Thursday, December 31, 2009

Commercial for Gridlock NYE party 2010 with Adam Lambert

Gridlock NYE 2010 with Adam Lambert performing LIVE and hosted by Pamela Anderson

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Watch the LIVE video feed of Adam Lambert's performances at Gridlock's New Years Eve

Some fans who will be at the Gridlock New Year's Eve Party claim they'll be webcasting Adam Lambert's performance (scheduled for midnight PST). No guarantee these will work, but you can try the links.

CELLCAST LINKS: (audio only) target="blank"

VIDEO FEED LINKS: (3 different people doing live video feeds)

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Adam Lambert Talks About Performing at AMAs

Interview with American Idol Adam Lambert about performing at the American Music Awards.

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Access Hollywood's Top 9 of 2009: #5 Adam Lambert (video)

American Idol Adam Lambert is #5 on Access Hollywood's Top 9 of 2009.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Adam Lambert: American Idol star says he's edgy in a vanilla sort of way

Before his first album even hit the shelves, American Idol alumnus Adam Lambert made headlines across North America for his sexy performance at the American Music Awards (AMA) Nov 22.

“I’m a sexual person, that’s who I am,” Lambert says. “I’m just trying to be honest about who I am as a human being.”
'I AM A SEXUAL PERSON.' 'You come off Idol and there's this expectation that you're going to be mass appeal, mass marketed, family friendly, granola, easy listening, easily digestible thing. That's definitely not me as an artist,' says Adam Lambert.
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His AMA performance was hot, drenched in SM imagery and oozing with raw sexuality. Among the highlights, Lambert led one of his backup dancers around stage on a leash, seemingly ground the face of another into his crotch and kissed the crap out of his straight male keyboard player on live network television.

The director cut to a wide shot of the kiss and the network snipped the simulated oral sex scene out of its east coast rebroadcast altogether. The next morning, ABC cancelled Lambert’s scheduled appearance on Good Morning America.

Though CBS’s The Early Show promptly stepped in and booked him, they too censored Lambert, blurring his man-on-man kiss even as they re-ran Madonna’s staged lipsmack with Britney Spears from the 2003 MTV video music awards.

“The Madonna image is very familiar and has appeared countless times, including many times on morning television,” a CBS spokesperson told the LA Times. “The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated and, for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences.”

“That’s weak,” says Lambert. “Someone didn’t give it some real thought when they did it.”

Still, he says, it’s only one performance.

“Definitely what I don’t want is people assuming that’s how I intend to do every performance or that’s how I plan to conduct my career as an artist,” he told Xtra West’s sister magazine fab a few days after the AMAs.

“If anything can be learned from my presence on American Idol, it’s that I like to keep people guessing,” he says. “That’s how I performed on the show.

“And on my album, track to track, it’s very diverse. It’s kind of an eclectic mix of music. That song [“For Your Entertainment”] is the one song that is very seductive, kind of dark and sexual. There are other songs on there that explore other themes.”

Though Lambert told fab he isn’t planning to put people “in bondage fashion” for other songs or performances, he said he has no intention of apologizing for his AMA performance, either.

“I’m not going to apologize, I promise. I don’t think what I’ve done is wrong. I want to be myself and I feel like that was what I was doing on stage the other night.”

That was last month.

In the ensuing weeks, Lambert did Ellen and the ABC talk circuit, essentially apologizing to anyone who wanted a pound of his flesh.

He massaged the politics of public opinion in the interest of preserving his relationship with ABC and its parent, the Disney Company, one of the largest entertainment corporations in the world.

Lambert was clearly the victim of a series of double standards following his AMA appearance — a performance that was quite tame by straight pop standards.

“It was campy, it was ridiculous, it was over the top, and it was me playing the role and experimenting with the ideas of dominance as a performer. But [leather and SM] is definitely not something I explore in my personal life,” Lambert insists when asked about his own sexuality.

