Going back to Sunday’s Elvis All-Star Tribute, the other big highlight — though this was less of a surprise — was another star from the American Idol world, Adam Lambert, whose natural lip-curl, slicked inky hair, and smoldering showmanship have often earned him comparisons to the King. (Lambert even mentored an Elvis-themed Idol episode in 2010, and has covered “Heartbreak Hotel” with Queen.) Just as Lambert has ably stepped into Freddie Mercury’s platform boots as Queen’s touring frontman, on Sunday he figuratively filled Presley’s blue suede shoes (and literally wore a very natty pair, with matching cobalt nail varnish) during a pelvis-swiveling rendition of — you guessed it — “Blue Suede Shoes.” The performance proved that Lambert is still a master at making a song his own.
“He got into it. There were definitely several artists on that show that channeled Elvis, and he was one of them,” raved Ehrlich. “He just sold it.”