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The Twitter bugs are all buggin’ over Adam Lambert’s risque performance Sunday night to close out the American Music Awards.

He sang his single “For Your Entertainment.” The stage was packed with dancers in what appeared to be a pseudo S&M club. Adam at one point had a guy on a leash. Moments later, another dude grinded his face into Adam’s crotch. (The camera turned away too late for that one. No wonder this aired at 10:55 p.m. EST! It was apparently edited out on the West Coast feed.). He later kissed the keyboardist, who looked like a girl to me but apparently was a guy.

He used his vintage Adam screech frequently and was oddly offkey at times. Was I entertained? Not enough. Overall, it was a bit of a mess and way over the top. He seemed to be trying way too hard to amp it to 11. I anticipate the Adam acolytes will lap up this spectacle and defend him to no end but I doubt he made any new fans.

Lambert told the L.A. Times he had nothing to be ashamed of and got a bit peeved when asked how he felt if the performance would be edited for the West Coast.

“If it’s gonna be edited, then in a way that’s discrimination. I don’t mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren’t edited,” Lambert said. “It’s a shame. Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge double standard.”

At least he didn’t fall on his bum like Jennifer Lopez!

I actually began watching the AMAs late. I forgot it was on until 8:24 p.m. so I missed Janet Jackson, Daughtry and Shakira.

In the end, the Idols did not win a single AMA award. Actually, only two were actually up for any awards. Carrie Underwood lost to Taylor Swift for best female country singer. Daughtry also lost to her for best adult contemporary artist. (Strange that they’d lose to the same person in very different categories!) Ryan Seacrest announced artist of the year, whch was Swift as well.

But I did catch Kelly Clarkson, wearing slimming black. I love her shorter hair but wow. Quoting Shakira, hips don’t lie, do they? She sounds amazing doing “Already Gone.” I’m sure MJ will have the video up in no time and I’ll try to embed the code (ditto with the others). Adam Lambert is shone giving her a standing ovation.

Kris Allen presented best soul/R&B artist in a totally stilted script in which he noted this was his first time presenting live. He looks dapper in that suit, at least.

At 9:30 p.m., Carrie Underwood took over the stage, with a racy yellow and black outfit to do “Cowboy Casanova.” It doesn’t show a lot of skin but kind of focuses your eye to a certain part of the body. I do appreciate that she is singing live and not trying to do anything overly complex when it comes to dancing. She lets the professional dancers do the heavy lifting on that front. Carrie’s male fans should be thrilled that she does know how to swivel those hips. The cameras show Adam again.

Off “Idol,” it was not a good night for our locals. They were all shut out.

Rascal Flatts beat two Georgia groups (Sugarland, Zac Brown Band) for best country group (boo!). And Beyonce defeated two Atlantans (Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole) for best R&B/soul female singer. T.I. lost to Jay-Z for best hip-hop/rap male artist, Michael Jackson for best pop/rock male artist and Taylor Swift for artist of the year. Jason Aldean lost best male country artist to Keith Urban. Hilson also lost the breakthrough artist of the year to Gloriana.

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zoe

November 22nd, 2009
11:34 pm

I’m thinking Adam Lambert’s performance is going to be discussed at length tomorrow by middle America. “Vaguely” S&M? I’m thinking its pretty blatant.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
1:15 am

I thought Kelly looked pretty good. Haven’t had a chance to see Adam yet.

[...] The eyeliner wearing, glamtastic Lambert brought the show to a screeching halt. Literally. (Read AJC blogger Rodney Ho’s run-down of “Idol” vets including Kelly Clarkston, Carrie Underwood, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest). His dominatrix-like [...]

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
2:09 am

Are you sure the person Adam kissed was female? Not that it matters, I’m sure it was staged, but it was hard to tell.

