'Mad World' - Adam Lambert is #2 on their list American Idol's 30 All-Time Best Performances - Entertainment weekly
2. Adam Lambert, ''Mad World''
Bathed in a spotlight and separated from his usual thrills and frills, Adam used Songs From the Year They Were Born Week to allow us to focus on just two things: Adam and his voice. And we wouldn't have wanted it any other way: ''Mad World'' was haunting, majestic, and downright beautiful. Proving that he didn't need stage antics to sell a song, Adam's version of the Tears for Fears song (inspired by Gary Jules' cover) managed to be both gentle and commanding at once. Kris Allen might have been crowned the victor, but season 8 will always belong to the runner-up's ''Mad World.''
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