Adam Lambert Disses ‘Les Miserables’ — The Actors Are ‘Pretend Singers’

Mon, December 31, 2012 3:00pm EST by 43 Comments
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Dani

Posted at 3:45 PM on January 8, 2013  

If anyone should know about Broadway style singing, it’s Adam Lambert. He was on Broadway for years before auditioning for American Idol. Look up the song “Is Anybody Listening?” by Adam Lambert on YouTube and be prepared for a great, live on stage vocal performance. He has every right to criticize the singing in Les Mis. He knows what he’s talking about. I understand his points. If you’re going to make a movie based off the musical, shouldn’t the music be as important as the acting? Isn’t that what distinguishes a musical from a movie? Very disappointed. They should have taken tips from movies like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Rent” who used actual professional singers in their movies.

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Nick M.

Posted at 9:47 AM on January 2, 2013  

I just glad someone had the guts to speak the truth about this horrible movie. Hugh Jackman was utter vocal garbage. Even Russell Crowe sounded (marginally) better than him. Amanda Seyfried was ABYSMAL! And will someone please make sure that Eddie Redmayne is not actually a bobble-head doll???

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slynnc

Posted at 9:28 PM on December 31, 2012  

This boy is no dumby…he’s got you all talking about him. Makes no difference whether it’s negative or positive …his name is out there. What a shrewd business man!!! Most exciting news of 2012 and it’s the last day of the year. Brilliant Adam!!!

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Christine

Posted at 8:47 PM on December 31, 2012  

OK… Hugh Jackman has done Broadway for years… Way before this Adam guy was born or maybe when he was baby. I have been watching Hugh Jackman acting and singing for years before the X-Men. I have seen him in musical special on TV and I have seen his movies after movies and I can not wait to see Les Miserables. But Hugh Jackman has won a Tony Award on Broadway and now he is nom for a Golden Globe for Best Actor for Les Mierables and so is the picture and the director. And I hope he will get nom for a Oscar for Best Actor. Hugh Jackman has a voice of a angel… angel of music. Love love love him.

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slynnc

Posted at 9:29 PM on December 31, 2012  

He may be okay bu tit’s no voice of an angel.

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slynnc

Posted at 7:56 PM on December 31, 2012  

@wanda…He’s too busy touring to world and performing with Queen.

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fred

Posted at 6:43 PM on December 31, 2012  

haven’t seen it yet but what condescending dick. jealous much?

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slynnc

Posted at 7:01 PM on December 31, 2012  

Go listen on you tube to, “Is Anybody Listening” or “Brigadoon” and you will realize he has nothing to be jealous of. He is the product of 10 years of vocal training.

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Kristens Evil Twin

Posted at 7:16 PM on December 31, 2012  

@slynnc: thank you. I was just about to come slam him,and slam him hard. Yours was the first comment I saw/read. He is a has-been and Hugh,Anne,and the rest of the cast can sing circles around him,any day !

 
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slynnc

Posted at 7:25 PM on December 31, 2012  

@Kristens Evil Twin…fitting name. Anyway, I never heard pop, rock and opera stars praise the likes of Hugh or Anne for their vocal control and range. Face it sweetie, it’s just your opinion. I’m sure you are one of the bible thumping haters. So your remark means nothing to me.

 
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Kristens Evil Twin

Posted at 7:22 PM on December 31, 2012  

@ fred : i think he is.

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slynnc

Posted at 7:55 PM on December 31, 2012  

You’re entitled to your opinion but it doesn’t make it right!

 
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tvwillrotyourbrain

Posted at 6:40 PM on December 31, 2012  

He has none of the Broadway cred that Jackman has. You can say that you felt the direction they chose to act-sing everything was a poor one. But they cast actual singers with awards and success under their belts. A guy whose way to “make it” was to stand in line at a stadium and try and get fame handed to him calling them “pretend” is absurd and offensive. I don’t care how many times you sang along in your bathroom, go back to touring casts where you belong and learn some respect.

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slynnc

Posted at 7:04 PM on December 31, 2012  

He didn’t criticize their acting only their singing. He probably has more vocal training then all of them combined.

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wanda

Posted at 7:29 PM on December 31, 2012  

Well why the hell didn’t he go audition for the damn movie?

 
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slynnc

Posted at 8:01 PM on December 31, 2012  

Too busy touring the world and touring with “Queen”

 
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tvwillrotyourbrain

Posted at 11:59 AM on January 1, 2013  

He certainly does not have more vocal training. And he certainly doesn’t have the resume or the acclaim of the REAL Broadway and West End STARS in this movie. He’s never actually even had a part on Broadway, let alone won a Tony or broken tickets sales records for his performances. He needs to be more respectful when the adults are making artistic choices.

 
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A

Posted at 4:09 PM on December 31, 2012  

He comes from a broadway background before American Idol, so he does have experience in the field. I have not seen the movie yet, even though I am dying to. So I can’t say yet if he is too harsh.

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tvwillrotyourbrain

Posted at 6:46 PM on December 31, 2012  

Musical theater isn’t Broadway. Broadway is located in New York. He doesn’t have a Broadway past, he has touring credits and LA theatre credits–NOT Broadway, NOT London (unlike some of the cast members of this movie).

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tvwillrotyourbrain

Posted at 6:48 PM on December 31, 2012  

He does NOT have a Broadway background. He has a musical theater background. Broadway is located in New York.

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mm

Posted at 4:01 PM on December 31, 2012  

It’s not like he sentenced someone to death.. he critiqued a movie. Everyone on here is voicing their opinion, so is he!!

