Adam Lambert Slams Les Miserables

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American Idol personality Adam Lambert feels the movie of Les Miserables is more than a near Mis.

It made him crazy!

Lambert tweeted:

"Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywood's movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority.

"I do think it was cool they were singing live, but with the cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals...The singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out.

"The industry will say 'these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live,' but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh, but it's true!"

Yikes! Quelle fromage!

Fortunately, in expressing his distaste for the project, Lambert did single out some exceptions.

He thought Anne Hathaway was breathtaking and also liked the singing of Samantha Barks and Aaron Tveit. And he enjoyed the performances of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

OK, that pretty much leaves Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and the little girl.


Well, I agree that Jackman's singing became an uncomfortable bray at times, but he's definitely a singer. I also have to side with the argument that Russell Crowe wasn't vocally stupendous.

But I felt most of the music was well served, and the live-singing shtick worked well for the story.

And as the film divides people even more than the stage show, it's making a fortune, so bring on the extreme reactions.

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Every review I read about this movie noted that the acting and cinematography made up for the less than stellar singing. I don't know why this is a story or why Lambert is getting attacked/congratulated for expressing his opinion. However, I believe all publicity is good publicity so congratulations to the (Grammy nominated) Mr Lambert for going viral. 

My rebuttal  to most of the comments below is this LIVE vocal performance of "Bend To Me" from the OPERETTA, Brigadoon.


Gurl please. Don't talk to me about authenticity. You toured in the Equity National Tour of Wicked as the male lead and then proceeded to sell yourself as amateur on American Idol against thousands of actual amateurs. Then you throw you throw some eyeliner and black nail polish on and describe yourself as "edgy and "a freak" when what you really were was a chorus boy with big dreams. You are the modern day Johnny Bravo except that you can actually sing. By the way, Hugh Jackman has a Tony. And Anne & Russell have Oscars for their work. Where's yours?


who cares what he thinks, his own caterwauling makes my ears bleed


Exactly. Sour grapes make for flat champagne.


It's not opera, it's musical theater. You don't always have to be the world's greatest singer to do musicals - it depends on the role and the the music (I think).


Sounds like he maybe thinks HE should have been in the film?