMA audience? Also, what is Letterman’s tv audience size?

    I suspect he will go conservative on these shows. He did what he needed to tonight which was to get the buzz going and to show people that he is an interesting performer not afraid to take risks. Now he needs to impress people with his singing.

  • weareallinnocent

    I’ve not read comments yet…

    and I heard the kiss was cut out of central.

    Nope. Central watches simultaneous to Eastern, and luckily, we saw it all. :-)

    BTW, an after performance interview with Adam is up on Access Hollywood. Among other things, he confirms he’s performing a different song for Letterman (I’m guessing WDYWFM.) Posted the link in the prior thread. Sorry if this is a repeat…

  • dhunken

    I like Adam I really like Adam, I think the main issue with the whole routine is Adam (and all those around him) Tried to put way too much into the routine. I also did not like the way the beginning was done really slow. I think that added too much to the theatrical feel, that is not the vibe of the single. There were sound issues throughout the song. I don’t think Adam could really hear the music or himself and the playfulness of the song was not there, he almost seemed angry, rushed, and not enjoying himself. Which is not how Adam performs.

    I was one of the people that thought Adam would knock it out of the park because performing live I think is one of his strengths, and actually compared to most of the other performers he was not the that bad, but I am not comparing him to the other performer I am comparing him to the Adam I know so I am so disappointed.

    I concede to all those who felt he would not do well and I am not going to make any excuses, (Like At least he did not lip sync.) He was not good. period.

    On the other hand, I don’t think he is going to be dropped by his label, lose thousands of fans, or that his album will be a flop. This will not be his last bad day and it was certainly not his first. I like him, I like his singing and I still believe in him.

  • Mitla96

    GREAT post performance interview from Access Hollywood:

    http://bit.ly/8W7vpK

  • dhunken

    in 1986 and 1987 she was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance so I think that some people thought she could sing.

    With all do respect, because I love Madonna, but being nominated in a best vocalist category and maybe even winning it, does not make it so. case in point Taylor Swift, Terrible live singer and Bob Dylan has won best rock male vocalist more then once in many different award shows. Madonna Vocally not so good but who cares she is brilliant and amazing.

  • alison8701

    Adam twittered y’all

    All hail freedom of expression and artistic integrity. :) fans: I adore u.

    lame.

  • lovemymatthew

    Sorry Adam, your AMA performance sucked. Your fans did not do you a favor by saying you are the 2nd coming, or next Elvis, Rawk God.. Too much hyped which you can not and did not deliver. Too much sex on public is sickening.

  • dot_jp

    The followers on Adam’s twitter are increasing with quite a speed now.
    Looks like a lot of people appreciate his challenge.
    He really started stepping outside the AI world.
    Congrats, Adam!

  • martha

    I thought the other Idols did better than Adam tonight, but Adam is still by favorite.My all time forever fave. I didn’t like the choreography in tonight’s performance (hated it) Thought Adam sang better in every other performance in his life than this, still, I think Adam is the most outstanding singer I’ve heard in decades, still do, still love the guy and hope he laughs it off, because it’s just one of those things.Boy, that’s for sure.Kelly and Carrie, were wonderful, I had missed seeing Daughtry,missed lots but thanks to mj here, I’ll go look.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    The followers on Adam’s twitter are increasing with quite a speed now.
    Looks like a lot of people appreciate his challenge.
    He really started stepping outside the AI world.
    Congrats, Adam!

    lots of followers doesn’t translate to “lots of paying fans”

    FYE hasen’t even sold half of his tweeter followers number

  • adamandeva

    he’s basically saying to the fans that didn’t like the performance that they can kiss it and buh-bye. I loved it. I love his unapologetic attitude. too bad for all the ones that “dont get it”.

    Americans just don’t get it. That explains how brilliant Lady Gaga was and yet she was shut out of any awards. She is too bold and too creative for most of American minds.

  • glamfan

    just watched his access hollywood interview. i am so sick of his “maybe i’m not for you” crap. does he want to turn everyone off? i would think he would want to keep fans, but it proves that he doesn’t care about them. i feel like i just wasted so much time voting for him on ai. i feel like he was personally saying to me, “i’m not for you” and that hurts a little. you can’t get far if you don’t treat your fans nicely.

  • weareallinnocent

    Kelly was fantastic as always. To me, Daughtry was boring, but the material he’s working with is boring, so. Carrie seemed off to me — vocals good, as always, but she seemed uncomfortable and awkward. Whether the outfit or the “choreography” (minimal though it was), I don’t know. But there was something…

    I’ve commented on other threads about Adam’s performance. Ambitious, and I’m proud of him for going for it, putting a visual to the lyric and being bold while doing it. Wish the sound and vocal had been better, but whatever. Tomorrow (today) is his day, and no one can take that away~

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    glamfan
    11/23/2009 at 3:28 am
    just watched his access hollywood interview. i am so sick of his ‘maybe i’m not for you’  crap. does he want to turn everyone off? i would think he would want to keep fans, but it proves that he doesn’t care about them. i feel like i just wasted so much time voting for him on ai.

    he’s bassicly becoming Blake lewis N.2

  • chocobosandwich

    I thought the performance was kind of dorky with all the jumping around and spinning, and Adam definitely sounded weird at normal levels. I’ll have to agree with MJ on overcooked vocals when he started to wail, because his wailing can sound good if under good control, as any voice should, but once you lose control its a trainwreck that my dog would howl at. I’m also not really into his S&M or non-kid friendly type stuff, so even if he did it well I probably wouldn’t have liked it anyway.

    I’m not sure if Adam can shine with WWFM on GMA since it really doesn’t sound very technical or unique to Adam, but it’s radio friendly. I’m an AI Adam fan and not the sexy S&M dance Adam fan which is the route he seems to be taking right now. Here’s hoping for more diversity in his song offerings to appease others like me because we know he can appreciate, be emotionally invested, and sing his face off with many many other genres and types of music.

    GL adAM.

  • bridgeymah

    I F’ love this guy. Fancy being honest enough to admit what everyone else tries to homogenize down to bland pap. He isn’t for everyone and the fact that he knows it is refreshing.

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/on-the-set-adam-lamberts-for-your-entertainment-music-video_video_1177705

    Oh and don’t be feeling sorry for poor Adam who must be so disappointed – he looks like he is A OK to me :-)

  • adamandeva

    “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.’ - Madonna

    ‘When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.’ - Madonna

    ‘I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.’ - Madonna

    “Sex is not the enemy”- Adam Lambert

    glamfan
    11/23/2009 at 3:28 am
    just watched his access hollywood interview. i am so sick of his ‘maybe i’m not for you’  crap. does he want to turn everyone off? i would think he would want to keep fans, but it proves that he doesn’t care about them. i feel like i just wasted so much time voting for him on ai.

    Well if you are turned off by his racy and sexual imagery, than he isn’t for you.

    I think a majority of Adam’s fans have to accept that he wants to go back to his real roots. His pre-idol zodiac show roots. If that’s too much for some fans, than this is the best time to get off the Adam train.

  • Starry

    Always feel a little anxious about Adam’s performances on first take, loving him so much I feel almost protective of him, please, don’t let anything go wrong ~ it all happened so fast that I felt a little shocked, did I hate it? or did I love how OTT he really is?
    The fall? I wasn’t even sure it was one, but if it was for real, then, kudos to Adam for literally “rolling with the punches”, and the next lyrics fit perfectly “it all right, i’m in control”, I can only imagine how he might have felt, did he hurt himself and like the artist that he is, just go on even if out of breath and maybe a little shocked/bruised – so, he didn’t sound quite as perfect as expected, but, with the situation, he was amazing. I watched again on youtube and I felt a little relieved, it wasn’t really that bad, but, the sound system was definitely off, too bad, remember how he thanked the sound crew for the great sound during the rehearsals? Who knows what also may have happened between his arrival (i expected him to show up on the later side) and going on stage – why or what did he slip on? maybe the kiss was needed to make it all well ~ anyhow, I had preordered the deluxe FYE on itunes as well as AO, and had no problem downloading – i just clicked on the album and on “update my purchase”, must say I absolutely love Down the Rabbit Hole, very future sixties, played it a few times, all his music gets better with replay, i find i sort of melt into it once i have listened, then i can relax and be Entertained. Played Fever, Soaked, Broken Open, Sleepwalker and Loaded Smile again just to downwind from all the frenzy. An Adam lover forever, what next?

  • bridgeymah

    Looks like a lot of people appreciate his challenge.

    Yep – nothing people respond to better than being told they aren’t in the in crowd! Makes em head there in droves.

  • bridgeymah

    I can picture the next episode of E! – “coming tonight Adam Lambert – did he go too far!”

  • glamfan

    i am only turned off by the fact that he said if you didn’t like my performance (which had less than stellar vocals), then i’m not for you. he shouldn’t have said that when so many of his hard-core fans didn’t like his performance because of his vocals. i don’t care about the kiss, but the blowjob- when has a female done that? that’s not a double standard, that’s classless and not at all sexy. if that’s adam’s kind of sexy, then it isn’t for me anymore. less is more. the flipping off the audience is also classless- he didn’t have to do that. you can push boundaries without being rude. i can forgive horrible vocals, but maybe i would still be a fan if he didn’t give us all the finger. i really thought he was a gentleman. i’m trying to remember back to when an interviewer said he was raised right. i want to defend him so badly, i’ve defended him so many times before, but this time i can’t.

  • crazedemcee

    Personally, I would be more turned off if he apologized for anything (especially on how he’s gonna deliver the song). I don’t think being his own critic is going to help boost his sales. Even though his AMA performance was vocally weak (i’m sure he knows that) viewing it from a marketing vantage point, the best response is either be neutral about it or be proud of it. That’s just me.

