Adam Lambert nearly took all the attention away from the current American Idol contestants on Thursday!
After opening the show with a stunning rendition of “Mad World,” the 34-year-old singer hit the stage again during the second half of the show (with an outfit change, of course!) to debut his new single, “Welcome to the Show.”
Even Lambert knew that his vocal gymnastics and incredible stage presence made for one show-stopping performance, and he could hardly contain his excitement afterwards.
“That was the first time!” the Idol alum, who was rocking fingerless gloves and a white jacket over a black T-shirt and jeans, told host Ryan Seacrest. “Oh my god, I got such a rush from that!”
“You did such a good job! I think the judges would give you a golden ticket,” Seacrest quipped.
Even though Lambert commanded the stage, it was impossible not to notice the woman who joined him for the incredible performance.
That other powerhouse was Laleh Pourakim, a Swedish singer-songwriter who helped Lambert write his single. Her retro-futuristic style and dominant stage presence brought an intangible force to the bombastic performance.
“Laleh wrote an incredible [song]. She’s an amazing songwriter,” Lambert, 34, gushed after their duet. “I met her through my friends in Sweden, and she’s so talented. We just wrote a banger, and I’m so pumped!”
Harmon used the soulful song to show off his vocal range, including an ability to hit an impressively high register, which seemed to impressive judge Harry Connick, Jr.
“You know what would be really fun? To hear a duet between Trent and Adam Lambert,” Connick Jr. offered after the impressive performance. “There would be, like, glasses breaking everywhere. It would be crazy.”