On his first album in five years, Adam Lambert finds his groove by moving in the right direction. Velvet feels effortless and natural, from the funk and disco beats to the synth and soft rock influences.
Tim Urban has become a legitimate contender by redefining the competition. This year, American Idol might not be about the best singer; it might be about who makes for a pop idol, and since when has that been about awesome singing?
'American Idol' has always had an uncomfortable relationship with its gay contestants. Maybe that will change now that they have the woman who had the most dignified public coming out in the history of TV at the judges table.