Kris Allen and Adam Lambert: Billboard Magazine Cover

Here’s the cover of the new issue of Billboard Magazine featuring Kris Allen and Adam Lambert on the cover.

For more, check out Billboard.com: Adam Q&A HERE.   Kris’s Q&A HERE.

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181 Comments

  1. Maybe not Kris’ best pic ever (but does he ever look bad?) LOVE seeing them together again!! Adam looks great, and Kris in red — nice!

  2. kris can’t just quite do a swagger. he looks so unlike himself! lol

    look behind you kris – that’s how it’s done

  3. Wow. I actually think they both look particularly gorgeous in that picture! Kris is getting better looking by the minute, to me anyway.

  4. LOL I posted earlier that in this pic they must have done a composite, because Adam is usually much taller than Kris and here – hmmm – not so much. I think they might have shrunk Adam a bit so they could fit on the same cover without looking weird.

    (Ducks slings and arrows thrown my way)

  5. Wow, I really don’t like that picture. The photoshopping of them together is pretty obvious. Kris looks hunched over a bit, and what’s with that expression on his face? That shirt looks more burnt sienna than red to me, but maybe that’s just me. Regardless, he looks good in warmer tones. Too bad the rest of the picture doesn’t support that.

    I’m not a huge fan of the Sebree shoot for Adam, too much photoshopping and the poses are stale and the styling is not as cool as it could and should. Ridiculous and not in a good way, in parts of it.

    And now for what I liked, it has Adam and Kris on the cover…yay! I like them both and I like both of them together.

  6. How “Idol” stars KRIS ALLEN and ADAM LAMBERT will turn TV viewers into music buyers.

    How indeed.

  7. Adam kinda looks like he’s trying too hard with his “oh I’m so fierce” expression. And whoever styled Kris obviously wanted him to come off like a preppy guy. This style is NOT Kris at all. Bad stylist.

  8. I like it! Their looks are so different, it is cool to see them both on the same cover.

  9. OK so they weren’t photographed together, because these pictures are old ones, therefore photoshop?

  10. Kris does look about ten years older in that photo. Bad lighting or photoshop gone awry?

  11. Adam looks fine in the face and hair. From the neck down, though, not good. Looks like he’s missing his right arm or that it’s stuck inside his suit. And the thing around his waist looks like a back support for lifting something at Home Depot.

    Such a photogenic guy, why did they choose this photo?

    Kris looks OK except he needs to pull his shoulders back.

  12. And the thing around his waist looks like a back support for lifting something at Home Depot.

    LOL!

    Why couldn’t they actually pose for a picture instead of this photo shopped throw together?

  13. OK so they weren’t photographed together, because these pictures are old ones, therefore photoshop?

    Yes, and badly.

  14. My first thought, they are trying to make Adam look fierce – ALL THE TIME…can he just be Adam sometime???

    Kris – looks like Kris!!!

  15. They look fine. Geez, I’m glad I’ll never be on cover, so I don’t get picked apart down to the cellular level. They are both cool, good-looking guys, no over-analysis needed! Cover=exposure. Good for both of them!

  16. I think it is a strange looking cover — like they weren’t together when it was shot — oh, yeah — they weren’t!! LOL!

    But it is a great photo of Adam, and the new Sebree photo inside is even better!

  17. Kris’ hair has this pointy thing going on on top of his head. Too much gel or something… Oh, well, he’s still a great looking guy. Adam looks good, but I like him better when he’s smiling, too.

  18. Adam kinda looks like he’s trying too hard with his ‘oh I’m so fierce’  expression

    I agree with that. Everything seems so posed lately…..as in, strike a pose!….vogue, vogue, vogue…………..I’d like to see more covers of Adam being more natural (but with his eye makeup of course :)

  19. I really like this cover with Adam less made up. I can’t quite figure out the vest thing he has on but other than that I love he and Kris on the cover together. It’s great promotion for both of them.

  20. deez
    11/20/2009 at 8:26 pm
    They look fine. Geez, I’m glad I’ll never be on cover, so I don’t get picked apart down to the cellular level. They are both cool, good-looking guys, no over-analysis needed! Cover=exposure. Good for both of them!

    I agree! There are things that are wrong with both of them, but who cares?? Seems really petty not to just be happy that they both got the cover of the magazine!!