  • Jurnee

    “if you didn’t like my performance (which had less than stellar vocals), then i’m not for you. ”

    Can anyone link to where he actually made this comment? My problem with the performance was the vocals. A group of us had made a party of it and waited in great anticipation to see our favorite singer again. To be honest, a few seconds into the song we were stunned into silence – and not in a good way. Where was the confident performer from the Zodiac shows on YouTube with the amazing vocals? What we heard was thin, kind of pitchy, and the looks were scary – not sexy. Of course, I’m still getting the album but this was SO disappointing.

  • bridgeymah

    so many of his hard-core fans didn’t like his performance because of his vocals.

    Lots of things contributed to his less than stellar vocals, including a sound mix that was on acid. But that isn’t something he would have been privy to and I have read a few places that the live vocal in the venue were pretty good. Most of the criticism I have read is as much about the perceived OTT as the vocals so don’t think his comment is totally misplaced.

    Cie le Vie – horses for courses and other meaningless analogies.

  • adamandeva

    so he simulated oral sex. whoopdee friggin do. though its ok for Eminem and 50 Cent to perform a disgustingly misogynistic song on broadcast tv. double standards. GOTTA LOVE EM!

  • bridgeymah

    Can anyone link to where he actually made this comment?

    was taken out of context but here you go:
    http://www.accesshollywood.com/american-music-awards-2009-adam-lambert-shock-is-fun_video_1178554

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    adamandeva
    11/23/2009 at 3:47 am
    so he simulated oral sex. whoopdee friggin do. though its ok for Eminem and 50 Cent to perform a disgustingly misogynistic song on broadcast tv. double standards. GOTTA LOVE EM!

    Please they censored the shit out of that perfomance

  • Lulu2

    Looks like Adam injured himself when he fell, which didn’t help. Adam probably meant for the performance to be very Fellini-esque. And, it was, minus, thank God, the decapitations, although I thought it was more Bruegel-esque. The song is a good, sexy song, but the choreography and direction killed it. I, no great dancer or choreographer, could have choreographed and directed a better, and much sexier, performance of that song. There was too much going on, too much sloppy, ill-defined movement. It should have been sharp, sharp, sharp, like a strobe light is on, but it’s not. Maybe there were too many people on stage and what plays in a theatre usually doesn’t work on screen. Edgy can be good, but at the end of the day, good is good, and there’s no substitute for it. And indeed, many in the audience had left by the time Adam came on. You can see the empty seats. I’ve attended my fair share of these shows and as soon as their bit is up, presenter and performers leave. That’s just what they do. Heck, I bet even Adam’s buddy Kris was gone before Adam came on. Shots of the audience at various points in the shows amused me. The AMAs don’t have the polish of the Emmys or Oscars. There are no seat fillers and people were just randomly walking around in the audience.

  • adaml

    Adams performance – OMFG I am so disappointed. Adam is all about sex and sex an sex and I thought he was all about music, fan and entertainment. Adam is a great singer and I don,t know why he is wasting his talent ? What’s the point ? What’s next ? I love his voice, I really do, but i think that fame has changed him. His interview with Lyndsey Parker or with Michael Slezak (Idolatry)- that’s Adam i love. Adam after the tour (AI) – he is not the same person. One of this two must be fake…and btw, he said that he is not civil rights leader, part of the movement, just a singer. I am not sure anymore.

  • mrskiddens

    I thought he was amazing.

  • adamandeva

    i think most people still don’t get it. it’s not a statement its not the music. to him it IS all an illusion. its one giant performance he’s giving. he’s playing rock star. that’s what Adam sees it as. and if this sounds shallow or not what you want, Adam is saying tough. I for one love theatrical pop/rock. its all make believe, its all shock and awe and controversy. thats all it is.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    With all do respect, because I love Madonna, but being nominated in a best vocalist category and maybe even winning it, does not make it so. case in point Taylor Swift, Terrible live singer and Bob Dylan has won best rock male vocalist more then once in many different award shows. Madonna Vocally not so good but who cares she is brilliant and amazing.

    Taylor’s never been nominated for a Grammy for vocals and those pop voc noms were grammys which are like the oscars of music IMO that has a little relevance.Madonna isn’t the best singer but she’s pretty good IMO. also what’s with the Bob dylan reference? he’s one of the best singers of all time

  • natsmavenus

    wereallinnocent – Thanks for sharing the accesshollywood info. Just watched the video and what can I say. I absolutely adore him. Now I can go to sleep with a smile on my face. Nite all!

  • jtoms

    adamandeva
    11/23/2009 at 3:27 am

    Americans just don’t get it. That explains how brilliant Lady Gaga was and yet she was shut out of any awards. She is too bold and too creative for most of American minds.

    which is why her album when 4X platinum and all 4 of her singles went platinum, with #5 well on the way?

    she didn’t win tonight because even jesus would have lost any category in which taylor swift was nominated tonight (and those gloriana people had the backing of taylor’s voting fanbase all the way)

    adam. oy. better luck next time babe. although, i didn’t particularly think his vocals were bad. just the performance, choreography, and concept were just all excruciatingly bad.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    bridgeymah ‘“ Thanks for posting the accesshollywood interview cause the other one wouldn’t work for me.God his ego is just so huge. He’s become a bigger tool then Blake lewis in just one night. I didn’t know that was humanly possible. I just went from kinda liking him too OMG HE MAKES MY SKIN CRAWL. Again didn’t think that was humanly possible.

  • crazedemcee

    My interpretation is that Mr. Lambert was referring to the “concept” of his performance rather than his vocal delivery that offended the public. From what I’ve seen on other sites, most of the negativity stems from the sexually explicitness of FYE. Hardly a few even commented on the vocals. So maybe his whole “if you didn’t like my performance, then i’m not for you” quote was directed to the visuals. I know that he knows he can do better. But as I’ve said before, this is not the time to be modest and say sorry for disappointing his fans. The best apology would be to deliver a performance worthy of that otherworldly voice.

  • bridgeymah

    adamandeva – I am so with you.

    I guess people have forgotten that there was a time performance and the music were merged and manufactured. The line pretty much started with Sex Pistols and David Bowie and has continued to varying degrees ever since.

    Adam is resurrecting a part of music that has almost disappeared among our world of homogenized (especially male) music. I find it so refreshing to see someone who is willing to take risks again. And that’s the thing about risks – sometimes they work and sometimes they hit a bump or two. But you just keep on going.

  • bridgette12

    “bridgeymah ‘“ Thanks for sharing the accesshollywood video.God his ego is just so huge. He’s become a bigger tool then Blake lewis in just one night. I didn’t know that was humanly possible. I just went from kinda liking him too OMG HE MAKES MY SKIN CRAWL. Again didn’t think that was humanly possible.”

    “He must be doing something right, because people like yourself love to talk about him. Usually when I don’t like someone, I tend to not talk a lot about that person, but Adam obviously provokes people to give their opinions about him a lot. Maybe one day, if Adam works really hard, he will give a performance you will like.

  • Lulu2

    Adams performance ‘“ OMFG I am so disappointed. Adam is all about sex and sex an sex and I thought he was all about music, fan and entertainment. Adam is a great singer and I don,t know why he is wasting his talent ? What’s the point ? What’s next ? I love his voice, I really do, but i think that fame has changed him.

    “Entertainment” is a sexy, edgy song and I’m sure you wouldn’t have been disappointed if the choreography had been better. I think the performance would have been much sexier if the choreography had been more subtle and/or had more of a story to it and/or had developed from a quieter atmosphere to a wilder one. I doubt if Adam has changed, but I imagine he must feel like a kid in a candy shop and he’s just trying things to see how they work for him.

  • chocobosandwich

    People are getting too piped up over every little detail surrounding this one performance, even so far as to say he’s a different person. It’s not the end of the world nor a giant middle finger to his fans. Some people’s passion can make them delirious to common decency and common sense. This is coming from someone who is not a diehard fan, but interested in some of Adam’s music and will take what I like and drop the rest, or Adam completely if I don’t find his music or his character ultimately to my liking. Then I’ll just stop commenting and beating a dead horse or even come to this blog because it serves no positive purpose for me or anyone else other than to vent my rage on others. Take a chill pill. Life is too short to have an aneurism over something so trivial when you should be wondering what Santa got you this Christmas instead.

  • mr

    Haven’t seen the access hollywood intrv. yet, ’cause I’m at work, but I think he just honestly doesn’t know how bad it actually sounded… l think the reason he was off key was that he couldn’t hear himself at all… so he naturally thought people were only upset because of the sexual content…
    Pretty sure he’ll realize the truth once he sees it on video.
    And then I don’t envy him….
    The sexual content didn’t shock me or anything, I just thought he went in the wrong direction with it- it didn’t really feel sexy and fun, ya know?
    BUT, like I said earlier- I’m sure he’ll learn from his mistakes and carry on just fine…
    Seriously, everyone has days off, and everyone makes mistakes- especially if they’re taking risks. If you don’t take risks, then you’ll always be safe, no one will ridicule you, but you will also, usually, never really make a great impact. And so, bearing that in mind, I will never abandon ship just because someone I really admire made screwed up a little.
    See, I never thought he was a “glittery alien”- but a very talented human being, who messes up sometimes.
    Waiting for his next performances.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    ‘He must be doing something right, because people like yourself love to talk about him. Usually when I don’t like someone, I tend to not talk a lot about that person, but Adam obviously provokes people to give their opinions about him a lot. Maybe one day, if Adam works really hard, he will give a performance you will like.

    I’ve liked most of his performances on idol and btw I don’t “love” talking about him I find some of the things he does interesting(not always good) and I post my opinions on it but that doesn’t mean I “love talking about him and besides even if i did love talking him how does that mean he’s doing something right if he still makes my skin crawl? IMO selling ablums/singles is more important then getting people talking. just cause he’s a fame whore and tries to get all the attention he can doesn’t mean everybody that talks about him/interesting in some things about him are gonna buy his music which is way more important then “shocking people” or getting a strong reaction out of people IMO.

