Read the VH1 press release announcing the return of their popular series Behind the Music HERE. Read an excerpt below, including information about Season 8 Idol, Adam Lambert’s episode, which is set to air on August 10.
Family, friends, industry experts and “musical luminaries” including Barry Weiss and American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen were interviewed for the series.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — VH1’s most celebrated music documentary series “Behind The Music” returns with seven of today’s most successful and celebrated artists. The five-time Emmy® Award-nominated series gives viewers a front row seat to the most exclusive and intimate interviews with the artists as well as their families, friends and colleagues. Featured this season are Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin. Beginning on Wednesday, June 29 at 9 PM ET/PT with “Behind The Music: Missy Elliott, ” the series will bring viewers never-before-seen footage of these talented musicians and the people who know them best.
“Behind The Music: Adam Lambert” Premieres Wednesday, August 10 at 10 PM ET/PT
Glam-rock powerhouse, Adam Lambert has taken pop music by storm with his handsome looks, electrifying stage theatrics and jaw-dropping vocal acrobatics. In this episode of “Behind the Music” Adam Lambert opens up to VH1 about the challenges he faced during his childhood including realizing he was gay in 6th grade. After finally coping with his identity, Adam freed himself at the age of 18, coming out to his family and moving to Hollywood, CA to pursue his dream of being an entertainer. Struggling to make ends meet, Lambert received his first big break when he landed a part in the European tour of “Hair” at age 19. The excitement of his first role brought out Adam’s wild side as he began to experiment with sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. For the next eight years Adam was continually cast in various stage productions including “Wicked.” At age 27 and without a record deal, Adam had a realization during a psychedelic experience at the Burning Man festival that if he wanted fame he would have to take control and make it happen. In turn, Adam decided to audition for the iconic TV show, “American Idol.” Making the top 13, Adam was poised to go far in the competition until scandalous photos of him dressed in drag and kissing another man leaked on the Internet. Adam remained tight-lipped about the photos to the press, determined to keep the focus on his talent. As he advanced to the final round of the competition, the media began to debate whether America would elect a gay Idol. Placing second, Adam quickly landed a record deal with RCA and 19 Recordings, taking the opportunity to come out about his sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. However, Adam wasn’t done shocking the world, and during his debut television performance at the “American Music Awards” he stunned audiences by kissing his male bassist onstage. Following a huge backlash from viewers, Adam released his debut album “For Your Entertainment, ” which skyrocketed to #3 on the Billboard chart in its first week. Viewers of this episode of “Behind the Music” will see never-before-seen home video footage, interviews with family, friends, industry experts and musical luminaries including Barry Weiss and “American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen. With constant criticism about being too bold, too offensive and too gay, Adam Lambert comes clean to VH1 about who he really is and the obstacles he has overcome to get where he is today.
The current series is executive produced by Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz and Jeff Olde for VH1. Executives in charge of music talent are Rick Krim and Leah Horwitz. The Ice Cube and Ricky Martin episodes were executive produced by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films.
*All times are ET/PT