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Will ABC Let Adam Lambert Into the Oscars?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 7:29PM
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The Adam Lambert/ABC controversy is one of those things that makes zero sense to me. If you recall, after Lambert kissed a dude and briefly simulated oral sex with someone in his band on the American Music Awards, ABC freaked out and started banning him from their shows. The network canceled appearances on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and 'Good Morning America,' apparently fearing that the 'American Idol' runner-up wouldn't be able to refrain from nibbling George Stephanopoulos' ear at 7:30 AM. What I don't get is why this is such a big deal: it's as if ABC is operating in a world in which Lady Gaga and her antics don't exist.

Now the big Lambert news is that he may be attending the Oscars, which is airing March 7 on ABC. As Lambert isn't in the film industry, this makes little sense-- except that he may be attending the ceremony with longtime friend Anna Kendrick, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in the George Clooney film, 'Up In The Air.'

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FCC complaints against Adam Lambert hit the web

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 7th 2010 9:33AM
Remember when American Idol competitor Adam Lambert's controversial performance at the American Music Awards landed him in water so hot that you could boil live lobsters in it? Me neither.

Apparently, a lot of viewers wish they were me because they bombarded the FCC with complaints and they have now found their way to a blog dedicated to them called "Why Not Glambert"?

The complaints obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request list the white-hot grievances in all of their non-spell-checked glory from the senior pastor who vowed to "lead my church in a boycot (sic) of ABC" to the parent who was "truely (sic) disguisted (sic)". I wonder if these same people who were so offended by Lambert's performance also don't own a dictionary because it too contains naughty and offensive words like "angina," "masticate" and "pianist."

[via TVTattle]

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Letterman Makes Barbara Walters Blush Over Adam Lambert Comment (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 9th 2009 11:27AM
It's precisely this sort of willingness to say anything that makes us love David Letterman.

While discussing Adam Lambert's infamous 2009 American Music Awards performance with guest Barbara Walters on last night's 'Late Show with David Letterman,' Letterman referenced a past appearance by the 'American Idol' contestant on his show, mentioned that he seemed like "a very nice guy," then expressed relief that a certain male-specific part of Lambert's anatomy didn't also make an appearance.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Top TV Moment of 2009: Adam Lambert's AMAs Shocker

by Sharon Knolle, posted Dec 8th 2009 9:00AM
Maybe 'American Idol' voters got it right: Adam Lambert with his guyliner, black fingernail polish, questionable sexuality and over-the-top theatricality, was simply too much to handle. Midway through 'Idol', he proved he could tame his wild child in a gorgeous, hushed version of 'Mad World,' that earned a rare standing ovation from prickly Simon Cowell. Even critics sat up and realized, hey, this kid can do more than scream.

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Adam Lambert booked on The View

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2009 2:00PM
adam_lambert_foxThe on-again, off-again love affair between ABC and American Idol star Adam Lambert is making my head spin. In the past week or so, still stinging over Lambert's over the top performance at the American Music Awards, ABC dropped Adam Lambert appearances on Good Morning American, Jimmy Kimmel Live and New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Adam absolved ABC of responsibility for the cancellations. He Tweeted that it was pressure from the FCC. Then the folks at GLAAD weighed in, coming to Adam's defense. That was followed by the announcement that Adam is now set to appear on ABC's The View on Thursday, December 10. He'll also be on Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People special on December 9.

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J-Lo Explains Fall at AMAs, Takes Another Spill on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:30AM
On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' Jennifer Lopez explained the cause of her fall while performing the song 'Louboutins' at the 2009 American Music Awards on Nov. 22. During the song, Lopez jumped off the back of one of her dancers and landed none too gracefully when her feet slipped out from under her.

"What happened was ... one of the dancer's backs was slippery, and when I stepped on their backs, my feet were wet, and so when I landed, they slipped from under me," Lopez said on 'Ellen.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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ABC drops Adam Lambert again and again

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 3rd 2009 11:28AM
adam_lambert_sittingWhen Adam Lambert was competing on American Idol, there were times when his performances reminded the judges -- and viewers -- of Elvis Presley. And other rock icons, too. It was all part of Adam's appeal. But now that he's promoting his new CD and did a "scandalous" performance at the American Music Awards, he's really getting the Elvis treatment. There's fear that his actions, which are more graphic than anything Elvis ever did, will go too far.

Today, Adam tweeted that ABC had cancelled two more spots on the network -- his upcoming Jimmy Kimmel Live! date and a New Year's Eve performance. Adam added that nobody should blame ABC for the cancellations because it was pressure from the FCC that prompted ABC's action. So maybe we should really be blaming Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake for the infamous Super Bowl breast/costume malfunction? ABC previously dumped Adam from Good Morning America.

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ABC to Reevaluate Live Performance Policy After Adam Lambert Controversy

by Gary Susman, posted Dec 1st 2009 3:30PM
Rest easy, shielders of the horrified eyes of America's children. There will be no more scandalous Adam Lambert-type live performances, at least not on ABC.

Reuters reports that, in response to Lambert's notorious number on Nov. 22's American Music Awards, ABC is reviewing its live performance policy and will force future live performers to sign contracts assuring the network that they won't spring any surprises during live broadcasts that ABC censors haven't vetted during rehearsals.