  21. I love Adam’s pictures when he is not posing. Like that black and white picture he had on his Twitter profile for a while, where he’s kind of looking away. Kris doesn’t really take bad pictures – he’s just one of those photogenic guys who, even when making a stupid face, comes off as adorable. But this outfit just ages him 10 years.

    BAD STYLIST!

  22. I’m going to see 2012.I’ve already insisted we stay for the end credits.maybe hearing tfm will make me feel less f$&king angry?(idk why I’m mad though) ..

    …,.

    .

  23. Kris doesn’t look good slouching. It’s a strange cover because they look polar opposites of each other. Adam is the fashionista and Kris is the Idon’tcareaboutwtfiwear kinda guy.

  24. Kris lookin’ hot. Adam not so much.

    Not a great picture of Kris either

  25. @rockvixen: I think that’s the problem, since the magazine used stock photos of both, it looks like a thrown together cover and doesn’t do either of them justice

  26. It’s great for them to be on the cover together. Most people are gonna see the magazine and say, “Hey, its those guys from American Idol”. It’s great exposure for both of them. Lol at the home depot comment though.

  27. I love this cover- I think its one of the nicest pictures of Kris I have ever seen. And Adam always looks goooood.

  28. I don’t know why Billboard just didn’t shoot them together if that is what they wanted. Actually, I may be an Adam fan but I even wonder why they just didn’t do a Kris cover. I think Adam looks like himself in that picture. Kris is ok. I wish they had used a better shot though of him. He has better pictures out there.

  29. LOL. With Adam wearing some kind of shoulder armor, the angle he is at and the expression on his face, it looks like he’s getting ready to check Kris right out of the picture. And Kris is all doo-da-doo-da-doo with no clue that somebody is about to check him from behind.

  30. I think they both look good. I’ve seen that picture of Adam before. Thats a new one of Kris for me. The important thing is they both get more exposure. I don’t see anything negative about it. lol

  31. Adam looks like he is holding his pee hehehehe OK sorry guys, I will not comment anymore, I promise. It really isn’t that deep hahaha

  32. I don’t know why Billboard just didn’t shoot them together if that is what they wanted.

    It seems that whenever I see video of a photoshoot, they rarely shoot people together. They shoot them separately and then photoshop them together. I guess they don’t want to end up in a situation where they love one guy in one photo, but the other guy is making a funny face.

    So the big difference here is that they just took stock pictures and glued them together. Though, have we seen that picture of Kris before? Maybe they did shoot him. Adam’s is definitely from that other photoshoot he did.

  33. Kris looks handsome but, somehow, he just really doesn’t look like himself. I mean does that attitude resemble him? Or was that the one in a thousand photographs that had an “I don’t give a shit. Don’t give me any trouble. Tough guy.” kinda look? Actually, I think that they’re both too pretty to carry off that kind of expression. It needs more muscle, a scar and a lot of scary looking black and white tattoos. IMHO

    But I’m really glad that they’re getting the exposure.

  34. Kris lookin’ hot. Adam not so much.

    Adam looking like a superstar. Kris looking like he just got off work at the Gap.

  35. The way the shirt is all crumpled up around his midsection makes Kris look frumpy and hunched over. He looks like he just got out of a 70’s style discotheque. Adam’s suit is pretty snazzy although the armored sleeve is odd (but not odd for him) and the glove looks like an MJ copycat. I don’t like the faces either of them are making or their contrived poses.

  36. unique28v
    11/20/2009 at 9:02 pm
    I think they both look good. The important thing is they both get more exposure. I don’t see anything negative about it. lol

    ITA

  37. @Kirsten: That was the same shirt Kris had on when he received the Relly award for Breakout Star or something. He also had that same shirt on when he was doing photo booth pictures that were released as wallpaper on Kris Allen Official. So I think it was just from an old photo shoot of Kris’s.

  38. Adam looks fine in the face and hair. Looks like he’s missing his right arm or that it’s stuck inside his suit.

    Maybe his hand is on Kris’ ass?

  39. kris looks like he is a friggen neanderthal. mmm, me go get some meat, mmmm

  40. gemini1
    11/20/2009 at 9:32 pm
    Adam looks fine in the face and hair. Looks like he’s missing his right arm or that it’s stuck inside his suit.

    Maybe his hand is on Kris’ ass?

    LOL maybe that’s why Kris looks uncomfortable HAHAHAHAHA :D (ok, but seriously, it really is photoshop, guys :D)

  41. Maybe his hand is on Kris’ ass?

    OMG gemini1: are you sure, really sure, that you want to say that?

