Adam Lambert EW Cover Story: It’s All about the Gay

I guess the folks at Entertainment Weekly find the rest of the Idol finalists kinda boring, because it’s only Adam Lambert who graces the May 11th issue.

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What’s more, the cover story appears to focus on the burning question of whehter OMG! an openly gay contestant can win American Idol. They name check Will Young and Clay Aiken as gay Idols who came out of the closet after their Idol runs.

Interestingly, they don’t mention Canadian Idol’s reigning winner, Theo Tams. Openly gay, he was permitted to discuss his life and his relationships in a frank and honest way while competing on the show last summer.   Didn’t seem to hurt him any. And from what I could tell, there weren’t screaming headlines in the Canadian press wondering if a gay guy could win Canadian Idol

In 2009, with so many openly GLBT peeps represented across the entertainment industry, including many reality shows, I’m not getting why this is such a big damn deal.

From the press release:

New York, NY ‘ There is nothing more valuable to the health of an eight-year-old TV series than a surprise, and for American Idol, it rarely happens. But once in a very long while, someone arrives who doesnt just dominate American Idol, but challenges and even changes it. And that has happened with the current season contestant Adam Lambert. With his mop of glam-rock cobalt-blue-on-dyed-black hair, his hearing, his sneering, and his unambiguously ambiguous sexuality, Adam would have probably been brushed off early on. And there was also a time, more recently, when Adam would have made it to Hollywood but been dismissed as …too Broadway or …too musical theater.

Then in walked this 27-year-old from San Diego, a chameleon of a singer who was unashamedly everything that the Fox reality show thought America didnt want. And he flattened the competition. He has been able to morph from a quasi-punk whom the judges accused of being …like something out of Rocky Horror to a Rat Pack sharpie to a grown-up crooner. Other contestants who have tried this on Idol routinely get accused of lacking identity.

There always been a fracture between how you succeed on Idol and how you succeed beyond Idol once you enter a world in which being the cookie-cutter product of a network series is a liability. But Adam has taken a battering ram to that aesthetic. And he doing so while playing out the big issue ‘ the gay question ‘ with a complicated mixture of caution and shrewdness. Though Adam is widely assumed to be gay, the most he would say to EW about the public scrutiny is …I know who I am. Im an honest guy, and Im just going to keep singing.

Now the question is whether an openly gay contestant can win American Idol? The question is being considered everywhere from fan blogs to The New York Times ‘ but were still one openly gay contestant short of a test case. Adam sexuality offers a fascinating challenge to the show status quo. Is Idol ready for a gay winner? Possibly. After all, its British forebear Pop Idol crowned a contestant, Will Young, who came out shortly after he won. And Idol itself came close when Clay Aiken, then closeted but somebody who even house plants surmised was gay, finished second. But is Idol ready for this gay(ish) winner? Perhaps not. Clay, after all, never sang …Im gonna give you every inch of my love while wearing skintight pants and green glitter guyliner.

Unlike his counterparts, who commodify their lives on their sleeves, Adam isnt talking about it. Maybe it still too costly to say who you are. It certainly costly not to. Does he feel he cant? Does the show feel he shouldnt? Is his choice personal or strategic? Will it pay off? And does any of this represent progress? (Cover story, Page 24)

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282 Comments

  1. Good thing I can read the magazine online.

    Surely, he must have two heads, or something. The most interesting? Seriously?

    This is such a non-issue.

  2. Adam is fucking studly. Yeah, I said it. He would come right out and say it if he could, but i’m sure he is contractually obligated to shut his pie hole by stupid Idol Producers who fall down stairs.

    I’m going to be voting my hands bloody to make sure he wins.

  3. Does he feel he canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t? Does the show feel he shouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t? Is his choice personal or strategic? Will it pay off? And does any of this represent progress?

    Are you writing this story just to sell magazines? Hell, yes.

  4. Good thing I can read the magazine online.

    Surely, he must have two heads, or something. The most interesting? Seriously?

    This is such a non-issue.

    I think he is the most interesting, but not because he’s gay. I think he’s interesting because he’s so good. Nothing more than that.

    He looks great on the cover. I’m going to go check and see if I’ve gotten that issue yet… my dad has this bad habit of throwing away EW. Hmph.

  5. Well, I can see why it’s a story. And I think it’s rather exciting that Adam’s already getting magazine covers. They know a newsmaker when they see one.

    They do have a point. There’s never been an openly gay winner. So yes, this would be a first (in the U.S.) and it is newsworthy, imo.

    Idol used to be homophobic, imo. Simon’s thinly veiled homophobic comments, for instance. The way he taunted the gay men, like Jim V, RJ, and Clay. Calling them theatrical and Broadway, duh. I really still suspect that Clay wasn’t allowed to win season 2 because he was so obviously gay (among other reasons, because they also saw Ruben as more commercial).

    And iirc, Simon hated that gay guy who won Idol in Britain. He said publicly that he shouldn’t have won. He was very bitter about it. And after season 2, Simon made many snide comments on shows like Howard Stern that Clay was gay. I thought that Nigel was homophobic too, from comments he made on SYTYCD the first season (when I quit watching it).

    And with America divided over gay issues, and with Americans doing the voting, yes it’s a real question, will the voters allow a gay man to win? I think it’s a perfectly valid question to ask. Most people agree that Adam should win based on talent. But will enough voters accept it?

    If Adam wins, it will show something. Yes it will. And Simon’s acceptance and praise of Adam tells me that he has softened up on his anti-gay stance of the past.

    And finally, I think that some fundamentalist Christians are voting for Danny because they don’t want a gay man to win. They’ve made their wishes known in the voting booths of America by voting against gay marriage, and this is yet another voting booth that to some extent illuminates the views of our culture.

    Finally finally, I love seeing Adam on the cover and if he can help forward gay acceptance, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s not just being gay, but will a flamboyant, theatrical man wearing heavy makeup, with a high-pitched voice, be allowed to win? I want to know the answer myself.

  6. Okay. I love most things about EW. I love Adam. But I think it’s ridiculous that they put him on the cover and completely disregarded the other idols. He’s not a circus sideshow, he’s a man with a helluva voice. Who happens to be gay…let’s move on now. I’m really glad you brought up Theo, mj. I watched a little bit of that season and was very happy when he won, but I couldn’t have cared less that he was gay. It was refreshing that it wasn’t dwelt upon…and now this.

  7. But Gorkey did get the Gospel Video Channel documentary, so I think the media coverage is pretty even handed. Just kidding. I wonder who the article thinks was the last Idol contestant as exciting as Adam.

    He does bring a certain glamor to the show but the whole Gay thing bores me. I think America moved past it ages ago while no one was looking.

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  8. I think he is the most interesting, but not because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gay. I think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s interesting because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so good. Nothing more than that.

    Word.

  9. Unfortunately I do think it still is a big deal in America. I am not one of them but I think there are tons of people who won’t vote for Adam because he is gay. Why else would the far subpar talent of Danny Gokey be getting more votes than Adam many weeks?

  10. p.s… Danny & Kris are boring. They just kicked the only other interesting contestant (Allison) off the show last night…

  11. by the way, i’m sure this a plant by TPTB to get his fan base out to support him and vote their butts off next week. I mean it is just so obvious. Shocking really. Trying to manipulate people. Oh wait, could it have the opposite affect of getting Danny’s fans mad and pushing them to vote until their hands bleed?? You are right, you are right, TPTB are suuuuure sneaky.

  12. This is disgusting to me becasue it seems more people are focusing on the fact he might be gay, rather then on one of the if not the best things to ever grace the idol in his voice

  13. Dude…he’s hot as hell! He’s tall and dreamy and he exudes sex appeal. Whether or not he is directing it at women or men makes no difference. It doesn’t change who he is as a performer or person. I think it’s great that he is not allowing the focus to be on his sexuality. And if he decides to come out or proclaim anything otherwise, I will support him. I LOVE him as an artist and I think he is a heck of a sweet guy. Can’t wait for hometown visits!!!

    Oh…and wasn’t the glittery guy liner blue not green? ;-)

  14. but ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure he is contractually obligated to shut his pie hole by stupid Idol Producers who fall down stairs.

    Debbie is not a producer. She is a stage manager. I do agree that the producers are stupid sometimes, but I don’t take it out on Debbie, who by all accounts, is a very nice human being.

    I’m also tempted to believe that Adam does not address it because he wants to focus on his music and be recognized for his talent. He has stated that he wants to be a role model, but I personally think he’s more of a role model because he hasn’t mentioned it. He doesn’t feel the need to make it “front and center” or the most important thing about his Idol run, because it doesn’t need to be front and center for anyone. Of course, I could be wrong – maybe this is just what I wish Adam were thinking.

    Idol used to be homophobic, imo. Simonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s thinly veiled homophobic comments, for instance.

    I am so glad we have not seen this since Adam has been front and center. I hate that banter between Ryan and Simon and I think what they did to Nathaniel Marshall was designed to be humiliating, and I hated every moment of it.

    I think America moved past it ages ago while no one was looking.

    Depends on which section of America you’re speaking of. I definitely do not live in an area of the country that has moved past it, and there is definitely an agenda against homosexual PEOPLE in some places, which is sad. I can understand disagreeing with it, but I don’t understand being against a PERSON.

  15. He looks great on the cover and I love how they say “Loving Adam Lambert” and call him “most exciting” (not that I agree with that but I’m glad they present him so positively).

    Like I said above, will a flamboyant, theatrical man with makeup and a high-pitched voice be allowed to be celebrated in American and win one of the country’s most visible prizes? Americans are doing the voting and I hope the best man wins, and that would be Adam. Good for him, getting covers already. He’s going to be HOT soon and the magazines can’t even wait. He’s sizzling.

    But I understand the feeling that the Danny bashing tends to get out of hand at times.

    I think the bashing is in direct proportion to the pimping done on the show. And it’s probably heaviest right now because after his terrible performance this week, many feel that he should be gone instead of Allison. So I don’t think the bashing is going to stop anytime soon.

  16. Man, I feel that pressuring the contestant on this issue is what I can’t completely agree about, especially when they are still trying to compete.

    That’s one piece of it. The other is that I don’t have to read the piece to know that there will be a lot of passively worded, coded anti-gay bullshit in it. Why is there controversy? He might be gay. Why is that potentially a problem? Because some will take exception to him as a role model, and idol, an American. And why is that? Because so many of us still consider gays to be less than citizens fully, and less than humans fully.

    Drill down through every false “issue” with a “Why?” and all the questions lead to that fundamental fact. Some people don’t accept any gay person as a full citizen, with full rights, and full humanity. And why is that? Because gay people are scapegoated by this society for all the divorce, abuse and sinning going on in the straight community. As long as men who can’t stay married even the third time running can look down on gay people, they will feel better about the wives they married and discarded.

    Adam doesn’t deserve to be saddled with the weight of all this, and when he is good and ready, like Will Young, he will talk about it, I’m sure. Or not.

  17. I was s excited to see this issue of EW about to hit the stands with Adam. All set to run out and buy it, but after reading hear abut the focus of the article, I was very disappointed. They could have focused on all that he has done musically since the age of 4 to make it in the music business. Instead they focus on his sexual preference??? How ridiculous!! When Adam makes it big, I hope EW is denied any interviews with him.

  18. ^ I don’t. I want to see him on Idolatry! :tongue1_tb:

    And finally, I think that some fundamentalist Christians are voting for Danny because they donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want a gay man to win.

    Could be, but I’m a Christian and I – like most of my Christian friends – am voting for Adam. The only people I know who think he shouldn’t win because he’s gay (or bi, according to his friend’s Twitter post someone brought over to the Extra tour songs interview comments) are some very (emphasis on very) strict Southern Baptists. I’m not generalizing, I’m just saying from my experience, that’s what I’ve seen. The thing is, they aren’t the kind of people who like his type of music anyway – gay, bi, or whatever else – so it’s not like he’s losing potential fans because of it.

  19. I think the bashing is in direct proportion to the pimping done on the show. And ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s probably heaviest right now because after his terrible performance this week, many feel that he should be gone instead of Allison. So I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think the bashing is going to stop anytime soon.

    I know. I understand. I just tend to put myself in the shoes of the contestants, and I can’t imagine having everything I say and do up for criticism.

    I wasn’t really asking for it to stop. I was just commenting that I understand where that poster was coming from.

  20. I think he is the most interesting, but not because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gay. I think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s interesting because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so good. Nothing more than that.

    Exactlly.

    I don’t think that TPTB expected Adam to make it this far — I think they just wanted an interesting “theatrical” character for their storyline. Remember that they paired Adam with Norman for the Final 12/13 selection. I bet they thought that he would be voted off in an early round. American just forgot to follow the script. Now that he is so popular, I think they realize that it’s good for ratings.

    And, Kris was surely expected to go in an early round. But he even survived having the bus driven over him — at least 3 times last Tuesday. I think that their worst nightmare is a Kris-Adam final. I mean they even seam to like each other!! Urgh!!!

  21. We can sit down and try and make sense of all the attention Adam gets in an effort to avoid facing the truth… Adam is the best thing that has graced the Idol stage in a long time. He is talented and interesting. He’s a draw and he will sale magazines as well as records and concert tickets. Nuff said!

  22. “I think the bashing is in direct proportion to the pimping done on the show. ”

    Do you really think Danny gets pimped more than the “Rock God” Adam? LOL Seriously? Wow… not sure what to say to that. Can we at least get a “pimp spot” analysis? Who has closed the show more than any contestant this year? Actually maybe even twice as many times as the next closest? Lets at least be realistic.

  23. I think a lot of country folks were turned off to Adam after Ring of Fire, and since they don’t have a country singer to vote for this year, Danny is the next best thing, and when they have to choose between a flamboyant gay man and a fundamentalist conservative, they are going to do the obvious thing and vote their fingers off to make their wishes known. (I’m speaking in generalities so don’t take it personal if you are a country fan.)

    I’m sure there will be plenty of articles about Adam’s musical history but the gay aspect is a valid one too. The cover was very positive about Adam so to me there’s no reason to assume that the inside story will be negative about him.

  24. I am not one of them but I think there are tons of people who wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t vote for Adam because he is gay. Why else would the far subpar talent of Danny Gokey be getting more votes than Adam many weeks?

    I don’t think that all of the people who are voting for Danny are doing so because they won’t vote for Adam because he is gay. I’m not naive enough to think that there aren’t some people who are doing that (heh! I love that Britain banned that homophobic Fred Phelps), but I’m not prepared to label the entire gang of Danny fans as homophobes. I may disdain their taste in music, but I’m not going to assume their morals.

    I don’t happen to like Danny, but I have to admit that he does have some talent and that not everybody likes the same sort of singer. We had a prime example of this this week when I thought this theme week of hard rock was tedious and other people thought it was brilliant. It’s not that I hate hetrosexuals (I’m guessing Slash is hetrosexual since the EW recapper said his wife was there, although I know that might mean nothing). No, it’s simply that I’m not a fan of hard, non-melodic rock. Sometimes, it’s as simple as that.

    Now the question is whether an openly gay contestant can win American Idol?

    I wish the mainstream press would leave this alone. I really do. The bigger a deal they make about it, the more it distills Adam into one minor facet of his being (and next thing we know, that idiot Phelps is going to be picketing the damn Idol concerts and I’m going to get arrested for spitting in his face). Adam is so much more than that. It would be nice if Adam was allowed to win this on his own merits as opposed to part of a national referendum on whether it’s okay to be gay. Those things always get ugly.

    Adam is mad talented. I’m sad that who he finds attractive is worth this much press. I’m sad that it’s considered controversial. I think people should grow up and realize it doesn’t matter what consenting adults do to each other.

  25. Could be, but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a Christian and I – like most of my Christian friends – am voting for Adam.

    Good news! Thanks for sharing it. :clap_tb:

    but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not prepared to label the entire gang of Danny fans as homophobes.

    Nobody said they were all homophobes. But some for sure are. SOME, that’s all anyone said, not ALL.

    Adam doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t deserve to be saddled with the weight of all this, and when he is good and ready, like Will Young, he will talk about it, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure. Or not.

    I don’t think Adam should talk about his sexual preference right now, it wouldn’t be appropriate or smart until afterwards. But he’s not denied it and it’s pretty clear that he is gay. If he was worried about it, he wouldn’t dress so flamboyantly etc. He seems very comfortable with his identity and I think that after the show he’ll probably be very comfortable to talk about it in the right context. I don’t see it as a problem. However nobody can stop magazines from asking the question about can a gay man win Idol, because it’s a valid question imo.

  26. EW probably bumped this article early, because of Adam’s Bottom 2 scare last week and were not really sure how much longer he could last.

    We don’t really know how big that Christian Prayer Chain/non-Internet Danny fan group is, but we know it is a strong voting block for him.

    I thought that Prop 8 in California (against gay marriage) was NEVER going to pass in this current day, but I couldn’t believe how I was blasted with anti-gay Prop 8 phone calls, TV/radio commercials, protesters the week before the election. I was appalled and saddened.

    Apparently, most of the anti-gay marriage funding came from out of state religious groups. Also, since it’s really not politically correct to be anti-gay, it is a silent discrimination.

    I’d like to think that the article will change at least one person’s mind if they weren’t sure about the gay lifestyle.

    But in reality, I really hope the article focuses on his exciting AI performances and not his personal lifestyle.

  27. I think he is the most interesting, but not because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gay. I think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s interesting because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so good. Nothing more than that.

    I agree. I think he’s one of the most unique and versatile contestants they’ve ever had.

    p.sà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Danny & Kris are boring. They just kicked the only other interesting contestant (Allison) off the show last nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I agree again. Adam and Allison are/were the two that hold people’s attention. I’ve always felt they needed either Adam or Allison (or both) in the finals for it to be interesting. A Danny/Kris finale would be a snore.