"We certainly don't want to suppress artistry at any level," Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney told Reuters on Monday, "but we also have to be very cognizant of who our audience is." Sweeney did not say what measures would be taken to enforce such no-spontaneity contracts. (Will they sue overly exuberant performers? Dock their pay? Hold their fees in escrow until the FCC decides whether or not to levy an indecency fine?)

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Adam Lambert on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO): "I'm Not a Babysitter, I'm a Performer"

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 25th 2009 12:25PM
Adam Lambert didn't have to wait very long for a chance to speak out after his appearance this week on 'Good Morning America' was canceled because of his recent controversial performance on the 'American Music Awards.' 'The Early Show' quickly snagged the 'American Idol' contestant and featured an interview segment and several performances this morning.

Lambert claimed he had no idea his performance, which featured simulated oral sex and male-male kissing, would ignite the firestorm that it has. "I was really looking forward to it. I worked really with my dancers and my band for about two weeks putting that together," Lambert said. "I admit, I did get carried away, but I don't see anything wrong with it. I do see how people got offended, and that was not my intention. My intention was just to interpret the lyrics of my song and have a good time up there."

Watch the video after the jump.

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ABC's 'American Music Awards' Attracts 14.2 Million Viewers

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 24th 2009 2:00PM
Adam Lambert may have offended viewers, and Jennifer Lopez may have fallen on her derriere. But ABC's broadcast of the 'American Music Awards' ended on a high note.

According to the Live Feed, the broadcast attracted a strong 14.2 million viewers and a 5.5 share in the coveted 18-49 demo.

ABC stated that the 'AMA's enjoyed its third straight year of total viewer gains and fourth straight year of viewership gains among young adults. If the final numbers prove true, that will mean the 2009 'AMA's rank as the year's third highest-rated awards show, behind the Academy Awards and the Grammys. It also marks the show's biggest tune-in since 2002.

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Adam Lambert's AMA Performance: Was It Too Racy? (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 23rd 2009 11:21AM
Those familiar with Adam Lambert have come to expect a certain amount of showy grandeur, but the 'American Idol' runner-up's musical number at the 2009 American Music Awards on Sunday was over-the-top even by Lambert's standards.

In his first televised performance since the 'Idol' finale, Lambert engaged in simulated oral sex with a male dancer, and locked lips with a male keyboardist in his backup band while performing the title track from his album 'For Your Entertainment.' And, he did it all without smearing his makeup, proving they don't call him 'Glambert' for nothing.

Watch the video after the jump.

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American Music Awards: J.Lo falls, Adam Lambert freaks out parents

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 23rd 2009 10:04AM
adam lambertI had the American Music Awards on last night in the background, and for the most part it looked like a pretty standard awards show: People wore pretty dresses, played pianos suspended by wires, wore more makeup than their wives (I'm looking at you, Keith Urban), and simulated oral sex. Wait-- what?

Yeah, so for once, Lady Gaga's performance, which involved smashing a plate-glass window and setting a piano on fire wasn't the most interesting performance of the night. Instead, everyone is talking about two people: Jennifer Lopez and Adam Lambert. Lopez's unfortunate fall during her performance of "Louboutins" probably mortified her, but it wasn't the most awkward thing to happen during the ceremony. That distinction goes to American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert's decidedly non-family-friendly performance.

You can check out both videos after the jump.

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Whitney Houston's AMA Performance (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 23rd 2009 9:32AM
Whitney Houston accepts an AMA award last night. If you need an award to prove that this is Whitney Houston's comeback year, Ms. Houston has a shiny American Music Award to show you.

On last night's 'American Music Awards,' the pop diva performed her single, 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' -- a song reflecting Houston's struggle to reclaim her career from years of drug abuse -- and was honored with the Award of Excellence.

Houston first performed the song on the season premiere of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' after Oprah said it was her favorite song on the new album.

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What to Watch Weekend, Nov. 21-22

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 22nd 2008 5:00AM
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Jack's back, in this two-hour '24' movie that sets up the show's seventh season in January.

What's the man who's saved the world from terrorists and crooked presidents been up to since last we saw him? He's been working as a missionary in Africa, helping a friend run a school, while avoiding U.S. government officials who want to question him about all his world-saving activities.

Jack's quest for peace is interrupted when a vicious rebel planning to overthrow the African government tries to turn the school's children into soldiers, putting Jack in yet another impossible situation: Does he save the kids from almost certain death or does he flee and save himself from a government inquisition? C'mon, he's Jack.

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Idol dominates AMAs with two triple-crown winners

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 19th 2007 3:01PM

Jimmy Kimmel Hosts 2007 AMAsWith Daughtry, fronted by American Idol alumnus Chris Daughtry, and former Idol winner Carrie Underwood each taking home three trophies at this year's American Music Awards (AMAs), it's clear that the music landscape continues to be shaped by the dominant FOX reality competition. Daughtry, who didn't win his season of AI but has gone on to more commercial success than any of his season's compatriots thus far, picked up awards for favorite pop-rock album, breakthrough album and adult contemporary artist for his band's self-titled debut Daughtry. While Daughtry acknowledged the show's role in his success, as reported on AOL.com, he insists "the show didn't make me who I am. It just gave me a chance to show everybody else who I am."

Underwood, meanwhile, continued her award show success with trophies for favorite female country artist, country album (for Some Hearts) and the T-Mobile text-in award. For the first time in its 35 year history, winners this year were chosen by online voting. With the AMAs being essentially a "popularity contest" it should come as no surprise that two of the most popular artists ever on one of televisions most popular television shows ever would have a good showing.

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