One thing that’s for sure is that it takes more than just a little bit of talent or luck to make it to the Top Ten on American Idol. Year in and year out, the show has churned big stars who have been super successful in the music industry, whether or not they actually won the show. No worse for their early exits, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert are two such Idol alumni who have proven themselves winners beyond the competition, racking up album sales and Grammy nods galore. Daughtry and Lambert have already proven themselves worthy competitors on Idol, but how will they fare in the battle for VH1′s Greatest Male Artist? This first round of voting pits the two Idol alums against each other, but only one can move on to the next round. Who should it be?
Adam Lambert is like no other Idol contestant in recent memory. Appearing at first like a theater kid who had found the glitter, he ended up rocking the stage each week with all his rock-glam swag in full show and a voice so great he’s been filling in for Freddie Mercury on the current Queen tour. There was nobody in the competition doing what he was doing, and though he placed second to the safer Kris Allen, Glambert has since grown that original vision into a career that’s taken him world wide and earned him an ever-loyal army of fans called the Glamberts.
Much like Lambert and all that glam, Daughtry’s belting, brawny rock may not have been well suited for an Idol win. Back in 2007, he explained to the New York Times that, “You’re not really allowed to show whether or not you can play or whether or not you can write. You’re just up there showing if you can sing that song good.” Where he really shines is in front of a band (“I didn’t want to be a solo artist. That’s never been what I was about.”) and when he’s singing his own songs. With the energy of a good Idol run behind him he started his band Daughtry, and he is now counted the third most successful American Idol contestant of all time in terms of record sales, behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
So, who is it going to be? Polls close Wednesday, September 19th at 11 a.m., so vote now and then check back in to see which guy advances to the next round!