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  42. I love how Kris looks in this picture. I get what everybody is saying about the posture and the rumpled mid-section of the shirt – but I truly didn’t notice til it was pointed out. … but now I know why… I’m only looking at him from about the shoulders up. Kris has a fantastic smile, but I like the serious, look on his face… and the red against his skin looks great. Seriously, put your hand over everything from about the shirt pocket down and just focus on the top.

    Ok, I’ve hit my shallow quota for the day. Much more and I’ll really start to feel creepy :D

  43. am I the only one who thinks kris channels george dubya with his blank expressions?

  44. I think the magazine cover looks real nice, and I like they titled it “AMERICAN BOYS”. They both looked good, to me.

  45. am I the only one who thinks kris channels george dubya with his blank expressions?

    Woah…now that you mention it…he does resemble a young Dubya.

  46. am I the only one who thinks kris channels george dubya with his blank expressions?

    Woah’ ¦now that you mention it’ ¦he does resemble a young Dubya.

    Eeeeeeeeeewwwwww! George Dubya???? Let’s leave it at that adorable Kris resembles no one and he looks super, super adorable on the cover.

  47. I think it’s a great cover. Two American boys that are different in their styles. Kris is down to earth and Adam is glam. Two different personalities with two different styles of music. The cover captures it all.

    I think they both look good.

  48. they look kind of good but i’ve seen much better pic of Kris!! the lighting on his face is not pretty

  49. Hmm, not a bad photo, but certainly not the best of either one of them. All I have to say is – Holy photoshop batman!

  50. Eeeeeeeeeewwwwww! George Dubya???? Let’s leave it at that adorable Kris resembles no one and he looks super, super adorable on the cover.

    Not politically…there’s just something about the posture and the pose that hints in that direction. Maybe it’s the red shirt too. Hee hee.

  51. OK this thread is hilarious!! i didnt even notice some of the stuff until it was pointed out here, like that Kris’ shirt is wrinkled and he’s hunched over and Adam’s right arm is missing and that its probably on kris’ ass LMFAO I think they both look great! the title is awesome, i just wish they would’ve gotten them in the shoot together as opposed to using old photos and having them photoshopped together.

  52. Kris has always looked a bit like Dubya, or a howler monkey. and come on. The crumpled mid-section just makes him look fat and slovenly. and adam looks… just as he always looks.

  53. They both look great – not the very best pictures I’ve ever seen of either, but I think they’re just fine. I like that they’re on the cover together – it will remind people who have been living in a cave about the two of them, and might prompt some casual fans to check out the music.

  54. kt_cle
    11/20/2009 at 9:39 pm
    I love how Kris looks in this picture.

    I agree. It’s not the best picture we’ve seen of Kris, but it’s good.

    If Kris looks like GWB then Adam looks like Obama…my point? Kris does not look like GWB.

    Good exposure for both of them.

  55. WTH? What’s up with all the insults being hurled at these guys? Great pics, great exposure, why does ONE of them HAVE to be terrible/ugly/not talented for the other to be good/handsome/successful?

    Can’t they both be great in their own right?

    I think it’s awesome.

  56. Kris: Hmmm..I’m ready.
    Adam: Wait..it’s my wedgie.
    Kris: For the love of Ra, Adam, it’s just a photoshoot!

  57. not only is kris hunched over, but i’m pretty sure he’s standing on a box, lol.

  58. O.K. where is Adam’s left arm????

    Maybe Adam made a cameo in the New Moon movie? Oh, Robert Pattison, we know Adam is yummy, but you have to go that far?

  59. Kris looks a tad simian and hunched over. Adam looks very odd with the Micheal Jackson glove, the Robocop arm and that thing around his waist that looks like the truss you wear after a hernia operation. Plus he looks like he has a pot belly.

    Otherwise they both look fantastic. (kinda see the Dubya, Liza Minelli thing too.) It’s like one of the ink blots tests you had in Psych 1.

  60. Adam’s face look more fatter in the photo. Thank goodness they photoshoped it.

  61. Kris looks really nice in autumn colors. Adam looks good in anything black. Why, look at that–he’s wearing black!!! GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!!!

  62. I think it’s a great cover. Two American boys that are different in their styles. Kris is down to earth and Adam is glam. Two different personalities with two different styles of music. The cover captures it all.

