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Introducing…Adam Glambert!

Lyndsey Parker
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A quick YouTube search for "Adam Lambert" generates hundreds of results, including footage of him in a production of Wicked; a video of him sporting peroxided Billy Idol hair and a Scissor Sisters/Darkness-worthy magenta unitard at an Art4Life benefit concert; and cameraphone clips of him wistfully warbling the existential anthem "Dust In The Wind" at a Hollywood cabaret.

There are also dozen of salivating fan video tributes, which I think bodes well for him when he sings on American Idol next week.

But of all the Adam Lambert videos out there on the Interweb, I most dig this one of him glamming it up Hedwig The Angry Inch-style, complete with Adam Ant warpaint, vacuum-sealed pleather pants, a man-corset, a flock of firedancers, and an octave-shattering rock 'n' roll screech that indicates he is one of the few Idol contestants this season fully capable of taking on a kiss-of-death Queen or Heart song:

Yes, I know I criticize some Idol contestants for being too over-the-top (Tatiana, cough), but this is one type of OTT I wholeheartedly appreciate.

I just wish Adam wasn't toning down his flamboyance so drastically on the show, but I suppose that's what he needs to do in order to not instantly alienate all of middle America. This is American Idol, not RuPaul's Drag Race, after all, and we all remember how an overly sassy performance of "Tainted Love" was Danny Noriega's downfall last season...

But MAN, how rad would it be if Adam wore this outfit when he performed next week?

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