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Queen lead singer Adam Lambert will make an appearance on Starstruck tonight on ITV. Olly Murs hosts a contest in which teams of superfans are transformed into their musical idols before taking the stage to sing one of their biggest hits. Lambert is a panelist alongside Sheridan Smith, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford as they decide on their favorite of the night before the voting public picks just one person to advance to the series finale. Lambert is Queen’s lead singer and has the unenviable task of replacing Freddie Mercury, one of the most iconic personalities and voices in music history.
Fellow band member Brian May defended the role of Adam in 2019, adding that Freddie would have approved.
The guitarist called Adam “a real phenomenon”, adding on social media: “And here is the modern marvel without which, for sure, Queen would not be here at the highest level.
“ADAM LAMBERT is only beginning to be recognized by the general public as the true phenomenon that he is.”
He continued, “Gifted with a voice in a billion, he’s a passionate, unyielding perfectionist to himself. Gifted to us, he’s the reason we’re still alive as a functioning rock band.
“And always able to take on new challenges. Plus…he’s nice. That’s a big deal when you’re a family on tour. Freddie would approve, fine.
Brian then took aim at people who had criticized Lambert.
He added: “Also, and I’ll only say this once, for the benefit of a few people who haven’t stopped thinking clearly.
“Imagine how awful it would have been for Roger [Taylor] and myself on tour with a Freddie impersonator.
“Anyone suggesting such a thing has no place here. To the vast majority of you lovely people – A BIG THANK YOU for being respectful to Adam.
“By supporting him, you are supporting the cornerstone of the Queen’s living legacy. Nothing is forever. This is a precious moment. We will never go through this again.”
In June 2019, Brian went on to say that Adam could do as many vocals as Freddie.
Speaking to Guitar World, he said: “Adam can do everything Freddie did and more. It doesn’t matter what you throw at Adam – he can do it.
“He’s a born exhibitionist. He’s not Freddie, and he’s not pretending to be him, but he has a parallel set of equipment.”
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Adam was a former contestant on American Idol, and later joined Queen in 2012.
In September 2020, he spoke to The Times about the pressure of performing as the frontman of such a revered band.
Speaking of Freddie, Adam said he didn’t want to try to impersonate the rock legend, but was putting his own stamp on the role.
Adam said, “I knew I didn’t want to do any impersonation. Freddie and I are different. We look different, we’ve had different experiences.
“There are parallels – I’m known for having a strong personality, and let’s say there are similarities with our personal lives – but I’m aware that the public doesn’t see Freddie. That’s why I have to give the best possible performance and ensure that no one leaves disappointed.
In the same interview, Queen guitarist Brian also talked about when they met Adam on American Idol.
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Brian revealed that while they weren’t looking for a lead at the time, it “made sense” to them for Adam to take over the role.
Brian said: “Adam will say to an audience, ‘I’m here to pay tribute to Queen and Freddie Mercury because I’m a fan like you.
“We weren’t looking for someone when we met him, but he was so charismatic it made sense. He’ll tell you he was scared to death when we did our first concert together in front of half a million people in Kyiv in 2012, but he has enormous confidence.
“Besides, he’s a nice guy. You can’t travel around the world for six months with someone you don’t get along with.