    I think they both look good

    ITA- I think they both look great. I like Kris with a bit of attitude.

  63. JOANNE WHORLEY…that is who it is. I was always wondering who he reminded me of.

  64. I…er…like the pictures, and I bought the magazine (I ordered it nline). Anyone else?

  65. Otherwise they both look great.

    LOL, so glad you cleared that up! :) LOL, LOL!!!!

    ETA: I shoulda quoted the quote when changed to fantastic. ;)

  66. I see more Liza than Joanne Worely here (or is it spelled Whorely???)
    It’s def Worely. If you don’t remember her from years ago, here’s what she looks like: I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Where’s that laughing emoticon. (Kris does look like Dubya the more I look at it though)

    http://www.joanneworley.net/

  67. I see more Liza than Joanne Worely here (or is it spelled Whorely???)

    oh wait…I’ll check. It is Worely not Whorely. You are right.

    Liza, hmmm, could be. Adam’s face is more fuller than Liza’s Joanne always reminded me of a Drag Queen because of her big face.

  68. …Joanne always did that SCREEEEEEAM thingy.

    That always made me laugh.

  69. Adam looks FIERCE and GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to see his awesome performance as the show closer on the AMAs!! Hope my collector’s edition album arrives tomorrow!

  70. not only is kris hunched over, but i’m pretty sure he’s standing on a box, lol.

    Yeah, it makes sense to stand on a box to look taller and then hunch over.

  71. Joanne always reminded me of a Drag Queen because of her big face.

    Oddly enough most of the drag queens for whom I’ve done makeup don’t have larger than usual faces. Some had quite delicate features. I don’t understand your comment.

  72. Oddly enough most of the drag queens for whom I’ve done makeup don’t have larger than usual faces. Some had quite delicate features. I don’t understand your comment.

    It was a comparison between Liza and Joanne. Joanne HAS a bigger face than Liza IMO.

  73. I’m a big fan of the Sebree photoshoot pictures so I think Adam looks great. Kris looks nice but a little uncomfortable in that pose.

    I have to say the photoshopping looks bad. But, they’re both getting great exposure for their albums. That’s what is important!

  74. Reminder:

    The constant dumping on VFTW is getting kind of old. Probably better to stay away if you’re sensitive.

  75. He also appeals to the Loving, intelligent, open-minded gay population!

    Like you, dhunken!

    Thanks for being a voice of reason.
    I don’t expect the “gay community” to be monolithic, but I confess I do get discouraged by the level of vitriol. Then people like you come along and restore my faith.

  76. Yeah, it makes sense to stand on a box to look taller and then hunch over.

    Maybe it’s to make him look even taller. Like, wow, he’s hunched over and he’s still at least 5’9! Go shawty.

    And liza Minnelli you say? I could see it. His face does look fat. whenever he cuts his hair, he gets fatface.

  77. So what species of the animal kingdom does Anoop resemble, Alison?

    What’s Anoop?

  78. Well at least they photoshoped the photo. Good job on the photoshoping.

  79. Ah the Liza Minelli thing, well between that and looking like Elvis when he has his hair up, Adam has quite the range of people he supposedly looks like. He’s talented like that, I guess.

    I’m not a fan of the Sebree shoot, but as photoshopped and weird as I think Adam looks in most of those pictures, and the one on the cover is no exception, I don’t actually think he looks like Liza at all in this picture. His face looks fairly masculine, actually. Or at least to me it does. He doesn’t really very feminine in this particular picture. YMMV, of course.

  80. So tinydance and Will are from VFTW. I get it now. Loverly.

    This is the kind of thing that gets you banned. And guess what? Now you are.

    Stop the bickering. Holy moly. Ya’ll know what you’re going to find when you visit VFTW, why even visit? These discussions are beginning to repeat themselves.

  81. I’m not a fan of the Sebree shoot, but as photoshopped and weird as I think Adam looks in most of those pictures, and the one on the cover is no exception, I don’t actually think he looks like Liza at all in this picture. His face looks fairly masculine, actually. Or at least to me it does. He doesn’t really very feminine in this particular picture. YMMV, of course.

    yeah. I don’t get it either. He definitely looks masculine in that picture. I never understood why people compare Adam to women. lol Whatever…..

  82. Who are you and what have you done with Alison??

    Where am I?

    Anoop would be a proboscis monkey.