“I’m actually kind of vanilla, I really am,” he says. “I like real connections with real people and intimacy.”

Still, the decision to release “For Your Entertainment” as the lead single off his debut album was a deliberate one.

“I just wanted to do something unexpected and different and break out from the expectation a little,” he told fab. “You come off Idol and there’s this expectation that you’re going to be [this] mass appeal, mass marketed, family friendly, granola, easy listening, easily digestible thing. And that’s definitely not me as an artist.

“That was one of the [reasons] that I gravitated towards ‘For Your Entertainment’ — it’s different, it’s edgy. You know, I am a sexual person. I am avant-garde and I like edgier things and I like experimenting with that imagery and I really was looking forward to that opportunity.”

Lambert says he’s surprised at how shocked everyone seems to be by his AMA performance — especially given his penchant for nudging the envelope on Idol.

“I mean, I kind of went for shock value on Idol. Did you guys not see me with rhinestones around my eyes and platform glitter boots on the finale? I kind of thought I had stepped it up and bought myself that leeway.”

It’s been a while since a very visible male performer has publicly experimented with androgyny, Lambert notes. “It’s just not current anymore. I’m trying to make it current again. I’ve always been attracted to that. That’s my thing.”

He says his management and his record label have both been supportive.

“I don’t deal well with oppression,” he says. “I like to get things out in the open and be honest — and me. I want to be myself. I feel like that’s what I was doing the other night.”

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More Adam Lambert AMA rehearsal footage with Partial Dress Rehearsal

American Idol Adam Lambert AMA rehearsal footage with Partial Dress Rehearsal

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Toronto Star's 10 most important works of the decade: No. 4, American Idol

We asked our critics and our readers to vote for the 10 most important works of the decade. We count down to No. 1 as we approach Dec. 31.

I asked Kris Allen, the 2009 American Idol, why people like the show so much.

"I think the beauty about American Idol is that it takes people that they can relate to, that maybe acts like a friend of theirs, or has the same job or something like that, and makes them into rock stars or country stars or pop stars," said the 24-year-old from Conway, Ark.

The man's bang on. The rags-to-riches story, after all, is a persistent cultural cliché. But instead of commoners rising to royalty, we have a farm girl from Oklahoma becoming a country mega-star (Carrie Underwood), or the girl from a small Texas town who used to sing in bars and now sells millions of pop records (Kelly Clarkson), or the Arkansas church music director who got to play on the same New York stage The Beatles once rocked (Allen).

You don't even have to win the reality singing competition to become famous: think Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, rocker Chris Daughtry, Broadway lead Constantine Maroulis or glam pop-rock sensation Adam Lambert.

Idol contestants come in all shapes, sizes, races, sexual orientations, ages (from 16 to 30), abilities (contestant Scott MacIntyre was blind); they're from small towns and big cities; they're a little bit country or a little bit rock 'n' roll, and everything in between.

Of course, the same could be said of plenty of U.S. reality shows that don't pull anywhere near Idol's viewership.

Its ratings are down, as are most network TV shows', but Idol still beats the competition every Tuesday and Wednesday that it airs. Just under 29 million watched Allen win over Lambert on the May finale.

But Idol's not just about numbers. It has become part of the zeitgeist since it debuted in June 2002 as a spinoff of the British show Pop Idol.

Idol's genius, in an era in which we simultaneously adulate and denigrate our celebrities, lies in combining the mythology of the American dream with a healthy dose of schadenfreude.

It starts with the audition shows, when just enough delusional, tone-deaf applicants are mixed in with the true talents to give the viewers something to laugh at.

As some are knocked down, others get built up.

By the time contestants have made it through the pressure cooker of Hollywood Week, when a couple of hundred wannabes are cut to 36 semi-finalists or less, viewers are finding their favourites: the people they'll cheer on and vote for.

And therein lies one of Idol's main attractions: viewers' ability not only to watch stars being born but to take an active part in the transition.

