->''"Pop is a little bit theatrical. That's the whole vibe. That's the point - is that it's great music, great melodies, great hooks. But, on top of it, it's a presentation. There's a showmanship about it. And that's why I wanted to be a pop star."''

Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is a flamboyant musician and the runner-up in Season 8 of ''Series/AmericanIdol''.

Before he was in ''Series/AmericanIdol'', he was doing musical theater -- he had been in the San Francisco production of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', and a musical version of ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' starring Val Kilmer as Moses.

On the show, Lambert was known for his flamboyant mannerisms and appearance and sometimes over-the-top performing flair, requesting interesting costumes, remixed musical accompaniments and flashy lighting effects during the rehearsals for the live shows, which mostly helped him, the judges quick to recognise his showmanship. Rumours swirled about his sexual orientation and Lambert didn't outright deny the claims, but he was careful to remain in the closet until the season was over so as not to harm his chances of winning. He also drew flak because he had past professional experience, with some viewers feeling that perhaps he had an unfair advantage over the other previously-undiscovered contestants.

The show made no secret that they wanted him to win -- guest performer Music/KatyPerry had the name "Adam Lambert" embroidered on the back of her cape during her musical number (not the one with the contestants) in the Top 3 show. Lambert himself probably was ready to go before then -- in later seasons, getting into the Top 2 can ''hurt'' your musical career relative to a lower placing. But between his obvious talent and Danny Gokey's disaster with "Dream On" the previous week failing to leave the radar, he made runner-up.

His loss to Kris Allen shocked almost everyone who didn't vote for Kris Allen, ''even Allen himself''. It didn't help that some AT&T dealerships in Arkansas (Allen's home state) may have rigged some of the cell-phone voting -- not enough to make a difference in who won that season, we were assured, but probably enough to tarnish ''Series/AmericanIdol'''s credibility and do serious damage to the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} for Season 9.

Adam Lambert has released four albums since then: ''For Your Entertainment'' (his studio debut), ''Take One'' (consisting of pre-''Idol'' recordings), ''Trespassing'' (his followup to ''For Your Entertainment'') and ''The Original High''. His musicianship and showmanship remain good, and he has sold better than Kris Allen. His live performances, however, are controversial because some of them were sexually provocative and filled with overt HoYay - Lambert has had dancers put their faces in his crotch, and has kissed the male keyboardist/guitarist of the backing band full on the mouth. This came as an unexpected shock fo the television stations who were airing the shows (most of them big awards shows like the Grammys, several with television audiences expected to include families/young children and teens) live, led to his appearances on several daytime/morning talk shows getting cancelled, and also is a double-fault with some audiences and some Standards and Practices departments. Lambert has said he does not regret his risque performance decisions, though sometimes concedes that it may have been a little much.

Adam had a minor role in the fifth season of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. His debut episode aired on November 7, 2013.

Since 2011 he has also done live vocals for Music/{{Queen}}, replacing Paul Rodgers. His pop background caused some initial hostility, but many fans now accept him as being as talented as Freddie Mercury (and being just as camp helps as well).

* ''For Your Entertainment'' (2009)
* ''Trespassing'' (2012)
* ''The Original High'' (2015)

!!Adam Lambert provides examples of:
* AliceAllusion: "Down The Rabbit Hole".
* BadassLongcoat: When singing "Mad World" on Idol.
* BadassBeard: Has sported this since 2013.
* BreakUpSong
* ButNotTooGay: Pick a random music video of his. He has more chemistry with pet snakes than with any of the guys on-screen. Averted in real life, as he was one of the few celebrities at the time of his debut to be openly gay from the get-go rather than staying closeted for a few years before coming out.
* {{Camp}}: As the page quote shows, he's fully embraced the theatricality that comes with being a pop star.
** CampGay: Downplayed, but as also mentioned above, while not "out loud and proud," he never hid the fact that he was gay.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Original High'' drops the camp aesthetic of the first two albums in favor of a sleeker, more standard one.
* DreamTeam: Music/LadyGaga, Orianthi, Matthew Bellamy of Muse.
** Music/{{Queen}} and Music/{{Fun}} at [=iHeartRadio=] 2013.
* FormerlyFat: Weighed 245lb in high school due to [[PostStressOvereating eating his feelings.]]
* {{Guyliner}}: Became a signature of his - so much so that in the intro to the finale, Ryan Seacrest described the two finalists as "the guy next door vs. the guyliner."
* IncrediblyLongNote: "Pick U Up", "For Your Entertainment", and "Sure Fire Winners".
* IntercourseWithYou: "For Your Entertainment," "Fever," and "Strut."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The narrator of ''Better Than I Know Myself''.
* MoralGuardians: Does make them mad for many a reason.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "For Your Entertainment". If it wasn't clear enough from the lyrics, just watch the video.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Does he look like he's over 30?
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Compare his success to the season's winner Kris Allen.
* SillyLoveSongs
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Of the "loses his accent when singing" variety. His singing voice has no trace of the wiry lisp he speaks with.
* YouAreNotAlone: "Aftermath."