  83. Also, wow, some of the rhetoric around here has been really anti-gay lately.

    Be careful not to paint an entire group with a broad brush, please? It’s kind of ironic, if you think about it.

  84. I like Kris is red. I am just so used to seeing him in green or shades of green.

    I noticed that Allison, Adam and Kris have their own designated colors…lol

    RED/BLUE/GREEN

  85. Actaully Will I revised it and said he looks like Joanne Worely;

    http://fwd4.me/5ET

    http://fwd4.me/5EW

    You mean those weren’t Adam pics? I thought you had uncovered some new pictures from that Sebree shoot at first. I can hardly tell the two apart from your linked pics and the one on the cover here.

    “Still they’re cousins,
    Identical cousins and you’ll find,
    They laugh alike, they walk alike,
    At times they even talk alike ‘”
    You can lose your mind,
    When cousins are two of a kind.

    mmmmm Hmmmm.

  86. They both have looked better. i think it’s partly the lack of neck that contributes to Adam’s fat face. Elongate! plus, he like, puffed his chest out then turned sideways and unless you’ve got breasts that’s not the best look.. then the pulling of the jacket.. it all just creates an illusion of wideness. and kris’ pants look like they are pulled up really high and i’ve got to stop looking at this picture…

  87. For goodness sakes! Adam looks different in every picture, as most people in entertainment do! If everyone is a bit confused on his real looks…just tune in the TFM video this evening…his facial features, body style, weight, height, walk, boot size, eye color and one of his great hair syles is pictured well there…..as, he stands and walks, etc.
    Professional photos are a hoot sometimes!!!! He in no way has the look of Liza and JoAnne …..they could only wish they had ever even come close to looking as good as he does!!!!!

  88. I don’t think it’s the best pic of either of them but they both look fine and pretty attractive to me .. put it this way, I wish half the guys I met were as “ugly” as Adam or Kris ;-)

  89. I don’t think it’s the best pic of either of them but they both look fine and pretty attractive to me .. put it this way, I wish half the guys I met were as ‘ugly’  as Adam or Kris ;-)

    Ditto this! Even their worst pictures look better than most of the people I see day-to-day! LOL!

  90. One of my dearest wishes (and I know I am dreaming) is never to see these two in a picture together ever again. For me, it just does not work in so many ways. Reminds me of a Sesame Street song.

    ETA: I wish them both every success – just…..separately…

  91. I have not read the comments and I looked at the photo for only 10 seconds. Here’s my first impression: Kris looks hunched over and Adam looks like a one-armed man wearing 30 layers of silk. Additionally, Kris’ face appears more appealing here than it actually is, and Adam looks remarkably like himself.

  92. If I were to give one criticism of the pic it would be that neither of Adam’s arms look like they belong to him, but I think that has more to do with the way the pic isn’t the full original pic with the original background .. it’s just a cut out with Kris plonked infront covering one of Adam’s arms and kind of spoiling the composition of the original pic so it looks odd.

    At first I thought Adam’s right arm was in some sort of fashionable sling with his jacket kind of slung over the top of the arm in the sling … and his left hand looks like it’s someone else’s … like a floating hand (like Thing from the Adam’s family .. no pun intended .. lol) .. or like he has a false metal hand like a Bond film baddie.

    Ok I’m probably looking at the pic in way too much detail … lol

  93. In the article on Kris does anyone else get the impression that maybe Kris will also be doing Rocking New Years Eve with Ryan. Because the article says 13 TV appearences from Sept to New Years Eve. Why say New Years Eve unless he will be doing something that day!

  94. LOL! I just read through this thread. Thanks a lot, you guys! At first glance, I thought, “Meh. Nice enough pic, but overly-photoshopped. Now, I can’t stop seeing all the little details you all pointed out. Adam’s Robo-Liza, ready to shoulder Kris right out of the picture. Kris is a rumpled W after a bender. I swear, I’d never have seen ANY of that if you all hadn’t pointed it out. Now, that’s all I see. OMG.

  95. Kris looks hunched over and Adam looks like a one-armed man wearing 30 layers of silk. Additionally, Kris’ face appears more appealing here than it actually is, and Adam looks remarkably like himself.

    Agree with the first sentence. K does look hunched and A looks like he’s got one arm. But I disagree with the second sentence. I think Kris looks more handsome in other photos and in live action. Adam always looks like he’s “in character” to me, but I wonder what the character is.