  • fanaround

    Tommy just tweeted that they are getting on the plane to NY, and Adam mentioned in the AH interview that they are going to NY tonight. I hope they can all take a deep breath or have a drink or whatever, before the next round of madness starts. Not that they don’t want the madness, but I want awesome-voiced Adam in it!

  • JosieX

    It kind of reminded me of Cirque du Soleil. Kind of an exaggerated/fantasy type thing. I think it will probably work better in concert, when he can balance songs where the emphasis is on the concept/visual/calculated outrageousness with songs where the emphasis is on his voice and emotional expressiveness. I prefer the latter aspect of Adam, not surprisingly my favorite songs on his album are “Soaked”, “A Loaded Smile”, and “Broken Open”. I wish he would ease up on the whole pushing of the boundaries on sexual expression. Not because it offends me, it does not. But I usually associate that with people who need to exploit that because they can’t pull it off with just their voices. Having Adam choose to do it when from my perspective he doesn’t need to is what is a little confusing.

    He has to follow his vision though, he’s the one who’s going to be sitting on the rocking chair in the old folk’s home one day thinking back over his life, and if it will make him smile that he really went for it, well, that’s what he should do. He gets on my nerves a little bit sometimes, just as everyone else who I’ve learned to care for does. He was actually always my favorite, and he gets on my nerves sometimes more than my other favorite (oh, you know who) ever did. But, interesting people will tend to do that from time to time! I admire his willingness to take risks, it’s probably hard for us to really appreciate how difficult that is in his position. I really admire Adam, one performance that wasn’t absolutely perfect doesn’t even put a ding in that.

  • woohookitty

    Sorry but there isn’t anything “new” about Adam Lambert. He has about a decade of performing experience. In fact he has more experience than many of the acts that were on tonight, including Daughtry and Clarkson. So please.

  • ggdoorsfan

    racy and sexy is one thing. what adam did tonight on the ama’s was a m a t e u r i s h. for the big stage, and the big time, amateurish doesn’t cut it. no other way to say it, or spin it – this was bad across many levels. vocally, visually, and attitudinally. shock value over the integrity of good musicianship is the only victor tonight. this was embarrasing to watch from the remove of video, even as a non invested fan. american idol performers, above all else, have reputations for being outstanding singers and vocalists, and adam chose not to lead with that aspect tonight, like kelly clarkson did. hers was by far one of the best performances of the night, and the gulf between her and adam’s performance in style, taste and entertainment was as wide as the grand canyon.

  • Seeker

    S&M, Simulating BJ!, Same Sex Kissing on stage… All of this has been done before, will be done again – lame old stunts done by celebrities to get ppl talking. Puleez!

    The performance itself, TOO MUCH was going on everywhere! Instead of looking like one cohesive performance, it looked scattered and all over the place. The director & choreographer made a hash of this.
    There was so much going on so quickly that Adam was forced to concentrate on performing the “steps” right, instead focusing on his vocals.
    In the end, it just looked like Amped up Caberet, like his pre-idol performances just on a larger scale.

    And Adam’s vocals… not good. I like Adam’s vocals when he’s in control of them and not the other way around. I’m afraid Adam does sometimes let his performance persona take control and completely overshadow the actual singer in him.

    I’m not digging this “persona” Adam’s trying to project. I’m really disappointed in him (but good for him, he wouldn’t care, apparently.)

  • Ladyguard

    all those other performers have been doing this for years. A lot of money went into some of those performances. J-Lo hired cheorographers from SYTYCD to help her with her performance. I think Adam got nervous, and oversang the song. How about we come back here in two years and compare how he is doing then. It took Carrie Underwood awhile to develop some stage presence. I am now moving onto Good Morning American. You people can hash this over and over and over and it won’t change a think. We who love Adam are willing to give a second chance, the haters are loving it.

  • efm

    Um, to switch gears for a minute: I thought Kris did a great job presenting tonight–he was natural and comfortable (unlike Demi Lovato, who overdid the cheerfulness).
    Here’s BonusKris! from Slezak’s latest Ralit episode. Kris is in Part 3; he and Slezak talk about bonus tracks (and put in some nice plugs for both Allison and Adam). Kris is so charming here; Krezak FTW!

  • bridgette12

    I’ve liked most of his performances on idol and btw I don’t ‘love’  talking about him I find some of the things he does interesting(not always good) and I post my opinions on it but that doesn’t mean I ‘love talking about him and besides even if i did love talking him how does that mean he’s doing something right if he still makes my skin crawl? IMO selling ablums/singles is more important then getting people talking. just cause he’s a fame whore and tries to get all the attention he can doesn’t mean everybody that talks about him/interesting in some things about him are gonna buy his music which is way more important then ‘shocking people’  or getting a strong reaction out of people IMO.

    “From what I have seen of and read about Adam, he would hate that everybody liked him and his music, because that would mean he wan’t pushing people’s buttons and boundaries. Adam obviously is not playing to Middle America. He’s going for people a little more edgy and willing to take a chance on a guy not quite boy next door. He’s probably trying to reach people like myself who appreciate his in your face performances. I actually loved his performance tonight, because it was one of a kind and it totally freaked out a lot of people. Yes Adam doesn’t mind the spotlight, and it seems the spotlight likes him. Adam can tweet he likes mint chocolate ice cream and a whole discussion breaks out about the merits of mint chocolate ice cream. So, it don’t take much for Adam, to get noticed by the press. As all of the American Idol fans know from watching the show and on tour, Adam can hog a spotlight, but he was more than willing to share it with others. Adam also knows that the most successful singers have something else going on besides singing. They have clothes lines, perfume lines, cosmetics, acting and other ventures on the side. You need to keep yourself in the public eye, so you can have a chance when opportunity knocks. You call it being a fame whore, I call it using what you got to succeed and become financially sound.

  • okthen

    Lambert sounded like crap.
    The choreography was horrible.
    One of the worst/most awkward performances I have probably ever seen.
    Also, was it really necessary to be so “edgy” (tacky) on prime time? The flipping of the bird was rude & lame.
    The make-out stuff was just hollow & cheap.
    This just really sucked.
    Thought Lambert was better than this.
    Guess not.

  • Sq

    What a shame – he sounded so good on the rehearsal clip – and so bad on this one that I shut it off before the end – well, if any publicity is good publicity he got that….

    This performance does not inspire me to rush out to get his album – and if simulated oral sex and an S&M focus is what Adam is about then I won’t be buying it for my kids either.

    I loved Adam on Idol, have followed him since, loved his “pushing the envelope” but I think my bubble just burst…

    Kelly, on the other hand, sounded amazing!

  • cmc25

    Kelly Clarkson had one of the best vocals. Very classy too. The same was true with Alicia Keys.

    Carrie Underwood’s dancing was somewhat awkward but her vocals were good.

    Chris Daughtry -all the same.

    Adam’s performance was not what many were expecting given the massive hype. Vocals too “tinny” to my liking. He looked stressed out and seemed nervous and angry. The up and down motions in the stairs and his attempts to interact with so many dancers were too distracting for him to concentrate and deliver the expected goods. This was just the first and many more will come if his album sells. Only time will tell. Still wishing him the best on his career.

    Lady Gaga performed well. And she had good vocals. Simpler but very impressive.

    I felt bad for Whitney. Her voice was not there anymore. Recovery could take time. Maybe someday it will come back. I have a collection of her CDs from the past but I am not buying the latest.

    Just for the record, Susan Boyle’s Amazon rankings in Japan, UK, Canada, USA and France are all higher than Adam’s. The same higher rankings at Best Buy, Itunes (album) and Borders Book Store. I still have to check Wallmart later today.

  • GmaForAdam

    Adam rocks, in my mind. He did nothing wrong. He was just there for *Your Entertainment*… Surprised that no one got it…

    Oh well, maybe next time…lmao!!

  • Starr

    While I do agree that people are overreacting over that kiss (as Adam said, Britney, Madonna and Xtina did it, and it was apparently fine to people), I do think his performance was a bit trying-too-hard. It’s one thing to gyrate through your entire performance, but to gyrate, make crotch-grabs, devour someone’s face with your mouth, and shove one dancer’s face on your crotch ‘“ I mean, I think we get the drift the first time around. I’m a pretty liberal person, but I didn’t get this performance at all. Not only were the vocals surprisingly sub-par for Adam, but the visuals seemed contrived. The first half was cool ‘“ the dragging of the chick and then the whipping of the guys/whatever. But then as the performance progressed, it just gave off an amateurish vibe ‘“ like a kid playing dress-up and wanting to impress the grown-ups.

    The best performance of the night goes to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. The song was great and they just have a really good chemistry – and no one was taking their clothes off, tripping or crotch-grabbing. I thought Gaga was AMAZING. I was absolutely mesmerized by her performance. I think Adam needs to take some cues from Gaga, if his goal is to shock and awe during performances. He needs to know that he doesn’t just have to resort to sex-and-schtick in order to get attention. He can do that through the artsy fartsy stuff Gaga does. I was absolutely amazed at the visuals of the flaming piano and Gaga breaking bottles.

    I thought everyone else was ridiculous. Carrie – I don’t know who she’s trying to emulate, but I don’t need every single female performer to be half-naked and gyrating on the stage. Seriously, I think Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys were the only ones to actually give vocal peformances. The AMAs should have been renamed to Shock and Awe: Glorifying Visual Entertainers Who Can’t Sing For Shit.

    Kings of Leon (who deserved every single award they were nominated in and YET) should have performed. Or they should have picked someone who wasn’t so fixated on visuals and being flashy, and picked someone who could bring a more intimate performance. I think Kelly Clarkson was probably the only one who was able to do that.

