Tag: Simon Cowell

Adam Lambert Is The “One”

by on May.13, 2009, under All About Adam, Videos

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by luv2laugh at TALC
“One” by U2 is a beautiful song with a very powerful message that speaks to everyone all over the world. Adam Lambert’s heartfelt interpretation of “One” left me in tears. Adam began from a very vulnerable place which drew me in with his quiet vocals while his crescendo to an intense vocal with raw emotion, had my full attention as I felt every passionate word. As the song ended, I heard his message of hope. The control Adam possesses vocally is perfection, but it’s the way he conveys his powerful message from deep within his soul that makes Adam Lambert an extraordinary artist. As the camera paned the audience, Adam’s mother was in tears, clearly moved by her son. Bono told Simon that “It would be his pleasure” to give clearance for Adam Lambert to sing “One”. I would love to know Bono’s reaction to Adam’s interpretation of “One” because I felt Adam’s delivery was exquisite.

“Adam, if somehow you can hear in your head the words of your fans, know this: you were the epitome of “beautiful” tonight. As I watched you standing there beaming, radiating after One, it seemed so obvious that you ARE the “one.” The one American Idol, the one shining star in the whole crazy world of reality TV…. and in my mind, the one man who has finally arrived to revitalize and unite this country with your sweet, sweet face, voice and messages of peace and love and gratitude. I know this all sounds over the top, but I am one tired mama, ALL the time and it takes a lot to get me to vote without a drink or potty break as I just did for 2 hours straight.” by clawmachine at TALC

Performance Video of Adam Lambert singing “One”

screen cap by Adams Philly Babe

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Adam Lambert sang Aerosmith’s “Cryin” adding his own phrasing and vocal style staying close to the original wanting to do Stephen Tyler proud. Adam glides effortlessly through his range hitting notes most singers could only dream of nailing. Adam, the rock star, is completely energizing and still amazes me every time. Always the professional, Adam turned and waved to thank the band even though they were out of sight, they were not out of mind. After the roar of the crowd died down, Randy said to Adam, “You are one of the best we’ve ever had on this stage, one of the most charismatic, one of the biggest brightest stars. You should be a rock star, cause that’s who you are baby!”

Ryan asked Adam what he felt now that everything was said and done. Adam chose not to talk about himself, but rather his fellow contestants. “I think Kris and Danny did really well tonight. I was watching back stage, they’re incredible, they’re both so talented. It’s an honor to be in their presence… to be in their company, so we’ll see what happens.” Adam is a class act through and through.

Performance Video of Adam Lambert singing “Cryin”

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Last night, the Top 3 contestants gave everything they had on that Idol stage. Their schedules are jam packed every day, they are working non stop week after week, and the pressure has to be beyond intense. This week, add a day in their hometowns which must have been one of the most rewarding, overwhelming, emotional, and exhausting days of their life. I take my hat off to these three guys. As a viewing audience, I think there are times when we get caught up in the competition aspect and therefore miss out on the actual performance itself. So if you can, try to step back for a moment to allow yourself the opportunity to appreciate Adam Lambert the vocalist, the performer, and the artist for all that he is. Music is a form of expression and if you can clear your mind and open your heart, then you can truly hear it and feel it.

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Adam Lambert’s “Mad World” Renders Simon Speechless

by on Apr.08, 2009, under All About Adam, Videos

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Click here to watch Adam singing “Mad World”

by flynnsgirl, TALC
I had to come back and write a review for this performance because I couldn’t get my brain to function for quite a while after. Talk about being blown away by something.

Adam took a song that has never been done on Idol, a song that was a brilliant choice, because it’s haunting and beautiful and just so very cool. He sets the scene, dressed head to toe in white, with a leather jacket on and a scarf slung casually around his neck. Sitting on a chair with three pure white spotlights shining down but keeping him in shadow. Piano music starts and he begins. Incredible clear vocals, caressing every note, blending them one into the other to form words with meaning and substance. Adam uses his voice the exact same way a musician uses an instrument. Like playing Bach on a rare Stradivarius.

What he does with simple words to give them emotional impact is amazing, what he did with “nervous” it made you feel the word. Then when he gets to “look right through me” and stands up to give impact to the verse. Brilliant job Adam.

The other contestants on this show are singers, singing their songs. Adam is an artist, painting and sculpting with his voice.

I believe if Adam doesn’t win this competition, it will be a travesty. Adam has a one in a million talent, the kind you are born with, you can’t learn it or buy it. He has stage presence and charisma all wrapped in a beautiful package. It is a joy to watch him perform, singing Ring of Fire, with all the sex appeal in the world or Black or White with the aggression and passion of someone who knows what it feels like to be accused of being “different”.

I believe in my heart that we are witnessing the birth of a SUPER STAR.

