Watch Adam Lambert sing Queen anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on his 2009 ‘American Idol’ audition

Adam Lambert may have lost “American Idol” back in 2009, but he is one of the most successful alumni of the reality TV competition. Along with his solo efforts, he is the frontman for Queen. He returns to the show on Sunday April 28 as a coach to mentor the Top 8 as they prepare to sing some of the Queen classics.

Adam auditioned for “Idol” a decade ago with that English rock group’s hit single “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Relive that breakthrough moment for him in the video above. Be sure to watch to the end to see the reaction from judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson.

Adam made it all the way through to the season 8 final. One of of his last performances as a contestant was a duet with Queen bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor on “We Are the Champions.” While he may have lost the “American Idol” title to Kris Allen, Adam turned out to be the real winner when May and Taylor recruited him to step in for the late Freddie Mercury on tour with them.

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