Adam had a little flub, but when you know someone is about to rub their hand on your crotch maybe it causes you to trip up a bit. The whole thing was a bit over the top, it went for shock for no other reason then to shock. He might as well have been singing “look at me, aren’t I cleaver shocking you like I am!” To me it wasn’t that shocking because compared to some porn I’ve seen it was like a childrens winter fesitval play. You know the ones where they celebrate Christmas without actually celebrating anyting? Yeah it was kind of like that.

[...] The eyeliner wearing, glamtastic Lambert brought the show to a screeching halt. Literally. (Read AJC blogger Rodney Ho’s run-down of “Idol” vets including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest). His dominatrix-like [...]

Nana

November 23rd, 2009
6:05 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “Follow the three “R’s”: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibilty for all your action.”

Since I didn’t see the AMA’s, I can’t make any comments other than I don’t see what is so special about Taylor Swift. Oh well, she should enjoy her run for now. It will not last forever.

Deirdre – thanks for the report on “The Blind Side.” I do plan on seeing it this week-end.

Heather MacDonald

November 23rd, 2009
6:35 am

So, I loved Kelly’s performance, but did anyone else catch the sound problem that sounded like a performance track stuttered toward the end? Made it sound like she was lip-synching, but from the air she was using to push notes out, I’d say she was singing live. Sounded weird.
As for Lambert, I’ve seen clips of his video and think all he did was rip off the opening choreography from Cabaret. I keep expecting him to sing “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!” at the start. Kind of uninspired “let me try to shock you” drivel if you ask me. Madonna did it better back in the day.

American Mother

November 23rd, 2009
6:38 am

I wanted to watch Desparate Housewives!!!! Award shows, don’t do a lot for me……
Peace AM

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
7:41 am

Morning!

I didn’t see the AMA’s either…I had company last night. I’m going to look for some videos so I can form my own opinion before I speak about it.

My son informs me that Taylor Swift is winning all these awards for 2 reasons. One is the sympathy vote because of the idiot. The other has to do with her success in the sales department.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
7:42 am

Hey AM…nice to know you’re still hanging around.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
7:53 am

I just watched a video of Adam’s performance. It must have been from the west coast because the crotch shot was edited.

I can’t say it’s my favorite Adam performance but I WILL say that Madonna has been simulating sex on stage for years and very few people have made much of a fuss about it. Double standard maybe? I think that’s possible.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
7:56 am

I just watched the video and I can’t honestly say that it was one of my favorite Adam performances. I must have seen the west coast feed because the crotch shot was edited.

That being said, Madonna and Britney have been simulating sex on stage for years and very few people have made much of a fuss about it. Double standard? Maybe.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
7:58 am

Well, as you can see, I wrote the post twice because my computer claimed the first one had been lost because of an “internal error”. Sorry!

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
8:13 am

I’ll continue talking to myself if y’all don’t mind…and if you do…tough!

I’ve seen some of the videos now. Kelly Clarkson was fantastic! Carrie was very good. I’ll see Daughtry next.

In the meantime, here’s an interview with Adam right after the show(the commercial is short so have patience) I swear I didn’t see this before I made my 7:53 and 7:56 comments.

http://www.accesshollywood.com/american-music-awards-2009-adam-lambert-shock-is-fun_video_1178554

Rickster

November 23rd, 2009
8:16 am

Morning, folks. Bad weekend for my s-i-l.

She’s had a major abdominal bleed, and they had to take her into surgery. They’ve already given her six units of blood. She actually “coded” (her heart stopped) but they were able to revive her.

My brother-in-law that lives up there is on his way to the hospital, but he says it doesn’t look good. I have to agree with him.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
8:20 am

Sorry to hear the news, Rickster.

Nana

November 23rd, 2009
8:25 am

Rickster, so sorry to hear the news. We will continue to pray extra prayers.

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
8:36 am

Good morning, all. And, Rickster, how terrible for you and your family! So sorry.

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
9:34 am

Here is a link to an 18 year-old kid performing on X-Factor recently. I can’t remember anyone on “our” show with his chops, except perhaps Adam. Stay with it, because there is a short clip of someone else before he begins: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheXFactorUK#p/u/0/UkvPp1w_QuM

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
9:37 am

Sorry to hear that Rickster.

