2019 American Music Awards

Flashback Friday: Remember Adam Lambert's Best 'American Idol' Performance?

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American Idol contestant Adam Lambert poses for a Top 36 Gallery portrait on Jan. 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Glamberts are having a pretty great week.

Yesterday, Billboard broke the news that Adam Lambert had signed with Warner Bros. Records and his new album -- which finds him working with Shellback and Max Martin -- is expected to drop this summer. 

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Then last night, Lambert stopped by his old stomping ground, American Idol, to "re-audition" with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," his original audition song. That, of course, got us thinking about his other Idol-era performances, particularly his show-stopping Top 8 performance of Tears for Fears' "Mad World," to which Simon Cowell gave a standing ovation. In addition to going down as one of the all-time great performances on Idol (up there with Kelly Clarkson's "Stuff Like That There" and Clay Aiken's "Solitaire"), fans loved his interpretation of the tune so much that it made its way onto his Acoustic Live! EP.

For this week's Flashback Friday, and in honor of the next step in Lambert's career, re-live the magic of one of his early career highlights. 


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