  28. “”””I think he is the most interesting, but not because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gay. I think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s interesting because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so good. Nothing more than that.

    He looks great on the cover. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m going to go check and see if Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve gotten that issue yetà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ my dad has this bad habit of throwing away EW. Hmph””””

    This ^^^^^^^ Victoria, EXACTLY but before MJ’s last year and in my own little station survey, no one has ever heard of EW, online or not?

    “”””Do you really think Danny gets pimped more than the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rock Godà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Adam? LOL Seriously? Wowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ not sure what to say to that. Can we at least get a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“pimp spotà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  analysis? Who has closed the show more than any contestant this year? Actually maybe even twice as many times as the next closest? Lets at least be realistic.””””

    Um, yes I seriously think Danny has and has from the very beginning, even when he is bad, he is not that bad in the judges eyes

    “””””Adam is mad talented. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sad that who he finds attractive is worth this much press. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sad that ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s considered controversial. I think people should grow up and realize it doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t matter what consenting adults do to each other.”””””

    Yes to this Kirsten,

  29. Adam might be gay? OMG. Stop the presses right this minute! Who knew? WHO CARES? Okay, I know who cares, but who CARES that these people CARE?

    *zzz*

    He looks mighty fine on the cover. Just saying…

  30. And from what I could tell, there werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t screaming headlines in the Canadian press wondering if a gay guy could win Canadian Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    There certainly wasn’t…..and as a Canadian I am very proud to say it was a non-issue. For all that Canadians and Americans have in common, we certainly stand miles apart on acceptance of this isssue. It boggles my mind why this is worthy of an EW cover. The focus should be on Adam’s talent not who he sleeps with. I don’t get it……and I don’t get why AI would allow this cover. Wouldn’t EW have had to have had clearance from them to do it?

    Convenient that this comes out just as the Top 3 are announced. Just gotta make sure that everyone is fully informed before they dare vote for him. Sorry but homophobia is alive and well. It SUCKS!!!

  31. I wish the mainstream press would leave this alone. I really do. The bigger a deal they make about it, the more it distills Adam into one minor facet of his being

    I don’t think it distills him into one facet of his being. It is just one facet but it’s not necessary to ignore it either. To ignore that side of him is as awkward as over-emphasizing it would be. It’s not all he is, but it is part of who he is. Somebody already called it “disgusting” for EW to focus on this issue. But the gay issue isn’t going under the rug. The fact that American people are voting for the winner makes it into a cultural barometer and that’s what EW was noting.

    And from what I could tell, there werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t screaming headlines in the Canadian press wondering if a gay guy could win Canadian Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    No because Canada is not homophobic the way American is, and Canada wasn’t founded by puritans and is not filled with bigots okay? I wish the U.S. was more like Canada, in many many ways.

  32. Do you really think Danny gets pimped more than the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rock Godà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Adam? LOL Seriously?

    In relationship to merit?
    Yes.
    Yes I do.

    Adam has many fine qualities he never gets recognized for- technique, breath control, the amazing passaggio- all while Danny’s myriad deficiences are never mentioned.

  33. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ”à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Do you really think Danny gets pimped more than the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rock Godà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Adam? LOL Seriously? Wowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    In a word, YES. Danny gets pimped way beyond his talent and the worth of his performances. Adam gets praised when he has great performances, and he also is criticized when he doesn’t (Ring of Fire).

  34. Adam….the epitome of irony. In my opinion the best looking most studly guy we have had on AI. (Ace runs a very, very close second). Tall, dark (thanks to his self-professed black hair dye and a straight iron) with an amazing smile and gorgeous eyes that pop even more due to his great make-up (wish he would give me some lessons). Totally photogenic…this ain’t going to be his first solo cover. I’ll bet my next paycheck (if I had one) that win or lose he will have more press, magazine covers, etc.

    At this point I really don’t give a rat’s ass what anyone says about Adam any more. People can think what they want, express how they feel, praise him, ridicule him, hang out dirty laundry. They can be upset that Adam doesn’t declare himself (though why anyone has to do that is beyond my understanding). He has a very strong, artistic, feminine side (the shopping, the hair, the make-up, the camp). I really and truly feel that he totally knows who he is and is very very comfortable with it.

    I can’t believe that anyone still believes that American Idol is about finding the next recording star. American Idol is about American Idol…full stop. The Kids are just fodder for the machine. The judges fuckin comments are longer than any performance. So since AI doesn’t care why should the media care. They are after the same thing as the show…readers, viewers, listeners, the MONEY.

    Adam sells…hate him or love him, fair or unfair (like pimping a dead wife isn’t unfair) he is a very hot commodity. Strike while the iron is hot. And if anyone chooses to not vote for Adam because of all the extra-curricular stuff that is out there…so be it. Life isn’t fair, or equal, or just…it just IS.

  35. “heh! I love that Britain banned that homophobic Fred Phelps”

    Yea, great another liberal against Free Speech! Even the ACLU is questioning this move by the UK. When we start banning people because of what they THINK not what they DO we’re in trouble.

    Just curious but all those Imans who spew hatred towards the west are allowed to stay in the UK why?? Do they meet the criteria of the thought police? And just who gets to decide whats ok to think and whats not? Fred Phelps may be a vile man, but if has he ever even been to jail?

    Adam being gay is a fair topic for the magazine to cover, and they did it in a very positive light. Its good press for Adam… again! :)

  36. Gay, straight or purple, I don’t care. I love his voice, I love his character, I love his performances. He and Allison are the best by a mile this year. And he DOES exude a lot of sex appeal. Freddie Mercury did as well. I do get more of a bisexual feel from Adam, though, but I admit I do not have the strongest gaydar out there. LOL.

  37. I agree again. Adam and Allison are/were the two that hold peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s attention. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve always felt they needed either Adam or Allison (or both) in the finals for it to be interesting. A Danny/Kris finale would be a snore.

    I, without a doubt & for the first time ever, will not watch the AI finale if those are the F2.

  38. Lol, nobody but the press cares in the least about Adam’s sexuality. That’s the amusing part to all this.

    The press (read, the left) is desperate to create an issue here in much the same way the are desperate to convince us every day that we are all racists when 98% of us could care less what color a person is – we judge people on their character as MLK wished.

    I am an evangelical christian and I love Adam Lambert. I’ve known many gays in my life and don’t consider it to be a sin anymore than I consider having blue eyes to be a sin. The gays I have known pretty much KNEW as soon as they hit puberty.

    Does the Bible say homosexuality is a sin? Yes, but it also says that if you ever divorce and remarry you are committing adultery and the churches are full of good people who have done just that and no one judges them.

  39. I know. I understand. I just tend to put myself in the shoes of the contestants, and I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t imagine having everything I say and do up for criticism.

    I wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really asking for it to stop. I was just commenting that I understand where that poster was coming from.

    I know, brextra. You were just being thoughtful and I appreciate it. I sometimes feel sorry for the contestants too but the show does whip up such fervor when they manipulate and we must vent our feelings! LOL.

  40. by the way, ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure this a plant by TPTB to get his fan base out to support him and vote their butts off next week. I mean it is just so obvious.

    If he’s such a OMGhugestar already whos’ dominating everyone why do they NEED to motivate his fanbase? Man that bottom 2/3 trip must have the scared the crap out of them.

    I am not one of them but I think there are tons of people who wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t vote for Adam because he is gay. Why else would the far subpar talent of Danny Gokey be getting more votes than Adam many weeks?

    It’s quite possible there are people out there who aren’t homophobic but just don’t like Adam’s style. By style I don’t mean GAY, I mean his overall (IMO) OTT glammed up appearance and style of singing. For many, Danny (and probably Kris) are a safer choice for those who don’t particularly like a huge voice with massive glorynotes. Last week for example I thought Danny outsang Adam YMMV.

    Danny and Kris might be considered sub-par or boring compared to Adam but Danny for whatever reason is obviously impacting someone since he’s never hit the bottom. I highly doubt it’s all because of homophobia either. When it comes to Final 2 night I will vote for Danny and not because I have a problem with gay people, I’m just utterly sick of Adam and think he’s overrated IMO.

  41. Adam being gay is a fair topic for the magazine to cover, and they did it in a very positive light. Its good press for Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ again!

    It’s a gorgeous cover but we have as yet to see the article inside. I wouldn’t be doing happy dances as yet. Even is semi positive, I daresay it will be on how ‘enlightened’ AI is and not anything to do with Adam’s talents and abilities….which is where the focus should be.

    I hope this doesn’t give more of the impression of Adam being ‘pimped’. At this point it should be about the Top 3, not Adam alone. A lot of people probably won’t like it.

  42. I believe the only reason Adam has been given the “coveted” pimp spot the most is because he is simply the best performer, the best singer. I actually feel bad for the person performing after Adam…Adam is just THAT good. When you GOT IT……flaunt it!!!!

  43. They could have focused on all that he has done musically since the age of 4 to make it in the music business. Instead they focus on his sexual preference??? How ridiculous!!

    Well yeah… They want to sell. People don’t care what he did when he 4 or how he made it to the music business.. that’s boring! It’s all about the scandal, that’s why he gets the cover and the story, because of his sexual orientation.
    There’s no “scandal” for Danny and Kris so they don’t matter. And they may as well make money out of it now, cause a few months after Idol I don’t think many will care.

  44. No offense to you Adam fans, I’m sure Adam is very nice, but I don’t like how he is the ONLY ONE on the cover when he hasn’t even won yet.

  45. I’m happy to see Adam on the cover, but I’m disappointed if indeed the focus is his homosexuality. It is a topic worth mentioning in this country, but how about making that secondary to the amazing set of pipes and performance skills he has?

    Also, I’m getting a little annoyed with all the “well maybe, sort of, possibly, could be gay” hedging BS. If you’re going to write about it, then own it. If a guy is married with 3 kids, we don’t say, “well, maybe’s he straight; after all, he’s never said so explicitly, so we don’t know.” Adam’s been out for 10 years, so I don’t get all the drama. It’s not like anyone will get sued for it.

  46. Lol, nobody but the press cares in the least about Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexuality.

    Ah, if only that were true.

    Even is semi positive, I daresay it will be on how à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹enlightenedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ AI is

    It’s not about how enlightened AI is, but about how enlightened the voters are who watch the show. That’s what the outcome will show, among other things.

    Sure some just prefer Danny’s singing and talent to Adam’s (hard to understand) but for many it will be more than that.

  47. To ignore that side of him is as awkward as over-emphasizing it would be. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not all he is, but it is part of who he is. Somebody already called it à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“disgustingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  for EW to focus on this issue. But the gay issue isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t going under the rug.

    I’m not asking for Adam’s sexuality to be swept under the rug. I just wish the responsible press would treat it as a non-issue. Where being gay was no more worthy of a front cover than if he was left-handed or that he could be the first man without hair issues to win the show (I’ll ignore Ruben because everybody else does).

    The fact that American people are voting for the winner makes it into a cultural barometer and thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what EW was noting.

    I would be every bit annoyed if EW ran with screaming headlines “Now the question is whether a Jewish contestant can win American Idol?” and tried to start a debate about whether Americans accept Jews and whether being Jewish is okay? I think the responsible press should treat it as a non-issue so that people don’t make it a bigger issue than it is. It hasn’t been an issue up until now. People have voted for him, so let people go forth and be progressive. Stop having the tail wag the dog.

    And frankly, recent history has shown us that having referendums on gay issues in the US doesn’t turn all that well for the gays.

  48. “EW probably bumped this article early, because of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Bottom 2 scare last week and were not really sure how much longer he could last.” :laugh_tb:

    I wouldn’t lose too much sleep worrying. Without him, the finals will be a huge snooze. And it’s pretty obvious the producers and media feel the same way.

  49. Wow that’s pretty good press for Adam considering he hasn’t even won yet! He’s not my fav this year (not into all the high glory notes), but it’s a nice cover shot. I don’t see why they have to focus on his sexual preference so much, especially since AI isn’t exactly making it a big topic…or at least he is not making it a focus (completely fair, it’s his life afterall). I think if anything it’s Adam’s musical style that makes him stand out so much, and perhaps makes him more polarizing then other Idol frontrunners…I would like to think sexuality isn’t the main component.

  50. Adam looks great on the cover. I get EW, but I didn’t check my mail last night…you know with it being results night who has time to worry about checking the mail!

    I haven’t read the article yet, but I think the cover is a great thing for Adam. Seriously, you would have to live under a rock to not know that Adam may be gay or bi. It’s been covered so much that once the show is over, there will be nothing left to say about it!

    I get why Danny and Kris’s fans would get annoyed by all of the press coverage of Adam. But he is, to quote the one news article posted my MJ, a beautiful and strange angel. He is one of a kind. Who can you compare Adam too?

    I really want a Rolling Stone cover with an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot. Vanity Fair would be good as well, especially when they do the shoots where the subject is made up to look like famous iconic hollywood figures of the past.

    I don’t think this cover or article will change the outcome of what will be. At the end of the day, I do think when someone is so incredibly talented, it trumps prejudice. It all will depend on the peformances because the casual voter is the one who decides this thing and they vote on who they think is the best of the night.

  51. I fail to understand why anyone’s sexual preference is anyone’s business. What right do we have to even talk about it? What goes on in someone’s sex life isn’t something I want or deserve to know about. I’m sure there’s plenty of stuff that goes on in heterosexual encounters that shock people…what’s the difference? The point is, it’s private and personal, and it’s kind of disgusting and crass that we even feel free to discuss Adam’s sexuality. Fifty years from now, people studying history and culture will laugh about how backward we were. They will find it as unbelievable as we (or at least most of us) find slavery or segregation.

  52. Question: Is that an old photo of Adam or did he pose for the cover photoshoot?

  53. No offense to you Adam fans, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure Adam is very nice, but I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like how he is the ONLY ONE on the cover when he hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even won yet.

    I would say it’s because Adam is the most newsworthy one, in EW’s view. The one whose face will sell magazines. If they thought that Danny’s face would sell magazines, they would put his face on the cover.

    Also magazines aren’t bound by any laws to cover the Idols fairly. They care about selling magazines, and following the buzz, and the buzz is all about Adam.

    I get why Danny and Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fans would get annoyed by all of the press coverage of Adam.

    yeah I get that too. I might feel that way in their shoes. However Adam is going to be a huge star and it’s already starting. There’s no way to avoid it.

  54. Is Adam getting this cover “fair”. Hell no, of course not! Is show business “fair”? Hell no, of course not!

    Face it, through the power of his vocal ability and showmanship, Adam has turned American Idol Season 8 into “The Adam Lambert & Friends” show. He’s a star – get over it.

  55. Personally I don’t give a crap if he’s gay, straight, bi or wtf, I don’t want to have sex with him, I just want to listen to him sing and i’m sick of reading about his sexual preferences, it’s nobody’s freakin’ business anyway.

    I’m glad they chose to put him on the cover of the magazine though, for me it kinda balances out the tv ‘special’ Gokey has running right now.

  56. I would never vote for Adam. Not because he’s gay or bi or whatever, but, I just don’t like his type of music. To me, he isn’t the most exciting person to ever be on the Idol stage. Taylor Hicks wins that one,hands down.

    I don’t judge Adam, but, neither do I accept his lifestyle. He is free to choose how he wants to live his life, however, that doesn’t mean all have to accept it as normal. Having said that, it’s really just a matter of taste in music.

    I actually don’t like the term, homophobic. This implies a fear of gays, which isn’t true.

    It would be better if people would just leave this subject alone, and choose their likes in music. I personally don’t care for Danny Gokey’s style either, so that leaves Kris. So, that’s who I voted for. Not that he will win, but, I just prefer his artistic style over the other 2.

  57. I fail to understand why anyoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexual preference is anyoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s business. What right do we have to even talk about it? What goes on in someoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sex life isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t something I want or deserve to know about.

    Because we’re not talking about what Adam does in the bedroom. We’re not going there. But it’s about a gay person’s right to be openly gay and not have to hide it. To openly date the same sex and walk down the street (or red carpet) holding hands with them. To be able to be a feminine male, and not have to hide that either. We aren’t talking about his sex life. That’s not what being gay is all about. It’s about who a person loves and how they express themselves. The way Adam likes to dress and present himself would get him killed if he walked down the street in some areas of this country. Just for being who he is. There’s no sense in pretending there is not homophobia still and there’s no reason to be unwilling to even discuss the issue because it is an issue that has not gone away.

  58. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m glad they chose to put him on the cover of the magazine though, for me it kinda balances out the tv à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢specialà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Gokey has running right now.

    I think someone should photoshop Kris’s face to the cover of the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could” because that boy is getting zero press and he is still in there.

  59. edit: dial it back. Follow my guidelines, Don’t bait posters. what happened in another thread is totally off topic here.

  60. Question: Is that an old photo of Adam or did he pose for the cover photoshoot?

    It’s old…that photo’s been floating around for a while.

  61. I love Adam Lambert. He is the best ever on AI. I hope the article gives us interesting info about other facets of his life. They’re beating the other issue like a dead horse. Go Adam!!!

  62. “The one whose face will sell magazines. If they thought that Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s face would sell magazines, they would put his face on the cover.:

    No love for Kris? He’s pretty cute and would have looked adorable on the cover. I just hope the fans outraged over the unfairness of the Danny pimpage on the Gospel Music Network won’t get on Adam’s case for this. It’s not his fault, he’s on the cover of EW.

  63. By the way, I love the cover photo. Adam looks gorgeous! I hope there are more great pictures inside the magazine.

  64. Adam has star quality. It’s almost impossible to define, but when you see it…and that’s why he’s got this enormous buzz happening and why everyone is using that star quality to sell magazines, newspapers, etc. etc.