    A huge disappointment. These awards shows have really gone downhill.

  • PRMari

    i think most people still don’t get it.

    I certainly don’t get it.

    The “don’t get it” excuse is becoming tired. Maybe it’s Adam who doesn’t get that he needs people to buy his music.

  • GmaForAdam

    LOL!! Listen to the real music…then you will know. Peeps are so bent on bashing Adam, doesn’t matter what he does, you would find fault with it. If Kris had fallen, everyone would be like *OMG..is he ok??…take him to the Dr. etc.) Blah Blah Blah!!

    So Adam didn’t make everyone happy tonight? Bummer!!!!!! Then don’t fucking watch! All you want to do is bash him anyways. You can’t see true talent when it kicks you in the ASS!!!

    So, mj, ban me please!!! I hate this flippin’ place anyways!!! I really don’t care. I only read 2 pages and everyone is so hot on trashing Adam.

    Well, have fun, everyone. It’s been a blast. So sorry you are SO wrong.

    ~ta ta~

  • sassypants

    That wasn’t entertaining, that was just gross. If you have to simulate a BJ, put guys on a leash, and kiss a man on TV, I’d say you’ve got issues being able to entertain purely on talent. Why all the gimmicky crap? Entertainment is great…being flamboyant is great…pushing the envelope is great (to a degree) but looking like you are having sex on stage? Not entertaining a bit. Reeks of desperation.

  • AdoK

    Re: Kelly’s video – both parents of Adam were there (-0,06). I’m curious what they think of the whole thing.

  • Starr

    sassypants
    11/23/2009 at 6:05 am

    That wasn’t entertaining, that was just gross. If you have to simulate a BJ, put guys on a leash, and kiss a man on TV, I’d say you’ve got issues being able to entertain purely on talent. Why all the gimmicky crap? Entertainment is great’ ¦being flamboyant is great’ ¦pushing the envelope is great (to a degree) but looking like you are having sex on stage? Not entertaining a bit. Reeks of desperation.

    My thoughts exactly. Gaga didn’t have to do a sex simulation onstage to get attention – she did it by being Gaga. Her vocals were awesome, and her visuals were amazing; did she have to resort to schtick to garner attention? And I mean, who really considers Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and the Black Eyed Peas as serious artists? Shakira’s voice has a dissociative personality disorder – there are two Shakiras or something. She compensates by gyrating like a boss onstage. Jennifer Lopez? Well, we all know she can’t sing, so she basically just dances a lot to compensate for that. And the Black Eyed Peas? If I see any more of Fergie twirling around in that ridiculous excuse for an outfit, I will cut my eyes out.

    Why can’t we just have an awards show where actual talented people win stuff and perform for once?

  • spinastory

    I thought Gaga was AMAZING. I was absolutely mesmerized by her performance. I think Adam needs to take some cues from Gaga

    Yes last night Gaga’s performance was great.. but I do remember a certain performance where everyone flipped because she had blood on her crotch!… So I guess when it suits!!! I happen to think she does a great job when she performs its all about the visual.. And I beleive Adam is trying for the same thing.. Yes his nerves got the best of him but I could see what he was trying to accomplish.. and I think the show was Awsome.. Good Luck Adam.. I am buying your album today.. yahooooo

  • ggdoorsfan

    That wasn’t entertaining, that was just gross. If you have to simulate a BJ, put guys on a leash, and kiss a man on TV, I’d say you’ve got issues being able to entertain purely on talent. Why all the gimmicky crap? Entertainment is great’ ¦being flamboyant is great’ ¦pushing the envelope is great (to a degree) but looking like you are having sex on stage? Not entertaining a bit. Reeks of desperation.

    not just for adam, but for american idol, 19e, rca, and the rest of the media who seemed to sell their souls in buying into all the hype without any real objectivity, or requiring lambert to prove, other than being runner up on idol, that he was deserving of all that ott madness. what his fans don’t seem to get is that at the end of the day, in spite of all the flash and glitter and hype you still have to bring it… with lambert’s hype, and all the pumping up and wolfing about his greatness blared all across the media, tptb and he set themselves up for this trainwreck, as well as the to date subpar performance of his debut single and the movie soundtrack single… the hype and media manipulation got out of hand, hubris and arrogance replaced common sense, and when it came crunch time last night, in front of an audience of millions, the jig was up.

  • Starr

    ggdoorsfan
    11/23/2009 at 6:22 am

    not just for adam, but for american idol, 19e, rca, and the rest of the media who seemed to sell their souls in buying into all the hype without any real objectivity, or requiring lambert to prove, other than being runner up on idol, that he was deserving of all that ott madness. what his fans don’t seem to get is that at the end of the day, in spite of all the flash and glitter and hype you still have to bring it’ ¦ with lambert’s hype, and all the pumping up and wolfing about his greatness blared all across the media, tptb and he set themselves up for this trainwreck, as well as the to date subpar performance of his debut single and the movie soundtrack single’ ¦ the hype and media manipulation got out of hand, hubris and arrogance replaced common sense, and when it came crunch time last night, in front of an audience of millions, the jig was up.

    I agree. You could see the wide shots of the audience when Adam was performing. People were watching, but it didn’t look like they were enjoying the performance. And this is the liberal Hollywood crowd that’s used to seeing sex on stage. I just feel like for a new artist, it came off like he was trying way too hard. Adam can sing the damn phone book, but this performance did not highlight that fact at all.

  • lizziegs

    kind of amazed that most of the non-Idol press this morning is positive on Adam’s performance…quoting it as one of the few highlights of the night. Not what I expected to wake up to.

  • flicker

    Adam sounded terrible. I couldn’t care less about his intent to shock.

  • lucy

    The AMAs should have been renamed to Shock and Awe: Glorifying Visual Entertainers Who Can’t Sing For Shit.

    Perfect. Actually, the whole music industry should be renamed this, at this point, I think.

  • ggdoorsfan

    kind of amazed that most of the non-Idol press this morning is positive on Adam’s performance’ ¦quoting it as one of the few highlights of the night. Not what I expected to wake up to.

    which shows them all the more to be the sell outs they are to huge corporations like 19e, because no one with any honesty or integrity that watched that performance last night can say it was the ”highlight” of the evening, in the manner they want you to believe. the viewing and listening public is not as stupid as they would have you to believe, and it has nothing to do with the issues around lambert’s sexuality or sexual orientation. bad is just bad. straight, gay, blue, black or purple – doesn’t matter. i would give lambert due credit and props if he had turned in a great performance… no problem giving him or anyone else their due. but ain’t no way in hell the media is going to be able to spin what was witnessed last night into anything other than what it was – a mess, and an amateurish one, coming from someone with the background in theater and performance that adam has… it’s watching the media attempt to cover their butts now, along with idol and rca, that is the real entertainment…

  • Starr

    The highlight of the evening was Gaga’s performance. Her smashing of that glass box with the flaming piano inside was not only unexpected but BRILLIANT.

    Is it just me, or is Gaga being shafted this whole year? She has released the best videos, her songs are constantly on the top of the charts, and yet she loses out to Taylor freakin’ Swift and some girl group I’ve never even heard of? And I heard she’s not even eligible for a Grammy? Jesus Christ.

  • anovich

    Kris had fallen, everyone would be like *OMG..is he ok??’ ¦take him to the Dr. etc.

    See this bothers me. Kris was not involved in adam’s performance so we have no way of knowing what would have happened. Why whenever someone is criticizing Adam is it necessary for people to bring Kris into it?

  • Ladyguard

    Maybe because most of Adam’s critics are Kris’s fans

  • Starr

    Ladyguard
    11/23/2009 at 7:04 am

    Maybe because most of Adam’s critics are Kris’s fans

    So, then, using your awesome powers of deliberation, most of Adam’s fans are critics of Kris? Tell me, were you born omniscient, and if so, how can we all get such a trait?

  • suenigma

    ggdoorsfan
    11/23/2009 at 6:22 am
    That wasn’t entertaining, that was just gross. If you have to simulate a BJ, put guys on a leash, and kiss a man on TV, I’d say you’ve got issues being able to entertain purely on talent. Why all the gimmicky crap? Entertainment is great’ ¦being flamboyant is great’ ¦pushing the envelope is great (to a degree) but looking like you are having sex on stage? Not entertaining a bit. Reeks of desperation.

    not just for adam, but for american idol, 19e, rca, and the rest of the media who seemed to sell their souls in buying into all the hype without any real objectivity, or requiring lambert to prove, other than being runner up on idol, that he was deserving of all that ott madness. what his fans don’t seem to get is that at the end of the day, in spite of all the flash and glitter and hype you still have to bring it’ ¦ with lambert’s hype, and all the pumping up and wolfing about his greatness blared all across the media, tptb and he set themselves up for this trainwreck, as well as the to date subpar performance of his debut single and the movie soundtrack single’ ¦ the hype and media manipulation got out of hand, hubris and arrogance replaced common sense, and when it came crunch time last night, in front of an audience of millions, the jig was up.

    That was an EPIC post ggdoorsfan!

    It is almost as if the music industry and media were in such dire need of a savior, that they decided to collude and create one. To a certain extent this is not Adam’s fault. He was in so far over his head that he could never have lived up to the expectations placed on him.

    Even if he retains his existing fans and garners new ones from the notoriety and buzz alone, I suspect that the many important musicians and artists that were in that audience tonight will not be so easily won over. I’m sure enough of them were sufficiently annoyed by the pimp spot and hype given to an unproven, second place finisher on a reality show, that only an outstanding performance would have been enough to win them over.

    Some might say, “but it was only one performance”, however it was his one and only debut amongst his peers. Many of the people there had probably never heard him perform before. This could truly be a disaster for Adam. I blame the experts – TPTB.