As for Taylor Swift, I’m sure many are thinking that she won out of pity, but she I don’t think she won the last award due to that. Sorry, Michael Jackson can draw more of a pity vote than Taylor can. Speaking of pity: it was nice to see Whitney. She must have an album coming soon or something else she needs to pimp. Crack is whack!

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
9:41 am

JT, it was nice to see Whitney. She played it safe, but I didn’t like her song. I know she’s trying to take baby steps in her comeback, so I’ll cut her lots of slack. It was a brave performance. Did you see the tears from her camp in the audience?

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
9:46 am

Harriett, thanks for the video. This kid is very good…reminds me of Kris Allen. Good voice, nice looking, mainstream. I liked him a lot.

And isn’t it interesting to watch Simon during the video? He actually pays attention to the singer! Amazing!

Rodney Ho

November 23rd, 2009
9:53 am

I’m still awaiting the Glamberts to defend him. Where are they?

Mike S

November 23rd, 2009
9:55 am

FIrst — I love Adam Lambert’s album, it is actually a really excellent listen. However, I thought his performance last nice was disgusting, pathitic and demeaning to his talent. he doesn’t have to stoop to such sickening theatrics and crap, but he has obviously bought into the notion that he is now the representative of the decadent sickening perverted lifestyle he has embraced. Such a shame to see a fantastic talent like that completely self-destruct his career before it even gets started.

As for Taylor Swift, she is a studio master and a stage disaster. I have yet to hear her actually sing a single note on key in her entire career when performing live. har albums are wonderful, her live performances are horrible. The girl couldn’t carry a tune in a paper bag. BUT, she sure is pretty to watch.

Gee, I am just a bundle of praise this morning. :-P

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
9:57 am

Good question Rodney, I think they are making a run on S&M shops. They’ll be once they are suited up.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
10:01 am

Hey, Mike! Good to hear from you! But, seriously, speak up if you have an opinion…stop all the namby-pamby, wishy washy indecision! ;-)

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
10:11 am

Adam Lambert is a sick individual that will never get one cent of my money. If you call that entertainment then a film of a drunk puking should win an oscar. His signature screeching aside that performance was one of the worst things I have ever seen on stage. Of course I have never been to a gay or S&M club. Sorry Glambert lovers but facts are facts. Rodney you are right it was way over the top and not a (bit) of a mess but a sickening display of a mess. YUUUCCCKKKK!

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
10:13 am

Oh and Amen Mike!

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
10:14 am

I took Adam’s performance with a grain of salt last night. I figured since he was on last that they had something really outre’ in store anyway, and they sure did. I could have done without the crotch dive, but other than that, I just took it as high camp and nothing more. I did not find it any more offensive than some of the stuff Madonna has engaged in. Having said that, I did not think it was a good enough showcase for his talent–and he has that in abundance, IMO.

And, yes, D, Simon really amazes in this video link. AND he’s wearing a tie!!

kelly&carriefan

November 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

Hi y’all!

Rickster, so sorry to hear about your sister in law. Still thinking of you and your family.

Rodney, I don’t think even the Glamberts can defend that! I honestly thought it was horrible. IMO, he just didn’t sound good at all…and the whole “let me be scandalous ’cause I can” aspect was offputting. Yes, Britney and Madonna have done stuff like this, but they didn’t exactly do it on their first performances…and even then, I’d much prefer subtle sexiness. But that could just be me.

Overall, I think Kelly had the best performance…she made it be about the music without any flashy, gimmicky choreography or outfit. I simply adore the arrangement she does with Already Gone. I loved her…well, I mean, aside from the Dorothy Zbornak outfit. ;)

Carrie’s vocals were also great, but she seemed a bit awkward with all the dancers. She did better on the CMAs, imo.

Mike S

November 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

I know, I have to work on being too much of a Mr. Nice Guy and start speaking my mind.

Oh, one final note on last night. While I appreciated the very skimpy and tight body suit, once again all I could think about after seeing Lady Gaga was WTF WAS THAT?????