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secretchef10

Posted at 3:56 PM on December 31, 2012  

He had to listen to Val Kilmer ~sing in the Ten Commandments, he knows what he’s talking about. Russell and Amanda were miscast, someone who could sing could have easily filled these roles and I think it would have made a better film for it.

Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages anyone? Cast real singers.

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Marie Noguerole

Posted at 6:43 PM on December 31, 2012  

The real problem is finding singers who can act!

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wanda

Posted at 7:26 PM on December 31, 2012  

You are so right.It is very hard to find someone who can do both.Like looking for a needle in a haystack. I just think he should’ve been more understanding.That crap ain’t easy.

 
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Susan

Posted at 3:53 PM on December 31, 2012  

Adam lambert knows of what he speaks. He comes from the stage, and has a wealth of experience to draw upon. Why all the anger? He is not the first to criticize the singing in the film. There were opera singers & voice teachers responding on twitter, and they overwhelmingly agreed with him. If you don’t think he has the right to critique this film then I would ask you to go to
YouTube & listen to him sing ” Come To Me Bend To Me” from Brigadoon. You will be surprised I think.

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The truth

Posted at 3:46 PM on December 31, 2012  

He just jealous that the movie has gotten alot of praise and nominations and he has gotten absolutely NOTHING for his singing career. So he should just hold his tongue.

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Sasha01

Posted at 6:41 PM on December 31, 2012  

Yea, I think not.

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Kristens Evil Twin

Posted at 7:19 PM on December 31, 2012  

I agree. 100 % he is a has-been.

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slynnc

Posted at 7:37 PM on December 31, 2012  

Really, he toured with queen this summer to rave reviews filling in for the great Freddie Mercury. He is the first person to perform in a new Bali resort and that happened for this New Year’s Eve. Oh, and the cheapest tickets were over $500. Doesn’t sound like a has-been to me. LMAO

 
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Marie

Posted at 3:44 PM on December 31, 2012  

You know he wasn’t “bashing” anyone! He merely stated his opinion as we all do! Perhaps commented would have been a better word to use than bashing. Although I do appreciate that you chose to use Dissing instead of slams like all the other blogs!

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wanda

Posted at 3:36 PM on December 31, 2012  

This dude needs to shut his mouth! He doesn’t know how hard it is to act and sing well at the same time. Has he ever done what the actors are doing in this film? Has he ever done broad way? if he hasn’t walked a mile in their shoes he shouldn’t slam them. Adam Levine get your butt up out of the voice chair and try to do what actors do.You’ll be running back to that chair in less then a week.JERK!

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wanda

Posted at 3:39 PM on December 31, 2012  

Sorry wrong guy should’ve looked at the picture first. Thank goodness! I really like the other Adam.This Idol guy really needs to shut his trap. He got the nerve to down somebody when he sucks!

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Kate

Posted at 3:44 PM on December 31, 2012  

Uhhh, you have the “WRONG” Adam. Adam Lambert made the comments. And, yes…he has been on Broadway. He can sing his face off. His opinions are definitely valid.

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Rachel10

Posted at 3:53 PM on December 31, 2012  

He’s right though. He had to listen to Val Kilmer ‘sing’ in Ten Commandments.

Russell and Amanda were miscast. I don’t have a problem with calling out Hollywood, he’s theater trained. Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages anyone?

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slynnc

Posted at 7:38 PM on December 31, 2012  

Okay…for starts his name is Adam Lambert so that mistake totally negates your comment. LMAO

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wanda

Posted at 7:41 PM on December 31, 2012  

well if you had read my other comment after the first one you would’ve had no reason to respond.IDIOT!

 
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slynnc

Posted at 8:00 PM on December 31, 2012  

I could call you an idiot back but that’s not my thing. Say what you mean and mean what you say!

 
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slynnc

Posted at 7:58 PM on December 31, 2012  

All I can say to tha tcomment is LMFAO

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olivia

Posted at 3:30 PM on December 31, 2012  

HE WAS BEING HARSH-ALL OF THEM HAVE SUNG LONGER THEN HE HAS! THEY TRAINED FOR SIX MONTHS OF VOCAL TRAINING TO GET IT WRIGHT SO ADAM SHUT UP!

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KMS (@kms15423)

Posted at 4:13 PM on December 31, 2012  

OMG Olivia – I’m so excited to know that I only need 6 months of vocal training to get it “wright”. Thanks for that great career info!

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slynnc

Posted at 6:43 PM on December 31, 2012  

LMAO 6
months??? Adam has 10 years of vocal training.

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slynnc

Posted at 6:44 PM on December 31, 2012  

LMAO 6 months??? Adam has 10 years of vocal training.

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CHRISCOLFER+DARRENCRISS=KLAINE-PERFECTION

Posted at 4:26 AM on February 22, 2013  

OMG agreed! adam can belt and im pretty sure he was a singer when he was born, like his parents said, he was a screaming baby! lol but i think everybody is entitled to their opinions especially adam since he is a porfessional. he has had theatre experience (maybe even broadway…i thought he said he was in wicked during his audition for AI) and i think that he isnt being harsh at all and its called a critique, not a “slam” and i think it wasnt disrespectful at all but some of y’all are being very disrespectful to him by calling him a ‘has been” (which is soooo not the case since he got to tour with queen etc.)
damn! got a lot off my chest and im saying all this not just cuz im his fan, but because…i speak the truth! (and thats how sue c’s it…lol a glee quote that just came to my head for some reason)

-C

 
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