  • Esqt

    I watched the u-tube…a little hesitant after reading all the unfavorable reviews here, I’ld say the sound mix f****ed everything up for him. My reaction from watching the performance on TV didn’t change after watching it from u-tube for the 2nd time. I still like it. I’m not offended a bit. They interpreted the song as it is. I guess, I was more tolerant of the sexual innuendos/exhibitions on every Adam’s performances because I’ve come to terms that Adam is not a typical AI. He has no inhibitions, boundaries, and limits. It’s been a roller-coaster ride following him and I enjoy it a lot. I’m looking forward to reading what other people from outside the AI bubble have to say with his performance.

  • AdoK
  • anovich

    Maybe because most of Adam’s critics are Kris’s fans

    So, then, using your awesome powers of deliberation, most of Adam’s fans are critics of Kris? Tell me, were you born omniscient, and if so, how can we all get such a trait?

    Sorry, not an Adam fan but I haven’t been overly vocal in criticizing him before whatever that was last night.

  • AdoK
  • Nico

    His vocals were bad – ok, he might have had a bad day. The song was mediocre – he has better songs on the album. The dance routine was too mediocre for AMAs. But there are no excuses for his behaviour. His whole performance was a mess and a failed attempt at making a show. It had “sex and my sexuality” written all over it. I really wouldn’t mind that if he didn’t express publicly MANY MANY times after the show ended that he wants the focus on HIS MUSIC not his personal life, not him being gay – and this is how he focuses on his music? Lost respect for him

  • carmine2008

    OMG. Adam’s performance was an EPIC FAIL. I have no problem with regards to the raunchiness pervading the entire performance. The problem was the song. It just wasn’t good done live. I think Adam, despite his great vocal ability, was off pitch the entire time.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Too much too soon. He should have followed his Idol strategy: build it up slowly; if its good, people will get it. In Idol, it took 3 or 4 performances to get people on board. Seems like here he went for the shortcut.
    This is not “hindsight”. Going from WLL with some mic-humping to one of the most sexually explicit performances ever on network television should have raised some questions in his camp.

  • Seeker

    I don’t think anyone can disagree that Adam has mad talent! When in control, he’s an amazing performer! But I don’t get all this talk of Adam “pushing the boundries” or he does the unexpected or how he’s reinventing music etc.
    How & why would touching yourself on stage be considered “pushing boundries”.
    I know, Sex sells… but going too over the top or trying too hard to be controversial… just puts (alotta) people off.

    Also whoever said “Maybe because most of Adam’s critics are Kris’s fans…”
    I am an Kris Allen Fan, but I heartily enjoy Adam, when he puts out a good perfomance.

  • t2

    Kelly sounded incredible — but she looked like she just rolled out of bed. Wow, didn’t any of the stylists available at the AMA’s have an extra second to spend with Kelly?

  • Starr

    t2
    11/23/2009 at 7:52 am

    Kelly sounded incredible ‘” but she looked like she just rolled out of bed. Wow, didn’t any of the stylists available at the AMA’s have an extra second to spend with Kelly?

    I don’t really care how she looked. She sounded amazing. J.Lo looked great, but she sounded horrible. And she fell after doing all those crazy dance moves. What good is awesome make-up and hair if you can’t sing properly?

  • ohmyra

    The only highlights last nite for me were Kelly and then Keith Urban. Found Adam’s performance entertaining and that is all. Need to watch it again to see what all the angst is about.

  • monte

    I’m sure that most would like to think that it is just Kris fans trashing Adam’s performance last night but that is not the case. I was so sick of the hype leading up to Adam before every commercial but I decided to watch with an open mind (like I did Lady Gaga and loved her performance) but Adam was just dreadful. It doesn’t matter if the media spins it and it works for Adam and helps his sales, everyone including his fans know that his post idol debut performance on one of the biggest awards show sucked. Did you see the crowd reaction after, they were not liking it.

  • suenigma

    On a more positive note, I cannot stop listening to Kelly’s performance. It was so beautiful and restrained – haunting – flawless. She is an artist (her vocal choice at 1.55 – wow) who consistently meets and far exceeds people’s expectations when she performs live, almost every. single. time. She is a national treasure, up there with Whitney in her prime, IMO. She deserves more credit and attention.

    exhibit a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyeaSXg7SYo

    exhibit b. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shTQ5UTbfsM

  • Starr

    suenigma
    11/23/2009 at 8:00 am

    On a more positive note, I cannot stop listening to Kelly’s performance. It was so beautiful and restrained ‘“ haunting ‘“ flawless. She is an artist (her vocal choice at 1.55 ‘“ wow) who consistently meets and far exceeds people’s expectations when she performs live, almost every. single. time. She is a national treasure, up there with Whitney in her prime, IMO. She deserves more credit and attention.

    exhibit a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyeaSXg7SYo

    exhibit b. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shTQ5UTbfsM

    Totally agree. It was refreshing to see a subtle, laid-back performance after all the in-your-face performances last night. I liked the arrangement, the gradual build-up, and Kelly just stood there, but her voice was strong and filled the room.

  • AdoK
  • jersey

    Wow, between the other thread and this, I’ll never catch up. And I was on line here until 11 last night! I had to leave right after Adam’s performance so I didn’t get a chance to weigh in.

    Adam sucked last night. He did not dance well, he sounded bad and the performance was too OTT. I was fine until the simulated blow job. I do think that was a little too much for network tv. It would have been fine on VH 1 though.

    On the bright side, almost everyones performance sucked last night. The few exceptions included Kelly, JayZ and Alicia Keys, Alicia Keys by herself, and to some degree, Carrie (although she also seemed a little off to me).

    As always, YMMV.

  • Allison

    I’m not even a fan of Adam – I preferred Kris and Allison, but I think he delivered what they wanted. Almost every female performer I saw (except for Kelly) focused on raunchy, sexual moves. So why is Adam so controversial? The song is catchy – I see it being a big hit.

  • sallysimmons

    Adam is resurrecting a part of music that has almost disappeared among our world of homogenized (especially male) music. I find it so refreshing to see someone who is willing to take risks again.

    Since when was manufactured pop music not homogenized? If you want to listen to some truly original and unique music, I can send you a list of 100 bands just to get started.

    Adam’s song is just more Lady Gaga/Britney/Pink throwaway pop music. Nothing risky there.

  • suenigma

    On the heals of that performance, comes this article? Wow, I have no words! The backlash is coming. It almost seems intentional on the label’s part. As if they are setting him up to be branded as arrogant and overhyped.

    http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_15996/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=OR2AjRts

    Did you know that Adam is a punk rocker now, in addition to being a rock gawd? LOL And do we know now that poor eclipsed Kris’s win was a “narrow victory”? Is this some elaborate ploy to set up a “Kris the underdog” meme?

  • deez

    I’m not going to go back through all the comments (too much trouble), so this may have already been established…I live in the Central Time Zone and the kiss (or anything else) was NOT edited. (unless it was done by particular TV stations or something, we all (in the CST) got to see everything).

    IDK. While watching, all I could think was,”Yikes…what is he doing?” I get self-expression, I get art, but much like the album cover, I’m not sure what he intended is what people will take from it. He said it was “sexy”. Just because sex was a component of the performance (or THE performance) does NOT mean it was sexy. IMO, it was a bad move, sound issues aside. Who knows though, maybe ultimately it will pay off. We are talking about it, and he will be asked questions. If his face is all over the place today, then he did in one night what it’s taken others years to do.

  • BootStar

    If I had never watched American Idol before, Kelly was the only one who would have made a fan out of me. Daughtry was kinda boring, Carrie is so stiff (and I hate that song), and Adam was just a huge WTF was that? His performance felt tragic to me, in the truest sense. I actually wondered if he takes medication and somehow forgot to take it last night, he was so manic and so out of control. But, in the end, I think his own hubris (believing the OTT media hype being generated about him) just did him in completely.

    I know that Adam is a seasoned entertainer (and a reason I think a lot of people chose not to vote for him on Idol–he was too much of a professional), but this was a performance that needed to be balanced with the realty that ANY new artist would be incredibly nervous performing in that venue. Instead of just going out there and blowing the world away with his amazing voice (something that would have really stood out in last night’s line-up), he resorted to ridiculous, OTT camp and then sang TERRIBLY to boot.

    What’s left? It’s tragic, I tell you.

  • ggdoorsfan

    shooting stars burn very hot and bright in their first burst, then they fizzle equally fast… i have learned to trust nothing that comes too easily, too quickly, excessively hyped or claims of greatness without the bona fides to validate them… if lambert wants the shooting star kinda career, he got his wish in last night’s performance. if he wants a sustained, long term one, he’s going to have to go back to the drawing board and begin to put the focus back on the music in lieu of the flash and trash and glitter and hype… jmo.

  • DLee

    Adam’s album (Deluxe version) is now #9 on itunes….Go Adam!

  • Kate8

    Last night was the worst performance I have ever seen of Adam’s. Everything that could have went wrong did, tripping,off vocals and censorship. What terrible timing too 2 hours before the album releases. He seemed really nervous. He tried and took risks I admire him for that, but this was one time it didn’t pay off. At least the pressure of the hype is gone maybe that was too much for him. I am a huge fan and hope for his success. Hopefully he will recover from this disaster. The only thing that could have made the performance worst was if he lip-synched too.

  • JIMDOGSILKIES

    I said it last night, and was hoping I’d change my mind a bit but I didn’t. There were signs that he would do this. His interview answer to Out mag. when that woman came up to him about his AI tour WLL performance and his response that her kid probably didn’t realize what he was doing anyway really disturbed me. He was inappropriate period. He crossed the line way past shocking. I am surprised that GMA is still putting him on after that. I’m sure they received many calls. His voice wasn’t good either. Way to OTT. He wasn’t ready. Much too much expectations placed on him. He totally veered off from his AI days where his fanbase started and primarily still is. He needed to connect with those fans and bridge the gap to get new fans. I doubt he accomplished that. He needs to do some good PR now which I don’t really see based on that interview. He has a lot of women fans who are mothers and in a lot of ways felt protective of him.