Throw renditions of hit songs into the mix, and the interplay between contestants, judges and host Ryan Seacrest, and you've got a hit.

Challenges lie ahead, however. The show has already lost popular judge Paula Abdul although replacement Ellen DeGeneres should maintain viewers' interest.

But will it survive the reputed departure of the most popular judge, bitingly honest Brit Simon Cowell?

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Adam Lambert rehearses for AMAs (video)

American Idol Adam Lambert rehearses for AMAs

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Adam Lambert talks about coming out, a possible tour, the AMAs and more

Lambert on his expectations going into American Idol
"I honestly didn't feel like I would get that far on the show. I thought, I'm not as conventional as American Idol usually likes. I just didn't expect the judges and the audience to be as supportive as they were. Week after week, when I got through, I said, 'Wow, this is, like, working out!' I didn't think I'd get to the end."

On coming out
''I'm very comfortable with my sexuality, and very, very open about it, and have always been out, since I was out of high school. Then, when those pictures came out right before [the] Idol [top 36] started, and I was faced with the media asking me about them, I was like, What am I going to do, deny that they're me? But what I didn't want was to put a label on myself, because I think there may have been people in our country who might not have looked past that."
"I think by not putting a label on myself, maybe it was helpful in letting people see past all that, past putting me in a box based on my sexuality. And then after the show ended, and after the competition was over, and I had made my mark, so to speak, I felt like then it was appropriate to talk about my personal life."

On the fallout from the American Music Awards
"The thing I was disappointed about is that it did start to take the focus away from the music. Hindsight is 20/20. Hindsight is our best teacher, in my opinion. I was in the moment, I was just expressing a song, I was just having a good time. Then I heard the backlash, and I realized, okay, all right, I pushed a little too hard this time around. Maybe it wasn't the right second first impression. I can stand by that. But I don't really feel like I have to make an apology, because I don't feel like there was any wrong done. Maybe it's not just the most broadly appealing performance style. Let's put it that way."

On an upcoming tour
"I think it's probably going to be springtime. I've started talking to management about putting something together. I think it's not going to be a standard arena tour. I think we're going to do something a little different. My big goal is I want to create a show. I want to do something that's very visually dynamic, and is a little more interactive feeling than your typical arena tour. So we're looking at venues that are probably going to be a little smaller and a little more intimate."

What he wears when he's hanging out at home
"A full sequined jumpsuit! [Laughs] Obviously, there are all these photo shoots and appearances where I get all done up. I love dressing up, putting on eye makeup and over-the-top clothing. But when no one's looking, when I'm just kicking it with friends or family or by myself, I'm, like, [in] sweatpants, t-shirt, no eye makeup — except maybe what was on the night before."

On his favorite entertainers of the year
"Yeah, probably Lady Gaga. She just inspires me with her creativity and her out-of-the-box thinking. She's not afraid to take risks and to be different. She dances. She's visually interesting; she's got costumes. And she's a great musician."

On his favorite TV show of the year
"I haven't been up on my media all that much. I watched True Blood, that's probably my favorite show. I just love the tone of it. I really like what they're saying. In many ways, they're talking about our current civil rights issues, but under the guise of they're vampires. It's really sexy. The actors are fantastic. The storylines are captivating. I just love that show."
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Adam Lambert, Alison Iraheta and Kris Allen: Elle magazine shoot and interviews

ELLE Magazine's Joe Zee styles American Idol's Alison Iraheta, Kris Allen, and Adam Lambert

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Adam Lambert photo shoot for "For Your Entertainment"

American Idol Adam Lambert glams it up for a photo shoot for "For Your Entertainment". Check out the behind the scenes poses and Adam's comments about the experience.

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Adam Lambert to Reunite With Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen in NYC

Adam Lambert will be hitting New York City's stage with his fellow "American Idol" alum, Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen. The revelation was made as Ryan Seacrest's "Ryan, Rock My Town" contest unveiled the Big Apple as the city with the most demand for the reunion concert.

