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Adam Lambert of 'American Idol'
Singer: ADAM LAMBERT
Song: "Ring of Fire"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: If I'd picked any Grand Ole Opry song for Adam, it probably would have been "Ring of Fire." If I'd picked any arrangement of "Ring of Fire" for Adam, I'm not sure it would have been this version, which goes goes down Depeche Mode meets Ravi Shankar meets alienated arty Radiohead. It's bizarre and hilarious and goofy and it's the first performance of the night to deliver anything distinctive and individual-specific. If you hate it, I'm not going to begrudge you your opinion, but it made me perversely happy. There's a certain "Screw all y'all" bravado to the performance that I might compare to Blake Lewis' Bon Jovi week rendition of "You Give Love a Bad Name."
Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Simon Say: Kara is confused and she's rendered utterly useless. She can't get out anything better than "strange, but I liked it." Paula babbles for a while, mentioning "Kashmir"-Era Led Zeppelin. Simon gives a "Sorry, but I would never got to Nashville if I were you, because I think there are a lot of people throwing their televisions out the window," calling it "indulgent rubbish" and "horrific." Randy says it was like young and fresh and hot, comparing it to Nine Inch Nails doing a country song.