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
10:33 am

Oh, but I loved Lady Ga Ga!! And, I was watching it with someone from my mother’s generation who asked questions about her, and then declared “she’s good.”

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
10:35 am

The first performance I ever saw Madonna do was when she was rolling on the floor in a skimpy mock-up of a wedding dress singing Like a Virgin. I’m not saying I approve of Adam’s performance. I would much rather he NOT alienate would be fans by trying to “shock” them. However, it didn’t hurt Madonna and I remember that there was quite an uproar about her performance. Yes Adam was over-the-top… but he always has been. That was one of the major complaints about him when he was on Idol. I still think he’s a force to be reckoned with…I just hope he didn’t shoot himself in the foot.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

Lady GaGa has got it! She’s a freak, but a talented freak.

It’s too bad Allison didn’t perform, her song is better than the songs of Adam and Kris.

idolblogwatcher

November 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

I agree with you Mike S on Taylor Swift. My daughter who is 15 is a HUGE Taylor Swift fan…I mean HUGE!! She sings along with every Taylor song they play on the radio 100 times a day. However she even says, “mom, Taylor Swift CAN NOT sing live at all!”

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
10:48 am

Very well stated, D, as usual! And, I agree, JT!

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

D. His foot is in critical condition after that ! :-) I never have been a Madonna fan either but I dont think she ever had another woman grinding her face in her crotch on national TV. Even she respects herself and her audience more than that.

Take it to the S&M or Gay caberet club not a nationally televised program.

Sorry about sugar coating this. LOL!

kelly&carriefan

November 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Lady Gaga is just weird…imo.

I feel like Adam keeps talking out of both sides. If you’re going to be about the music because you don’t want to be “the gay poster child” then when you have the chance, make your performance be about your vocals, not turning it into a gay circus. (As someone who goes to said circus, I think there’s a time and place for it. Network TV isn’t it…) I didn’t much care for Adam’s singing during Idol. I watched last night trying to keep an open mind…his vocals definitely didn’t win me. Again, JMHO.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
11:12 am

KPH…yes I agree that the performance went too far for national TV but Madonna absolutely HAS had another woman doing the face/crotch and so has Britney Spears. Both in concerts and on cable. Let us not forget the Madonna/Britney kiss that sent shock waves through the industry during the MTV awards. Britney had a concert on HBO a few years ago that dropped my jaw with the blatant sexuality, both heterosexuality and homosexuality. This is nothing new in an industry that keeps trying to get more attention.

Mike S

November 23rd, 2009
11:17 am

I do have to admit that Lady Gaga’s voice has grown on me. She is definately an extremely talented singer. Her performances though are so over the top WIERD that I end up losing the music amid all the costumes and lights and last night FLAMES even.

To contrast her and Adam – both over the top showman, but it also showed the thin line between Wierd over the top and disgusting over the top. Gaga performs right on the line of acceptable/non-acceptable — Adam jumped the shark sitting on the line and went straight to disgusting.

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
11:19 am

Taylor Swift cant sing. If not for the good work of technicians in the studio she would never have sold a record much less be where she is now. She is a decent song writer but she needs to switch it up a bit. Every song cant be about teenie bopper love.

Maybe her song writing will grow up as she does.

Mike S

November 23rd, 2009
11:22 am

Dierdre, the problem is your example was also the point where both Madonna and Britney’s careers started to go down.

Britney obviously hastened her decline with self-destructive behavior.

But, Madonna was at the pinnacle when the ‘Kiss’ and her porno table top book, and her really disgusting stage antics all peaked. from that point on she has become more a caricature of her previous success than a top selling artist. her album sales have declined steadily since that time. She is still very successful, but her success is now living off her early career. Of course, that pattern has been repeated by almost all ’superstars’ and might just be the natural cycle.

In retrospect, the only one that really benefitted from the ‘kiss’ was Christina, and even that is debatable.