  • ettacandy

    Love Adam Lambert. Huge fan. Love the idea of his performance: OTT, glam, showy, etc etc etc. And yes, the S&M theme and sexuality pushes boundaries and pushes buttons. It was not intended to please everyone, that’s for sure!

    But his singing was not good. Period. Pitchy, strained, hoarse, and just bad. Yikes!

    Every great singer has an off night. Par for the course. He’ll bounce back with a blow-your-socks off, vocal masterclass-level, tender performance next. I have no doubt!

    But speaking of a blow your socks off, vocal masterclass moment: KELLY CLARKSON. Wow. Wow. Wow. Once again, Kelly shows us how it’s done. Love her!

  • jersey

    Too late to edit my last post. I just had to add that Green Day also fell into the “did not suck” category.

  • SarahP

    havent watched the performance yet but feeling really sad for adam, judging by the comments. poor kid! but i guess and i’m sure he knows, that this is all a part of show business and that this is only the start. it may get tougher but i’m sure this will be kinda like a good lesson learnt.

    hopefully next time he doesnt out-do himself and just goes out there and sings. after all, thats what he’s good at.

  • ksgirlfordc

    Adam rocks, in my mind. He did nothing wrong. He was just there for *Your Entertainment*’ ¦ Surprised that no one got it’ ¦

    Got what? A crappy performance.

    By the way I about as midwest as you can get (KC area) and this “performance” was not edited. Saw everything. Too bad.

  • Mary102

    shooting stars burn very hot and bright in their first burst, then they fizzle equally fast’ ¦ i have learned to trust nothing that comes too easily, too quickly, excessively hyped or claims of greatness without the bona fides to validate them’ ¦ if lambert wants the shooting star kinda career, he got his wish in last night’s performance.

    Adam isn’t someone who just came up from nothing. He’s been working at this for YEARS, decades even, so it’s not like they plucked him off the street and wanted him to be brilliant on day one.

    That said, I thought he was definitely nervous last night, completely understandable. The vocals were not perfect, but then he messed up on tour and idol too, as has everyone at some point or another, and the nerves definitely contributed to that.

    I was definitely not offended by anything, but that’s ok if you were, or if you didn’t like it, or whatever. He was trying to put more in then he needed to, and I think the thinking from his camp was that they wanted him to really really stand out, to be outrageous and really crazy, hence putting in SO many OTT sexual moments. I was ok with it.

  • leome

    Adam, the label and management all failed big time here!
    They’re trying to sell something that they want to be different and it’s coming as a joke.
    And Adam just wasn’t able to sell the product. I had never heard him sing so bad.

    Kelly, Carrie and Daughtry all did great. It’s still shocking to see how far Carrie has come. In a good way, of course. lol She’s so ful of stage presence these days.

  • TwigLA

    Thanks, MJ, for posting these videos. I truly tried to stay awake to watch the AMA’s but couldn’t. (I get up at 3AM – it was a long day)

    I was really disappointed in Shakira’s performance and the song. Kelly Clarkson was fantastic. I enjoyed Daughtry. I loved Carrie Underwood’s singing but wasn’t into the dancers and really didn’t like her outfit.

    Totally not impressed with Adam’s performance though it seemed to fit the overall theme of the night. It was Adam and pretty much what I expected, except I expected better.

    Kris did fine presenting. Too bad Beyonce was a no show to accept the award. It was a non-moment. I loved the suit and had a little grin due to the ‘Wild Wild West’ comments the other day. That is a Jim West suit if I ever saw one!

  • Adamdebomb

    It is too bad Adam does not understand where his demographics lie. It is not ‘gay men’ as they are humiliated and embarrassed by Adam. In fact, they tend to hate ‘Adam Lamberts’. Nor does he appeal to the mainstream Kelly Clarkson demographic of young people. My teens tell me that the basic response to Adam is ewww.
    Adams most feverent fan base is middle aged women. (NOT men). And yet, in every interview and performance he goes out of his way to alienate this demographic. He could have been an edgier Chris Isaak/Harry Connick/ type , but his attempt to be the next Madonna/Lady Gaga is laughable. Freddy Mercury had a stellar BAND (authenticity) and trying to copy Bowie is just that-a poor copy. And Bowie had great music, Adam’s music is pedestrian Dreck.
    I think with each foul mouthed interview, angry ranting tweet, and offensive performance he is managing to alienate his already narrow demographic. (except perhaps in the most liberal pockets of Europe). Not to mention his ego is out of control. Five years down the road, I look forward to seeing him on Broadway, but I think each and every day he finds a new way to kill his career. Too bad he refuses to listen to his mother-from her interviews I can surmise that she has offered him a great deal of sound advice which he has ignored. He has only himself to blame.
    I think Ring of Fire and Mad World were two of the most beautiful performances ever, but I think Adam’s demographic will shrink to the size of the average Burning Man audience. And since he frankly is not even likeable anymore, I really do not care.

  • PattyP

    MJ, nothing visually was edited here in the Central time zone, but when the blow job was simulated, something Adam was singing was bleeped out for some reason. I don’t know the song well enough to know the particular lyrical line that they chose to bleep, but I would guess the words would have made it even clearer (in case the visual was insufficient for someone) that a blow job was what was intended there.

    I thought that was a horrible performance. The vulgarity of it didn’t surprise me after some of the other performances, except for the fact that this wasn’t cable, it was network TV at 9:55 at night in the Central time zone (of course, my kids were NOT watching, thankfully!), but what did surprise me was how awful Adam sounded — out of breath, off pitch, screechy at its worst, etc. I love Adam when he is in control, but that was not the case last night.

    ETA: If being on shows like this is meant to sell music, the only one that worked for me was Kelly Clarkson. I’ll be buying “Already Gone” after seeing THAT performance.

  • bamatt

    Lots of the live performances were pitchy last night. I attribute that to a bad sound set up which was obvious & apparent by the no sound, or echo, &/or feedback heard throughout the night. Being a straight woman & non-homophobe, I thoroughly enjoyed Adam’s performance & thought it fit the song perfectly. I did giggle when Adam busted his butt during his cane-grabbing roll but I thought he recovered nicely.

    F.Y.I… (via the 2nd update on the front page) nothing was cut out of the Central Time Zone airing of the AMA’s except a few words being silenced throughout the night as I am sure they were on a 5 second delay. How could they cut out anything for the Central Time Zone airing when we view (live) at the exact time as Eastern. Perhaps it was cut out of the Mountain Time Zone airing??

  • ksgirlfordc

    http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b154991_adam_lambert_your_entertainmentmdashor.html

    Vote and you will see where the truth lies’ ¦

    Internet polls are far from the truth.

  • Adamdebomb

    Jersey- I loved Greenday too! I was actually watching just for them, and then caught Adam’s performance after. What a huge difference between a “real” band and the Adam mess.

  • JoKY

    I don’t usually post, but had to de-lurk for this one. I LOVE Adam and I did not think WHAT he did was the problem; like others, I felt HOW he did it was where it went wrong. He is a great performer, but he definitely had an off night. A big case of nerves combined with being the last performer apparently got to him. He never looked like he was enjoying himself–not one real smile–and it seemed like he was trying to just get it over with. I actually like FYE on the album and understand why they probably decided to make it the first single when this AMA performance came up. It is more of a performance song than WWFM, which probably was slated originally as the first single (the Q102 DJ in Cincinnati was saying this initially and was surprised that FYE was the single instead). I agree with others that the choreography was just too much, as was the set. And he definitely was not “on” vocally.

    Honestly, this reminded me of all the figure skaters, gymnasts, speed skaters, etc. in the Olympics who get super-hyped before the games, end up having to wait till the end to perform, and then have an off performance and don’t win the gold. I think we all just assumed that Adam would “win the gold” because he did all summer on tour. But performing in front of a crowd of people who are screaming for you vs. a crowd filled with some of the biggest names in the music biz is quite a different thing… especially when you have to wait until the very end, and they’ve already announced the last award (which I thought was odd, too). Luckily for Adam, he will have several more occasions this week to show his vocal ability and remind people why he has been getting the hype. I am still a fan (and probably always will be).

    And, btw, my two children were nowhere around for this performance. Since when is 11 pm primetime for kids? Do people let their children watch the local news? It’s not suited for the kiddies either. Most of us censor our music for our children too (I love Prince and listen to his greatest hits all the time, but have to quickly skip past a few songs—Sexy MF, etc.). Adam will be fine, but I hope he will watch the performance back and realize that, as with Black and White, vocally it was not his best—his adorableness and stage presence is what made that performance awesome. I think that no matter what he says to the media, he is very tough on himself and probably knows he didn’t sing well. So, looking forward to better vocals on Letterman and GMA! Still love you, ADAM!

  • 4Msrmyn

    Backseat singing-Does anybody else find themselves helpfully holding their breath when something starts to go wrong with Adam? I mean it works 99.94% of the time.

  • ck2

    why are so many people up in arms? are you really all that surprised by this performance? this is exactly what I expected… raunch with cabaret vocals that screech way off key. why be asked to do the finale of a huge music show and then choose to end on a more contemplative note with stellar vocal skills that he has shown the crowd in the past? he wants to be talked about just as we are all doing now.

  • MaryS-NJ

    Well, I missed the AMAs live and can only judge by the video clips posted above (thanks MJ!). Having watched the small-screen view, I have some thoughts about Adam’s AMA performance.

    On the upside, I like his styling. I like the suit, the hair and the smokey eyes. Adam is and probably always will be a very handsome man.

