Adam Lambert's surprise duet of Queen's 'I Want To Break Free' during stunned singer's X Factor audition
5 February 2021, 13:47
Adam Lambert was a judge on The X Factor Australia in 2016 when he got on stage to sing a duet of Queen's 'I Want To Break Free' with a contestant.
Adam Lambert is no stranger to a TV talent show.
The incredible moment came during the early audition rounds of the show and after the contestant was told he didn't get through, he got the opportunity to sing with the Queen frontman himself.
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Adam's fellow judge, Australian singer Guy Sebastian turned to Adam and third judge Iggy Azalea and suggested a little duet between the pair.
"It’s not that often we get a huge Queen fan in a room with a Queen singer,” Guy said as Adam laughed.
“How would you like to do a little duet with Adam?” he continued.
“I’d love it!” The delighted contestant says, before Guy adds “Get up there Adam!”
Adam then leaps on stage tand shows off his amazing vocal ability by singing 'I Want To Break Free' to the stunned audience, a throw back to his own TV talent show audition just six years previously.
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The 27-year-old singer, who would go on to perform at sold-out stadiums across the world as the lead singer of Queen, one of history's most successful bands, waited nervously in front of the judges as they held his fate in their hands.
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Kara DioGuardi proceeded to argue over the young performers vocals, with Simon calling his performance "too theatrical", before eventually - and after much debate - agreeing to put him through.
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Speaking on Good Morning America, Roger Taylor said of the 2009 incident: “A friend of mine called me up and said, ‘I’ve just seen the most amazing singer on American Idol.’
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“I checked it out and [Lambert] was singing 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin and just blowing it away. Fantastic.”
Queen made the extraordinary step of flying to L.A. to perform with Adam Lambert for the finale of Idol and it proved such a success that not long after, in November 2011, Adam Lambert officially became the new lead singer of Queen.