Teasing the masses ahead of his VH1 hosting stint this Sunday, Adam Lambert announces that “men are divas too.”
A statement that is surely an indication of what viewers can expect tomorrow.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the flamboyant singer, advised fans to get ready for “a little bit of everything.”
Promising “a zillion” costume changes on the night, the 2009 American Idol runner up added, “a lot of the ideas for how I’ll be dressed are mine. Some of them I wish I could blame on somebody else, but I can’t.”
Sharing the LA Shrine Auditorium stage with Lambert will be an array of big names including American Idol winners, the recently engaged Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks, ex-Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, “X Factor’s” Demi Lovato, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Ledisi, Pitbull and funk favorite, Bootsy Collins.
Among the set pieces in the show will be timely tributes to late divas Donna Summer and Whitney Houston.
Intriguingly, Lambert told The Hollywood Reporter that the show will also feature a sketch with “Real Housewife” Ne Ne Leakes. The skit’s premise will see Leakes act as a “diva coach” to Lambert.
“We’ve pre-recorded a sketch that’s quite funny,” Lambert hinted. “I haven’t seen the final edit yet so I hope I’m actually funny … but we had so much fun filming it so I think people will get a kick out of it.”
Song numbers to look forward to include vocal face-offs with Rowland and Hilson in a Donna Summer medley. And of course there will be dancers.
“For my [own] musical performances there’s dancers involved and a few of them are actually good friends of mine,” Lambert revealed to THR.
“So it will be fun to be on stage with close friends. It always makes for a better experience when you’re connecting with the people that you’re sharing a stage with,” the singer added, possibly remembering his recent series of concerts with the remaining members of UK rock-opera legends, Queen.
Clearly delighted to be hosting a long-standing glamour event that is VH1 Divas, earlier this week the 30-year-old excitedly told Access Hollywood:
“I just feel like people aren’t ready for this party. I don’t think anyone’s going to be ready for it. It’s going to hit them like a ton of bricks across the face and people are going to walk away from watching this thing like, ‘That was the best party of the entire year. I feel it. Yeah!’”
Lambert had compliments for all the divas — present and not — who will grace the stage on Sunday, but his personal list rated Aretha Franklin as “the Queen of Soul,” Beyonce as a “contemporary diva who’s just amazing,” and Madonna as someone he will be covering on Sunday — the song itself is a secret.
Of the unspeakable tragedy that left 28 people dead (including Nancy and Adam Lanza), Lambert said:
“When I found out this morning, it’s been like a dark cloud all day. My drummer has children and he said ‘I don’t want them in school right now.’”
Offering his own take on how he is coping with the collective national — and international — trauma — he added:
“Sometimes the feeling of celebration and joy is a way to pull out of something for a brief time … that’s the power of music.”
VH1 Divas airs live on VH1 Sunday at 9 pm.