    Sometimes I think it’s because he’s such a study in contrasts–he’s fearless in many ways, but obviously worries about what the judges will say. He’s a flat-out rocker one night, then sings Mad World on a chair another.

    People are often fascinated by the unusual, the brave and the enigmatic. Add this fact to the reality that with the internet we now have an INSATIABLE need for content….and controversy = content.

    Kris is extremely talented, and he’s charming and pretty. Danny is talented, and every-guy attractive. But they don’t have this other elusive thing that Adam has, and it’s no one’s fault.

    He may not win….but he won’t be forgotten for a very long time, if ever.

  65. No love for Kris? Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s pretty cute and would have looked adorable on the cover.

    Aww. It’s true, Kris is cute and sweet. He’ll get his coverage too. But Adam’s so spectacular, I think he’s going to get the bulk of the attention. It’s just the way it is.

  66. Interestingly, they donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mention Canadian Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s reigning winner, Theo Tams. Openly gay, he was permitted to discuss his life and his relationships in a frank and honest way while competing on the show last summer. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem to hurt him any. And from what I could tell, there werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t screaming headlines in the Canadian press wondering if a gay guy could win Canadian Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    That’s because it happened in Canada, not the US. Canada legalized gay marriage a while ago. The heavens didn’t open up, hell didn’t freeze over and God almighty himself didn’t smite all Canadians everywhere.

    The US is so far behind the rest of the civilized world on this issue that it’s downright embarassing.

    But hey, if it gets Adam more press, more votes and a landslide AI win – then lets keep the controversy going!

  67. Just thought about….I haven’t seen nearly the amount of idol photos in magazines this year. Last year was a boom year and I think it was because the top 10 were all very photogenic and NO ONE outshone the others in the looks department. This year (based on my personal preferences) the contestants as a whole aren’t quite as photogenic and there is more of a discrepancy between the beautiful and the average.

  68. No offense to Kris, but his look is like every other thing about him, nice, but average and blahh. Will that face sell magazines? Hmm..
    Adam, on the other, is gorgeous. Sure he looks somewhat questionable at times, but at least he can be totally OMG-GORGEOUS if he/the stylist wants him to. Everything else can be airbrushed, but the frame of his face is beautiful. Now THAT is a cover guy. I’m not even talking about vocal talents, stage presence or personality factors yet. Adam just stands out in every way.

  69. The reason you saw no magazines in Canada is because it was Canada. America was founded by Puritans and it still shows.

  70. I kinda get that Adam makes good copy and all that, so I’m fine with the cover from the perspective that EW is out to sell magazines so why shouldn’t they put him there. But from the perspective of this year’s competition, the EW cover added on top of the blatant pimping of Adam (and also Danny) really makes this season and buzz accompanying the two front runners too manufactured and inorganic to be particularly enjoyable. I’m not saying that Adam doesn’t deserve the pimping, but it’s the ridiculous superlatives that the judges are bathing him in that activate my eye-rolling tendencies. (Of course, Danny’s is more egregious because, IMO, he doesn’t deserve ANY pimping whatsoever, but I digress.) I wish the show could just stop being so OTT about the praise, so that people (by which I mean me) will actually feel more warmly towards the guy instead of feeling like we’re totally being steamrolled by the show to get on the Adam Lambert (mixed metaphors) express.

  71. I’ll preface this again by saying, I don’t have a horse in this race. I could care less if Adam, Gokey or Kris wins this thing. Though I expect it to be a landslide for Adam and then the heavens will rejoice or some other such OTT bull.

    But for all the complaining that has been going on about Danny getting unfair coverage, why is it suddenly cool for Adam to get a sole cover of EW while still in the competition?! Even if the subject of the article is about his sexuality, that is some mighty big pimpage.

    I guess people are saying Adam deserves the press and etc., but I really see a lot more OTT pimpage of Adam than I do of Gokey. I feel like the media is constantly bashing me over the head with a whole “Cool kids like Adam” mantra. Though maybe I’ll convert after Adam cures world hunger and Danny murders a litter of puppies. Poor Kris, such a non-entity.

  72. I’m tired of reading that it’s ‘not FAIR’ that Adam is on the cover and Danny and Kris aren’t. The magazine is in business to sell magazines not be FAIR, Adam will sell, Gokey won’t. Adam is exciting and he will become a superstar. Now that Allison is gone (it should have been Danny by the way) I will only be voting for Adam!

  73. I hope the magazine article has a positive effect for Adam and not a negative one. The cover is very complimentary but I’d like to read the article.

    Adam is simply electrifying onstage. Or when he sings quiet songs, he’s mesmerizing. He’s got amazing charisma and it seems like all the mentors have noticed it, and commented about it in a subtle way so as not to be unfair to the other contestants.

    It is, as someone said above, star quality. He has “it” and while I really like him, I’m not going to be a devoted fan and follow his career closely or anything. But it’s impossible not to recognize “it” when it’s right in front of you. I think he’d be great to see in person.

  74. Well if Danny wants to come out of the closet or decides to worship Satan I am sure they will put him on the cover. It’s not his fault he isn’t on the cover any more than it is Adam’s fault that he is.

  75. I think the cover of EW is a far bigger deal than some little show attached to the Dove Awards on a channel I don’t get. Adam’s face will be on newstands everywhere.

    As others have said, I get why EW would put Adam on the cover. My issue is that I think it’s unfair. Oh well. Adam’s got star quality, so it’s okay.

    I will say though I think all the OTT about Adam makes me rebel against him more. It’s not that I don’t think he’s talented and I know it’s not his fault, but when I watch him perform I just feel like I’m missing what everybody else sees. Allison was more electrifying to me.

  76. But for all the complaining that has been going on about Danny getting unfair coverage,

    I must have missed something, because I haven’t seen complaining about this? I know he’s been featured in a TV show for some religion channel or another, but that’s all I’ve seen. Of course, I don’t pay much attention to him, but was there something else?

    Oh, and I know he’s now the poster boy for Vote for the Worst…

    Just curious.

  77. Well, wow. All season long I’ve been waiting for the feature EW usually does with all the Idols left. Congrats to Adam I guess for getting the cover when he hasn’t even won yet, but I hope there is something about the others inside?

    And I too wish they would just leave the whole issue of his sexuality alone. He’s being made the poster boy for tolerance, which okay, fine, but it seems unfair to hang that on him when all the kid is trying to do is win AI. To me it’s telling that Adam himself has tried to keep it a non-issue.

    I must have missed something, because I havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seen complaining about this? I know heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been featured in a TV show for some religion channel or another, but thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen. Of course, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pay much attention to him, but was there something else?

    LOL, well, there was MJ’s post on it a few days ago where the comments went on forever. I’m sure there was some complaining in there.

  78. I wish the show could just stop being so OTT about the praise, so that people (by which I mean me) will actually feel more warmly towards the guy instead of feeling like weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re totally being steamrolled by the show to get on the Adam Lambert (mixed metaphors) express.

    Thoughtful post, and I see what you’re saying. But that’s just AI. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with it. I’ve always grumbled and complained about it as I watch it. It’s always been the most cheesy, manipulative show I’ve ever watched, and yet I can’t turn away.

    It’s very American, isn’t it, the sensationalism? But really, when it comes to entertainment and theatre, and being on a stage, there has always been, and rightfully so, a natural response to performers with charisma. It’s undeniable to me how charismatic and exciting Adam is, but I know he probably doesn’t affect everyone that way.

    Now when it comes to making records, Kris might do very well, and I love subtle, quieter music. But on a stage, it’s the larger-than-life entertainers who make the strongest impression, I think.

    It’s funny but I hated Adam after Ring of Fire, he scared the hell out of me and I thought it was like a horror movie. LOL. But the next week he came back with something beautiful and I changed my opinion of him.

    When Kris has a very compelling performance, like She Works Hard for the Money, he gets the accolades. But many of his performances are not that compelling.

    The quieter ones can get attention. Jason and Brooke did, and I loved it that they did. But this season, Adam is quite a force to reckon with. I am still impressed that Allison held her own with him in a duet, and that his power even made her find her own power.

  79. I would say ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s because Adam is the most newsworthy one, in EWà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s view. The one whose face will sell magazines. If they thought that Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s face would sell magazines, they would put his face on the cover.

    In previous years EW, TV Guide and others did special stories on AI contestants as a GROUP. EW has definitely done this in the past. You don’t have to single one person out to sell magazines. Last year TV Guide did cover story on the Top 3 and the David’s had all the buzz. Syesha was fodder at that point but she still made the cover. I doubt it hindered sales. I really don’t give a shit if every magazine in existence wants to give the newest, biggest SUPERSTAH in the world a cover, but wait until the contest is over. I’m sure they could wait a week or two.

    edit: don’t bait posters or start fan wars. express your opinion, but don’t direct sarcasm or anger at your fellow posters

  80. I know Paula said it, but this time she is right,
    Adam is the bravest contestant that American Idol has ever seen.
    In every sense.

    I love his mad talent and he should win by that fact alone.
    But, I will be honest, I love that he is gay and doesn’t hide it.
    He is a role model for a lot of people, don’t discard that…We live in a very homophobic country.

    If he doesn’t win this contest, America is made of fail.

  81. Maybe EW is planning to do a group story next week. Or maybe a story about Danny, that would be interesting. Or “be careful what you ask for,” it might open its own can of worms.

    Didn’t any of the magazines do a group layout article this year? Maybe it’s an indication that this season’s contestants, overall, weren’t all that exciting, until it got down to the last few.

  82. Exactly. I agree they totally could have had Adam on the cover with Gokey and Kris and they still would have been able to boost sales based on Adam if he is such a selling point. I just think it should be all or nothing.

    I also agree that if EW wanted to give Adam a solo cover, they could have waited an extra two weeks and given him his due then. Being so amazing and all I doubt his star is going to fade in a mere 14 days or so.

  83. Adam isn’t the first gay/bisexual person in the entertainment industry. Its like we’re back in the 1950s or something.

    Does anyone think this is a way to get him to lose?? Other than that, I really don’t see the point of it.

  84. skylight
    I’m with you,at least on the opinion that Adam is not the most exciting contestant on AI. For me it was Taylor too.

    I think Adam is talented but some of his performances are beginning to sound alike to me(a little OTT). I do think he is the most talented and should win in a landslide. I think Allison was his closest competition(at least talent wise)

    I can’t imagine how anyone could care about anyone’s sexual preference in this day and time but it amazes me to hear so called Christians make hurtful remarks about gays. Way too many problems in the world to worry about someone else’s sexual preference that in no way impacts you.

  85. Does anyone think this is a way to get him to lose?? Other than that, I really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see the point of it.

    How on earth would making the cover of a major magazine hurt him? More people will see that cover than open it up to read whatever’s inside. This is just the promotion being turned up to 11 for the presumptive winner.

  86. There certainly wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢tà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..and as a Canadian I am very proud to say it was a non-issue. For all that Canadians and Americans have in common, we certainly stand miles apart on acceptance of this isssue. It boggles my mind why this is worthy of an EW cover. The focus should be on Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s talent not who he sleeps with.

    THIS!
    Adam definitely deserves to be on magazine covers but not for this reason. I think AI is forever changed since Adam walked into the audition and it has NOTHING to do with his sexual orientation. This would be such a non-issue in Canada. I remember having a discussion with a few American friends, who first showed me the infamous “Adam pics” and they were absolutely horrified! I was like…what’s the biggie?

  87. p.sà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Danny & Kris are boring. They just kicked the only other interesting contestant (Allison) off the show last nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    No they didn’t. America did. Boo America.

    No offense to Kris, but his look is like every other thing about him, nice, but average and blahh. Will that face sell magazines? Hmm..

    The face alone, not so sure. But if he goes shirtless OMG I’m the first in line to get that magazine lol. I’m gay but don’t find Adam OMG GORGEOUS, he’s just alright. Kris is more interesting. For me. Sorry Mrs Allen, I hope you’re not reading this.

  88. “How on earth would making the cover of a major magazine hurt him?”

    How you ask? By focusing on the fact that he maybe gay, and not on his talent. The governor of Maine just signed a gay marriage bill into law, which makes it the 5th state to allow it. There are groups out there (Miss California anybody) who is going around the country saying homosexuality is a sin, blah blah blah. Issues such as this divide people, which is why politicians stay away from it.

    That is how it could hurt Adam…….

  89. Reminder:

    1. No calling out or baiting other posters
    2. Stop the namecalling and generalizing please
    3. There’s a way to make a point without being condescending and snippy. If you can’t figure that out, then skip this post please.
    4. I’ve been known to put extremely long-time posters into moderation.

  90. Maybe EW is planning to do a group story next week.

    I was just thinking, maybe AI denied EW the opportunity to do a behind-the-scenes story this season.

  91. I will say though I think all the OTT about Adam makes me rebel against him more.

    I don’t think it’s Adam’s fault that he’s on the cover. He doesn’t make those decisions and I doubt he has control over it.

  92. But him being gay has been out there for weeks now. Everyone knows it. Bill O’Reilly pulling that stunt, I could believe, cause that’s his agenda. EW, I don’t think that’s their goal and here the pluses far outweigh any minuses. Anyway I highly doubt that anyone who would be clutching their pearls about that would be into Adam’s performance style in the first place.

  93. I think most of America will vote for him, if they like his kind of music and/or talent, regardless of whether he is gay, but does everything have to be about someone’s sexual preference or their religion? Why can’t it just be about their talent? I know it is part of him, but some in the media make it a political crusade to justify their position. I am tired of it. I imagine Adam would like to be the American Idol because he is talented, not because he is the poster child for gay issues.

    There were tons of people in the media, including MJ’s here, who were talking about Adam being gay before the O’Reilly factor talked about it.

  94. Picture this…..

    Danny sits in front of the mirror in his room at the mansion. He slowly lowers his copy of EW. Adam stares back at him from the cover……

    (Thought bubble appears…)

    You know I thought I could out Adam Adam with my singing…that failed. I thought I could out glam the Glambert, alas that failed as well. But I thought for sure my glasses would win big with the AI watchers. Never thought I should have worn makeup and dyed my hair. Hell I got highlights. And now this…..I thought the dead wife story would make me a shoe in for the title. Why oh why didn’t I think about the gay story arc?? hmmmmmm…..There was that one time in college……

  95. Adam isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t the first gay/bisexual person in the entertainment industry. Its like weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re back in the 1950s or something.

    Maybe the fact that he “might” be gay is more interesting than the fact that he actually IS gay. And Adam seems to be advancing the “mystery”, like when he pretended not to know what the TMZ guy was talking about.

    We all know he’s gay. EW knows he’s gay. I don’t get why they’re pretending.

  96. I’m not in US, so I really don’t have that much perspective. But from what I see in the web, talk to american people, see in articles, etc… it doesn’t really seem that Adam being gay is that big of an issue. I honestly don’t find that much backlash. My perception is that the media is trying to make a case out of it, they want people to be talking about Adam being gay, cause it probably sells… but I just don’t see too much hate for Adam, or that the general public is talking about his sexual orientation and voting based on that.
    Like I said, this is mostly an internet perspective. So maybe in the real America everyone’s talking about him being gay and there’s a lot of hate…

  97. Does anyone think this is a way to get him to lose?? Other than that, I really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see the point of it.

    I don’t know if it was a deliberate attempt but I don’t think it’s going to help him any. I do think it’s going to do more harm than good.

  98. If Adam wins, it will show something. Yes it will. And Simonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s acceptance and praise of Adam tells me that he has softened up on his anti-gay stance of the past.

    simon did metion in an interview tha he only hate gay people who hide the truth about themself. and for adam, he is honest about who he is, and simon is happy about only the fact that adam is honest.

  99. There were tons of people in the media, including MJà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s here, who were talking about Adam being gay before the Oà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Reilly factor talked about it.

    I know. I’m just so sick of it. Adam’s sexuality has nothing to do with anything. I am so over this topic.

  100. I agree that it is EW’s choice as to who they put on their cover. if they felt Adam was the most interesting, then its a perfectly fair decision. No more or less fair that all the attention that the Jonas kids get.

    I think that the feelings of unfairness are an outgrowth of all the on air “cover” shots that Idol has been effectively giving Adam, with the pimp spots and over the top praise. For a show that supposed to be a honest competition, the tilting of the playing field so far towards Adam and to some extent Danny, is unfair.

    Perhaps its because I have lived most of my life in liberal, big cities, but I continue to find it astonishing that Adam being openly gay is seen as either exceptionally daring or a detriment. Isn’t mainstream music filled with openly gay performers whose music is purchased by mainstream America? Are there really people who otherwise like and enjoy his music but refuse to vote for Adam because he is gay? I refuse to believe that there are enough of these kinds of people to make a difference.

  101. We all know heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gay. EW knows heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gay. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get why theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re pretending.

    Mainstream press will not state that Adam is gay or bisexual unless Adam confirms it himself. So, no one is pretending, it just that’s the way it works in these types of publications. And I think everyone should want it that way. Otherwise any photoshopped pic or quote from a “friend” could be used as fact. I’m not saying Adam isn’t gay or bisexual, I’m just saying EW isn’t pretending or being coy about Adam, but rather EW is following a legal guideline.

  102. Mainstream press will not state that Adam is gay or bisexual unless Adam confirms it himself.

    IIRC, Michael Slezak said that Adam was gay in an episode of Idolatry.

  103. I am glad Adam is on the cover for being the most interesting idol contestant. I personally feel this season would have been boring without him. I just wish the article was focused more about his performances and vocal style controversies moreso than his sexuality.

  104. Adam doesn’t have “a high-pitched voice”; he sings often in a high register.

    “Isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mainstream music filled with openly gay performers whose music is purchased by mainstream America?” Is it? Name three males, besides Elton John.

    Adam has now been the cover story of EW and prominently featured in the NYT and NY Post. He’s HOT in more ways than one.

