Adam Lambert American Idol Mad World Tribute
We predicted (14 weeks ago), we confirmed (6 weeks ago) and we still believe (tonight). Adam Lambert is one of the most qualified and least typical of any of the American Idol contestants that have come before in this top rated Fox Television program's 8 season history. He can sing anything and his range is triple octave. He has enormous stage presence. He is handsome, and personable and humble and (OMG) even nice. He is unflappable in the face of countless AI judge insults and inanities. He has weathered (in this day and age...puleeze!) a ridiculous tabloid tsunami of snipes and hisses about his possible "gayness". To which I (and hopefully the American public after tomorrow) will respond...who gives a flying factoid one way or another. Adam Lambert is a star. My only hope is that he can write. If he can come up with his own original words for a few fine tunes, and find a Bernie Laupin to make the music ring, we will have a star on our hands that will last for a good long time.
Having said all that...I do have to mention, that both final contestants had to sing songs chosen by AI producer Simon Fuller tonight. He picked "Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke for Adam and (one of my all time personal favorites) "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye for Kris. As talented as these two guys are, neither one of them came close to the originals. It's not their fault...how could they possibly? But I'm glad the songs were chosen because it puts a spotlight on two great African American artists that are no longer with us. And maybe they will get some fresh downloads as a result of this publicity.
Good luck to both of tonight's contestants. Alan Lambert and Kris Alan will have to sort it all out tomorrow, and wonder along with the rest of us....who is the American Idol? How long does it last? Who will get the most downloads? And (most importantly) will anyone still care after Susan Boyle wins "Britain's got Talent"? My fantasy for the Wednesday night finale is for Adam and Kris to sing "Under Pressure", a great 80's song by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. It would bring down the house.
Note: This post has been updated with a video. It's Adam singing "Mad World" while a water ballet lady swims around blowing bubbles. It's exquisitely weird.