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
11:23 am

Agreed D. but that kiss was on the lips not the pen-s! ;-) HBO with ratings attached not national TV. Oh and Brittney is a no talent poser as well.

Rodney Ho

November 23rd, 2009
11:29 am

The Glamberts are clearly in hiding right now. I may now revise my predictions of his first-week sales downward from 200K to 150K. His single “For Your Entertainment” is going nowhere on the radio, doing even worse than Kris Allen. I’m surprised Allison’s song isn’t getting more traction. Jordin’s current single “S.O.S.” is a blatant redo of “Let the Music Play” and doesn’t add much. No surprise it’s struggling up the charts itself. Kelly Clarkson? Another big hit with “Already Gone,” no. 1 on the Hot AC chart and will be top 5 soon on the top 40 charts.

Rodney Ho

November 23rd, 2009
11:32 am

Britney’s career is doing fine, actually. She’s had three top 3 hits in the past year (”Womanizer,” “Circus” and “3″). I don’t think that kiss on MTV really mattered much for any of the women. Madonna’s career was already downsloping by then. Britney’s had her ups and downs but people still love her for better or worse.

Mike S

November 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

I have no idea why they chose ‘For Your Entertainment’ as the first single, other than it is the title track. ‘Music Again’, ‘Strut’, ‘Sure Fire Winners’, ‘If I had You’, and ‘Whataya Want from me’ are all much better songs that FYE.

Sure Fire Winners is very ‘queenesque’ and sounds like Freddie Mercury at his pinnacle. Music again and Strut are very dance driven tracks that reminded me of the Bad and Thriller MJ. Whataya Want From Me is just a dam good song, and If I had You is a tour de force of Adam’s vocal range.

Mike S

November 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

True Rodney, but Britney’s turn around also coinsided with her some what getting her life back together and also ’sort of’ cleaning up her act. of course, now that she is back on top the trashy performances and wierd antics are starting right back over.

Judy

November 23rd, 2009
11:46 am

i watched Adam’s performance on utube, so i saw the kiss. Hope to find the other performances as well. His performance definitely over the top for me. I guess he is wanting certain things to be done and done NOW!! What he is tooo young to understand is he is still new. His actions and the true powers that be can end his career before it realy has a change to begin. It would have been smarter to showcase his talent a bit longer before using the stage as his political arena. He has definitely alienating some who maybe would have been in his corner later in his career.

Rodney Ho

November 23rd, 2009
11:51 am

The ratings for the AMAs last night was 14.2 million, according to early estimates, the best for the awards show in seven years.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
11:51 am

Once again, Adam has everyone’s attention. Kris can’t catch a break. The winner of Idol is asked to present but not to perform. If you ask me, Adam is doing a lot of stuff right. His album is released tomorrow and everybody is talking about him.

But, again, yes. Last night’s performance was way too much for prime time tv.

Rodney Ho

November 23rd, 2009
11:56 am

Actually, Adam’s album comes out today.

Judy

November 23rd, 2009
11:57 am

They are talking, but he needs them to buy as well, which I wont do. But, I won’t buy Kris’ either. Do you think Adam is making these decisions solo or does he have a team advising him?

D

November 23rd, 2009
12:02 pm

Did anyone notice Adam trip up the stairs…….

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
12:07 pm

“D” I notice the trip… he recovered nicely and it let me know that he was really singing. That impressed me more than anything else.

Rodney Ho

November 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

He made it look so smooth (the trip), I thought he had done it on purpose. Not quite as amusing as the J.Lo fall on her bum. Marc Anthony is one lucky bloke, eh?

I think Adam is doing things on his own accord. He doesn’t strike me as the type who uses 20 advisors to tell him what to do. And who knows if he will care about the negative reaction from last night — unless the sales numbers come in low.

D

November 23rd, 2009
12:16 pm

I thought he recovered very nicely….. I had to watch it a couple of times to see if it was a part of the act….I though overall he did well….I know with some of his performance antics he surprised people….but thats Adam….lol!

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
12:16 pm

JLo recovered nicely, too. She popped up faster than toast.