NYC came up first, beating Allen's hometown Little Rock. The city that never sleeps took the lead of the online voting in mid-November with over 7,000 demands. The details on when and where the concert will be held are yet to be disclosed, but are promised to be announced soon by Ryan Seacrest.

This free gig will be the first reunion concert for Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta and post 2009 Idol Summer Tour, which was wrapped on September 15 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. All three singers have all come out with their own debut album. Adam released "For Your Entertainment" on November 23, Allison debuted "Just Like You" on December 1, and Kris put out "Kris Allen" on November 17.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Adam Lambert auditions dancers for AMAs (video)

American Idol Adam Lambert auditions dancers for AMAs

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

The making of Adam Lambert's "For Your Entertainment" video

Access Hollywood Extended: Behind the scenes with the making of american Idol Lambert's "For Your Entertainment" video.

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Adam Lambert and Elisabeth Hasselbeck backstage video at "The View"

The View - Backstage with Adam Lambert Tweeting from Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Phone!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta sing "Slow Ride" on the American Idol Tour

American Idols Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta perform Foghat's "Slow Ride" on the Idols Live Tour!

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Interview of Adam Lambert backstage at the Z100 Jingle Ball 2009

Z100 interviews American Idol Adam Lambert backstage at the Jingle Ball 2009.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Adam Lambert sings "Whataya Want From Me" on Jay Leno

American Idol Adam Lambert sings "Whataya Want From Me" from the debut album For Your Entertainment on Jay Leno, Decmeber 21st, 2009.

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Adam Lambert interview on Jay Leno

Adam Lambert interviews on Jay Leno on December 21st, 2009.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Win a trip to the 2010 American Idol Finale

Idol Day Sweepstakes

Enter to win a trip to the 2010 American Idol Season 9 Finale in Los Angeles, California.
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David Archuleta sings "Angels We Have Heard on High" Live!

American Idol David Archuleta interviews on the Today show and performs "Angels We Have Heard on High" from his Christmas album, "Christmas from the Heart".

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Adam Lambert Video for "For Your Entertainment"

American Idol Adam Lambert's Video for "For Your Entertainment". Watch below.

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Adam Lambert throws Hotel TV out the Window!

Adam Lambert versus a Hotel TV. Here's Adam Lambert having way too good of a time during a shoot for VEVO

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Adam Lambert Interview at the 2009 American Music Awards Press Conference

Adam Lambert Interview at the 2009 American Music Awards Press Conference

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The complete Adam Lambert American Idol audition with before and after interviews

Here's the complete Adam Lambert American Idol audition and interviews spliced together. Fox 26 Fresno was there from the beginning where they interviewed Adam before and after his San Francisco audition. Enjoy!

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Adam Lambert at Jingle Ball: The MTV News Outtakes! (video)

From Jim Cantiello, MTV Newsroom
It's been a great week to be an "American Idol" fan. Kris Allen rocked "The Late Show with David Letterman" in Christmas sweaters on Wednesday (December 16), Allison Iraheta ferociously tore through her single on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night and Adam Lambert appeared on nearly every TV show on the air. (I spied Gokey performing his new country material in North Carolina, too.)

Just last Friday (December 11), I caught up with Kris, Adam and Allison (also known as Kradison) before they hit the stage at Madison Square Garden for Z-100's Jingle Ball concert. (Kris was the only Season 8 "Idol" alum performing that night; the other two were tapped to show off their speaking voices by introducing other acts.) It was a fun gig, what with all of the artists in especially jovial moods, which means our interviews were especially conversational and loose. You know what that leads to: outtakes!

