While viewing Adam Lambert’s True Hollywood Story I was impressed by the charm of Lambert’s family and friends and was delighted with the new photographs from Lambert’s childhood. Then when the story shifted to my area of expertise I was stunned by what I heard. True Hollywood Story was not telling the truth.
Ann Powers a writer from the LA Times was featured on True Hollywood Story and stated that she was shocked when Adam did not win. That is not how I remember her reaction. I remember Ann Powers’ cop out and what I said to her after Adam’s loss.
Ann Powers wrote an article titled:
Ann Powers: Kris Allen beats Adam Lambert. A shock? Nah.
May 20, 2009 | 10:45 pm
Powers wrote this in response to Kris Allen’s statement that Adam should have won.
Many critics – including this one, openly and with heartfelt enthusiasm – thought so. But Allen has his undeniable strong points. In terms of the music industry, he cuts a more contemporary figure than Lambert: Many stars now (specifically rock-oriented, male ones) tend to do better when they draw themselves to scale, offering songs that make fans feel warm and connected, not blown away.
I responded to Ann Powers’ remarks that day:
Do not insult anyone’s intelligence by claiming Kris won. He stole this contest from the man who deserved to win. It was the 38 million votes from Arkansas that put him over the top. The rest of the country must not have thought much of him. Rigging elections seems like a national pastime. Please do not add legitimacy to this theft. Your sappy evaluation only adds to this disgrace. Why don’t you step up to the plate and be a journalist instead of a windbag!
Posted by: Kerry Kolsch | May 20, 2009 at 11:16 PM
There is no doubt that at the time Ann Powers was trying to justify Allen’s win rather that finding out the facts about Lambert’s unexpected loss.
Another discrepancy I have with True Hollywood Story is the timing of when the pictures emerged of Lambert kissing his former boyfriend Brad Bell. True Hollywood Story implied that the pictures surfaced towards the end of Lambert’s Idol run. That implication suggests that Lambert lost because of homophobia, which is not true. At the week of the Final Thirteen press event Lambert was asked if he had Googled himself lately.
I wrote about the revaluation of the pictures in American Idol Vote Scam:
An article titled “Adam Lambert Likes to Take Pictures of Himself Making Out With Some Dude” was posted on Vote for the Worst on March 01, 2009 over three months before the final. How did the public react? Adam could have been eliminated before making the top ten. Adam got to display the first inkling of just how masterful he can be with the media. With out a blink or a flinch when asked about the “pictures” Adam answered, I have nothing to hide, I am who I am, this is about singing, nothing else. I have never been shy about anything. With his life on the line and the fulfillment of all of his dreams in reach Adam had the courage to stand strong and not to let anyone diminish him.
The timing of when the pictures emerged makes a difference in perception. People who do not recall the events may conclude that True Hollywood Story is correct that the pictures were released late in the competition and were a factor in Adam’s loss. The early release proves the pictures were not a factor in Lambert’s loss because he was voted forward week after week in spite of them.
Adam Lambert, his family and friends all talked about why he did not win. There is no doubt that there was a conspiracy in Arkansas for Kris to win. Adam Lambert has always been more talented and popular. The definition of conspiracy according to Webster is “an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.”
When used with conspiracy a theory is usually thought to be contemplation; a speculative idea or plan as to how something might be done. When I wrote the book American Idol Vote Scam it was not a theory or contemplation. I vigorously investigated the incident and gathered facts. I found the names, dates, times and activities that prove without a doubt that Adam Lambert was cheated out of his American Idol win by a group in Arkansas that included Matt Jordan a former rogue AT&T executive, Kathy Warwick from the Conway Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and Sonja Keith from 501 Life Magazine. As an attorney I know when I have enough evidence to prove my case beyond a reasonable doubt and I proved this one beyond any doubt. I just wish that True Hollywood Story were more truthful.
Ann Powers LA Times