  96. Aalways looks like he’s ‘in character’  to me, but I wonder what the character is.dam

    Well according to this thread it’s a one armed, fat faced, no necked, Liza Minnelli impersonator …. but personally I think he’s pretty fabulous :-)

  97. I like the cover because it really emphasizes the study of contrasts that exists between these two guys – it’s an interesting visual effect. Adam looks so “ADAM” – Kris looks hot, but not quite exactly like “KRIS” – the red shirt and style are a little too suave for him – he’s way more laid back and chill than that in real life, imo. Still, he looks HOT.

    Ok, end of superficiality :-)

  98. Spot On HappyDaisy!….You guys better start getting used to “all”
    the many pictures of Adam. This is only the beginning!..With his style and the camera loving him the way it does, we are in for many, many
    looks of Mr. Adam Lambert….I cannot wait…..Still loving that kinda dirty little face in TFM..and oh, those eyes!!!…..He is going to get a standing ovation on Sunday….I just know it!!!!

  99. thanks all for the good laugh at reading your comments — special mention to jpfan for Adam’s hernia belt :D

  100. In the article on Kris does anyone else get the impression that maybe Kris will also be doing Rocking New Years Eve with Ryan. Because the article says 13 TV appearences from Sept to New Years Eve. Why say New Years Eve unless he will be doing something that day!

    I would bet money Kris is doing a New Years Eve party – but probably not the same one as Adam. IIRC, in previous years the top two idols (or another biggie like Daughtry, for instance) will do different New Years Eve celebrations, like one on NBC and one on Fox, or something.

  101. I cannot believe this is the best photo from the photo shoot. Adam’s face is lookin’ good, but I don’t like what they did with his arms. Kris is absolutely adorable, but this photo doesn’t show that attribute. Both are good looking guys!

  102. noticing a fair resemblance btwn kris & that joe guy from x factor uk.

  103. Dear G. in heaven. That is the best photo I have ever seen of any of the idol(s). Wow!!!!

    And they are both “American Boys”. Love it!!!!! The best pic ever!!!!

  104. Haven’t had a chance to read through all the comments yet, but Kris is kind of blowing my mind. I always found him cute, but between this photo and the Slezak interview, I think he may be one of the most beautiful little men I’ve ever seen, LOL.

    And I hate this look on Adam. I know it’s part of the whole “fierce” thing, but he just looks silly to me. I so prefer him without all the gadgetry. All he’s missing here is Artemus Gordon. Ridiculous, and not in a good way.

  105. @Relections On Life – You mean Joe McElderry? Kris does resemble him in that photo.

    noticing a fair resemblance btwn kris & that joe guy from x factor uk.

    Like an older version of Joe.

  106. That shirt Kris is wearing looks like something Danny Gokey would wear. Not good. Hahaha. But, he still looked HOT.

    I think it would look better if Adam was the one on the left and Kris is on the right.

  107. I think the pic looks like an Ad for a bad Miami Vice Themed buddy movie. :lol:

  108. This cover is the happiest thing I’ve seen on MJ’s for awhile. I’m done now. :)

  109. Artemus Gordon?

    You mean this guy?

    Yup, that’s the one!

    Adam looks like a 21st century Jim West in that get-up. Maybe they should have dressed Kris up like Artemis, but I don’t think he could pull that off. My point was that I hate this whole “fierce” shtick. It just looks contrived as hell to me. Trying way too hard. His face looks great, though.

    Kris does look a tad Dubya-ish here, but the dude’s just hot. I can see why a lot of gay men love him. Actually, come to think of it, maybe Kris should be dressed like Jim West and then Adam would be a perfect Artemis Gordon!

  110. maybe Kris should be dressed like Jim West and then Adam would be a perfect Artemis Gordon!

    Yeah I just saw that video with the guy in the powder blue suit, Jim West, and he does look like Kris…lol

    They could do a western shot.

  111. I just read through the whole thread … some giggles … and I don’t get the feeling that one guy was being uglied or prettied at the expense of the other guy … My impression is that almost everyone here thinks that both guys look … kinda … well … varying degrees of stupid

    but it’s a great … promotional opportunity … for exposure … and their careers … even if they do look all varying degrees of stupid.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  112. Still don’t get all the criticism of the cover. It’s a great dynamic cover. Sure they were not photographed together. It’s a mash up of two different photo shoots, but the cover tells a great story. Kris, the winner, superimposed in front. Kris, organic, yet dynamically represented in a red shirt, slightly rumpled. America’s every guy. The picture says to me that he is comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t take the fashion all that seriously. I’m a laid back sort of guy and that’s all right with me. I am not all that concerned with the pretty. Take me as I am.

