Star Spotting: Adam Lambert, The Mad Hatter

Here's a theory about "American Idol" contestants and winners that I have. As they get farther and farther from their time on the show, the more they come into their own. No longer required to play by the show's rules, they truly find themselves as artists. And Adam Lambert has found himself in Wonderland.

The runner-up on the eighth season of "American Idol" brought his Glam Nation tour to New York City last night. As you can see by the preponderance of purple, black and velvet, Lambert is embracing his dark side. But it's the top hat that really pushes this new onstage look to a new level, casting the "If I Had You Singer" as a goth Mad Hatter.

Allison Iraheta, who came in fourth on Adam's season of "Idol" opened the show. The Glam Nation tour goes north to Connecticut now. Check here for dates.

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