The ONLY possible reason I can think of for Kris’s win over a much more talented Adam Lambert was the song he did in the last week of competition. He did a solo acoustic version of Kanye West’s Heartless, surrounded by teeny boppers looking up at him adoringly. He appealed to that age demographic. I loved his version of that song, and thought he did a good job. Apparently so did the majority of voters that season. I think Adam Lambert scared them.
Adam Lambert is lucky he didn’t win. He would have been held to their contract and at their beck and call. Most male winners have not fared well, compared to the women. Instead, he went his own route.
He had a few rough starts (anybody remember the infamous AMA’s boy-on-boy kiss? (Among other things). People just weren’t ready for his in your face style of his recently declared gay lifestyle. At least not on national TV.
So he went on his “Glambert” tour, and sold out everywhere he went. He went his own way, with his own style. He played a few gigs with Queen in Russia. The crowd went wild. Literally.
Look where he is now. On a worldwind tour with Queen. Picking up the infamous Freddy Mercury mantle, and wearing it with pride. And oh yeah. Those pipes. That amazing voice. If anybody could throw down with Freddy note for note, it is Adam. But he still shares the stage with Freddy. Queen still pays tribute to him, with interspersed videos during the performance. Gives you chills up and down your spine, to see Freddy and Adam on the same stage. Check it out on YouTube.
You don’t have to like Adam or his lifestyle. But you do have to respect his talent. And boy, he’s got it. Lots of it. Queen loves him. So does Lady Gaga, who joined them for a performance.
I don’t watch American Idol anymore much. Just not the same since Adam, the talent level is just not there. There are many more singing shows out there too. So Idol isn’t the only game in town anymore. I think the ratings reflect that too.
We all miss Simon……………. lol!