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by luv2laugh, TALC
Creating a visual performance to set the tone with intended meaning… Brilliant

Hearing Adam’s flawless voice so full of raw emotion making you feel every word… Pure Perfection

Watching Simon Cowell lead all four judges in a standing ovation for the first time in ‘Idol’ history… PRICELESS

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Adam Lambert: Let’s Talk About Respect

by on Mar.19, 2009, under All About Adam


by luv2laugh
I’ve been trying to understand why some people feel Adam’s performance of “Ring of Fire” was disrespectful to country music. American Idol determines the theme for the week… not the contestants. I’ve always felt that’s the price you pay to be on the show. We all know that in the “real world” artists are not expected to be able to sing songs from every music genre out there. Adam performed Dilana’s arrangement of “Ring of Fire”. It was better suited to Adam’s personal style and vocals. This is not the first time an AI contestant has performed an arrangement which was different than the original classic. Chris Daughtry sang Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” using a rock arrangement and David Cook sang Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” with a rock edge flair. Neither Chris or David were criticized for being disrespectful of the original artist or the genre of music. So why are people talking about lack of respect now?

During the AI performance show last Wednesday, we all got to see some footage of each of the contestants working with Randy Travis. The key word here is “some” footage… AI decides what clips of the working session the viewing public will see. After watching Randy Travis work with Adam, we were all left with a feeling … what in the world is Adam going to do to the classic hit “Ring of Fire?” I am a fan of Adam, and even I was sitting in my family room holding my breath with anticipation of Adam’s performance. I was wondering why Randy Travis appeared to be so shocked and surprised. We didn’t get to see the whole working session with Adam and Randy… just the parts AI wanted us too… the parts that make for good television. Apparently, even Randy’s reaction to Adam’s black nail polish was pertinent to Adam’s upcoming performance.

After Adam performed, it’s time for the judges comments. Simon described Adam’s performance using the words “absolute indulgent rubbish and horrific”. We all know Simon doesn’t sugar coat his opinion and we’ve come to expect that from him. But Simon did something else… something I’ve never seen him do before. Simon said, “I would never go to Nashville if I were you Adam, because I think there are a lot of people throwing their televisions out the window at this point…” What an odd comment from Simon. Did Simon think Adam was striving to be a country singer? It was uncomfortable to watch. (Watch Simon’s critique here… at one point, even Randy Travis shakes his head) It felt like we were getting a message from AI that a line had been crossed and there was no turning back.

In the past, AI contestants have chosen different arrangements that suit their style and vocals during a theme week. Why is this not acceptable now? Did Simon start this whirlwind about respect by bringing up Nashville without even realizing it or is this about television ratings? I’ve seen reports that say AI ratings are down this year. Did you know that Adam Lambert’s name came up in 95% of all comments on the Internet yesterday? People are talking… people are talking about Adam Lambert and that means people are talking about American Idol.

by flynnsgirl
Much has been said about Adam’s performance being disrespectful to Johnny Cash or Country music in general, this opinion comes from no basic knowledge as to what Cash did to the song in the first place.

Ring of Fire was originally recorded by June Carter’s sister, Anita in 1962. Johnny loved the song because June had written it about their then forbidden love. Both Cash and Carter were married to other people at the time. Anita’s version was on the charts for 6 months and never became a hit so Johnny decided to record it. He added mariachi horns to the song, something he said he saw in a dream. This was a very bold move in it’s day, and wasn’t done. So basically Johnny Cash took a Country song, added Mexican horns to make the song his own. Isn’t that exactly what Adam Lambert did? Nearly 80 versions of the song have been done since Cash’s. Adam Lambert’s version is just another one on that list.


from mjsbigblog
Mar 18th, 2009 at 12:43 pm
For those trying to determine how Johnny Cash would feel about Adam’s performance or telling us that we cannot know how he feels, I might offer a little (very little) insight that most peeps don’t have.

I have worked with Mr. Cash (lol, how he would hate being called “Mr. Cash”) numerous times. I’ve partied with him after the gig.

Cash was one of the most “out there” of all of the country artists from the time he started (as a rockabillyish guy) till the day he died. Few people realize that back in the day, he was looked down upon by the country establishment for his “rock” take on music, for his refusal to wear sequined suits and big ol hats, for his excessive partying, drug use and drinking (that put the regular country drunks to shame) and his problems with the law.

Whoever said that he was “punk country” had it exactly right. He was waaaaay outside the envelope in his early days, and he never lost his sympathy and respect for musicians who take risks and who refuse to be put in a box. He always remembered how it felt to be excluded from the club and he always went out of his way to hold out a hand of friendship to those who were different.

He was an incredible artist, an incredible person and the world is much poorer for the loss of his ongoing talent. And he would have looooooooved Adam’s take on his classic hit, and he would have laughed his ass off at the way Adam consistently puts himself RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. He did that. He did that all the time. It paid off for him, and I hope it does for Adam.

Dilana Responds to American Idols Adam Lamberts Ring of Fire Performance

PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 18, 2009 – The entertainment scene is a buzz today over Adam Lamberts performance on last night’s show.

When asked today what she thought of Adam Lambert’s performance from March 17, 2009 of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire Dilana responded with, ” I am stoked that Adam Lambert from American Idol chose to use my version of Ring of fire on last night’s episode. It’s an honor knowing that my arrangement and “cashmere” version of the Johnny Cash classic “turned him on” to the point where he wanted to use it on the show.”

The people in Dilana’s camp also stated that she would love a chance to meet with Adam on the show and do a duet with him. Read more…

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