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American Idol: Adam Lambert Featured In Entertainment Weekly

May 14, 2009 01:07 PM by Britteny Elrick

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Adam Lamberthas taken America by storm. Not only is he a crowd and judges’ favorite on American Idol, but the rest of the media seems to have Adam fever as well. Adam was featured in the May 15, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly, keep reading for more details…

The following story appeared in the May 15, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly:

“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 doesn’t just dominate American Idol, but challenges and even changes it. And that has happened with the current season’s 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 didn’t 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’s 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’s 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. I’m an honest guy, and I’m 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 we’re still one openly gay contestant short of a test case. Adam’s sexuality offers a fascinating challenge to the show’s 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 “I’m 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 isn’t talking about it. Maybe it’s still too costly to say who you are. It’s certainly costly not to. Does he feel he can’t? Does the show feel he shouldn’t? Is his choice personal or strategic? Will it pay off? And does any of this represent progress? Check out this EW cover story on page 24 of the new issue.”

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3 Responses to “American Idol: Adam Lambert Featured In Entertainment Weekly”

  1. MKA Says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I hope the rest of the country has a mind of their own and realizes that Adam HAS NOT won American Idol yet. I resent the judges and media trying to push him on the American public. And I am shocked at this magazine cover. I, however, have a mind of my own, and won’t be peer pressured into thinking Adam is the automatic winner. I’m betting there are WAY more people that don’t like his brand of music and don’t want him labeled IDOL. He seems like a nice enough guy, but come one…. I’m sure he’d entertain just fine in a musical or concert but if I’m putting on tunes in my car or house, he’s not the one I’d play. I guess I could be wrong, but I’m betting not. We’ll see. You probably printed your cover with the wrong story and picture.

  2. susiedarling Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    A couple of things. A lot of people still do not know that Adam is gay which is surprising with all of the videos on Youtube, etc. The gay part does not bother me but I feel all of the other contestants are at a disadvantage because of Adam’s extensive Broadway, etc experience. He is by no means a novice or beginner in any way or form. He is a professional. And that I feel is totally unfair to the others. Also, I feel that Danny Gotke is the best singer of all contestants. Adam has great range but does a lot of screaming which is not what I call talent.

  3. sadra Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    he is very handsome boy. he is my love

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