Artist Profile: Adam Lambert
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Artists originating from TV talent shows often struggle to shed the label of mediocrity and stereotype. It’s natural (if not a little lazy) to make sweeping assumptions on reality acts being traditional - particularly when we're talking about chasing a desired title – but now, there is a simple riposte: Adam Lambert. The theatrical showman entered season eight of American Idol back in 2009, where his display of dramatics mixed with passionately charged vocals placed him closer to Freddie Mercury than to the narcotic entities that usually flood TV talent shows. Like most Idol fans, I watched in complete awe as he performed like a ready-made star every week, knocking down the conventions of the American Idol archetypal along the way. He was the virtuoso that the world of reality TV had been waiting for, so when he finished in second place, it was more than just a little bit shocking. After I picked my jaw off the floor at the sheer disbelief that he didn’t take the crown, it dawned on me that Glambert, as he's known to fans, didn’t win for the very same reason he escaped the "novelty" tag of the Idol premise in the first place - because he’s unorthodox. It simply would have been a crime against music had he been confined to the constraints of musical conservatism imposed by the title.
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