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Adam Lambert: Top 8 “Mad World” | American Idol

April 7, 2009 by  

AMERICAN IDOL went over tonight…way over. Those of us watching on our DVRs missed the final performance of the night from Adam Lambert. Thankfully the wonderful people over at posted the performance so we can see what Fox denied us.


A standing ovation from Simon Cowell. That’s not something you see….ever!

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343 Responses to “Adam Lambert: Top 8 “Mad World” | American Idol”

  1. Deb on April 14th, 2009 7:15 pm

    Almost idol time… I never thought I’d be this glued. What will Adam do this week. It’s always mindblowing. this guy is incredible!!!!!!

  2. Me on April 14th, 2009 11:09 pm

    We’ll see. He may win but no one will support him. Much like every winner EVERY. Only positive talent has been Daughtry and Underwood. They know what sells albums. It isn’t how good you scream.

  3. Rachel on April 14th, 2009 11:12 pm

    HUH? That was what the big deal was?!?! I REALLY don’t get people’s fascination with this guy. I think he would be a great Broadway star (on stage charisma, powerful voice, etc.) but is just not popular recording star material – he’s over the top theatrical and I just don’t see the singing chops. What was good about this performance is that he did not do his signature screeching thing which is getting a bit old.

  4. christie on April 15th, 2009 12:03 am

    Yeah, they should just end the show and give Adam his record deal, I LOVE THIS BOY, he is soooo talented. Im going to buy anything he puts out!!!

  5. aly cullen on April 15th, 2009 2:18 am

    tonights song blew ass. talk about screaming a song. gohhh! it was terrible. and yes that is true all the winners dont ee like the others do. except kelly and carrie were worthy. other ppl who didnt win sell more than the people ho didnt get first..

  6. Valarie on April 15th, 2009 1:08 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! I DVRed it too waiting to see Adam I was very UPSET to find out I missed Adam. Thanks for posting this viedo.

  7. ElizabethBennet on April 15th, 2009 4:48 pm

    I am a married 46 year old mom of one 6 year old boy. If my son becomes half as talented as Adam, I will be soooo proud. And if he is gay… how fantastic..I will gain another son in future.

  8. terine perdigone on April 16th, 2009 12:23 am

    I think elvis is back in the building to stay but change his name to Adam
    live on, Stay away from all drugs, and you’ll have a long great exciting journing
    with your talent. I dvr you and missed april 7,2009 and just listen to why Simon finally stood up. Maybe he was waiting for what we all need and thats you
    you already won. Keep moveing your deep dark sparkle eves.
    Terine 50 be good

  9. aly cullen on April 16th, 2009 1:41 am

    adam lambert is not going to win! it will be danny

  10. Ken on April 16th, 2009 2:46 am

    When freddy murcury died I thought we lost something special,now we have someone even better, best voice on the planet and can only get better.

  11. lucille on April 16th, 2009 8:25 pm

    i posted a comment last week when Adam sang Mad World, and I listened to him this week as well singing Born to be Wild….Come on now, all of you who are saying negative things-you apparently dont know a exellent voice when you hear it.This guy is fabulous and he should definately win. If he doesnt win, he will still make it BIG TIME and be another Elvis. I will buy ALL his records and continue to love him…..Go Adam!!!!!!

  12. Sean D. on April 17th, 2009 12:21 am

    Wow … I couldn’t find Adam’s song the next day on iTunes and so downloaded two versions of it by other artists (Gary Jules and Alex Parks) … both are excellent, but, well, not Adam! Found the video and watched it over and over again … absolute genius that differentiates him from the other artists is the one line in which he sings “went to school and I was very nerveous” … the way he drew out “nerveous” on the video is incredible!!! When I finally found and purchased the full recording of his on iTunes, it was incredible to me that he did better live on AI on the “nerveous” word than he did in his recorded version … what talent to perform live better than with unlimited second chances provided by recordings! Don’t delete the video version from this show!