    On the downside…where to start? Where Adam has natural sex appeal, can own the stage and has a certain kind of charm as well as a incredible vocal range and usually clear as a bell vocals, but none of that was not in evidence in this performance. Unfortunately, it was a train wreck.

    I think it took all of what makes Adam interesting and appealing and overdid it to for shock value. It wasn’t sexy and charming, it was vulger. Adam doesn’t need to do this, in my opinion. He wasn’t careful about his singing and that really hurt the performance most of all.

    I’m not sure what demographic he thinks this appeals to. He is sexy without trying and he looked like he was trying too hard. Maybe I’m wrong and overt sexuality is what sells pop music today, but I really feel that the performance should start with the VOICE, and Adam can really sing – unlike some of the chart toppers today.

    As for the others, WORD to all those who commented on Kelly’s absolutely GORGEOUS performance. That’s why she’s always going to be the original, incomparable American Idol.

    Daughtry and Carrie Underwood both were more or less what I expect from them. They are hugely successful doing what they do and I have no doubt their fans will appreciate their performances.

    Kris “Pocket Idol” Allen was his usual, understated adorable self presenting the award to Beyonce. Pairing him with a product of the Disney machine (Demi Lovato) was probably a smart cross-marketing opportunity. I notice that a lot of Idol alums are in regular rotation on Radio Disney (Daughty, Carrie, Kelly, Davids Archuleta and Cook, and Jordin) and while it may not be the most sophistocated demographic to target, Disney products tend to sell extremely well (Miley, the JoBros, etc.). Having said that, I wish Kris had gotten a chance to actually perform along with his Idol brothers and sisters.

  • tinydance

    Got what? A crappy performance.

    By the way I about as midwest as you can get (KC area) and this ‘performance’  was not edited. Saw everything. Too bad.

    I got the edited Adam train wreck version…and it was still CRAPPY.

  • KayGee

    I haven’t really had a “good” look at Adam’s performance, but my response to what I did watch was “he is definitely trying to entertain”, then I just listened, and I didn’t particular care for his vocals, but I did like the last notes he did hit…

    Total performance from what I watched was just Adam OTT…way too much production, and someone should have warned him that in this business “debutting” at a normal scale is better than OTT… I am a fan, and if I weren’t, this performance sure wouldn’t have made me one!!!

    Hopefully he will redeem his self on David Letterman for those people that found him offensive, (which I said would happen in my post last week)!!!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Adams most feverent fan base is middle aged women.

    Yes, but if he wants longevity, he needs to have fans in his age group. I am in my early 40s, so I would fall into that middle age woman category :) but I also recognize that it is more important for him to target the club crowd than the AI crowd. He needs his generation, a group that will follow him along, through the good times and bad times. Example, Robert Downey Jr and I are about the same age. I was really pulling for him when he went to jail because I felt empathy for him. Part of the reason is because we non-baby boomers/not really gen X…but rather generation Jones share a cultural history. I was in grade school in the 1970s and first memories were Nixon resigning, the anti-war protest, and of course we were the latch-key generation. All and all, my generation’s first impression of the outside world was that it kind of sucked. And like they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression.

    Adam’s generation, IMHO, is pushing back from hears of conservativism (moral majority). I truly believe Adam’s generation is much more progressive than my generation. I would love to take a poll on the age of people commenting here to see where this falls demographically. I think Adam will do ok with his target audience.

  • JazzRocks

    After reading the comments I’m tempted to go back and rethink my initial reaction to Adam’s performance. Which was…gasp….incredible! I loved it! Not his usual stellar vocals, but I reacted instinctively to the entire performance and didn’t analyze the parts. If I were to analyze I’d say Kelly had the best vocal of the night and Adam had the best performance. I was totally entertained.

    The sound issues were apparent throughout the night. I started getting worried when Green Day was performing. I could barely hear them.

    Other Idols? Daughtry – good performance but not my cuppa at all.
    Carrie – good vocals but very awkward performance. Kris – he had one line. How hard is that? Nice suit though.

    So I’ll keep crying in the wilderness here.

  • Valentin432

    Some reviews from last night:
    La Times

    Adam Lambert. You wouldn’t have seen this on “American Idol,” a show that has broadcast its share of monstrosities. Borrowing some of Rihanna’s shoulder spikes and torture devices, Lambert dragged women around onstage and got frisky with dudes, all in what seemed like an overly calculated way to show himself off as some sort of glam-gone-dangerous artist — and to instantly distance Lambert from the family-friendly “Idol” fare. It all would have been forgivable if the song actually had a hook. Lambert has the voice, and a charisma that stands out in today’s pop music landscape, but this was provocation by the numbers. D

    EW.com

    ADAM LAMBERT’ ¨
    In his much-anticipated first televised post-Idol performance, Glambert fully nails the rock wail, but holy crotch-thrust, what is up with all that face-to-groin contact? While Adam struggles mightily to overcome a tetchy sound system, too much of his ”For Your Entertainment” rendition plays like high-camp dinner theater ‘” and Paula Abdul’s ”Cold Hearted Snake” video wants its concept back, Mr. Shinypants. Grade: C-

  • jersey

    Every generation is more progressive than the one that preceded it. That wasn’t my real problem with his performance, although I did feel it was too OTT. I think it has to be about the vocals first. The vocals really suffered last night. If I did not know what Adam was really capable of, I would have been saying “WTF is this guy getting all this hype about?”.

  • Diana

    I just watched the video on the NYTimes website and thought Adam was nervous from the start. I’m shocked.

    It did not connect at all and seemed totally amateurish. It was SO MUCH BETTER in rehearsal. He looked completely frozen and his outfit wasn’t helping.

    And I didn’t even see anything sexually explicit (and seems crazy to have gone overboard with that too). But he was trying way too hard without success. Complaining about “discrimination” isn’t gonna help his case.

    Bottom line, he was too nervous to connect with the song and deliver a smooth performance.

  • Valentin432

    Also from USA Today

    I’ll add my two cents’ worth, then leave it to you guys. First, I think Danny Gokey must be feeling a lot better about his performance of Dream On this morning. Second, it appears that Adam has decided, contrary to what he sings in his single, that the audience is there for his entertainment. If that’s the case, the market tends to self-correct such notions.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    After reading the comments I’m tempted to go back and rethink my initial reaction to Adam’s performance. Which was’ ¦gasp’ ¦.incredible! I loved it! Not his usual stellar vocals, but I reacted instinctively to the entire performance and didn’t analyze the parts. If I were to analyze I’d say Kelly had the best vocal of the night and Adam had the best performance. I was totally entertained.

    ITA. I didn’t think it was an incredible performance, but I also didn’t think it was bad either.

    I think overall, the disappointment is that people wanted Adam to blow everyone away with his vocals, and with the dancing and the sound issues, that didn’t happen. But on to Letterman!

  • Diana

    Oh one more thing….was there something wrong with the sound too? It sounded terrible – worse than a high school gym.

  • windmills

    I thought Kelly, Daughtry, and Carrie all did good jobs last night but none of them did their best. Kelly sounded off to me at the beginning but she totally brought it home at the end and I appreciated the lack of gimmickry (unless you count the mini orchestral back up). Carrie sang really well but didn’t keep her game face on the whole performance. Daughtry sang really well but it felt like the song had no context and what was up with the lack of lighting of his bandmates?

    I’m veering from feeling bad for Adam to being annoyed with him a little. I never expected him to choke vocally but his nerves had him from the beginning – that humanized him a lot and so I don’t take all the bravado as ego. IMO the bravado is more compensation. I don’t agree with the performance decisionmaking because it was too “LOOK AT ME!!!! Being PROVOCATIVE!!!! Are you offended yet? How about now? Now are you offended? How about now?” It’s an act that got old fast and there were times he didn’t look comfortable with his choreography too. His AI performances blow his AMA performance out of the water in every way that counts IMO.

    I’m glad it looks like Adam will be singing WWFM this week. It’s what I expected anyway because WWFM is better for a small studio set and now it makes even more sense.

  • Grammie Kari

    This was Adam’s chance to show the viewers what an awesome singer he is. This was his chance to drum up sales for his new CD. All the build up to his performance proved to be almost for nothing. His vocal was sub par. I think windmills is right – Adam choked. The most watched show of the week, and the audience didn’t find out what a wonderful performer he was!

    All night I was annoyed with the overblown sexual overtones, which began with Janet Jackson’s performance and ended with Adam Lambert.

    The classiest performance of the night belonged to KELLY CLARKSON! She proved why she should have won “Best Pop Rock Female Vocalist.”

  • Miss Chaos

    He seemed to be pissed during the whole performance, and it just snowballed, I just sat here with my hand on my mouth not believing what he was doing, so wanted an awsome performance. But in him trying to top everyone else, he kinda lost his cool I think, he wanted to shock everyone and went farther than he expected to do in the moment, I think half the stuff he did wasnt planned. Anyhow, has anyone listed to Down the Rabbit Hole? Its different for sure. Ahh, feeling a little down today, but I guess I am still going to KMart to buy the CD, And is he still performing on the GMA concert series, I read different stories about this. Hard to keep up cause couldnt get on the site much of the nite and morning.

  • JoviQueen

    I thought it was a trainwreck and didn’t live up to the hype. Sorry and I like Adam.

    I have never liked Carrie. She needs to go back and watch who should have won Season 4 to learn how to handle a microphone stand. She has a good voice but her performances are always so stiff.

    Kelly rocked! She had such an awesome performance. Truly THE American Idol.

  • Lulu2

    I thought Adam looked and sounded sick and as if he hadn’t slept in awhile. He looked 10 years older than he usually does. And then he tripped and it sure looked like he was in physical pain to me. Maybe he was disturbed by falling, but I don’t think that pained expression was part of the performance. Because he looked ill to me, it occurred to me that Adam couldn’t sustain a long show business career with overtly gay tones; he have to switch it up at some point. On screen, straight men totter into their 80’s wining and dining 20 year old women. Women and gay men can’t do that. Adam should not listen to Perez Hilton or Out.

