Behind The Music: Adam Lambert Premieres Wednesday, August 10 at 10 PM ET/PT
Glam-rock powerhouse, Adam Lambert has taken pop music by storm with his handsome looks, electrifying stage theatrics and jaw-dropping vocal acrobatics. In this episode of Behind the Music, Adam Lambert opens up to VH1 about the challenges he faced during his childhood including realizing he was gay in 6th grade. After finally coping with his identity, Adam freed himself at the age of 18, coming out to his family and moving to Hollywood, CA to pursue his dream of being an entertainer. Struggling to make ends meet, Lambert received his first big break when he landed a part in the European tour of Hair at age 19. The excitement of his first role brought out Adam’s wild side as he began to experiment with sex, drugs and rock n’roll. For the next eight years Adam was continually cast in various stage productions including Wicked. At age 27 and without a record deal, Adam had a realization during a psychedelic experience at the Burning Man festival that if he wanted fame he would have to take control and make it happen. In turn, Adam decided to audition for the iconic TV show, American Idol. Making the top 13, Adam was poised to go far in the competition until scandalous photos of him dressed in drag and kissing another man leaked on the Internet. Adam remained tight-lipped about the photos to the press, determined to keep the focus on his talent. As he advanced to the final round of the competition, the media began to debate whether America would elect a gay Idol. Placing second, Adam quickly landed a record deal with RCA and 19 Recordings, taking the opportunity to come out about his sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. However, Adam wasn’t done shocking the world, and during his debut television performance at the “American Music Awards” he stunned audiences by kissing his male bassist onstage. Following a huge backlash from viewers, Adam released his debut album For Your Entertainment, which skyrocketed to #3 on the Billboard chart in its first week. Viewers of this episode of Behind the Music will see never-before-seen home video footage, interviews with family, friends, industry experts and musical luminaries including Barry Weiss and American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen. With constant criticism about being too bold, too offensive and too gay, Adam Lambert comes clean to VH1 about who he really is and the obstacles he has overcome to get where he is today.
While the top spot in this year's poll might have gone to a straight man, the top ten was dominated by out and proud gay men, and leading the pack is none other than 29-year-old Adam Lambert. The American Idol runner-up might not have had nearly as high profile of late as he did during his Idol run or with the release of his first album, For Your Entertainment (which reached #3 on the U.S. charts and sold 800,000 copies in the U.S.), but our readers' affection for him hasn't lessened in the slightest. Indeed, Adam moved up from #5 to #2 and can now lay claim to the title Hottest Gay Man in the World.