  13. Najin on April 17th, 2009 5:47 am

    Adam u rock! I hope u win. I really hope u’ll start recording. Our life would be empty without you. So glad u happened in my lifetime to bring such joy & pleasure. U r on a different league to all the other Idols.

  14. cindy on April 17th, 2009 11:56 pm

    although this man is really great, these comments seem to have no substance. kind of like the obama obession. i’d like to think that people need to prove before given the title of ‘king’. could there be a correlation of our country going downhill and people looking for idols to worship, hate to sound like a doomsday person, but something to think about and not get to wrap up in, if you know what i mean…nonetheless he is great, but give the guy a chance to prove it, he’s no different than you and i.

  15. Cindy Lou on April 19th, 2009 12:37 pm

    Adam is and will be another Elvis of this era!! He’s has phenomenal talent. His vocal skills outshine all others!! He’s mesmerizing to watch and I’m always blown away after his performances.

  16. adamfan on April 21st, 2009 2:35 am

    What a performance!! He just gets better and better. I’m glad Adam’s on Idol this year. It needed the shakeup. Can’t take my eyes off him when he’s on stage. I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the next “ADAM SHOW” … Ridiculous talent!!!!

  17. Xwjll on April 23rd, 2009 6:33 am

    Yup!!He did better on live on AI than on his recorded version !!Week to week

  18. Xwjll on April 23rd, 2009 6:44 am

    I from Vietnam, and i’m a big big fan of AI. In this season, im glad to see Adam on the Stage, he’s amazed!! I really want to know who is the winner but it’s not important because we have ADAM!! His voice’s so great in both rock and pop, so plz give us more and more ur talented,adam lambert!!

  19. Patricia on April 24th, 2009 5:53 pm

    I am going to be so sorry when this season of American Idol is over as I am hooked on Adam Lamberts voice. I save all of the performances on my DVR so I can watch & listen to Adam whenever I want to…………LOVE his voice!!!! I love how he changes his look & performances every week, I truly enjoy him! I loved his Ring of Fire & was glad he didn’t do it country style! 🙂 All of is performances have been fantastic! Wonder which record company he will sign with?

  20. Lisa on April 26th, 2009 3:06 pm

    I’m a FAN!!!! I want to hear your voice on the radio when I get in my car. I want to pop in your cd and listen to you non-stop. I want to actually pay money to see you in concert. I want to turn on MTV and watch your music videos…over and over again 🙂 What have you done to me!? lol

  21. Jude Avery on April 30th, 2009 12:28 pm

    I have reviewed all of Adam Lambert’s performances. I am convinced he is the next Elvis Presley. He has the style, electricity, can sing with a sensuality that only was ever (in my mind) ever seen in Elvis. If he were to take just his American Idol performances and record them onto a CD, I know they’d be a sellout, pronto! Each is unique and each is a class act on it’s own. He WILL be huge… and deservedly so. I look for him to be right up there with Elvis. I knew Elvis personally, and he was not only a star, but he had a huge heart. Adam is young, but, he reminds me of a young Elvis. I have always been able to pick those who have become famous in big ways, right down to who’d win beauty pageants and everything in-between. This performer “gets it.” Bet on him, and you can take that to the bank!

    Good on ya Mate!