    He might not become the Idol, but Adam WILL be the story.

  105. I think all are really making such a big deal out of the pimping of Adam on this article. I personally feel sorry for him. He has to live his personal life on the front of a magazine. Instead of talking about his music and talent, he is being dragged into a war of sexuality. I guarantee you Adam is wishing he weren’t on this cover right now. It is such a dig at his personal life. Do you walk up to people and say oh by the way, I’m heterosexual. No, it shouldn’t be anyone’s business. Once they put an article out about Danny or Kris, they will get the squeeky clean good boys with okay talent. Please concentrate on Adam’s talent. He didn’t get on the show and say hey pimp me please, oh please. He is just there to show off his multitalented self and that is all this should be about. Let him do his thing and leave his personal life out of it.

    Adam fans needs to realize this isn’t positive and need to dig in and back him up fully. I agree with someone that said earlier, oh my god, could you imagine a final with Kris/Danny. Just put me to sleep please. Remember, Danny isn’t going anywhere guys. He’s got his religious group out in force. Especially with this article out.

    edit: no pleads for votes

  106. There has always been a contestant that has received too much pimping. Cook was majorly pimped last year at this point on every talk show, media and on every blog. This year 2 were pimped.

    I think EW made their own opinion that Adam is a star and newsworthy. I’m a fan so I feel that there has never been a contestant like him. It’s just EW’s opinion too. Not everyone will feel the same.

    I feel sure that EW, like me, feels that Adam will not win. He’s too much an individual and hasnt’/isn’t going to hide his sexuality/flamboyance/OTT. So, almost in respect to Kris and Danny the finalists, they are printing Adam’s story now. Adam is the only one that truly has a huge international appeal, and he’s sort of broken out of the Idol box, and has gotten major props from people who normally look down on Idol.

    They can write about the exciting Danny/Kris finale next week. The battle of the fundamentalists – the heart of America. This week it’s the liberal gay. I bet they do do something that focuses on the fundamentalist stuff. Just for a story. It is a story that the other 2 are not merely Christians, they are both part of extreme fundamentalist faiths. It is a study in polar opposites.

  107. Sweet jeebus, do we need to make Adam Lambert a one-person referendum on how America feels about gay rights/marriage?

    I love Slezak and several other columnists at EW, but this is just shameless. Not that I blame them really, it’s all about selling the magazine, but how about next week they slap his face back on the cover and ask if America is ready for a Jewish Idol? Has he confirmed or denied that one yet?

    I fear the backlash against him will be sizable, and it’s just so unfair. But then again, nothing associated with this damn show is.

  108. My Mother, who I miss so very much, said something to me that has stuck with me forever. Sex is not love, and love is not sex. I love people who love. It makes them the best kind of people. My God doesn’t care who I love, he just wants me to experience that wonderful feeling because it makes me a better, happier person. I love my Adam (if its only from a perception) just like I love Allison.

  109. Adam doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“a high-pitched voiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ; he sings often in a high register.

    I don’t get what’s so appealing about this. I mean, and air horn is in a perfect, non-warbling key/register but it’s still annoying as hell.

  110. I fear the backlash against him will be sizable, and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just so unfair. But then again, nothing associated with this damn show is.

    I am not so sure there will be huge backlash. I don’t think most of middle America reads EW (maybe I am wrong), and if they do, they are probably ok with his gayness, even if they feel a certain way about gay marriage. AI likes controversy, so they are probably loving this.

  111. I also agree that if EW wanted to give Adam a solo cover, they could have waited an extra two weeks and given him his due then.

    by then it wont sell as much as now, cause every news and media will have adam on it.

  112. I find it funny that the media has grabbed on to him like this…


    don’t you see?

    in “holy-wood” if they aren’t talking about you, you are not a star.

    Adam has become a cultural icon already, God bless ’em.

  113. IIRC, Michael Slezak said that Adam was gay in an episode of Idolatry.

    Yes, but Idolatry is on the internet and is not a mainstream print publication. I don’t know what the rules are for the internet, but my impression is that it is, like Anoop stated, the wild wild west.

    I worked as a newspaper reporter for a few mainstream newspapers in the mid 1980s and early 1990s. We didn’t have the internet to contend with in those days. But I will tell you the rules I had to follow. Based on the information out there, my editors wouldn’t be comfortable with me writing that that Adam was gay or bisexual. Rather I would need to use the phrase, appears to be gay or bisexual based on pictures, etc. Why do you think O’Reilly skipped around that topic. Same set of rules for television as well.

  114. LK09 May 7th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I fear the backlash against him will be sizable, and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just so unfair. But then again, nothing associated with this damn show is.

    I am not so sure there will be huge backlash. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think most of middle America reads EW (maybe I am wrong), and if they do, they are probably ok with his gayness, even if they feel a certain way about gay marriage. AI likes controversy, so they are probably loving this.

    Hey, you can’t more middle America than Iowa, and they have gay marriage. The country is-a-changin’! Give peace a chance…

  115. I hope the full article shows up somewhere soon. I mean, the fine print is “and not just because he might be gay” so surely to God they discuss his talent too. The cover is happy and shiny so I’m sure the full story will be positive too. No worries here.

  116. He will be on more magazine covers than any previous or current American Idols combined in a couple years, even if he doesn’t win. My prediction. This is just the beginning of the Lambertine-onslaught.

  117. There has always been a contestant that has received too much pimping. Cook was majorly pimped last year at this point on every talk show, media and on every blog. This year 2 were pimped.

    Really? I thought the meme was all about the Battle of the Davids. I think two were definitely pimped and the pimping started much, much earlier for the other David. But I suspect perception here is definitely a matter of mileage.

    Anyway, with regard to Adam, on the one hand, he’s receving mostly positive buzz but, on the other hand, he’s getting the OTT ZOMG! He’s the Best Evah edit that could create a backlash. The “gay” thing may be the least of his worries.

  118. I also agree that if EW wanted to give Adam a solo cover, they could have waited an extra two weeks and given him his due then.

    Ditto.

    That said, I really wish his sexuality wouldn’t be an issue.

  119. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mainstream music filled with openly gay performers whose music is purchased by mainstream America?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Is it? Name three males, besides Elton John.

    Is this a joke?
    Pre Johnny Mathis/Little Richard era or post?
    George Micheal did OK.
    So did Rob Halford, so did Boy George, Michael Stipe, Freddie Mercury, Aaron Copeland, and Barry Manilow.
    How about the sometimes gay, sometimes not club of Jagger, Bowie, Iggy Pop, etc?

    And the King of all gays, Liberace?

    All very mainstream.

  120. Interestingly, they donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mention Canadian Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s reigning winner, Theo Tams. Openly gay, he was permitted to discuss his life and his relationships in a frank and honest way while competing on the show last summer. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem to hurt him any.

    Nope, it didn’t hurt Theo at all. He was open about it from day 1; I don’t recall seeing or hearing any mention of it whatsoever in the media (doesn’t mean it wasn’t there, just that I didn’t see it – it certainly wasn’t glaring from the headlines and magazine covers, that’s for sure).

    Would the media be reacting any differently now to Adam if he had said ‘yes I am’ or ‘no I’m not’ right at the start? I doubt it. American media strikes me as being somewhat similar to a rabid dog, and when they find a ‘juicy’ story they sink their teeth in and refuse to let go. I find the whole thing rather ridiculous in the extreme. Why the hell does it matter?!? [rhetorical question]. I’ve often wondered at the difference in media attention between Theo and Adam and it really makes me wonder if Canadians and Americans really ARE that different. Are Canadians more accepting? I don’t really know; I’ve seen evidence of bigotry here and there (of course!), but in my own personal experience, Canadians (or at least, Vancouverites) in general do seem to have a more accepting attitude. [shrug] I just wish the media had followed Adam’s lead – “this is a singing competition, nothing more”. Perhaps if they had dropped it immediately, the general public would have followed suit. A girl can dream, right?

    I personally don’t give a flying rat’s ass (can I say that here? lol) what his ‘preference’ is. I’m never going to meet him so it doesn’t matter one iota (and even if I *did* meet him, I would be perfectly happy just hangin’ out and laughing!). His *voice* matters to me, a great deal, as does his fantabulously electrifying stage presence.

  121. The word “gay” is all about sex: which gender someone is attracted to, wants to be intimate with. Whether we’re talking about what happens in the bedroom or out is irrelevant. It’s still none of anyone’s business. And it has nothing to do with someone’s character, morals, ethics, etc. It’s personal. The only reason people feel a need to discuss it is because of deep-seated homophobia, which is the same character flaw that leads to bigotry and other forms of discrimination. Why is this OK? How is it any different from making an issue out of someone’s race, nationality, gender or ethnicity?

  122. I am not so sure there will be huge backlash. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think most of middle America reads EW (maybe I am wrong), and if they do, they are probably ok with his gayness, even if they feel a certain way about gay marriage. AI likes controversy, so they are probably loving this.

    It’s not just that, it’s added perception of his being pimped and shoved down people’s throats. He doesn’t need that going into this week.

  123. It may not be the “best” or “most fair” or “equal” thing in the world, but I get it (but don’t necessarily agree with it.)

    1. Why not wait?

    Because, if he doesn’t win, the story can’t be the tantalizing, potentially controversial question (and all the cultural baggage that goes with) — will he be the first openly gay American Idol? You know, the *thought-provoking*, discussion-inducing topic de jure.

    This is what sells today.

    And, because, if he wins, then the question will already be answered. No more suspense, no more drama…

    2. Why not just write about his talent?

    Yawn. LOL Although if the teaser headline proves true, this will broach upon his talent and probably compare and contrast it to what in the mainstream today passes as talent. Frankly, that’s more what I expect (hope for) from the article.

    And, in that vein, while the other two guys are talented in their own way, that won’t fit this story arc — that what Adam potentially brings to the *mainstream* today differs substantially from what’s out there right now.

    So…

    3. Why not the three-guy spread?

    Yawn. LOL Rightly or wrongly, Adam has all the buzz, and media is in the money making business (and primarily operating in the red right now.)

    Could they do it and give us more story about them all? Yeah, but then they have to do research (work, spend money) and have access (work, spend money), to a large degree — likely well more than they have or than AI has given them.

    Plus, the lack of diversity in that cover shot would be beyond pathetic, but that’s a whole other story, isn’t it? And since we want to paint a pretty picture, consistent with last year’s election, that America is a much more open-minded diverse place, and well, the Top 3 doesn’t exactly support that premise. LMAO j/k But, Adam as a potential winner sure seems to…

    You KWIM, I hope. Or, I’m making no sense at all. Anyway…

    I see how everyone can have a whole host of reactions to this cover, potential article, the topic in general, the producers’ manipulation, the set up of the great showdown, our current culture, etc, etc. I know I sure do! And, frankly, I believe that the media is trying its darnedest to capitalize on it right now. :-)

  124. I hope the full article shows up somewhere soon. I mean, the fine print is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“and not just because he might be gayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  so surely to God they discuss his talent too. The cover is happy and shiny so Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure the full story will be positive too. No worries here.

    From someone at TWoP- “I just got my copy – pages 24-27 – and while it is very “is he gay or not” centered, it’s also pretty positive towards Adam personally, and about his post-Idol potential and the fact that there hasn’t been anyone even close to like him on the AI stage. There’s mention of Clay and the TMZ video as well as the kissing pics.”

  125. I didn’t mean that the backlash would only be about Adam’s being gay/bi. It’s also the press coverage and OTT pimping he gets on the show. Now I happen to flove the guy, and I think he’s worthy of the pimping, but it bothers me that he’s treated as the winner before he’s earned the title. I can only imagine how I’d feel if he wasn’t my pony in this race. Actually, I can imagine (no pun intended) because it happened last season when Simon declared David Archuleta the frontrunner in the semis. It annoyed the hell out of me. And I liked the kid. Now I think Cook beat him fair and square, but I do wonder if the 12 million vote thumping included several million “anybody but Archuleta” votes. I’d hate for Adam to lose because of that kind of backlash, because he so deserves to win. I personally don’t think he’s the most amazing singer/performer ever, but he’s pretty fantastic and he’s earned the title IMHO.

  126. Obviously I don’t know much about “most of America” and most of my perspective comes from my own experience but in the past few years I haven’t witnessed any anti-gayness at all in the people I know or associate with. Guess I just associate with good people who also don’t care if you are religious or not, or if you are what religion you associate with, or whether you are black, white, yellow, red, or green. They don’t care if you are male or female. If you like dogs or cats.

    The media on the other hand…What with print media failing at an alarming rate, The big four networks loosing out to local cable news, the thousands of web sites and blog sites clammering for people’s attention….will beat a dead horse until it turns to glue. Sensationalism sells, I learned that in Economics 101.

  127. Why not the three-guy spread?

    Hmmm…Gokey and Kris on the same cover as Adam, while skirting around the gay issue…Nope, not good for Gokey and Kris at all. ‘Sides, it’s not an interview or expose`, is it? So if it’s just a pointless article by EW’s writer, then certainly Adam didn’t have a choice in deciding if he wanted to be on the cover or not, so why would it seem unfair to Kris or Gokey? EW’s guilty of the bias, not Adam.

    Kris on the cover of Gentleman’s Weekly (or the equivalent) anyone? Certainly he fits THAT mould. Imagine Kris in a tux, staring dreamily out into space, with that hair cleverly styled to look sexily mussed. Ooooo…*melts into puddle of mush*

    Gokey in that mould? *Gah! I just barfed on my keyboard…*

  128. “Lambert is not the best ever to have graced the AI stage.”

    No shit! EW (or EEEEEW) is an electronic rag out for hits. They would put satan’s pic on the cover but they can’t find it cause satan is still in the closet.

  129. “I do think lifestyle could come into play here,” said entertainment handicapper Reno Gold. “Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not fair I know,” but we have been polling voters and to our surprise conservative people will vote lifestyle over talent. Case in point – Lambert made the bottom two in final 5 week.”

    Article Link: Here

  130. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I do think lifestyle could come into play here,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  said entertainment handicapper Reno Gold. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not fair I know,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but we have been polling voters and to our surprise conservative people will vote lifestyle over talent. Case in point – Lambert made the bottom two in final 5 week.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I really don’t think it is true, because DI had him at number 1 after Rock Week. So I do think the casual voter just votes for the performance they like the best. I also think vote splitting with Allison, Adam and Kris hurt Adam along with complaceny.

    The EW cover to me is old news. So in all, I think it is positive for Adam because it’s a nice shot of him. The people who don’t vote for Adam because of lifestyle, probably don’t like his music or performance style anyway, so they probably wouldn’t have voted for him even if he was straight.

  131. Adam’s voice comes down to personal preference just like any other singing voice. like Adam said, “ether you like it or you don.” I personally like it…because i have great taste in music. :laughing_tb:

  132. I think Adam’s playing it just right, actually. Keep people guessing. It become’s a discussion point. Who are we talking about? Adam. Adam, Adam, Adam, Adam! He’s become a superstar. I’m jake with that. I think he’s one of the best rock singers to come down the pike. On top of that he’s definitely NOT boring (oh is that man not boring)! Sexy to boot. He curls that lip à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m seeing part Robert Plant, part Billy Idol. Damn à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fine! Who cares who goes home with him (I mean really?)? à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ though the guessing parts fun à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll give you that. ;)

    I can’t wait till my EW arrives in the mail. This is one issue thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a keeper!

  133. Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s voice comes down to personal preference just like any other singing voice. like Adam said, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“ether you like it or you don.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  I personally like ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦because i have great taste in music.

    Me too! LMAO

  134. Can I just say I hate the term “Lifestyle” – it compartmentalizes a person down to one very small segment of their existence.

  135. I personally feel sorry for him. He has to live his personal life on the front of a magazine. Instead of talking about his music and talent, he is being dragged into a war of sexuality. I guarantee you Adam is wishing he werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t on this cover right now.

    Somehow I doubt he would refuse the cover of EW. Anyway, he could have! But he didn’t.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not fair I know,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but we have been polling voters and to our surprise conservative people will vote lifestyle over talent. Case in point – Lambert made the bottom two in final 5 week.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    You cannot vote AGAINST anyone. if Adam was B2 that week it’s cause not enough people voted FOR him, not cause people voted AGAINST him. I hate that this season is being turned into “American Idol: season Culture War!” It artificially elevates the show into something it has no business being.

  136. Theo Tams was NOT openly gay on CI.

    Yes he was. Absolutely

    The subject came up twice. In one video clip, discussing why he chose to sing a song, he mentioned how the song reminded him of a bad break up with one of his boyfriends.

    And in one of his performances, the pronouns reflected a love relationship with another man.

    There was no big annoying “I am gay” confessional from Theo. CI handled it beautifully. Instead, Theo was permitted to talk about his life without being coy.

    The result was that Theo’s preference registered, but it was no big deal. A perfect world would work just like that.

  137. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I do think lifestyle could come into play here,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  said entertainment handicapper Reno Gold. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not fair I know,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but we have been polling voters and to our surprise conservative people will vote lifestyle over talent. Case in point – Lambert made the bottom two in final 5 week.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I think if they really believed what Reno Gold wrote, then the betting odds would be changed to reflect it, since they are all about setting odds to make money. I am sure they have done their homework and research to set those odds. They still have Adam as a big favorite.

  138. Somehow I doubt he would refuse the cover of EW. Anyway, he could have! But he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t.

    I doubt he had any say in it. It seems like he had no contact with EW, since that’s an old picture of him and there’s no hint of any interview.

    He’s a public figure, so EW can put him on the cover and write a story about him if they want to. They don’t need a permission from either Adam or TPTB.

  139. Just a thought…..Why hasn’t the sexual preference of any of the girl’s on American Idol ever come up or been an issue? I am sure in the 100’s of contestants that have come out of Hollywood week that there are some who are lesbians (or the odds would say this could be fact).