    Adam, the runner up positioined behind Kris, but striking with an edgy fashion edge. However, even thought he is behind Kris, he looks directly into the public in a way that demonstrates that yes I am the runner up but I am a glamstatic fashionable confident individual that is strutting and setting my own direction. I am seriously into my music, but in these covers and photo shoots, it’s all about the outfit.

  113. I think it is a terrible cover — thankfully, the Adam article inside the mag is great — and the Sebree picture of Adam in the article is fantastic.

  114. I think the cover is less than stellar but I REALLY like the way that readon has described it. It’s truly amazing … if you listen to readon, and keep your eyes closed at the same time.

    Hi readon :lol:

  115. I think it is a terrible cover ‘” thankfully, the Adam article inside the mag is great ‘” and the Sebree picture of Adam in the article is fantastic.

    The article is great. The Sebree picuture is fantastic, especially the full body shot. Oh my.

    I just don’t think the cover is that bad. That fact that we disagree is so funny to me. I don’t know why. Grinning like an idiot right now.

    I will have to get a copy of this magazine and run a survey with people who are not as invested as the posters here. I am interested in the opinions of the general public ( or at least the people that I interact with on a daily basis who don’t even know that Kris and Adam still exist).

  116. karenw
    11/21/2009 at 12:15 am
    Aalways looks like he’s ‘in character’  to me, but I wonder what the character is.dam

    Well according to this thread it’s a one armed, fat faced, no necked, Liza Minnelli impersonator ‘ ¦.

    Love it! You made me LOL!

    BeckyMD
    11/21/2009 at 3:11 am
    Is this Kris’ first mag cover?

    Nope.

  117. The article is great. The Sebree picuture is fantastic, especially the full body shot. Oh my.

    Ok. Ok.

    Article is ok. Sebree is a photographic genius.

    Now I can partially open one eye and still see that it’s half as beautiful as you describe … :smile:

    (there’s a compliment in there for you … kinda, sorta, a bit)

    Let us know what happens with your market research though …

  118. Is this Kris’ first mag cover?

    Nope

    Was the another one on an AR local mag?

  119. Now I can partially open one eye and still see that it’s half as beautiful as you describe ‘ ¦

    (there’s a compliment in there for you ‘ ¦ kinda, sorta, a bit)

    Let us know what happens with your market research though ‘ ¦

    http://i45.tinypic.com/2lswrkl.jpg

    Don’t trip off the bits that I’m gonna display. Oh my, my, my,my,my

    I will let you know about the market research.

  120. I asked my daughter[who is 24] for an impartial opinion of the cover as she’s not invested in either & she said she much preferred the look of Kris- more ‘normal” Adam looks too “dolled up” for her taste!

    We don’t always see eye to eye on things but in this case we agreed!!

    So each to their own!!

  121. They probably should have used a shot of Adam that wasn’t from one of his high end (Sebree) photo shoots because it makes Kris look like he is posing for a Sears catalog. But individually they are nice shots of both.

  122. What I like best about the cover is the title caption they gave it.

    AI and a lot of the media has spent so much time building these two up as polar opposites (e.g. Ryan’s stupid “guy next door vs guy-liner” thing), but this cover doesn’t buy into it. Sure, it allows the two of them to be who they are, but captions them “American Boys”. They are different parts of the musical mosaic, but they are still part of the same family.

    Bravo to Billboard for featuring both these artists at the same time, avoiding getting mired in fanwar bating and focusing on what they both want to do: make music and entertain people. And, what do you know, we actually learned a few new things in these articles.

  123. BeckyMD
    11/21/2009 at 3:11 am
    Is this Kris’ first mag cover?

    Yep. I’m pretty sure.

  124. Readon, I’m with you. I actually like this cover and get back to us after you conduct that market research. The shininess of Kris’s shirt, the moussing of his hair and the black pants (no jeans) give him a slightly more stylish look that goes well with Adam’s Sebree photo. (Loved all of those Sebree pics, btw.)

    I also agree with Kirsten about the American Boys caption. Different parts of the musical mosaic indeed.