  22. Susan Winnie on May 2nd, 2009 3:34 pm

    I have watched Adam Lambert on American Idol these past weeks, I am an old gal in her 60’s and this guy gives me the chills, he is so talented. I love 70’s Rock and he is so Freddy Mercury of Queen its unbelievable Freddy would be so flattered to see so many years later what a phenom Adam is. He is not only Freddy, he can channel Elvis, or for that fact any super star of those past eras, as well as his own modern era, and transform himself into his very own signature performance. All I can say is Wow!, he is the best that American Idol has ever found. I hope before the contest is over that Adam performs the Queen Classic, Another One Bites the Dust, just listen to Queen and Freddy Mercury do that song, and you will think it is Adam Lambert who can hit those notes just like Freddy, it almost brought tears to my eyes as we all know how Freddy died of AIDS. Adam has performance moves that are professional, he is just made either for broadway live, television, recorded music and movies. This is a guy who could play Danny in Grease, Jim Morrison of the Doors, even Johnny Cash. His range of emulation is unlimited. He is all of the past American Idols rolled into one big package. I hope to not see him in the bottom 3 ever again, come on folks after each show, get your votes in from here on out. He is the closest to looking like Elvis Presley than anyone who has ever played the part on tv or the movies. Also notice how much he listens to the judges and takes the advice to heart never back talks or argues. My biggest laugh of the season was his Ring of Fire rendition a famous Johnny Cash song, that I must admit was nowhere close, yet it was hauntingly original stealing nothing from Cash, but putting the Lambert signature on the famous Johnny Cash piece of music. It has been many years before I have considered buying a CD of anyones music, yet I will wait in line to buy Adam Lambert Music. I hope his generation know what a find he is and will be thrilled to say I saw Adam on Idol when he first started.

  23. Steve Lewis on May 4th, 2009 7:01 pm

    Adam, Your way to damn good for American Idol!! Best vocals I have heard in years. Adam do the Unchained Melody song for Simon and shut him up for good. I believe your the only one that has the talent to do this. I feel so bad for you in the recent insult in the last show. That was poor judgement on their part knowing you was running away with the show. After your gone I will never ever watch this show again. My regards to you and wish you the best in the future. Steve Lewis

  24. Jane & Family on May 7th, 2009 4:24 am

    Adam is Totally Awesome. Our entire family Loves and enjoys all of his performances on american idol and love to hear his songs every week. We listen to them all the time online. We would love to hear him do a Elvis song and performance. He can take a song and make it Awesome. He’s so talented and can take different songs and sing and perform them sooo Totally Awesome!!!
    Hurry and make more recordings and cds because we cant’ wait to buy them. Lot’s of luck to the next american idol top performer. Enjoy in your future Adam concerts, lot’s of more recordings and even movies because we know your going to be a big star.

  25. Barbie Augle on May 15th, 2009 2:54 pm

    Love u Adam Lambert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You rock my wold and i am 50 yrs. of age and happily married !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can see him in the future singing and making movies !! Good luck to you Adam! You make my heart skip a beat and i have a pace and fib. in me!!! So hopefully you keep my heart pumping every time i see you perform or hear your music! LOL………………..

  26. Lisa on May 19th, 2009 8:28 am

    video dont work …!

  27. Chelsea Bishop on May 21st, 2009 2:03 pm

    Adam , You were way better than kris. I am madly in love with u.

  28. sue on May 22nd, 2009 5:41 pm

    I have just listened to Adam Lambert on line because people are telling me he screamed when he sang and how bad it was. Well you know the boy has talent and once a sponsor gets hold of him and smooths him out this kid will go a long way. Right now its raw talent, seen it before, seen a before and after. He will get there.

  29. Jacob Pillman on May 22nd, 2009 5:59 pm

    Favorite Song You Sing! I Could Watch This Four Days And Not Get Tired Of It. I Demand A Recount For The Votes For You And Kris Because Your A Heck Of A Lot Than Him. Can’t Wait Till You CD Comes Out. Enjoy The Fame While You Can, And Enjoy Everyone Loving You While You Can.

  30. karla on May 27th, 2009 7:48 am

    Adam you are still the greatest ever on Idol….Some may think they were better but you are the whole wonderful package……….Waiting for your music to come out….Sure conway is waiting …Ha, what a laugh….

  31. Wendy on May 30th, 2009 11:56 pm

    Absolutely Love everything about Adam Lambert. Was sooooooo disappointed that he did not win Idol. Kris was OK but c’mon. Adam was always consistent, through the whole season. I am 48, have 3 teenagers and am happily married, but have to have my “Mad World” by Adam FIX a few times a day. Sorry but it just makes me feel so darn good. Can’t wait to buy his CD’s and hopefully see him on the Big Screen. Way to go Adam, you are a born Star. Keep being yourself and don’t let anyone change you.