  140. Now I think Cook beat him fair and square, but I do wonder if the 12 million vote thumping included several million à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“anybody but Archuletaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  votes.

    I definitely think that happened — not only the Cook fans, but the Syesha, Jason, and whoever else’s fans who felt scorned by Simon voted like mad. I have heard many of them say so. I think it was the anti-Simon vote. If he wants Adam to win, which we know he does, he will be OTT about Danny (even worse if Danny doesn’t perform well enough to deserve it) and make Adam’s fans and everyone else’s fans mad enough to vote. Simon knows what he is doing.

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    I agree that it IS unfair and it could cause a backlash in that manner.

  141. Whether you like Adam or not this cover is unfair to all concerned I believe. It will make Kris and Danny fans upset because their guys were excluded and it might just cause a backlash against Adam the “presumptive winner”. The cover was a bad idea.

  142. Adam will be on the cover of Rolling Stone, Spin, Out, The Advoacte, Christianity Today Magazine, etc….

    (hahaha ok maybe not the last one!)

    Adam is GAY and is proud to be GAY. He is not hiding anything. I, myself, am GAY. So what?

    The only problem about him being gay….i dont think he can win :( If Kris gets voted off next week, who do you think will get his voters? sooo many homophobes in this country, trust me i know first hand.

  143. Maybe it is best that Adam do his best and go from there. He has made his mark in the business and his career is gonna fly. If Adam were to win, he would be jerked around by Jive/19 and would lose all of his originality. I don’t think they would let him be Adam. They would try to mainstream him and that is not Adam. I want him to win more than anything but if he doesn’t, I guess this is a good way to think about it. I’d hate to see Adam lose his flare for his own individual style. I think Danny and Kris really need a jumpstart but Adam’s career has by far jumpstarted and he will be snagged up the second this is over. I see him making a CD during the tour. He seems very determined and why not score while the fire is hot. I think Adam wins either way. The other two need serious help to keep their career going. Maybe not Kris, he has talent and a personality. Danny will go to the wayside and I hope Idol suffers for this. It will be quite the joke. I guess we’ll always be able to remember Danny as he “Dreams On”.

  144. Whether you like Adam or not this cover is unfair to all concerned I believe. It will make Kris and Danny fans upset because their guys were excluded and it might just cause a backlash against Adam the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“presumptive winnerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . The cover was a bad idea.

    Except for EW, if it helps them to sell magazines. I doubt they care about being fair or creating a backslash.

    Even if he’d go out next week, Adam is the story of the season.

  145. If Adam were to win, he would be jerked around by Jive/19 and would lose all of his originality. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think they would let him be Adam.

    Well maybe, but I have my doubts. But, it matters not a lick at this point. Win or lose, 19 WILL sign Adam Lambert. They have him under contract giving them the right of first refusal, meaning, if 19 wants him 19 gets him. And, 19 wants him, they’d be fools not to.

    ETA: Note, I didn’t mean to suggest Jive is the only option. It’s any of the recording companies under the 19 umbrella.

  146. Whether you like Adam or not this cover is unfair to all concerned I believe. It will make Kris and Danny fans upset because their guys were excluded and it might just cause a backlash against Adam the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“presumptive winnerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . The cover was a bad idea.

    Look on the bright side- whomever he is up against will gain votes as well as certainly a percentage of casual voters will be more conservative.

    Maybe it is best that Adam do his best and go from there. He has made his mark in the business and his career is gonna fly. If Adam were to win, he would be jerked around by Jive/19 and would lose all of his originality. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think they would let him be Adam. They would try to mainstream him and that is not Adam.

    He won’t go to Jive.
    I think more LaFace right beside Pink.

  147. MJ,
    if he were to leave 3rd, would he be forced to stay with JIVE or could he refuse and go elsewhere. I thought it was the top two that had to stay with Jive. Your thoughts?

  148. I think I have great taste in music too,and don’t care for Adam’s style. Granted, I did like a couple of his selections this year. But, I didn’t vote until Tuesday night when I felt Kris was being thrown under the bus. He was.

    American Idol is just a reality tv show. These kids will go on to make a fairly nice living for themselves. Sure, they’ll be grateful to the “fans.” But, it’s because they want to keep making that almighty dollar. Think any of them give a hoot about any of us? Not on your life. It’s all about them from now on.

  149. I think Adam being gay is more of an issue for the blogs and the mainstream entertainment media who are just looking for something to write about. I don’t believe a significant majority of AI VOTERS care. And that’s the key. While there may still be homophobia present in the US, what percentage of them vote on AI? I have to say that living in the northeast, it just doesn’t seem to be a big deal. I can’t imagine that people who don’t normally vote on AI would go vote for “anyone but Adam”. And the people who do normally vote have kept him in this long so….I don’t really see an issue.

  150. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not just that, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s added perception of his being pimped and shoved down peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s throats. He doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need that going into this week.

    I agree with this perception because it’s mine as well. I usually experience some sort of AI burn out by this time even though I consider myself a devoted watcher. Now I am feeling some Adam burn out which has little to do with the contestant himself, just the hoopla attached to him. So, this cover is another Adam-centric thing that just wears me out. After awhile it becomes another form of pop culture pollution. This is not targeted at Adam the person. I tuned out of the Danny hate discussions weeks ago because of the same reason. In a way, I think that is the danger of the oversell and the group think. It can backfire and turn off some people.

  151. The only problem about him being gayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.i dont think he can win :( If Kris gets voted off next week, who do you think will get his voters? sooo many homophobes in this country, trust me i know first hand.

    We need to be careful about that. Kris and Danny are more alike than Kris and Adam, so just because people vote for Danny over Adam, does not mean they are a homophobe. They may not be into rock. They may not like musicians who are way out there. They may actually like Danny and his music, or they might be voting for him because they are Christian and can relate. I hope that if Danny wins (I don’t think he will), that people don’t make that assumption or one that people are antisemitic.

    I guess Adam may have the advantage of getting the Alison voters, since she is a rocker, and Danny may have the advantage of getting more of the Kris voters.

    MJ,
    if he were to leave 3rd, would he be forced to stay with JIVE or could he refuse and go elsewhere. I thought it was the top two that had to stay with Jive. Your thoughts?.

    JIVE is just under the 19 umbrella, isn’t it? Cook and some other winners are with another label under the 19 umbrella, right?

  152. I wouldn’t worry too much about Adam- he knew exactly what he was in for when he got on this ride. He loves to stir up controversy (according to people who know him personally) and walked in with no intention of adjusting his persona to fit anyone’s mold. He may be surprised that America did not find him too “theatrical” (dog whistle, anyone?) and that this ride has lasted as long as it has, but I would bet my paycheck he is not regretting any of this.

    I would also not worry about his artistic voice being silenced by 19. They have shown with Rock Week that they are willing to widen their narrow definition of pop. Even if (god forbid) his first releases wind up a bit more milquetoast than we are hoping for, this boy ain’t goin’ anywhere. He has all the time he wants to reinvent himself after his obligations are filled, if he desires. He has make it clear that he is not putting himself in any box artistically, and has the entirety of his potentially long career to do whatever the heck he wants.

    And my teenage son and I will be waiting.

  153. Okay I’ve had a few moments to think about this. This article as far as whether our dear Adam is gay or not should not be a backlash. Everyone that has been watching Adam for the last few months has been aware of the possibility. The article doesn’t say yes or no. So, I don’t think anyone is gonna all of a sudden say, oh my god is Adam gay? Come on, most on Idol have their perceived notions of each of the contestants. Nothing new so this article will fly away just like the others. Just don’t get mad at Adam as he is the one taking the backlashing. I don’t think he had anything to do with this. I am sure he’d like to sit back like the other two and win or lose on merit alone and not have to worry about what people think of him personally. That is a heavy burden to carry around.

  154. Contracts….An American Idol contestant signs a legally binding contract with 19 that states they do not have a record contract when they audition and that they cannot sign with any other record company than 19 or its affiliates until August after the AI tour is over. After that time they can sign with anybody. The 1st place winner, however is obligated to sign with 19 a minimum 1 year contract…and I think that goes either way. If you win you get the contract whether 19 wants you around or not.

    Now if 19 wants you even though you finished lower than 1st and you want to go with them you negotiate a contract. They do not need to offer you one and if they do you do not need to accept. Again, if you don’t accept their contract you cannot negotiate with any other company until after August!!

    Sometimes AI will release someone (who they have no intention of signing) prior to the end of August…but I do not believe you can release any music until after the tour is over. This includes ALL AI contestants.

    Please correct me if I got this wrong.

  155. Maybe it is best that Adam do his best and go from there. He has made his mark in the business and his career is gonna fly. If Adam were to win, he would be jerked around by Jive/19 and would lose all of his originality. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think they would let him be Adam. They would try to mainstream him and that is not Adam. I want him to win more than anything but if he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t, I guess this is a good way to think about it. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d hate to see Adam lose his flare for his own individual style. I think Danny and Kris really need a jumpstart but Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s career has by far jumpstarted and he will be snagged up the second this is over. I see him making a CD during the tour. He seems very determined and why not score while the fire is hot. I think Adam wins either way. The other two need serious help to keep their career going. Maybe not Kris, he has talent and a personality. Danny will go to the wayside and I hope Idol suffers for this. It will be quite the joke. I guess weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll always be able to remember Danny as he à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dreams Onà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ .

    Win or lose, 19E and RCA are not going to let Adam go. They have first refusal on all the contestants.

    They have already said that Adam would be an integral part of his creative team. With all due respect, they are not going to treat a winner with an outstanding talent and an amount of experience in the same way as they would a 17 year old with a pleasant voice.

    The only differences that not winning would make to Adam are negative ones. He would have to wait to release anything until after winner to release anything for a start. His album would not receive the promotion or have the production values of the winner’s.

    Simon Cowell also has the option of signing the winner or any other AI contestant to Sony BMG for release and distribution in the UK and Europe (in the same way as Clive Davis signed Leona Lewis for the American market) and it wouldn’t surprise me if this happened, given Adam’s very obvious international appeal and potential.

    It staggers me that people bring up Chris Daughtrey as a perpetual example of how not winning can be a benefit but seem to be oblivious to the fact that he is signed to the same management and record company as the AI winners and some other contestants, not some radical indie label.

    Most importantly, he wants to win and who are we to say what is right for him?

    In short, I don’t care how sugary the winner’s single is, I have no problem with the idea of him singing it with the biggest cheesy grin on his face while being covered in his own bodyweight in confetti. I mean, let’s face it, who thinks of the winner’s single now when they see Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and others?

  156. if he were to leave 3rd, would he be forced to stay with JIVE or could he refuse and go elsewhere. I thought it was the top two that had to stay with Jive. Your thoughts?

    I’m not sure why Jive keeps being mentioned here. No Idol went to the Jive label until Jordin did and people thought she was being shuffled off (Clive didn’t control that label) until Jive actually did a very good job of marketting her. David Archuletta, a runner-up, also went to Jive the next year. Also, about a year ago, Jive’s boss (Barry Weiss) got Clive’s job and lots of people started speculating as to what that all meant to Idols.

    19R (a division of 19) and Sony get the first right of refusal to sign Idols (at least anybody who makes the semi-finals, but it may go even deeper than that. According to the Josiah kerfuffle earlier this year, they even have that right for people they merely showed on the show or maybe it’s people who make it to the chair episode. Who knows? Whoever knows isn’t talking). This means that they have three months to exclusively negotiate a contract after the finale (sometimes, they waive this for people they wouldn’t sign for anything). There is probably some language in the contract that you can’t say “no” to their offer and go accept a lesser offer from some other party after the three months (this would mean that you were bargaining in bad faith) or that they have the right for N months to match an offer from some other entity after the the three months.

    So, you can say “No” to Sony (and it’s various sub-labels like LaFace, Jive, Arista and RCA) and 19R, but it may not be a good idea. It means that you will take a long time to get out a record and, sometimes, Idols have short shelf lives. Bucky said that Elliott refused a deal from Sony, but I don’t believe that Elliott ever confirmed that. Certainly, it seems rare for people to say “No” so there must be an advantage to those contracts.

  157. “He would have to wait to release anything until after winner to release anything for a start. His album would not receive the promotion or have the production values of the winnerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s”

    This isn’t necessareily true. TPTB change the rules when they want to. For example, they let Pickler and Daughtry release before the S5 finalists. In general, it’s better to win but if they think you’ll sell albums for them. 19 will provide plenty of good promo.

  158. Didn’t David Archuleta’s album come out before David Cook’s did?

  159. JIVE is just under the 19 umbrella, isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t it? Cook and some other winners are with another label under the 19 umbrella, right?

    RCA/Arista/LaFace/Jive, etc. are all labels under the Sony/BMG umbrella.
    19E has management contracts with the Idols.
    Very lucrative management contracts.

  160. Elliott was never offered a deal. Both 19R and 19M passed on him (he said this in interviews) but released him early so he was free to seek deals elsewhere. I think they did the same for Michael Johns last season. People not signed by 19R do have to wait until the winner releases an album before they can. That is 100% true.

  161. Does anyone think this is a way to get him to lose?? Other than that, I really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see the point of it.

    I saw it more as a way to get him to win. People who read the article and like what they see will tune in to vote for him. The haters, with the exception of the very motivated ones, will probably just not tune in. I really have no problem with EW wanting to put Adam on the cover. The part that makes me a little uneasy is the fact that the AI producers allowed it. I’m betting that the reason all three finalists in the past get featured in these magazine spreads is to keep the playing field level. This year they don’t seem to care about rules..they must have been terrified when they saw Adam in the bottom 3.

  162. Despite the fact Adam is a trouper (I mean that in a good, non-Broadway way), has been playing the game for a while and is therefore no babe in arms, I’m not real sure this is what he needs right now. Hmph.

  163. The part that makes me a little uneasy is the fact that the AI producers allowed it.

    If EW wants to put Adam on their cover what could TPTB do to stop it? With the First Amendment, freedom of the press and all I don’t know how they could stop it.

    I suppose they could threaten EW and say they won’t allow contestants to have anything to do with their magazine if they print it or something but I don’t see how they could stop publication.

  164. Some good points here. Since the producers control the interviews, in the past they always had the final three in all the media. This is the first time I’ve seen one person featured so prominently. Even if everyone knows who’s going to win, they usually pretend it’s a level playing field.

  165. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t David Archuletaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s album come out before David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s did?

    Yes. It came out like a week before. Cookie got the “Black Friday” release date that is normally reserved for AI winners (or the person TPTB really, really wanted to win i.e. Daughtry).

    Kristy Lee Cook also released her album before David Cook.

    In general, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s better to win but if they think youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll sell albums for them. 19 will provide plenty of good promo.

    And it is probably best not to win if 19 doesn’t like you.

    I’m curious is to where Idol is going with Danny. I’m almost wondering if they are angling for Danny to win and then ride the “OMG Adam Should have Won and I’m Going to Prove It” wave to success they’ve had previously with Chris and Clay. Adam might be more successful as a counter-culture Idol that should have won. Danny would make a great foil for that. Kris isn’t as polarizing and wouldn’t help to create the outrage effect, I think.

  166. Theo Tams was NOT openly gay on CI.

    mj
    Yes he was. Absolutely
    The subject came up twice. In one video clip, discussing why he chose to sing a song, he mentioned how the song reminded him of a bad break up with one of his boyfriends.
    And in one of his performances, the pronouns reflected a love relationship with another man.
    There was no big annoying à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I am gayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  confessional from Theo. CI handled it beautifully. Instead, Theo was permitted to talk about his life without being coy.
    The result was that Theoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s preference registered, but it was no big deal. A perfect world would work just like that.

    Yep, that’s exactly how I remember it. I don’t think he ever said “I am gay”, but in his pre-performance blurb before one of his ballads he used the word “boyfriend”. The entire viewing audience saw and heard it, but it never once became a huge “GASP! whisper whisper OMFG did you hear what he SAID?!” deal – or any kind of issue at all. I already figured that was the case; when he said it my reaction was “Oh okay, I was right. Cool. [shrug] Now how is he going to interpret this song?” [Theo Tams, BTW, is a *phenomenal* pianist (self-taught) – anyone who thinks Matt was good, needs to look Theo up on ‘tube; he also taught himself to play the guitar in four days].

  167. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m betting that the reason all three finalists in the past get featured in these magazine spreads is to keep the playing field level.

    AI is not about fairness. It is about money. I am sure AI owns the picture that was used and EW had to pay for it…but the story is a “news” story and EW does not need Adam’s or AI’s permission to print it.

    As for me if I saw this on a magazine rack and I was interested in Adam I would read it. If I wasn’t interested in him I wouldn’t care. I would never think to myself “This is so unfair to Kris and Danny”….the thought never would cross my mind. Now if a TV show did a special on only Adam at this point I would absolutely love it and I would say “Yea, my boy has one upped the other guys”.

  168. There’s not much Adam or 19 can do about his publicity. It was just inevitable for so many reasons and he seems to be dealing with it and most likely enjoying it after all these years.

    I don’t believe it will ultimately influence the show, but it certainly will help him sell records. I think the big question is what direction he will take with his album since he is so versatile. That is critical since we all know how the music industry likes to box people in and doesn’t take too kindly to changes in direction (Kelly Clarkson, anyone?)

    By the way: Top 3 photo? The Rock Star with ….Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.

  169. Do you think the cover and story will sway voters this week or next? You don’t see Kris and Danny on the cover of national magazines. (Although they’re likely to be together with Adam on the cover of TV Guide on Tuesday.)

    Despite the cover, I think that, if Danny goes out this week, Kris will win b/c all of Danny’s fans would rather die than see Adam win. But if Kris goes out this week, then Adam will win b/c Kris’s fans are more about the music than the story of the contentant, so Kris’s fans, if they vote, will vote for the better singer: Adam.