  • ggdoorsfan

    Adam isn’t someone who just came up from nothing. He’s been working at this for YEARS, decades even, so it’s not like they plucked him off the street and wanted him to be brilliant on day one.

    That said, I thought he was definitely nervous last night, completely understandable. The vocals were not perfect, but then he messed up on tour and idol too, as has everyone at some point or another, and the nerves definitely contributed to that.

    I was definitely not offended by anything, but that’s ok if you were, or if you didn’t like it, or whatever. He was trying to put more in then he needed to, and I think the thinking from his camp was that they wanted him to really really stand out, to be outrageous and really crazy, hence putting in SO many OTT sexual moments. I was ok with it.

    i wasn’t offended by the performance from a moral standpoint – on the real, i was taken aback by the amateurish nature of the performance by someone who has had years of theater and stage experience, more than the average idol contestant, so him being able to play the big stage was something i figured he would have under control. and he didn’t. and i was surprised at what i perceived to be his lack of forward thinking in just how what he was planning to do was going to play across america. fans can cry ”you don’t get it” all they want, adam can cry ”i must not be for you then” all he wants… if this is the case, why would he choose american idol, the bastion of ”middle america” music sensibilities, as the conduit to launch himself into the mainstream… if he wanted to be a niche act, and has no use for certain ”middle america” sensibilities and dollars, then it makes no sense to try and alienate, so early in your career, the very audience that helped propel you along in the first place. not the smartest thing to do in my book, but ymmv.

  • Reflections On Life

    my reactions during AMA

    daughtry – good but o so boring. time for a potty break…

    carrie – watch her brain: “now put your hand up & flick your wrist… now put your other hand on your hip & wiggle a little… and now make a sexy face…”.

    kelly – keeping it real, nice balance of polish & passion. weight gain suits you, but pls just keep it healthy – we want you around a while.

    kris – looking at demi instead of the audience/camera looks amateurish. wish he were singing (brand new album, hello?) instead of announcing.

    jordin – miss thang was the only chart-topping idol missing from the stage. with rihanna & alicia & mjb already performing, was it too much female pop r&b already? or did she cancel due to appendectomy?

    and ADAM – imagine JEDWARD 10 years later – it was that bad. trying way too f**ing hard… and singing was abs atrocious.

    no problem w/ the sexuality – i even told my friends b4hand “he’s not the male gaga because he’s totally predictable, he’ll just have a bunch of s&m stuff and push the envelope a bit to shock you.”

    i was surprised at how bad the singing was. cuz it was always always excellent on AI. and cuz he’s been doing live theater and low cabaret for so long, so he shud be able to handle live singing + choreo w/ease.

  • seattle_girl

    Getting past the let down of the vocals, two main thoughts keep coming to mind about Adam’s performance:
    1) He’s going to really limit his audience is this is the route he wants to go. The coolness edging on dangerous is a good target spot for him, but the blatantly overt sexual images will cause some folks (and parents who still buy their kids music and concert tickets) to rethink spending money on Adam.
    2) Am I the only one to wonder if the dancers/musicians working were pissed off to be objectified at Adam’s whim? Sure they signed on to perform, but did they know that meant Adam was free to manhandle them to his heart’s content? Can’t help but wonder how the keyboardist and the woman who got her crotch fondled while dangling on that bar above Adam feel about (unwillingly?) being made part of the spectacle.

  • wand3rful

    kelly clarkson is the best AI has ever produced. last night just re-affirmed this. she was stellar. RS mag needs a wake up call if they think Adam is the best idol contestant ever…sorry, in terms of media frenzy yes. But in terms of quality, that girl just blows me away.

  • http://MJO judes

    I find it amusing that some artists feel they need to “shock” [ or try to- as I find it “try hard”] their audience to get attention!! Kelly proved last night that less is sometimes more !! It really was a stark contrast!!
    You know – in movies – romantic subtle movies are selling well world wide whereas gratuous ‘sexpot” movies are going down in sales!! The same could be said for music – highly sexualised songs & images limit the artist’s audience & if that’s what Adam wants then so be it but I highly doubt it!!
    Maybe he should have a think about who he is alienating [ a lot of the fans that voted him in to 2nd spot ]!! He is also alienating many gay men who feel this sort of sexualisation puts their cause for “normality” back years!!
    I hope he can get back to what he does well – concentrate on the singing & lose the “I’ll show you” attitude!! Its not pretty!!

  • SharB

    I thinks it’s sad that the actual winner of AIS8 was relegated to announce an award winner, and all the hype went to the runner-up. It seems like they are slowly and steadily trying to push Kris under the bus. Shame, shame, shame on 19E & RCA.

    I was totally offended by Adam’s performance and if he’s trying to establish himself outside the AI box, he surely missed the boat. Terrible performance and horrible displays of whatever-the-hell-that-was.

  • skylight1219

    I don’t think Adam was nervous at all. His over-inflated ego kicked in. He has received such high accolades that he thought he could get away with anything. He’s disgusting!

  • artbigred

    I won’t be letting my family watch the AMA show ever again. I am not against gays,at all. But you let this idiot (not idol) do things on Tv that young children should not be seeing. I can’t for the life of me fiurer out how anyone would call him an idol. I think he personally set gay men back about 100 years. I can honestly say that I don’ t know any gay man or woman who feels that they have to make themself look this disgusting. As for spending one cent on any of his music. I guess you know my answer to that. I am really disapointed in the AMA show for letting this be aired. This is not freedom to express. It is low life smut that needs to be kept in the bedroom not on an awards show. artbigred

  • Lulu2

    Well, I didn’t like the choreography and something was off, the sound, the voice, whatever. But I agree with Adam that stirring things up is part of art. The execution just needed to be better. When things shock, they make you think more deeply about your reaction. No disrespect intended, but I keep coming back to this thread because the outrage from some posters here make me laugh. But what I most disliked about the performance was how old Adam looked and his expression at the end. (I gather the cameras managed to edit out the finger in the moment, but those stills show the whole picture.)

  • Starr

    jersey
    11/23/2009 at 9:15 am
    Too late to edit my last post. I just had to add that Green Day also fell into the ‘did not suck’  category.

    LOL did we watch the same show last night? Billie Joe Armstrong (attempted to) hit that high note and I swear to god, everyone on my couch winced. 21 Guns is a boring song. Catchy, but without the falsetto it’s just meh.

    ck2
    11/23/2009 at 10:33 am
    why are so many people up in arms? are you really all that surprised by this performance? this is exactly what I expected’ ¦ raunch with cabaret vocals that screech way off key. why be asked to do the finale of a huge music show and then choose to end on a more contemplative note with stellar vocal skills that he has shown the crowd in the past? he wants to be talked about just as we are all doing now.

    You mean you were expecting a bad performance? Sorry if everyone else was expecting something classy out of Adam. Also, if the point was to be talked about, I’m getting sick of this excuse. He used this same excuse for his album cover, saying that he appreciated being talked about anyway by those who didn’t like it. If that’s the way he wants to take his career, then by all means. Clearly he’s not in it for the music if all he cares about is being talked about.

  • julesb2183

    I think this is funny. Everybody now discovering that Adam can’t sing when he sounded the exact same way on Idol. All the cheering from the judges covered that little fact up for most people.

  • cookcricket

    Gotta weigh in, of course, with my 2 cents, which is all it’s worth. ;)

    I only watched Kelly and Adam. Didn’t watch the AMAs on TV.

    Kelly was simply phenomenal! End of story! Wow! I don’t own any of her music either. Just amazing!

    Adam. After reading some of the feedback from last night, I have admit it wasn’t *quite* the trainwreck I was expecting. And here’s why, when he performs live he demands the stage and is pretty amazing to watch. I only watched on this small vid posted here, but I’m not completely convinced that the stumble/roll was not pre-planned.

    Having said that here’s what my thoughts (analysis?) are(is) of the overall performance. First, I’m glad I didn’t have to watch this on my big screen because I could focus more on Adam than on everything surrounding him. At the beginning my first thought was that he sounded theatrical. It sounded like a solo in a bigger production. Next, his vocals didn’t come across as they could have. (And I’m not so sure many are saying they did.) But when he did that run at the end I saw Adam. (A good thing, imho.) I, personally, think he was nervous and so that had something to do with him reverting back (yes, that’s what I said) to what he knew pre-idol. His ‘in the heat of the moment’ *to me unnecessary*, kiss etc. were things that were encouraged by the audience in his Zodiac performances, yes? no? I believe human nature causes one to do what’s known when one is nervous. If I’m wrong on this I’m okay with that, but of course no one sells Adam better than Adam so I don’t believe he would admit this post performance.

    Also, he has a point about the whole discrimination thing, imo. But I didn’t find enjoyment from the Brittany/Madonna kiss myself. Why? I don’t mind watching PDA when it represents *love*, but don’t like when it represents *lust*. Shoot me, I’m an old-fashioned romantic in that way.

    I’m interested to see where things fall from here. I hope well. Imho, you can’t help but like the guy. I’m looking forward to watching Letterman Wednesday.

    Also, watched Kris’s presentation and thought he did great with what he had to work with. But then, I’m a fan! ;)

    ETA: Sorry for the long post.

  • matkojapan

    OMG! Train wreck of epic proportions!!

    It’s obvious that Adam’s ego has gotten the better of him!!

    totally hilariously bad!!

  • matkojapan

    This reminds me of the Epic Britney fail!

    But at least she had drugs as an excuse!!

  • JB1

    Danny Gokey is laughing out loud today… if there is any question who the best singer from Idol was last year, Lambert made it clear.