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Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson Perform Outstanding Classical Duet

Adam Lambert on 'The Jennifer Hudson Show''The Jennifer Hudson Show' via Twitter

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Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert took the audience to an opera when they performed a duet of the classic tune, “Nessun Dorma.” The two also reminisced about their past on American Idol.

Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert Reflected on Respective American Idol Stints

In the recent episode of The Jennifer Hudson Show, Adam Lambert recalled his previous experience on American Idol and connected it to the present day. The talk show host also took the time to revisit her own journey in the competition. Placing seventh and second respectively, Hudson and Lambert didn’t have any regrets.

“Neither one of us won American Idol, and look at us now,” Hudson said. “We’re doing alright.”

For those who may not know, Lambert auditioned for the competition singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Amazingly, years later, he is performing as frontman of the band and has been touring with them for a decade.

Meanwhile, Hudson auditioned in the show performing “Share Your Love with Me” by Aretha Franklin. Coincidentally, Franklin herself chose Hudson to portray her in her biopic, Respect.

“Fate, right?” Lambert said. “You have to plant the seeds.”

While talking about the experience, Lambert revealed that he’s more than just a one trick pony. On top of the genre he normally performs, he has opera experience. In high school, the singer apparently joined opera and deemed it as educational training. This probably explains his fascination over “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot.

They Sang to a Precise Classic Duet

Subsequently, Lambert recalled performing “Nessun Dorma” with Queen on one of their tour stops in Italy. Apparently, he was singing the song during rehearsals when the British rock band unexpectedly proposed to perform the duet live in their concert.

“So, I just started singing it impromptu in rehearsal, and he [Brian May] just started playing and accompanying me,” he said. “It was this moment that happened, and we all said, ‘Let’s just do it tonight.'”

The EGOT holder didn’t let the opportunity slip and asked Lambert if they could sing the classic together. The timing was even more perfect because Michael Orland, former American Idol arranger, was present to serve as pianist.

The duo began belting the technically demanding melody, propelling Lambert to comment, “This key is really high!”

Short after the performance, Hudson joked about having to sing the more comfortable parts of the song.

“He says, ‘Jennifer, this key is so high!’ I’m sorry, but this show is for me, baby,” she said.

The talk show host expressed her amusement over Lambert’s vocal range, describing it as “insane.” Indeed, this dramatic classic has proven the singer’s impressive singing skills.

The American idol standout is about to kick off The Witch Hunt tour. The eight-date concert will start on October 19 in Oakland, California and will have its finale on October 30 in Hollywood, California.

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1 year ago

The segment was awful! Adam had to twice say that the “ND” key was too high for him! JHud’s ghetto patois is unlistenable. Then she pretended not to know in what place Adam finished on “AI.” She couldn’t even find the four notes of “We Will Rock You”! Finally—and I say this as a fan who would sleep on NYC streets to see him—Adam needs to settle on an identity. Is he back to Heavy Glam?

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