    If Adam goes out, I’ll put on my parka b/c hell will have frozen over. (And I do think that the EW cover will get him even more voters.)

  170. Since the producers control the interviews, in the past they always had the three in all the media. This is the first time Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen one person featured so prominently.

    That’s why I asked the question about the photo. Since it’s an old photo and the descriptions of the article we’ve seen seem to indicate that it is about Adam and not an interview, that would seem to indicate that the AI producers had nothing to do with (although maybe some bakshish traded hands somewhere…one should never trust AI PTB too much).

    EW is free to write articles about anybody they like. AI would be biased if they allowed EW to interview one specific contestant since they are very strict about allowing Idols to talk to the press prior to their boot (see Danny and Adam refusing to tell TMZ what they like to eat). But EW is a free entity and can write about anything they think they will move units (just as that obscure music channel can do specials on Danny).

  171. “”””But, I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t vote until Tuesday night when I felt Kris was being thrown under the bus. He was. “””””

    I am a Kradam, as I found out last week, Love Kris, vote for him each week but when you are at that point, as he was last week you HAVE to come out guns a blazin, he did not but those that love him voted him through. This week he CANNOT play it safe, be so so or Danny will overtake him and KRIS are you reading this, bring it cutie pie face so we can see you at the end, ok? There was no, what it says up in my little quotes, I still cant do the big ones, what IS my problem?

  172. I think this is completely unfair!! They are showing their favoritism for Adam and leaving Kris and Danny out of the picture… I understand their interest in Adam’s sexuality and stuff, but putting him in the cover?? It’s too much.

  173. No interview and old photo means no AI involvement. But EW always does a Top 3 thing story with the Idol finalists. If the others don’t have photos or are mentioned in the article, it’s kind of unfair to them. They don’t get the usual pimpage and Adam gets the cover to boot.

  174. If EW wants to put Adam on their cover what could TPTB do to stop it? With the First Amendment, freedom of the press and all I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know how

    The picture looks like Adam consented to it. I’m fully aware of the First Amendment, but I always assumed that the contestants had a lot of restrictions that they signed off on during the competition. Of course I could be wrong but I think that the producers have a lot more control than we think.
    “If I wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t interested in him I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care. I would never think to myself à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is so unfair to Kris and Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.the thought never would cross my mind”
    More publicity for one person over another generally makes the playing field uneven. However, as you have pointed out, I doubt any casual observer will notice that. Only the people who discuss Idol at lengths on the internet will care. Personally, I think that the opinion of the casual viewers carries more weight (otherwise Danny would have gone home by now).

  175. I don’t think that this is unfair promotion for Adam, while other AI contestants aren’t on the cover, or getting one later, because it’s only peripherally about Adam, singer, AI contestant. It’s more about Adam’s gayness and America’s attitude about gays. Even if the article itself is positive, it’s still none of our business. I don’t need to know, nor do I care about anyone’s sexuality or whether they’re married or with someone, or whatever.

    And for people saying that in this day and age that people don’t care and it won’t affect their voting? That’s not true. Even in my liberal city in my Blue state, it still matter to people here, much less in the more conservative parts of the state. I wish it weren’t true, and that having covers about “ZOMG! someone famous might be gay!” wouldn’t matter, but there are covers like this precisely because it does matter to some. And I don’t like both the bigotry against gays and the need to find out people’s sexuality. Neither appeal to me.

    At least it’s a good picture of him.

  176. I think this is completely unfair!! They are showing their favoritism for Adam and leaving Kris and Danny out of the pictureà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ I understand their interest in Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexuality and stuff, but putting him in the cover?? Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s too much.

    LOL, this just made me think about the alternative covers for Danny and Kris.

    “Hating Danny Gokey – The Most Annoying AI Contestant in Years* by Idoltary’s Kristen
    *And Not Just Because He is a Tool”

    “Okay with Kris Allen – The Most Non-Polarizing AI Contestant In Years* by Michael Slezak
    *And Not Just Because He is a Really Nice Guy”
    or
    *And Not Just Because AI Hides His Wife”

  177. Relax all, I will bet within the next few weeks, articles will be out for all. But guess what, their articlels will be about their sweet loving music and lifestyles. They can sit back right now and know their aren’t being thrown to the pavement. I will bet Adam would change places with them any time. He just wants to do his music and not protect himself from scum that feel the need to discuss his sexual orientation. People, it is 2009.

  178. This article doesn’t come out until next Friday. After the final 2 are already chosen. So most people won’t even see it.

  179. There are so many gay performers in the entertainment industry that it does seem ridiculous that it would make a difference to a significant percentage of the voters. I get that the number of AI voters who are quite conservative is significant–I mean, Carly was out last year completely b/c she sang a song with the lyric “Jesus Christ” that was not immediately followed by “our Lord and Saviour”–but George Michael, Elton John, Melissa Ethridge, k.d. Lang, . . . I mean, Heck , ELLEN. Gays are so maintstream as performers. I really hope that it makes no difference to anyone.

    The thing that could suck is that someone who’d vote for another performer simply to thwart Adam is a person who wouldn’t buy a CD by Kris, Danny or Adam.

  180. I’m a subscriber. That cover will be in my mailbox tomorrow. The date on the issue is the last day of the week, not the date when the issue comes out.

  181. cover looks nice, I’m glad they airbrushed those craters on his face and they slimmed down his chipmunk cheeks too.

  182. Like everyone else, I’m speculating, but on some media experience.

    EW and Idol are *closely* allied. Doesn’t mean that 19Entertainment loves everything EW prints, but they provide EW with exclusive, extensive on camera interviews with every top 12 contestant for Idolatry, regular backstage stories, material for extensive post-finale article for each winner and so on. In return, EW gives them critical and sarcastic but rabidly in-depth coverage: blogs, slideshows, news stories and so on, as well as usually including Idols past and present everytime they make a list of Top Stars, New Stars, or . . . really any list at all

    Given the mutual dependence, there’s no way that EW ran this cover story without Idol collaboration and some level of agreement. Major partners don’t screw with each other that way when both benefit from being in bed with one another.

    Adam has become the iconic face of the season. The show probably figures to hedge their bet: if he loses, they market him like Daughtry or Clay as “He Should Have Won!” And if he wins, he fulfills the marketing plan they made in January.

  183. In general, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s better to win but if they think youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll sell albums for them. 19 will provide plenty of good promo.

    And it is probably best not to win if 19 doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like you.

    ITA. Its better to be 19E’s chosen one, who will get their full backing and support. If that comes in a winner package then fine, but its not necessary. You also better be ready to spit out a commercial album crazy fast, so ideally you should aim for an established market where you can easily fit into existing marketing channels. If you can’t do that… DON’T DO IT IMO. LOL. Let 19 go and wait. It’s not worth it otherwise.

    I am shocked that Adam got a solo cover. It doesn’t seem fair, and if he loses, it comes across as obnoxiously presumptive. I’m not sure if 19 has a lot of control over the situation though. It could be EW’s call.

  184. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Okay with Kris Allen – The Most Non-Polarizing AI Contestant In Years* by Michael Slezak
    *And Not Just Because He is a Really Nice Guyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Hee! It would be kind of hard to write Kris Allen celebrity coverage.

    Find out why nothing ever happens in Arkansas!

    Be there when Kris buys a third shirt!

    What he was thinking when he hugged the other contestants!

    Secret Kris Allen Idol stategy: I practiced, says shortest Idol.

  185. Hee! It would be kind of hard to write Kris Allen celebrity coverage.

    Find out why nothing ever happens in Arkansas!

    Be there when Kris buys a third shirt!

    What he was thinking when he hugged the other contestants!

    Secret Kris Allen Idol stategy: I practiced, says shortest Idol.

    :lol_tb: :lol_tb:

  186. Gay, shmay, most people dislike him because his shrill screeching is just annoying. Who really cares what his sexual preference is? It’s the 21st century for God’s sake.

  187. That EW cover picture is an official AI picture, so Adam didn’t pose for EW. And there is no official interview w/ him as part of the story. This is just like when People magazine runs someone on the cover and you think it’s going to be a big interview, etc. and open it up only to find out it’s just recycled information and old soundbites. None of this is Adam’s fault and he didn’t offer himself up for the free publicity. EW saw a potential money-maker and they ran with it.

  188. Suzanne
    May 7th, 2009 at 5:17 pm
    …George Michael, Elton John, Melissa Ethridge, k.d. Lang, . . . I mean, Heck , ELLEN. Gays are so maintstream as performers. I really hope that it makes no difference to anyone.

    I’m pretty sure k.d. would be deeply offended at being called “mainstream.” :wink_wp:

    I think in America, in 2009, it is still a big deal if a homosexual wins Idol. We are still pretty damned puritanical here (esp. in contrast with our neighbors to the north) and on top of that, AI claims to present itself as fairly wholesome entertainment…(tho after this season’s showings by Jamie Foxx and Florida or Alabama or whatever the eff his name was, I wonder if they’ve decided to move away from that designation.)

    So, I can see how EW would consider it a newsworthy story. I just wish they’d waited until the competition was over and he wasn’t under quite so much pressure. Tho he’d probably tell me not to worry.

  189. Kirsten, those alternative headlines are hilarious.

    maturin: :lol_tb:

  190. First I don’t like the magazine cover. Too airbrushed.

    Second, dammit, why can’t it be about how freaking GREAT Adam is? Why does it have to be this?

    This will be the question. Forever now.

  191. The picture looks like Adam consented to it. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m fully aware of the First Amendment, but I always assumed that the contestants had a lot of restrictions that they signed off on during the competition. Of course I could be wrong but I think that the producers have a lot more control than we think.

    Adam has done so many photo shoots in his life you likely couldn’t count them, and any one of those photographers could have sold that photo to EW.
    Until we know who owns it/sold it to EW it seems odd to be blaming AI for it being on a magazine cover.

  192. Great pick of Adam! Yes Canadian Idol Theo Tams is gay and I realised, it like probably everybody else, right at the begining, so what, nobody cares! In Canada we have gay people in about every fields including politicians. Some people in the intertainment business, especially in Quebec, have been out of the closed for decades now, and its no longer a topic of discussion even for the rag newspapers!

    Adam is the talk-of-the-town on Youtube, twitter and outsell every other contestant on iTunes… there is probably a reason for that! You get the cover of a magazine only when they are sure you will increase the sales and I don’t think the Kris or Danny could do that! I never, ever, buy any magazine of that type, but I will ordered it, unfair to the others as it maybe, they are good but they don’t motivate me to buy anything! I also buy everything Adam on itune. I like Adam and putting my money where my mouth is, is my way of saying it, as if someone does not sell they won’t last in the business.

    Adam may not get the enough votes for to win AI, but if you check the boards and the comments everywhere a lot of people are not from the USA but will probably buy any type of CD Adam will make as people love his voice, personality and any type of his pre-idol stuff which covers about any possible style of music!

  193. That EW cover picture is an official AI picture, so Adam didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pose for EW. And there is no official interview w/ him as part of the story. This is just like when People magazine runs someone on the cover and you think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be a big interview, etc. and open it up only to find out ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just recycled information and old soundbites. None of this is Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fault and he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t offer himself up for the free publicity. EW saw a potential money-maker and they ran with it.

    Thank you for posting this!

    Sad thing this is unfair to the entire Top 3. Now none of them are going to win without the ‘what if the cover hadn’t been’ effect ever being truly known.

  194. In Canada we have gay people in about every fields including politicians. Some people in the intertainment business, especially in Quebec, have been out of the closed for decades now, and its no longer a topic of discussion even for the rag newspapers

    All of the gays from USA are hidden in a cave in New Mexico with a boulder at the entrance

  195. Interestingly, they donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mention Canadian Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s reigning winner, Theo Tams. Openly gay, he was permitted to discuss his life and his relationships in a frank and honest way while competing on the show last summer. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem to hurt him any. And from what I could tell, there werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t screaming headlines in the Canadian press wondering if a gay guy could win Canadian Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    If you start looking at Idol in other countries, why not go to Germany? Here we’ve had several LGBT contestants (winners and runner-ups) in the past and being open about it definitely hasn’t hurt their chances.

    Here’s a video of Mark Medlock (German idol of 2007) with Dieter Bohlen who’s the German equivalent of Simon (though he’s even nastier in his comments when he thinks someone botched up a song). He was the producer of the song which reached platinum in Germany:
    Unbelievable by Mark Medlock

    And this is this year’s gay contestant:
    Don’t cha by Benny Kieckhà ¤ben/dress rehearsal

    Btw, I always think that it’s a shame that AI is only one hour long. Here it’s two hours which means that for example last Saturday the top 3 contestants got to sing 3 full-length songs. After all, it’s supposed to be about the singing.

  196. None of this is Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fault and he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t offer himself up for the free publicity. EW saw a potential money-maker and they ran with it.

    I’m not blaming Adam, but I do think that 19E has a lot more control than people give them credit for. Are there prior examples in other seasons when only one contestant got a cover story in a major magazine during the competition..Or when one contestant has gotten interviewed when others haven’t? From what I gather, even the going home episode is highly controlled by 19E to make sure that all three contestants get good coverage.

    Given the mutual dependence, thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s no way that EW ran this cover story without Idol collaboration and some level of agreement. Major partners donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t screw with each other that way when both benefit from being in bed with one another.

    This. If People magazine and EW were free to do as they pleased, then there would have been uneven coverage in all prior seasons, not just this one. They rely on 19E. I really wouldn’t worry about this backfiring on Adam. The only people who care are the folks on the internet.
    ETA: I hope there’s more to this story than the gay angle. It should be a non-issue in this century and just makes this country look backward.

  197. I’m so over all this.

    Arts = GAY! theatre, acting, singing, dancing, entertainment = GAY!

    Just because nobody is saying so doesn’t mean it aint so. Adam is one of many in the industry. Nothing about this is news worthy, let alone cover worthy! The sooner we act like homosexuality is a non issue, the better. Acceptance speaks for itself.

  198. I agree that Idol fully knew this was coming and loved it. This year is all about the ratings and controversy drives ratings. You had Tatiana, the comic guy, wild card, the “save”, the church widower vs the gay theater guy, etc.

    So they love this cover story because it is all about AI, about a controversial topic (sexual preference), favors one contestant that will rile the other two, etc.

    I don’t think they care if there is backlash on Adam because it really doesn’t matter. They can only lose if Adam gets the boot in top 3 (ratings would tank for the finale), but there is no way that is happening. Even so, they will sign him and make money.

    I can’t see this really impacting voting much, any more than the Gospel Channel thing. It’s all about the producers, not the contestants. That is why we are getting less actual singing this year than ever before. It’s secondary.

  199. In relationship to merit?
    Yes.
    Yes I do.

    Adam has many fine qualities he never gets recognized for- technique, breath control, the amazing passaggio- all while Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s myriad deficiences are never mentioned.

    well said

  200. I know a lot of people are like, “Pfft. What’s the big deal if a gay contestant wins Idol?”

    And, it’s not a big deal, IMO, in the sense that it shouldn’t matter if he’s gay, bi, straight or attracted to spoons. It’s about the talent. However, allow me to digress as a media studies student in which it IS a big deal. I wrote an academic paper just last fall before Adam Lambert glammed his way into my life about how the GLBT community is portrayed on television. When I wrote about reality television, I had a ton of sources and information on how completely un-gay friendly Idol has been considered within the gay community. The only openly gay contestants prior to Season 8 never made it past the top 24/36 (Danny Noriega!), and the gay contestants that made it the furthest (Clay, RJ Helton, Jim Verraros, Vanessa Olivarez) were closeted on the show and both Jim and Vanessa were quoted as saying that they felt it was implied by the producers who knew they were to gay to keep their sexuality as quiet as possible.

    Beyond just that, Simon, Ryan and sometimes Randy have been called out by GLAAD and other groups because of their gay-baiting banter on MANY occasions. It’s all in good fun, maybe, but it has come off has homophobic for YEARS.

    So to have a contestant like Adam who is incredibly talented, no doubt about it, but it also incredibly comfortable with who he is and has had frontrunner status all season long? It is a big step for Idol and not something we would have seen happening in previous seasons.

    I’m just glad I didn’t write that paper this semester or it would have taken a lot of revising! LOL.

  201. Adam is the story this year, like it or not.
    MJ did 2 articles on him, as a reporter you write about the story.
    This blog is very unbiased, I have no idea who MJ supports, if anyone, but I think she will back me up in saying that a huge percentage of the comments on here, good, bad or otherwise are about Adam. Adam is who everyone is talking about. Adam will sell magazines, etc. Everything he has done this season is so far ahead of anyone else in publicity, youtube views, iTune sales, google searches, etc. It’s all about the what sells. Danny and Kris, not so much.

    Also just wanted to make a comment on the critique about any of the kids “sounding the same each week” isn’t that the same thing as putting on a Beatles album, for example and being pissed off because the whole thing sounds like the beatles?

  202. The picture looks like Adam consented to it. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m fully aware of the First Amendment, but I always assumed that the contestants had a lot of restrictions that they signed off on during the competition.

    But EW can buy the rights to any picture of Adam they want and put it on their cover.

    The contestants do have restrictions but that doesn’t mean the show can stop the press from writing an article about a contestant. This isn’t an interview, it’s a feature story. The NY Times did a feature on Adam like this. ABC News did the same thing. The producers of the show have no control over it and no legal way to stop it.

  203. Adam has many fine qualities he never gets recognized for- technique, breath control, the amazing passaggio- all while Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s myriad deficiences are never mentioned.

    So…Is adam a VICTIM?

  204. I’m so glad Adam is on the cover…that way I don’t have to search for the checkout line that doesn’t have a magazine rack like I would if I had to stand in front of a cover of he who cannot be named. Makes me want to get up and head to the grocery store and look for the longest line.