I think everyone was singing live last night. I wish Taylor Swift wouldn’t!

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm

Adam’s performance may have been aimed at people who didn’t know who he was…non-Idol watchers, people who live in caves. Those folks! ;-) I think there will probably be a lot of people, shocked or not, who take a look at his album to see just who he is.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm

I missed the J.Lo fall, I’ll have to catch it on Youtube. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise anyone that I’m a fan of hers. Not so much the music, but you know. However, what’s with Marc Anthony though? The guy gives me the heebee-jeebees.

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
12:43 pm

JT, did you notice the look of concern on Marc Anthony’s face as J-Lo exited the stage? She walked right past him without looking at him, and he kept looking back trying to see her. Guess he was wondering how she reacted to the fall.

Rickster

November 23rd, 2009
12:44 pm

Though I did not watch the show, it’s time to put the upgraded soap box to use.

I think Adam’s doing things “For His Entertainment” not ours. If there’s a more self-absorbed entertainer out there today, I’d be hard-pressed to find one. He’s smug, self-indulgent and just looking at a picture of him makes me feel like Bill Murray in Ghostbusters after the little green guy “slimed” him.

Adam’s CD make come out today (or tomorrow, since Tuesday is usually new-release day) but if I can make it past the Adam Lambert display without gagging or throwing up, I’ll go grab a copy of Susan Boyles’ CD instead.

Adam, I don’t care if you go back to dinner theater, or off-off-Broadway, or want to headline the next Pride parade.

Please… just go away. I’m soooooo over you, you self-absorbed, self-promoting, egotistical piece of excrement.

And, Lady Gaga… WT????

Thank you, and have a nice day.

***stepping back down now – and heading toward my super-secret, heavily reinforced bunker to sit out the onslaught of verbal insults sure to be flung my way.***

kelly&carriefan

November 23rd, 2009
12:58 pm

Rickster, why don’t you tell us how you really feel? ;) I don’t feel quite as strongly, but I guess I won’t be a Glambert fan. No big deal, really. Either he succeeds or he doesn’t.

On a lighter note, Mike Fisher’s (Carrie’s boyfriend) is quite a funny guy: http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2009/11/22/11875186.html

Eliseyes

November 23rd, 2009
1:14 pm

Mr.Rodney, I must tell you that Whitney was one of the best performers along with Mary J. You see, these ladies don’t have to wear costumes or display sex acts to make it big in Hollywood. The youngers were trying to hard to be noticed and it doesn’t take being “over the top.” to make it.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
1:18 pm

Sounds like a good guy for Carrie, but I could have sworn he played for the Blues.

Harriett, I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ll see if I can find it. He probably was just concerned that he wouldn’t get back to his vault and be able to sleep in a coffin filled with soil from his native land before sunrise.

Eliseyes

November 23rd, 2009
1:18 pm

Rodney! Whitney Houston was one of the best performers of the night. She delivered a touching performance along with Mary J. You see, it doesn’t take costumes or sex acts to be noticed. I noticed that the youngsters appeared over the top. It’s not necessary if you know yourself!!!

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
1:23 pm

My prediction is that what Lambert did last night will hurt him. Thank God Chris beat him because he is much more of what an American IDOL should be than Lambert. I mean really who would you rather your kids look to as an Idol?

I also think that AI judges will be much more careful who they put through in seasons ahead because of Lamberts antics. They will be looking for an ” Idol” not a disgusting freak. There have been other weired people that were put through just for comical entertainment value but this one slipped through the cracks due to having (some) vocal talent and hiding how far out there he really is. I bet it wont happen again. If Lambert has a chance he had better tone it way down until he gets established otherwise he will be forgotten sooner than later.

See scoreboard at the top of this page. It has already hurt him.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
1:36 pm

KPH, I think Idol will continue to look for the Adam Lamberts out there. It’s big exposure for Idol. Anything negative he does now can be downplayed, while anything positive can be used as a “he got his start here” moment. Idol doesn’t really need to look for the next mega star, they just need enough shooting stars to keep the cash rolling in.

