American Idol Recap: Adam Lambert's Mad World

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It's a "Mad World" for Adam Lambert. All other American Idol competitors just live in it.

The singer put on maybe his best audition last night. We know that's saying a lot, but here's all you need to know about Lambert's rendition of "Mad World" by Tears for Fears: Simon Cowell gave him a standing ovation!

You really need to watch this performance RIGHT NOW.

In the interest of fairness, here's a look at who else impressed the judges last night:

  • Danny Gokey kicked off the night in style with an emotional version of "Stand By Me."
  • Matt Giraud, rocking a Justin Timberlake-like fedora, was told by Kara that his “Part-Time Lover” was “incredible on every level.”
  • Allison Iraheta tackled Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” She turned the ballad into an emotional rock song and received praise from Paula: “You gave all of your heart in this song."

Click on the photos below to relive every finalist's performance. Then, write in and let us know who you think will finish second. Because, come on, Lambert has this thing won...

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Mad World Performance

Adam is the bomb. He is the only contestant who can really sing. Hope he wins.


I'm from Singapore, and I always look forward to watching Adam Lambert on American Idol. He portrays a very talented singer, and with his good looks and talent, perhaps he might be in the movies someday. All the best to you Adam and though I am not able to vote - you will definitely be the American Idol 2009. Best of luck in your future endeavours.


Adam is the best. Not matter what, it is not a problem at all if he doenst like girls... It is just so sorry cause he is so hot, but the most importante think is I LOVE TO LISTEN TO HIM AND I REALLY THINK HE IS THE BEST BY FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR....


Um, i actually dislike him being gay but its alright. I totally love him and would totally buy his album.


I would just like to know why we are still talking about Adams sexuality? If you don't like him, or you don't like the fact that he is gay then don't go looking for things about him on the net! For everyone else who doesn't care that he is gay stop responding to the retards who can't let it go. Yes Adam is gay! Get over it or move on! And for those of you who say he can't sing, you know nothing about vocal ability! There are not many people in this world that have the range and control that Adam does!


What can I say? True performer, mouth-watering energy, awesome talent - all for the sake of entertaining us while being true to himself, no pretenses. I hate it when anti-Adams (esp. the homophobics and deaf ones) say that his singing voice is not something you would enjoy while driving your car with the radio on. Hello?!! What else do they need to hear to realise that Adam is a flexible artist? He'd done gayish and manly perfs. He made both men and women fall in love with him thru his singing. Cmon, guys, let's vote for him and make a history on AI. No one deserves to win the title but him. Matt and Danny can battle for the second spot (the hell I care). Danny is an obvious favorite (he sounds so pop, yeah, but I was never moved by any of his perf). Way to go, Adam! Idc if you're gay, transvestite or a plant pretending to be a human. You rock!


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Hi Cheryl! "..on the right track.."??
wake up,my dear,you are in the 21. th century..helloooohooo..we have a BLACK president!Want to bring him on the " right track" also???
I love him for his clearness and he s faithful to himself.He is what he is and is proud to say it with a loud voice.And-at leat..its REALLY nobody s business!He s a fantastic artist and he ll be HUGHE!!


By far the best thing since kelly clarkson??!!??... gag me. Kelly is great but there have been many more amazing singers since her. I do enjoy Adam, he is very unique and a great performer. And cheryl... you are a dumbass for saying that, you must live in your own happy fairy world. I sugguest you wake up from it sooner rather then later


cheryl, you can suck the corn out of my shit.
yea adam is gay and so am i bitch.
you think he needs to "get his life on the right track"?
i think you are the who needs to get your life on the right track.
grow up and realize that homosexuality is not chosen.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]