Enjoy some of the highlights from my Adam Lambert interview! Initially, we were told that Adam wouldn't be doing any press at the event. Lucky for us, it turns out that it was all a big misunderstanding. During our brief chat, Lambert and I gabbed about how excited he was to meet Taylor Swift, the drama surrounding the upcoming Seacrest-sponsored "Rock My Town" concert contest (On which city he's rooting for: "I really don't have a preference, to be honest with you") and his love of the Miike Snow album (even if he engaged in a little "oh no you didn't" over the band's pronunciation with my camera dude, Steven Roberts). It also wouldn't be a Jim Cantiello "Idol"-related outtake reel without a horrifically awkward, accidental come-on towards a contestant. I wanted a hug from Lambert. Can you blame me? Dude looks so dang huggable!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Adam Lambert Learned to Make Out from Older Girlfriend

Adam Lambert sparked quite the controversy when he kissed a man on stage at the American Music Awards last month, but it turns out that the American Idol runner up actually learned how to kiss from a girl.

Friday Night at Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden Adam Lambert told all about how he wasn’t always into boys.

“When I was 14 yes, I had a girlfriend. She was 18 and her name was BJ and she was from Compton. Can you imagine this little red head kid and a big black girl? She taught me how to make out.”

But the American Idol runner-up also had some words of wisdom for his fans. “Everyone should get out of the mirror. That’s not what matters. We are programmed in society to be so hard on ourselves and our appearance.”

Still, that doesn’t mean that he is immune to being a victim of his own appearance. Backstage, he refused Wonka candy and opted for Five mint gum instead. “I’m on such a diet now.” “I want to stay in great shape so no candy for me.”

And despite a tough year, Adam's resigned himself to keeping to his 2010 New Year’s resolution, which will no doubt help him weather the storm of his AMA controversy. “I want to continue to stay positive and make my music,” he said.

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Adam Lambert on Chelsea Lately

American Idol Adam Lambert interview on Chelsea Lately

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Adam Lambert: MTV #3 Man of the Year, Rolling Stone Reader's Poll Top Artist, and one of Us Weekly's Stars of the Year!!!

When season eight of "American Idol" premiered January 13, no one knew who Adam Lambert was or what he'd become. Sure, his first audition — he took on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" — raised a few eyebrows, but in the early stages of the show, Lambert was outshined by the likes of Normund Gentle and that chick who wore a bikini.

That all changed with a vamping take on Michael Jackson's "Black or White," a decidedly demure version of the Smokey Robinson-penned "Tracks of My Tears" and, of course, his now-legendary cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World." Suddenly, improbably, Lambert — the theater kid with the 100-octave voice and the penchant for dangly jewelry — became the "Idol" front-runner.

Of course, we all know how that turned out. Despite his defeat at the hands of Kris Allen in the season-eight finale, Lambert was unquestionably the biggest "Idol" star of the year, if not of all time. He graced magazine covers, pundits speculated about his sexuality — he was everywhere you looked. Post-"Idol," well, he just kept rising.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

One Day Special - Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta albums for only $7.99!!!

Get your favorite Season 8 American Idols - Kradison - New Albums Today! Today only for $7.99 each! Get and Give Adam Lambert Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta for Christmas!

Adam Lambert performs on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert returns to Fox and performs "Whataya Want from Me" the second single released from the debut album "For Your Entertainment" on So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

American Idol Adam Lambert confirms plans for New Year's Eve

Adam Lambert no longer has to worry about his plans for New Year's Eve. After being dropped from "New Year's Rockin' Eve" by ABC thanks to his controversial American Music Awards performance, the "American Idol" runner-up now reportedly has a presence at the GRIDLOCK New Year's Eve event benefiting The Red Cross. The move has been expected for weeks now, but is officially confirmed on Tuesday through a press release.

The event, according to the press release, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studio and will feature Adam performing some of his songs at the stroke of midnight. As for what songs he will sing, that is of course to be decided.

While the GRIDLOCK event may be a step down from national television, it is still proof that the singer has no problem booking appearances. He can be seen next on Wednesday's finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" and will then appear on "The Jay Leno Show" next week.

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