Rickster

November 23rd, 2009
1:48 pm

It’s way too early in his career for Adam to “jump the shark” – which may be what he did last night.

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
1:57 pm

Au contraire, mon ami, but Ryan Seacrest was acting totally amused by Adam last night. In fact, he said “I’ll bet he designed the costumes,” referring to Adam’s performance. I think Idol is pleased.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
1:59 pm

I have to disagree… if Taylor Swift had done that performance it would have been a jump the shark moment, but this is Adam we are talking about.

Or how about Carrie Underwood, I volunteer to be the hand or face grind person. Granted she would probably go Elizabeth Lambert on me, but it would be worth it.

kelly&carriefan

November 23rd, 2009
2:11 pm

LOL, JT…good luck with that, buddy.

But you know, if we are volunteering for stuff…oh, look at the time, I gotta go! Don’t wanna be late for my piano/keyboard lessons. ;)

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
2:38 pm

We shall see. :-)

KPH

November 23rd, 2009
2:46 pm

There is absolutely unequivocally beyond a shadow of a doubt no way in hell that you would ever see Taylor Swift behave the way Lambert did last night so I cant even fathom that thought. :-)

Harriett

November 23rd, 2009
4:09 pm

I am about to call it a day. First day I have felt like a human being. Enjoyed the coversation a lot!

Rickster

November 23rd, 2009
5:13 pm

Hey folks. Long day both at work & emotionally.

S-i-l made it through the surgery, but it left more questions than answers. She was given 6 units of blood, but when they opened her up, they found very little blood in the abdominal cavity. They couldn’t identify the source of the bleeding… or where the #%# the blood went! She’s very swollen/bloated – so much so, they couldn’t close her up. So they’ve got this plastic covering in place till the swelling goes down and they can close her back up.

If you’re so inclined (and I know many of you are) please pray for whatever is best for her – not us. (And pray for us to be able to deal with whatever happens.)

If I don’t check in by 10:00 Tuesday morning, we’ll be on our way to KY because she’ll not have made it. After tomorrow, I’m off work for the week, and won’t be on at all. In case I’m not on tomorrow, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

This is getting so strange – but nowhere nearly as strange as Adam Lambert has gotten.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
5:45 pm

Wishing you and your family the best outcome, Rickster…whatever that may be.

Here’s a write-up on the Lambert controversy:

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=443487&gt1=28102

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
5:58 pm

Rickster you and your family are in my prayers.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
6:07 pm

Thanks Deirdre interesting article: As for Adam’s kiss:I called that one regarding the gender of who he was kissing. Well sort of, instead of calling it I questioned it.

I do have to correct Adam as his discrimination complaint is off base. Let me give a little timeline:

The Madonna, Brittany, Christina kiss August 28, 2003
The Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake Super-bowl performance February 2004.

The fact that the event he is comparing his actions to happened before a major crackdown regarding all morally questionable actions on broadcast TV makes his points regarding discrimination incorrect. It wasn’t edited to discriminate it was edited due to paranoia regarding stiff fines from the FCC.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
6:21 pm

The Jackson/Timberlake thing was live all over the country so there was really no chance to edit.

And I agree with the premise that females kissing each other or fondling each other is more acceptable in the country’s psyche than males doing the same thing. In that regard, it is discriminatory, but more in a psychological realm.

Women kissing each other is all over tv today…no editing. Many prime time shows have had female kissing scenes. Gossip Girl just advertised a menage a trois scene. Two girls and a guy. If it had been 2 guys and a girl….it NEVER would have happened outside cable.

So yeah, it IS discriminatory and no, I don’t want to see it either! I’m not sure why there’s a difference but there is.

JTesla

November 23rd, 2009
7:24 pm

The Jackson/Timberlake incident (and several award show flubs) changed all broadcast television. So regardless of society’s level of acceptance, networks live in fear of the FCC’s zero tolerance policy.