  32. karla on June 13th, 2009 6:18 pm

    best idol ever…Love his voice and arrangements…so wonderful…

  33. sharon on August 17th, 2009 12:44 am

    There seems to be more positive comments about the next world superstar than negative. Just may be the negative remarks are coming from some very frustrated fans of other idols who are frightened that their favorite isn’t going to make top two finals. We all know that Adam is in a completely different league than any other S8 contestant. The others are good but lacking charisma, stage presence, wide range vocal talent, and above all humility. Adam is so kind, sweet and loving and always praises the band each week unlike the rest. Plus Danny, Anoop, and a few others have tried to immulate Adam’s moves and jestures but it’s not working for them. That in itself is a compliment to Adam. He is well liked among the other contestants and helps all of them if they ask him for advice. He is very respected among the AI staff and judges especially Simon and Paula. I have watched AI from beginning and never seen Simon show so much respect for anyone until Adam. He is in awe of his talent and knows he has found a world wide star. AI has given Adam the exposure he didn’t have in the past. So no matter what you may think of AI they know what a gift they have in him and are giving him so much freedom with his performances and letting him get involved with his new cd. He hasn’t put out an album yet and already those in the industry are callilng him a superstar. He has admirers in Brian May of Queen, Slash, Queen Latifa, Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas (they love him) Cindy Loper, and Smoky Robinson gave him a stand O. There are many more just can’t think of them all right now.
    Why do you think Aerosmith, Bono of U2, Led Zipplin, and all the original artists were happy to allow Adam to sing their songs. He has made them all proud. You may not know this but after Adam sang MJ “Black or White? MJ let it be known that he wanted to meet Adam, but he became sick and it never happened. This is the impact this brave, wonderful, loving man has had on us his fans and the music industry as a whole. Good Luck Adam in the future. We love you so much and want you to make it big in the music business. Don’t let the haters get you down. They will some day appreciate your super talent and be eating their words.

    God Bless You

  34. jeanette lester on October 9th, 2009 12:28 am

    I watched Adam every time he sang. I dont think any one person I have ever heard could sing as great as Adam. He should be the next king of pop. He is truly amazing and I can not wait for his first cd to come out.I truly believe he should have been the winner of Idiol. I know he will go far and we will be hearing him for many years to come. I hope he does a song with Allison ,they were great together when they sang together. WHAT EVER HE WANTS AS HIS PARTNER IS HIS BUSSINESS AND NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL HIM WHO HE SHOULD LOVE. Keep on doing what he does best and that is sing. Good Luck and I will be waiting for his records to come out. True Fan Jeanette

  35. zulqarnain malik on March 26th, 2010 12:33 am

    I love you adam lambert….One day inshaALLAH I’m gonna sing like you…..and one day inshaALLAH i’m gona win amercian idol…inshaALLAH…..ALLAH help me…

  36. Adam`s wife on June 25th, 2011 3:58 pm

    I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee you.

  37. Luz on September 5th, 2011 2:49 am

    Adam: I have been a fan of yours since the beginning of Idol.You are in a class of your own. You have been bestowed with physical and inner beauty. Nobody can sing like you! Now that you have made it please avoid at all costs the use of drugs and excess drinking. I am also suggesting that you and your band take dancing lessons to sharpen your act! You are a beautiful person and you inspire people.Please keep your private life private. If you could make an album with Cristina Aguilera it would be a smash hit! The night that you did not win the Idol title, I was totally upset! I spent the week very quiet. I know you are a friend of Kris but he cannot sing like you. That title was yours and no one deserved it more than you. Keep up the good work!

  38. Angel on December 19th, 2011 4:41 am

    I’m just reminiscing those days of AI8 and read all the comments here.
    I love you, ADAM! May the whole world acknowledge and recognize your overflowing GOD given talents. You are simply the BEST in every way!
    Go ADAM!

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