Adam Lambert Challenges TV Host To Queen Singing Battle With Performance Making Crowd Roar
Marilyn Caylor 11/29/2018
Adam Lambert may have finished off the 8th season of American Idol as the runner-up, but he leads the pack when it comes to real vocal talent. Like the old childhood rhyme goes, "First is the worst, second is the best. So, when it challenged a popular TV host to a singing duel, Idol's most famous second place finisher should have been the clear winner.
But, nighttime TV is a lot different than reality TV! Adam quickly found himself in a battle to save his vocal reputation when Britain's James Corden upped the ante by channeling all of his Carpool Karaoke experiences into this one fabulous showdown. To put even more icing on the cake, smack dab in the middle of it all was none other than Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor!
When Adam Lambert and Queen stopped by to visit The Late Late Show, James openly bragged that he would make a much better frontman for the band, and even jokingly insisted that it's only right for a British man be in that coveted spot. Adam, who was about to embark on a summer tour as Queen's leading vocalist, emerged from backstage to challenge the cheeky host, and it was game on from there!
Queen's Brian and Roger provided backup support by firing off a medley of Queen classics for the tense sing-off. The only question was, which man would be crowned Queen, and which one would end up under pressure, biting the dust?
After Adam belted out the always popular "We Will Rock You," the late-night host deemed his attempt as "amateur hour." When James delivered a beautiful rendition of "Don't Stop Me Now," Adam was so threatened by the thought of losing his spot as top dog, he made the funnyman cut his performance short.
However, that didn't keep the TV host from boasting, "Look at [May's] face, he knows he made a mistake." But, Adam took it up a notch and blew the audience away with "Another One Bites the Dust." James finally conceded that the former American Idol contestant was still an idol in his eyes, and graciously let Adam maintain his reign as Queen's frontman.
Both men proved that they are the champions, but there's one thing that's sorely missing from all of this. Imagine if there were "A Kind of Magic," where Freddy Mercury was still alive to belt out some Carpool Karaoke with James in the driver's seat, and Adam, Brian, and Roger rockin' away in the backseat.
Now, that would be a battle worth singing for. In the meantime, we have James and Adam singing a final duet together, and they both have "Somebody to Love," which is each other, of course!