The network wants to get you talking and watching, and the AMA’s like the exposure: social acceptance isn’t what they crave. What they want can be obtained by generating buzz, the easiest way to get buzz is to shock. However, they also don’t want to provide so much shock that they end up being called before a Congressional Committee.

Deirdre

November 23rd, 2009
7:59 pm

I agree with that completely. However, the FCC zero tolerance policy doesn’t apply to female/female contact during prime time network tv. If it did then many shows would have been fined by now. So why should it apply to male/male? There’s an acceptance level for female/female that does not exist for male/male. It IS discriminatory.

Don’t get me wrong. I would rather not have watched Adam do what he did last night. I didn’t like seeing Brit and Madge swapping spit either!

Harm

November 23rd, 2009
9:09 pm

Hi everyone, I’ve been missing for awhile.

Rickster, I will continue to pray for your sister-in-law!!!
Harriett, I’m glad that you are feeling better.

I went to The Blind Side earlier this evening… loved it! Nana, I think you will really enjoy it!

I didn’t vote in the poll about Adam’s AMA escapades, it was what I expected from him, over the top.

Harm

November 23rd, 2009
10:45 pm

I forgot to mention that while we were watching The Blind Side, we saw Temple High Schools’ former football coach in the movie, we had no clue that he was in the movie prior to going to see it. He had a small non speaking role, he was one of the coaches on the sidelines. I think he is the only person that I know to appear in a movie.

linny@home

November 23rd, 2009
11:26 pm

just heard Mandisa will grace the Macy’s (grrrr it should be Rich’s and downtown) Great Tree lighting at *booo* Lenox this year. Just a bit of AI alum news to lighten the blog, LOL

mamakitty

November 24th, 2009
12:51 am

Ok now I know that many people just went HOLY CRAP! when adam lambert performed at the AMA’s Sunday night. Now I will grant that I was a little bit blown away by the performance, but let me you tell you this, deep down I expected it. His single, “for your entertainment,” is a very upbeat song that you would probably here in a dance club. But the reason I expected it to happen is because of the lyrics in the song. “Im gonna hold ya down until your screaming my name” “Its bout to get rough for you” “take the pain take the pleasure, im the master of both” and the one that should have been the red flag “thought an angel swept u off ur feet, well im bout to turn up the heat” His song is telling you that he is not a sweet innocent man, he is just like all the other entertainers, gonna push it to the limit. And he did that on his AMA performance for sure.

Now I saw the performance and I wasnt offended by it cause ive seen many other performers do just as or even worse acts on stage. Adam has talent beyond imagination. He can hit a high note like crazy and blow you away. Now you must know that he was so highly praised and admired on american idol, and with all that attention it sets the bar extremely high. So what do you think is going through an artist’s mind?

I think adam wants to be the performer that everyone glamored him to be on idol. So yes he was off key singing because hes trying to do too much at one time. He was trying to entertain the hell out of everyone as much as he could. And he did show a side that many were hoping wasnt gonna show, but guys he is gay!!! We all knew from the get go. So why get so offended when he shows it.

I downloaded his albulm today and its awesome. He can sing anything and its just a great album with a lot of catchy songs and great lyrics. Yes he has a fashion statement, yes he may come off risque at times, but he is not the top of the list for risque, there are many that have beaten him.

I feel that this performance will get talked bout then be a thing in the past. Dont give up on a performer due to his first awards show performace. He has high standards set for him, and wants to keep them there. And I feel that he will learn from this and revisualize his future performances. But dont throw away a piece of talent like that over one performance.

Listen to his album and accredit him for his singing talent. Because he has got it like no one else.

Adam isnt going anywhere.

Allenism

November 24th, 2009
1:11 am

Best wishes to your family, Rickster.

Allenism

November 24th, 2009
1:18 am

Hey Rodney: I think most Glamberts left, because they were too tired to defend Lambert. I wonder if they would spend their money on him anymore.

JTesla

November 24th, 2009
1:36 am

How did I miss the best outfit of the night: Rihanna!