  205. So did the EW have to run this by the producers or is this something EW just did on their own?

  206. So did the EW have to run this by the producers or is this something EW just did on their own?

    I would bet any amount of money that EW did it on their own. Like someone said above thread, it’s just like the NY Times piece from a few weeks back. It’s just a feature article with an old picture of Adam. No interview with Adam. No photo shoot with Adam. They don’t need AI’s or Adam’s approval for any of it. The people at EW aren’t idiots…they see how much traffic Adam gets on-line, how popular he is, and they ran with it.

  207. I would bet any amount of money that EW did it on their own. Like someone said above thread, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just like the NY Times piece from a few weeks back. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just a feature article with an old picture of Adam. No interview with Adam. No photo shoot with Adam. They donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need AIà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s or Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s approval for any of it. The people at EW arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t idiotsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦they see how much traffic Adam gets on-line, how popular he is, and they ran with it.

    Yeah, there’s no formal link between Idol and EW at all, so there’s no reason they’d have to run it by the producers unless Adam somehow participated.

    I also don’t see it as unfair to the others. Someone upthread mentioned the ford videos. That’s a different situation since it’s a show activity that involves the contestants. This article didn’t require any participation from Adam.

  208. ANGELS & DEMONS: Hollywood Goes Back to Church. Discuss.

    I read the book. Its not controversial at all. Tom Hanks will solve the murder of a priest who is also a scientist. The murder victim is killed for bringing religion/science together by proving that there is a God. Not a Christian God, Muslim God, Jewish God, etc., but one universal God. The different religious sects, which are man made (in the book) is the mechanism that helps people get to the one universal God.

  209. ^^^Wow…Never got this from the cover. Just thought the story was about the movie and the tough time Ron Howard had with the Catholic Church allowing him to film “anywhere” in Rome.

  210. Having said all this, compared to the stiffs that are yet remaining in the contest, he obviously deserves to win. But, those predicting superstardom for their Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ be aware that this is a familiar refrain this time of the television season. And I will tell you this, if he makes the album that he would want to makeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ some cross between Rocky Horror and electronicaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Meatloaf-meets-Blake-Lewis, he will flop harder than any Idol to date.

    This is opinion. not everyone sees Adam as a cross between Rocky Horror and electronicaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Meatloaf-meets-Blake-Lewis. Many of us see him as a talented vocalist and performer. WE are the ones that will shoot him to stardom. Those who do not like him, well they will buy other types of music and support other artists.

    This is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Change We Can Believe Inà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  all over again.

    I was an Obama supporter and I love me some Adam. I got my President, hopefully I will get my Idol too. :smile_wp:

  211. Re: The Cover

    I guess I’m also wondering why this is any different from when O’Reilly featured a discussion of Adam being gay and possibly winning, or when the NY Times followed up on that piece, or when the Sunday Times had Adam front page of whatever their weekly entertainment mag is called way back when, and countless other media articles exclusively about Adam? Those didn’t receive even one comment about whether it was fair that those folks only included Adam in their features or stories, while excluding the other remaining contestants. Why is that?

    Re: Angels & Demons:

    I’ve read all of Dan Brown’s books and they’re all good. I read this one too long ago to comment, as it’s one of his earlier novels. But like the Da Vinci Code, which followed, the Catholic church features prominantly, yada, yada, which by definition, raise questions in the minds of people who are prone to ask them in such contexts. (And I roll my eyes and wonder exactly why people don’t understand that novels are works of fiction.)

    In defense of EW though, I do think I’ve read headlines (but not the stories, as to date, I’ve refused on principle lol) that the Vatican has spoken out on the new movie, Angels & Demons, so featuring a story is not really a reach or stirring the pot under the circumstances. Then again, maybe I’d have to read the story to be sure. When I pick up my copy for the cover shot of Adam, who knows, maybe I will. :-)

    ETA:

    Damn, noctem! Tell us how you feel. LOL Here I thought you had one issue that riled you, that women no longer have a chance to succeed when surrounded by cute boytoys. But here I see you have multiple issues that light your fire. Well, I say, good for you, Dude!! Stand up for what is right and just and fair, BE the voice!!! :-) And, I hear ya.

    I think Adam is polarizing for all sorts of reasons, most unrelated to his sexuality. It is funny though how perspective changes your perception, because most of these types of things make me cringe because I fear the worst for Adam — because I know too many folks for whom his sexuality will indeed make all the difference to them. I’m glad to know you’re not one of them (though I never thought for a minute that you were, and I doubt anyone else did either.)

  212. Oh I know that the book itself has à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“unityà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  themeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦but magazine covers are designed for visual impact. I simply do not think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an accident that the words à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Angels & Demonsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Churchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  & à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Gayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦are all on the cover. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s meant to be suggestive, even if the articles themselves are rather unoriginal.

    True. If people would stop buying this crap they would stop printing it.

  213. if he makes the album that he would want to makeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ some cross between Rocky Horror and electronicaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Meatloaf-meets-Blake-Lewis, he will flop harder than any Idol to date.

    I didn’t know that Adam had really talked about his album. I think I remember him talking about techno-pop and that he likes dance rhythm. But I do believe when he weighs the success of his Itune sales he may take a different path. I’m listening to his AI album and I think he may bring more of a mix to the table. Do I know that Adam will be a success, no. Do I think Adam will be a success, yup.

  214. I guess Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m also wondering why this is any different from when Oà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Reilly featured a discussion of Adam being gay and possibly winning, or when the NY Times followed up on that piece, or when the Sunday Times had Adam front page of whatever their weekly entertainment mag is called way back when, and countless other media articles exclusively about Adam? Those didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t receive even one comment about whether it was fair that those folks only included Adam in their features or stories, while excluding the other remaining contestants. Why is that?

    EXACTLY!!! It’s the same exact thing, the only difference is that an EW cover is an even more visible medium. But it’s no different than any other story about Adam that has been printed this season, whether it be in the NY Times or the LA Times or someone’s blog.

    It’s a lot like the Gokey feature on TV, which I had no problem with either. Media outlets are always looking for the NEXT BIG STORY, and right now that’s Adam. Or Danny for the Christian based telecast (I’m not being flippant, I just can’t remember what channel it was on). Neither Adam nor Danny had any say on their features and didn’t contribute to them and the existence of such features shouldn’t reflect badly on either of them.

  215. Noctern – I am an Adam Lambert fan and I completely agree with everything you said. I want Adam to win ( with Kris number2); but I do see the “cram down my throat” point of view. I also agree that if he doesn’t go “pop” on his album, he will have limited appeal after idol. Everyone compares Gokey to Taylor, but I actually think Adam and Taylor have alot in common (I’m a Taylor fan, by the way). Sure, Adam’s vocals are superior, but they both entertain. They make you smile when they’re on stage. They have charisma. But they’re not mainstream – album sales only come to those who are mainstream.

  216. Neither Adam nor Danny had any say on their features and didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t contribute to them and the existence of such features shouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t reflect badly on either of them.

    Shouldn’t is the key word…..but can anyone say that they won’t?

  217. I think Adam is polarizing for all sorts of reasons, most unrelated to his sexuality. It is funny though how perspective changes your perception

    Thats why I hate the word flamboyant, particularly when speaking about Adam. People only use that word to describe him because they assume his sexuality is gay/bisexual. Its a code word. I also think that why he gets the “theatrical” handle as well. Gwen Stephani and Paula used the staircase as well during their performances. In fact, other artists have that graced the stage. Its a term that is often put on gay entertainers. We force our own perceptions/code words on people depending on how WE feel they act/should act.

    Another example, the one guy in no doubt had on a ballet tutu. Some of the musicians during the group performance had on eye liner, etc. and they aren’t getting called OTT/flamboyant/etc.

    But yeah. I agree. It is funny how perspectives changes perception.

  218. This is so NOT a big damn deal. Enough already!!!!! Can someone just let us know what his favorite color is or what is happening on the summer tour or anything else for chrissakes!

    I love MJSBIGGLOG! LUV IT! Thanks for all your insight! Verry funny. This one cracked me up! (Swine flu, fires, etc. should be the real concern, seriously people).

  219. There is no doubt a contingent of Adam admirers who mirror supports of Obama. Hey, guilt is good and if it gets a vote, so much the better.

    I can’t speak for everyone, but some of us voted for Obama because we thought he’d be the best President. Not because of some guilt…… Its sad that some people think Obama only won for “guilt” or whatever. It completely disrespects his hard work and intelligence. AND it disrespects those of us who voted for him, as if we can’t come to an intelligent decision to vote for Obama on our own.

  220. sweetie99v – Noctern didn’t say everyone voted for that reason. But there definitely was the suggestion in the media that if you didn’t there was some hidden racism involved. Just as you thought he’d be a good president, others didn’t, for reasons unrelated to race. To relate this to AI, same holds true for Adam. I’m an Adam fan but i don’t assume that just because someone prefers someone else, they must be a homophobe. Yet that’s what some suggest.
    ETA: and in the same sense, it disrespects those who vote for Kris (which I also did) or Danny (which I never would, LOL) by suggesting that they aren’t voting for Adam for only one reason.

  221. album sales only come to those who are mainstream.

    Well, mainstream can be a pretty wide area though, can’t it? I mean, right now it encompasses Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, The Fray, Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Callait, Beyonce, etc. So I think with Adam’s amazing versatility he can straddle a lot of what we consider “mainstream” while still putting something new and different out there. And his itunes numbers don’t lie…the boy sells.

    ETA: And sometimes sheer force of talent can knock down walls. New “mainstream” is created all the time, if it wasn’t we’d still be listening to the same music from the beginning of time. But every once in a while someone comes along who forces a sea change. I’m not saying Adam is necessarily that person, but I think he has the potential to be.

  222. Whether you like Adam or not this cover is unfair to all concerned I believe. It will make Kris and Danny fans upset because their guys were excluded and it might just cause a backlash against Adam the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“presumptive winnerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . The cover was a bad idea.

    I just don’t see how something like fair or unfair can be relevant to something like Idol. Even during an election that really matters, governed by laws intended to guarantee fairness (one voter, one vote), news outlets are free to write the stories that they think are newsworthy.

    This may or may not effect the vote, but that’s not an issue of fairness, because there is no universal criteria for what counts as a good or bad reason to vote.

  223. LOL. No exit. We’re no where near the parkway! But I grew up near exit 98!

    Skylight, I didn’t diss Taylor! I’m a fan, and a fan of Adam. To me, it’s a good comparison. I don’t think Noctern was comparing Adam to Obama, LOL. Just the phenomenon of the press trying to tell people what to think.

  224. sweetie99v – Noctern didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t say everyone voted for that reason. But there definitely was the suggestion in the media that if you didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t there was some hidden racism involved. Just as you thought heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be a good president, others didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t, for reasons unrelated to race. To relate this to AI, same holds true for Adam. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m an Adam fan but i donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t assume that just because someone prefers someone else, they must be a homophobe. Yet thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what some suggest.

    Maybe because I live in Obama’s home city, I never felt like that was an issue. NPR ran a great series about race in the election, and I didn’t hear all the shows or all the voices, but I don’t remember the idea of guilt coming up. Sure, there were people who voted for him because he was black and people who didn’t for the same reason, but I never heard someone say, “Oh, I feel so guilty about racism in society. I’ll vote for Obama to make up for it.”

    But back to AI and Adam, the issue is singing. He has kept the issue on singing whenever he’s asked the question. If some people (the media) or whomever want to make him a poster child for gay rights, it’s not coming from Adam. I can’t read that Ann Powers from the LA Times because she tries to make this into more than what it is. A cheesy TV reality show.

    And did you see the geo predictions from DI this week? Adam won in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, Texas and Mississippi. Having been born and raised in one of those states, I can assure you that his votes didn’t come from people trying to “guilt” them into it. It wouldn’t have worked. So, I disagree strongly. I think his votes are coming primarily for his talent, and all the rest is media-driven for a story and sales.

    AI set this up, and it seems to be working. Sigh.

  225. I agree,pj. I don’t think his votes are coming from guilt either. They’re definitely coming from talent. I’m just saying that some press tries to make you feel like you’re homophobic if you don’t vote for Adam. And it is all media driven. That’s the point. The media makes suggestions as to AI voters motivations when they have no real clue. Plus, as you said, it’s a cheesy show! It’s not a big deal!

  226. Honestly guys, I’m Canadian and I have to tell you that you guys are SOOOOOOO LUCKY to have Adam Lambert on AI. I only wish we had someone as captivating on Canadian Idol.

    Do you guys have any idea how much potential there is for Adam internationally? I like Kris too, but I just don’t see the star quality needed to grab an international audience and Danny is embarrassing (sorry).

    In general your top 4 was fantastic, minus Danny. I think Allison will do very well, after Adam. Just be proud of your Idols, seriously.

    Just celebrate your talent guys. I believe this is the first time one of your contestants made the cover of a magazine even b4 the season ends. That should tell you something about his appeal and marketability. This is something that you should all be excited about and proud of as Americans. Remember, you will then be able to say you have a true superstar Idol in Adam Lambert. Am I missing something here? Why all the hate? Be PROUD!!! Gosh, I wish I could steal him and bring him to Canada. We would certainly be showing him off any chance possible!

  227. I agree,pj. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think his votes are coming from guilt either. Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re definitely coming from talent. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just saying that some press tries to make you feel like youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re homophobic if you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t vote for Adam. And it is all media driven. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the point. The media makes suggestions as to AI voters motivations when they have no real clue. Plus, as you said, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a cheesy show! Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not a big deal!

    Well, Jersey, I see what you’re saying. BUT, I don’t think that’s was Bill O’Reilly’s agenda. I see it working both ways. Honestly, he was the first mainstream media figure to address it, wasn’t he? I’m not talking Internet blogs, obviously.

    But yes, can we have our cheesy television show back? :-)

  228. I for one HAVE NEVER even insinuated that fans who vote for Gokey are anti-gay. I have said, and strongly believe, that Danny’s backstory has led to many voters being pro-Danny. People I know who like Danny think he is just a good sing in the shower kind of guy who should be rewarded for “doing this in memory of his late wife”.

    I also think that a significant number of people chose early to vote for anyone but Danny because they felt totally manipulated by his “so sad” back story. And many of these people probably felt the same “guilt” from TPTB and Gokey fans for not being sympathetic to the back story.

    I bet that I do something I don’t especially like almost every day because I feel guilty. It is one of the easiest emotions for people to manipulate….pan handlers and charity organizations know this only too well. Sociology 101.

  229. MsAdamEve, what ever happened to cutie pie Mookie? I thought he’d do great fronting a band.

  230. The woods are full of intelligent hard working peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’but we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t elect them President unless they have considerable experience and a record of achievments. Obama had one term in the Senate with no achievments whatsoeverà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’and he spent most of the term running for President.

    Yet still, he was the best candidate so we elected him. :-)

    BUT, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s was Bill Oà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Reillyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s agenda. I see it working both ways.

    Yes, exactly. It goes both ways, as does everything, it seems (including probably Adam lolololol)

  231. Honestly, I think those of us who are obsessed with, I mean devoted to!, American Idol may be blowing all this a wee bit out of proportion. I think for your average casual viewer all the talk about Adam’s sexuality and Danny’s Christianity is just so much background noise. My neighbor, who could not be more religious or right-wing, waxes poetic about Adam every morning at the bus stop. She is completely unconcerned about Adam’s sexuality. She votes for him every week because she loves his voice. Period. And she has no real idea of what’s going on once the show ends on Tuesday nights. She knows virtually nothing about Adam the person and could care less. And I’m sure there are atheists out there voting for Danny because they love his voice and who don’t give a rat’s ass about his religious beliefs. My point is that those of us who google the contestants obsessively and read blogs and post comments and dissect every bit of the show are a very, very, very small minority and we may be making more out of all this than is really there.

  232. but we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t elect them President unless they have considerable experience and a record of achievments.

    No international experience: GW Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan etc. They may have been governors but they were complete novices when it came to any international experience. And I could take issues with any of them having any kind of record of achievment. Now back to American Idol………….

  233. This is classic Hollywood, folks!

    Adam Lambert is now a cultural phenomenon, love him or hate him…this magazine article is just the tip of the iceberg.

    It doesn’t even matter now that Adam Lambert wins. He will, I believe, and he always WAS going to win. But, in the off chance there is a front-runner backlash, I doubt it will last long.

    The fact that he is being given the cover of a major entertainment magazine, BEFORE the Semi-finals even begin…says a lot about his appealà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and divisiveness.

    This is what being an American icon is all about. There was controversy with Elvis and his “devil” hips. There was controversy with Prince, over outlandish sexual performances, and there was controversy with Madonna…you name it, she’s done it.

    If they aren’t talking about you, then you aren’t anybody.
    And boy, are they TALKING about Adam.

    Wait till the first shot of Adam naked surfaces…there will be a f**king feeding frenzy. You all just wait.

  234. Hey pj. LOL. I loved Mookie!!! Not sure why he got voted off! He had star quality for sure!!!

    The world is going to embrace adam, win or lose. If he doesn’t win, we’ll be scratching our heads here north of the border wondering what is wrong with u peeps to the south. LOL.

  235. MsAdamEve May 7th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Hey pj. LOL. I loved Mookie!!! Not sure why he got voted off! He had star quality for sure!!!

    The world is going to embrace adam, win or lose. If he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t win, weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be scratching our heads here north of the border wondering what is wrong with u peeps to the south. LOL.

    What’s wrong with us? Hmmm…where do I even START!

  236. Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s wrong with us? Hmmmà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦where do I even START!

    My thoughts, exactly!

