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Lambert performance prompts ABC to review live show procedures

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ABC is reviewing how it handles live performers after Adam Lambert’s sexually charged act at last week’s American Music Awards prompted a flood of complaints, Reuters reports. The American Idol runner-up kissed a male dancer and simulated oral sex onstage with a backup dancer during the Nov. 22 spectacle, upsetting some viewers and causing the network to edit the broadcast for the West Coast airing, not to mention canceling his appearance on Good Morning America a few days later. Now network President Anne Sweeney says ABC may start making sure artists hold more tightly to contractual obligations that say their shows will mirror their rehearsals. “We certainly don’t want to suppress artistry at any level,” she said, “but we also have to be very cognizant of who our audience is.”

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