Entertainment Weekly names Adam Lambert the most exciting ‘Idol’ contestant in years

Attention ‘Idol’ fans; Adam Lambert is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

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The magazine has named Adam the most exciting “American Idol” contestant in years—and not just because he might be gay.

Inside, the article reads:

“With his mop of glam-rock cobalt-blue-on-dyed-black hair, his hearing, his sneering, and his unambiguously ambiguous sexuality, Adam would have probably been brushed off early on. And there was also a time, more recently, when Adam would have made it to Hollywood but been dismissed as ‘too Broadway’ or ‘too musical theater.'”

While the 27-year-old singer is widely assumed to be gay, he simply told the publication: “I know who I am. I’m an honest guy, and I’m just going to keep singing.”

“Now the question is whether an openly gay contestant can win American Idol? The question is being considered everywhere from fan blogs to The New York Times – but we’re still one openly gay contestant short of a test case. Adam’s sexuality offers a fascinating challenge to the show’s status quo. Is Idol ready for a gay winner? Possibly. After all, its British forebear Pop Idol crowned a contestant, Will Young, who came out shortly after he won. And Idol itself came close when Clay Aiken, then closeted but somebody who even house plants surmised was gay, finished second. But is Idol ready for this gay(ish) winner? Perhaps not. Clay, after all, never sang “I’m gonna give you every inch of my love” while wearing skintight pants and green glitter guyliner.”

To read more about Adam, be sure to grab a copy of EW. You can go here for an Entertainment Weekly subscription.