  237. LOL Tess and Norwegiano….

    I have to tell u guys….after the show this week, Toronto radio stations were talking about Adam and how amazing he was singing Zepp. The others were barely mentioned, with the exception of Danny’s embarrassing scream. hahaha…

    The consensus was that Adam should win and by a landslide, but one reporter ended up saying that these are the same voters who booted Chris D over that guy with the gray hair!!! hahaha.

    I don’t know, I guess to each their own. Your country is definitely more conservative than Canada and some of the other G8 nations. You are, after all, leaders in producing pop artists like britney spears. Not that this is a bad thing, just that there are cultural differences.

    Oh well, if Adam doesn’t win the world will embrace him anyway and maybe then he can belong to the world and not America who did not vote for him!!! Hehehehe. I just hope he has a good lawyer if he loses so he can get out of that contract!!!

  238. I just dont see how you can separate or deny the fact that Adam a new trajectory to our definition of pop culture. It seems so obvious – the guy has brought Art capital à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Aà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to Fox Television for cripeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sake.

    Wow! He’s the entertainment epicenter of the universe.

    I don’t see the studly gorgeousness either. A close up reveals poc-marked skin, a jowly jawline and lined neck- older and worn somehow. Also I can’t get rid of an earlier suggestion someone posted on this site that he looks like a male Liza Minnelli so that may be why I notice these things.

  239. You underestimate the power of attractiveness. Adam Lambert is drop dead gorgeous. Unlike Blake, Clay, Archie, Ruben, even Taylor (who has a bit of George Clooney appeal – but is unfortunately nearly talentless).

    IMO you can’t compare David Archuleta to any of those guys. There are many, many people who would disagree about David’s attractiveness. In case you haven’t seen him lately:

    http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/366/755366-david-archuleta-picture.htm

    http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/577/917577-david-archuleta-picture.htm

    Add his charming personality, his thoughtfulness, and his gorgeous smile and it gets even better, and he doesn’t need guyliner or makeup. His skin is perfect.

    Not saying Adam isn’t good looking or charming. Just sayin’ David Archuleta is growing into a very handsome young man.

  240. I am not religious nor conservative. I like Danny’s voice (I always like the husky, raspy voices. It’s just my preference). I also feel as though he gets unfairly ripped all the time by fans of other contestants. These are the reasons I vote for him, and I can’t be the only one. I submit that the reason you don’t hear from more of us on the blogs is that it can be tough to be a minority voice in a hostile environment.

  241. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see the studly gorgeousness either. A close up reveals poc-marked skin, a jowly jawline and lined neck- older and worn somehow. Also I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get rid of an earlier suggestion someone posted on this site that he looks like a male Liza Minnelli so that may be why I notice these things.

    Beauty isn’t about perfection. Adam is beautiful in all his flaws, both real and imagined.

  242. Beauty isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t about perfection. Adam is beautiful in all his flaws, both real and imagined.

    Exactly this.
    No one is endowed with perfectness in all aspects of their looks. I could care less that Adam has some acne scars. On the flip side……..what about his absolutely gorgeous smile and awesome hair. His grin and smile exude beauty to me.

  243. Exactly this.
    No one is endowed with perfectness in all aspects of their looks. I could care less that Adam has some acne scars. On the flip sideà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..what about his absolutely gorgeous smile and awesome hair. His grin and smile exude beauty to me.

    add to this the fact that he is sex on a stick. Boy has a way of bringing it every week that drives the women nuts. He is a shiny glittery magical creature who oozes sex appeal.

  244. I swear when Adam sings the line “you need schoolin” it does crazy things to me. LOL. That performance was the sexiest thing ever on Idol.

    Anyone else lining up to get schooled by adam? LOL.

  245. This is what being an American icon is all about. There was controversy with Elvis and his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“devilà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  hips. There was controversy with Prince, over outlandish sexual performances, and there was controversy with Madonnaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦you name it, sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s done it.

    I don’t think Adam has done anything controversial to put him in the category of pioneers like Prince, Madonna or Elvis. Guest performers like Flo-rida, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have had more eye-raising performances than Adam. The only controversy with Adam is the fabrication of one.

  246. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think Adam has done anything controversial to put him in the category of pioneers like Prince, Madonna or Elvis. Guest performers like Flo-rida, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have had more eye-raising performances than Adam. The only controversy with Adam is the fabrication of one.

    I think a lot of people were taken aback by ROF. Randy Travis being one of them.

    That said, I’m not going to compare him to Prince, Madonna or Elvis just yet.

    As for No Doubt, Gwen seemed a bit out of breath. I heard they did a second take right after the first because the mix was wrong, but I was disappointed. I still love her, but I don’t think that performance was eye-raising. It’s how she’s been doing that song for years (push-ups included).

  247. Hee! It would be kind of hard to write Kris Allen celebrity coverage.

    Find out why nothing ever happens in Arkansas!

    Be there when Kris buys a third shirt!

    What he was thinking when he hugged the other contestants!

    Secret Kris Allen Idol stategy: I practiced, says shortest Idol.

    :lol_tb: :lol_tb: Wicked!!!!

  248. My point is that those of us who google the contestants obsessively and read blogs and post comments and dissect every bit of the show are a very, very, very small minority and we may be making more out of all this than is really there

    Yep, I’ve always sorta guessed that the bulk of the viewers actualy dont spend hours on end dissecting all these nitbits that come out(AND THAT’S A GOOD THING), so to me its of very little impact in the grand scheme of things.

    All that the 3 need to do is BRING IT to the show, next week and any 2 of those three will make it into the finale(Although it will be a valium inducing snoozefest if its Kris Allen vs Danny Gokey!)

    Adam can do the balancing act and i hope he does good next week, by catering to all sides, and hopefully makes it to the finale. Danny can do his usual borderline semi good to total crap schmaltzy performances , that is enough for his fans to vote for take him to the finale(if rendering every feline cat within a 200 mile radius of LA last week deaf didnt send him home, then he’s a lock for the finale)…Kris better bring it and have some edge..if he sings another lazy folksy interp of an uptempo song strumming his guitar, i will reach into my tv set and clobber him with his guitar before simon revs the bus!!!!Just saying……………And I hope he gets the first and last spot, is pimped to high heaven so for a change we judge him on actual performances(Which sucked last week,BTW!!) and not on saving him because the judges bussed him!

    My rant for the day……Next week should be fun for all :thumbup_tb:

    And I love the buzz around Adam, and understand it..he’s the pull…that’s showbizz….if there was any interesting cover on the other 2 they would feature them..unfair? yes…but Showbizz isnt fair!!Its what it is

  249. May May 8th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    This is what being an American icon is all about. There was controversy with Elvis and his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“devilà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  hips. There was controversy with Prince, over outlandish sexual performances, and there was controversy with Madonnaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦you name it, sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s done it.

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think Adam has done anything controversial to put him in the category of pioneers like Prince, Madonna or Elvis. Guest performers like Flo-rida, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have had more eye-raising performances than Adam. The only controversy with Adam is the fabrication of one.

    But that’s the whole point. The controversy with him is that he might be gay, or might now be gay, or bisexual, or omni-sexual, or a lesbian…

    It is pre-fabricated hoopla in order to CREATE controversy. Elvis, Madonna and Prince were experts at creating controversy when there wasn’t really anything to be worked up about.

    Adam threw the ball to the media, and they swung back. Now Adam needs to play the game, if he wants to stay in the game. If anyone can do it, he can.

  250. And at this point, it would be MORE controversial if he was straight.

  251. At least 44 million people watch the show every week. From the number of votes, we can extrapolate that probably around 10 million people spend the following two hours invested in the show one way or another.

    I would be very surprised if 44 million people watch the show every week. The ratings sit at around 22-24 million viewers each night. I’m reasonably certain that the vast majority of those viewers watch both shows. I do not for a moment think that not a single viewer watches both shows and that you can add the ratings together to get a total number of viewers per week. I also think that we know squat about how voting works and cannot extrapolate a single thing about how many people vote. If I had to guess, I think it’s less than 10 million voters.

    Except that this begs the question of just how come Danny is still on Idol and Allison isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t. Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance (by his own admission) was one of the worst ever on Idol. It was laughably bad. Who voted for Danny? We have to believe the majority HAD to be his fanbase who – as far as we can tell – are religiously invested in his success.

    This is a voting pattern we see EVERY year. Every year, several times a year, the worst person of the night is not booted. In fact, by the time you get this late in the competition, a spectacular train wreck is more helpful than a solid performance. It gets your fans to panic vote.

    Take Chris D. in Season 5. He wasn’t the worst of the night Top 4 night. Kat was the one forgetting her lyrics and getting deep fried by the judges. But I don’t think the religious right power voted for her, her panicked fans did. Daughtry who was merely solid that night, went home. Didn’t pick up an casual voters like Elliott did. Didn’t panic his fans like Kat did. Anybody that gets this far in the competition likely has a big fan base. Look at the threads from earlier in the week here. People were quite happy to post that even if their favourite totally messed up on performance night, they had their phones charged to power vote for them for 2 solid hours. Somewhere, out there, are Danny fans that think the same way. I don’t care for Danny, but I don’t think that all his fans voted for him simply because they are religiously invested in his success. I chalk it up to differences in tastes. There are lots of people on the radio I can’t stand, but somebody must be buying all the records and I’m guessing they aren’t buying Britney records to satisfy their preachers.

  252. “Adam Lambert is drop dead gorgeous.”

    No, his face is pure artifice–like his music.

  253. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just saying that some press tries to make you feel like youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re homophobic if you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t vote for Adam.

    It is my opinion that no one can make you feel anything you don’t really feel. They may cause you to think about your motivation, but they can’t make you feel something you don’t.
    I think in this instance we often see what we want to see/ interpret as we think they are leading. That doesn’t make it true.

    I bet that I do something I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t especially like almost every day because I feel guilty. It is one of the easiest emotions for people to manipulateà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.pan handlers and charity organizations know this only too well. Sociology 101.

    You’ll get over that as you get older. Manipulation is usually quite transparent and easily ignored.

    but we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t elect them President unless they have considerable experience and a record of achievments

    To continue this analogy we don’t vote them in as American Idol unless we perceive them as being wildly talented and deserving. No one here is advocating vote simply because he’s black/gay.
    And if they do, see above. Ignore it.

    Wait till the first shot of Adam naked surfacesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦there will be a f**king feeding frenzy. You all just wait.

    i can haz photos plz?

    So…. what’s today’s kerfkuffle :ponder_tb:

    I swear, I can’t decide whether to refer to this season as American Idol: Drama or The Year of Extreme Fuckery.
    I’m leaning towards the latter.

  254. “Add [Archie’s] charming personality, his thoughtfulness, and his gorgeous smile and it gets even better, and he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need guyliner or makeup. His skin is perfect.”

    He’s also a better singer.

  255. Wait till the first shot of Adam naked surfacesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦there will be a f**king feeding frenzy. You all just wait.

    Do I detect a note of hope in your post? LOL. I’m sure many would like to see that, but of course artfully done with not everything shown. A PETA ad, or the cover of Vogue.

  256. I would never think that if someone didn’t vote for Adam, it had to do with his sexual orientation. I would assume he wasn’t their cup of tea.

    I have no trouble understanding why people don’t vote for Adam or anyone else, but I have trouble seeing how people DO vote for someone like Danny.

    However I had a shock last night. Talked to my brother, an ultra-liberal, in the midwest, he is watching Idol for the first time this year, and his favorite is Danny! His enthusiasm waned though when I mentioned that he was a big fundamentalist.

    I asked him why he liked Danny and he said “it’s not that the’s the best singer, I just like his personality and the way he performs.” My brother is educated and as I said, a non-religious liberal. So to my surprise, some people don’t see him as arrogant or smirking, I guess they like his smile. I still think it’s the religious voting bloc keeping him in the top though. My brother, for instance, has never voted and would never vote more than 1 or 2 times if he did.

  257. The sooner we act like homosexuality is a non issue, the better.

    For half the country it is a non-issue and for the other half, it is a big issue. Unfortunately the entire country votes for Idol contestants, so the question asked by EW is, will the country vote for a flamboyant theatrical gay man and let him win? Fair question.

  258. “No but American Idol is. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the most popular (hence the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“popà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  in pop culture) television show in the US. At least 44 million people watch the show every week.”

    It’s the epicenter of pop culture? Is that why we get Neil Diamond nights and Dolly Parton nights and Andrew Lloyd Weber nights and Rat Pack nights and Disco nights and over-the-hill Rocker nights?

  259. Honestly, I think those of us who are obsessed with, I mean devoted to!, American Idol may be blowing all this a wee bit out of proportion. I think for your average casual viewer all the talk about Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexuality and Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Christianity is just so much background noise.

    You’re right, most people watch Idol and don’t read about it online or visit blogs or message boards.

    I think people vote for all kinds of reasons. Mostly because they simply like a contestant and what they represent to them. I admit I have liked people who were not the strongest vocalists but they spoke to something inside me.

    But there are definitely many people who vote based on their cultural and religious beliefs. However that didn’t help Mandisa. It did help Phil and Chris Sligh, I believe, get as far as they got. But obviously Danny has something going for him besides just religion because that alone wouldn’t get him this far, and the judges see something in him too. Though I suspect in their case the producers told them in the beginning that they wanted Danny in the finale and thus they better pimp him from the get-go. Yes I truly think that’s possible.

    It would be a travesty to me if Danny won because he is not a good singer. He has a decent voice but he totally doesn’t know how to use it. MJ describes him aptly as a bull in a china shop. He has little sensitivity or artistry, just a voice, which he ruins by singing too gruffly half of the time. If he wins I will think he was the worst Idol winner in history.

    If there is a gene that makes you recognize Danny’s talent, I must be missing that gene.

  260. I asked him why he liked Danny and he said à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not that theà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the best singer, I just like his personality and the way he performs.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  My brother is educated and as I said, a non-religious liberal. So to my surprise, some people donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see him as arrogant or smirking, I guess they like his smile

    Its only on the internet blogs and forums that there is much hate for Danny…Many people i talk to dont have that perception of him…..they watch the show, enjoy the performances and switch off……..My Sis for instance likes him a lot, and thinks he has a great attitude(She was complaining about Lil’s mouthing off and used Danny as an example of how to comport yourself when being critiqued!!!) and i was like … :jittery_tb:

    she hasnt watched tuesday’s episode yet though :mrgreen_wp:

  261. I would be very surprised if 44 million people watch the show every week. The ratings sit at around 22-24 million viewers each night. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m reasonably certain that the vast majority of those viewers watch both shows.

    I totally agree. 22 million watch the show each week, you can’t double that, lol. No way.

  262. Its only on the internet blogs and forums that there is much hate for Danny

    Maybe because we know more about what’s really going on and we aren’t as innocent in our knowledge LOL. We aren’t as susceptible to the pimping or the manipulation.

  263. Maybe because we know more about whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really going on and we arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t as innocent in our knowledge LOL. We arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t as susceptible to the pimping or the manipulation

    maybe,LOL..i’m still wondering if that’s a good or a bad thing though……..I miss sometimes just watching the show without pre-conceptions about all the behind the scenes gimmicks etc…..enjoying the show and shutting off…

    But i just love the internet, cant help myself!!!

  264. Sometimes ignorance is bliss :) I watched the first season without the internet and it was not less stressful though, I wanted to throw shoes at Simon. At least I can get online and find others who share my feelings. But it does take away some of the magic.

  265. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Add [Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s] charming personality, his thoughtfulness, and his gorgeous smile and it gets even better, and he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need guyliner or makeup. His skin is perfect.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s also a better singer.

    This ^^^^^^ lol

    Archie don’t need no artificial makeup. He is naturally good looking. Yea he is young, but that gives him the edge. How many old people try to look younger? lol

    la la, I saw on one of the fan sites that Archie has written us another tune.

    “Nobody Knows’

    I think Soundscene you told us. :cool_wp:

    Dang i wanna hear that tune.

  266. Don’t know if anyone has seen it, but Perez Hilton has posted a story on his page about Adam. It’s a collage of all the drag and kissing pics someone is circulating thru the net. The collage is headlined (and I’m paraphprasing here) Really America? Is this who you want for your next American Idol? So yes there are some out there who are not ready.

  267. Random… but I was just looking at MJ’s Twitter and I thought this was funny. Look at the tinyurl adress for this post. Now sound it out…

    mjsbigblog: Adam Lambert makes the cover of EW http://tinyurl.com/cexzzy

    :laugh_tb:

  268. “It is what it is. Pop culture is a pretty wide net. And when youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re talking music – it can span decades and still be considered popular/populus.”

    Idol may be a popular reality show but it is to pop music what McDonald’s is to fine cuisine.

  269. “Well, folks,Mr. Lambert just won Idol. GlamRock all the way!”

    If only we were back in the seventies…(sigh)

  270. mj, Theo Tams did not discuss his sexuality during the run of Canadian Idol and has never discussed it publicly, to my knowledge (and I followed the show pretty closely last summer. Thanks to you, by the way!).

    On the show when he performed the song, Apologize, he said (answering a question by the host, Ben Mulroney), he was in a realtionship and he “just had to tell ’em,” it’s too late to apologize. As far as I know this was the only “admission.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huecVWc3uFs

  271. It would be nice if Adam was allowed to win this on his own merits as opposed to part of a national referendum on whether ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s okay to be gay. Those things always get ugly.

    Oh, you are so right about this. This year more than ever, religious beliefs may actually determine the results. When pastors tell parishioners that morals are part of the decision to vote for Danny (or Kris), then it has started to get ugly.

    I am positive that Adam will be in the Finale. Danny and Kris share many of the same demographics, so a good portion of the eliminated contestant’s fanbase may pass along their votes. “American Idol” becoming a part of a sermon is disturbing.

    Now, I am wondering what would have happened if Adam was an active church goer? Would all of this become more of a non-issue?

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