Adam Lambert
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Four thousand people made their way into the Mt. Carmel High School stadium to hear American Idol contestant Adam Lambert sing on Friday, May 8. Why was Lambert there? Because a return to one's high school is a requirement of each contestant who has knocked out all but two competitors; it's an American Idol publicity stunt.

All of the students at Mt. Carmel High and Black Mountain Middle School were invited, as well as the general public. The schools granted students time away from their classes to attend; this meant an hour to an hour and a half of education lost by the Mt. Carmel students and two and a half to three hours lost by the Black Mountain students. Teachers at both schools were required to go, to act as monitors. In addition, Mt. Carmel's advanced placement students, scheduled to take exams that day, had to be bused off-campus, to Westview High School, to escape the chaos.

Lambert rode into the stadium in a red convertible, mounted the stage, and sang two songs. The first, Michael Jackson's "Black or White," mucked its way through a poorly set up sound system. The second, Tears for Fears' "Mad World," came through clearly and gave a hint of Lambert's talent.

San Diego taxpayers paid for the presence of city police and a police helicopter hovered overhead for awhile. We also paid for our mayor, Jerry Sanders, to come declare May 8 Adam Lambert Day. The word going around was that Mt. Carmel, as host school, paid all or part of the cost of a security staff, stadium cleanup, and for the busing of students to Westview. Days earlier, the school's teachers and administrators agreed to a 2.7 percent pay cut due to a shortage of funds.

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SpliffAdamz_ May 22, 2009 @ 8:42 a.m.

Hey elixir the amerikkkan army sucks!!!!

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Elixir May 20, 2009 @ 9:03 a.m.

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navywife1977 May 19, 2009 @ 5:52 p.m.

I absolutely LOVE Adam. I usually only watch the auditions of Idol for the funny people that cannot sing. When I saw Adam's audition, I was hooked this season. I have been cheering him on since that day. On May 8th I had the pleasure of meeting him up on the stage at The Bob Hope Theatre. (My son was the kid with the Guns N' Roses shirt.) Adam was kind, and humble. His voice that day still rings in my head, I absolutely love his voice.

Recently I have heard many comments about Adams personal life, including different organizations using AI as a way to push their agenda. I am sickened at this. I deeply believe in Adam as a musician, and feel that he should be judged on his singing only. I have heard that people are NOT voting for him and voting for Kris based on Kris' "christian" background.

I am hoping that Adam wins because he is the best AI has ever seen, and because I think that he has out performed Kris every single time, other than the "Kanye" song.

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magicsfive May 19, 2009 @ 6:30 p.m.

wow....why so bitter? i think it's cool that these kids got a chance to see him at their school. it's a lot better than taxpayer dollars wasted on some idiot who climbs to the top of a crane and then back down again all the while throwing bottles down. (i read this in the reader). i think it's a nice opportunity for these kids.

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SpliffAdamz_ May 20, 2009 @ 8:11 a.m.

If his return to school was a amerikkkan idol publicity stunt , then why would Mt. carmel pay for all or part of his return?? You would think amerikkkan idol would have paid for it!! Since it is just a publicity stunt and not something to educated the youth!! I'm pretty sure the kids had fun though , since they didn't have to go to class. Rock on Adam!!!!!!

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SurfPuppy619 May 20, 2009 @ 11:16 a.m.

Adam and Kris are both fantastic singers.

I am going to give the edge to Adam because his stage presence is better- from his theater background no doubt.

Both those boys can belt out tunes.

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Quicksand May 21, 2009 @ 11:06 a.m.

I'm not really an AI fan - I lost the feel for it after Season 1. Kinda sucks that Adam didn't take the crown since he's a local but he'll be successful either way, so CHEERS for Adam. BUT, my issue is about the funds Mt. Carmel supposedly provided for this event. Does no one care about the education system here? Teachers have been laid off or haven't been paid what they really should've for quite sometime. It's just a shame if Mt. Carmel provided these funds and teachers have to suffer for it. By any means, I'm glad these kids enjoyed this experience...but let's get realistic here. AI wants these great singers to promote their talent?...then they should provide the funds. I mean, Simon can spare a little bit of his $42 million can't he? (if AI is unable to pay for it all).

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