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Adam Lambert of 'American Idol'
Singer: ADAM LAMBERT
Song: "Tracks of My Tears"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Hair slicked back, natty light suit, under-played guyliner, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar and and a standing bass, this is Adam Lambert Unplugged. He singings most of the song in a pure and unwavering falsetto, which is rarely something I enjoy. But Adam gets away with it because his falsetto is tremendous. Like you get the feeling that Scott and Matt hear Adam in rehearsals and think that what he does is easy and they try adding upper register stuff of their own, with much less success. Smokey gives him a standing ovation and, indeed, this is the night's first fully defined performance. My caveat: The director knew that this was a great performance and he spent too much of the time in a "Check out his Emotions!" close-up on Adam. Had the director showed the same restraint as Adam and just let the song unfold in a simple two-shot, given it a little space and room to breath, it might have been the season's first performance for the books.
Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Simon Say: Kara has six words for Adam: "One of the best performances of the night." Kara isn't so good with math. Or with planning out her criticisms. And she says it as if it's some sort of big deal. I thought she was going to say it was one of the best of the year. Or one of the best ever. But just one of the best tonight? Was there competition? Paula's excited by Adam. Simon clarifies Kara's comment, calling it the night's best performance and says Adam has emerged as a star. I don't know what Randy says, but he ends with "unbelievably hot, da bomb."