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Adam Lambert: Entertainer of the year

How the ”American Idol” alum went from bored to brazen

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No. 8 – Idol‘s glam god

”Before I auditioned for American Idol,” says Adam Lambert, ”I had just left the cast of Wicked in L.A. I was burned-out, and I was bored.” Oh, how quickly life can change. With his unbridled rock-god voice, Elvis-like swagger, and preternatural ability to choose the right song (okay, save for ”Play That Funky Music”), the 27-year-old jolted Idol to vibrant life just when the TV juggernaut was beginning to ossify with cynicism. His unabashed sexuality, meanwhile, ignited endless Twitterpation over whether he was gay — and then, when he came out after the show’s run, whether he was too gay, or not gay enough. ”If no one had been talking about [my sexuality],” he says now, ”I probably would have kept it private, to be honest.” As his infamous performance on the American Music Awards proved, however, Lambert simply can’t keep people from talking about him, which is pretty much the definition of a rock star. And probably why his post-Idol album, For Your Entertainment, debuted several notches higher than the album of this season’s Idol champ, Kris Allen. ”This is what I asked for,” Lambert says, ”and I’m not complaining.” Neither are we.

”I’m just me. I am flamboyant. I am gay. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.” — Adam Lambert