Los Angeles rocker Adam Lambert softened up his image on "American Idol" last night -- and received a standing ovation for his rendition of "The Tracks of My Tears" in "Idol's" salute to the Motown Sound.
Motown founder Berry Gordy and star Smokey Robinson were in the house as the 26-year-old theatre star ditched his signature punk-rock threads for Wednesday's Motown show. Simon Cowell declared that Lambert gave the night's best performance, and "became a star in his eyes." His fellow judges agreed -- Kara called his performance "true artistry."
Adam is certainly giving former frontrunners Danny Gokey and Lil Rounds a run for their microphones! Gokey received one of Simon's signature harsh critiques when the judge said the 28-year-old church music director's performance of "Heat Wave" was "clumsy and amateurish."
Rounds, 24, escaped scathing critiques, but Simon did say that the Memphis native missed a potential game-changing performance by choosing to croon "Get Ready."
Michael Sarver and a flu-ridden Megan Joy were lackluster -- both received the worst criticism of the night from the judging panel.
Find out who will continue in the competition, and who will be asked to exit stage right, when "American Idol" airs tonight on FOX.