  125. I haven’t read all the comments yet. I’ll offer impressions from probably too many views of the cover.

    First positives are that the primary color combination is very bold and striking and works well to pull you in. Plus – it’s both Kris and Adam visually juxtaposing their styles both personally and musically. Their faces capture your attention.

    What is hot on the American charts seems to be John Mayer and Lady Gaga type music and that’s pretty much what we have in these ‘new kids’ Kris and Adam. Organic vs. Extravaganza. Something for everyone.

    I love the title ‘American Boys’ because that is exactly what they are. These are the ‘kids’, albeit older versions, that I see headed to school or college campuses, at the mall, on the street in Old Town Pasadena or The Grove. They’re hanging together.

    Negative impressions? Too much attention was spent on cropping out the backgrounds of the separate pictures while ignoring bad shadows. The shadows, particularly on Kris’ neck and shirt become distracting. I’d also have moved Kris a skosh to the right for a more cohesive presentation. (Why does Kris have a fork sticking out of his head?)

    The ‘R’ in American draws your eye to what is missing – the rest of Adam’s arm! That could have been flat black in that cutaway and looked just fine. Adam’s other arm with the floating chain metal hand looks just bizarre. Whatever vest type thing that Adam is wearing disturbed me the first time I saw it and continues here. I have no idea why, but I don’t like it.

    Kris’ rumpled tucked in box type dress shirt looks sloppy. He normally wears more fitted tapered shirts. Had it been unbuttoned and not tucked into his pants, it would look good and much more natural for him. I blame the stylist.

    If you crop the pic across from the yellow +, it’s a pretty decent photo.

  126. I think both guys look good and the caption is perfect really. With the picture it emphasizes their diversity but also reminds us what they have in common- music. The only thing that struck me immediately was Kris’ expression, he looks kind of blank and unhappy really and not as charming as he usually looks.

  127. I’ve seen much better photos of both of them, but it’s a cover so I’m not about to complain. On second thought (lol can’t resist) – Adam at least has a look, i.e. shows expression. Kris just looks….blank.

  128. I forgot about the subliminal message to me. Yes, Billboard was speaking directly TO ME!

    The title reminded me of ‘American Girl’ and that Tom Petty’s ‘The Live Anthology’ is coming out next week. Sooo, I went to pre-order it on iTunes and iTunes is mucked up. They had no record of the album existing when I clicked to order. Damn you, iTunes!

  129. I know that both Adam and Kris can take fantastic pictures. I don’t understand why they didn’t just get them together and take a picture. Heck they didn’t even have to do that. There are hundreds of picture taken of them together that look great. IMO this one is not a good picture of either of them.

  130. I don’t have a problem with the cover, and I think the interviews are actually quite good. This is good promo for both of them, and I like the spin Billboard put on it.

    I’m not that picky though. I can see that they’re both decent looking guys in their own ways, and for me, they don’t need to look like movie stars in every photo. I think the photo captures the “spirit” of each them rather well.

  131. Whatever. They are both so handsome and I’m thrilled to see them on Billboard.

  132. WTH? What’s up with all the insults being hurled at these guys?

    Stop the fingerwagging, please, or you’ll be put in moderation.

  133. Oh and cute as I think Kris is, and how rarely he takes a bad picture (of which I remain chartreuse with envy) he does sometimes have that monkey face look. ]:(|)
    Just a skoosh, and I don’t really care, because he’s still a cutie patootie, (this is Kris wearing a jaunty vest! ]:(|)>=< ) I keed, I was mostly just bored and looking for a chance to use regular keyboard strokes to make monkey faces.

  134. I like the cover. For me, is a cover an attention grabber? This one grabbed me. I don’t look for imperfections but take them as they are. I think both guys are projecting their “image”. Kris looks hot, so does Adam but I dont spend my drool time on gay guys lol so IM back looking at Kris. :)

  135. I went to Borders and Barnes and Noble and neither of them carry Billboard Magazine!! Help!! Does anyone know where to pick up a copy of this magazine?!

  136. Adam Lambert always looks phony to me. Even on the AI tour, when Kris and Danny were singing from their hearts and chatting with the audience about their music, Adam was just playing dress-up and fondling himself and hardly spoke to the audience at all.

    I don’t like the picture of Kris, either. It doesn’t look like him — even though he does actually look human flesh-and-bones (unlike Adam who always looks so plastic).

  137. This Cover is fine.. they both look good.. I guess negitive attitudes will eventually rub off… Duck Kris and Adam before you get any on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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