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Adam Lambert Slams 'Les Miserables' Cast's 'Pretend Singers'

Adam Lambert Slams 'Les Miserables' Cast's 'Pretend Singers'

Adam Lambert has taken to his Twitter account to talk about his opinions on the film Les Miserables and has slammed director Tom Hooper‘s cast for “pretending to be singers”.

Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers …it’s an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good),” Adam wrote.

Anne Hathaway as Fantine and [Aaron Tveit as] Enjolras were the exceptions for me,” he added. “Helena B Carter and Sacha B Cohen were great too.”

“And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. Eponine’s [Samantha Barks] voice was cool too…,” he continued. “I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out. The industry will say “these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live” but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it’s so True!”

Evan Rachel Wood chimed in on the conversation, saying “We sang live in “across the universe” #justsaying,” to which Adam replied, “And that sounded Good!!! Ok yes, that’s another movie musical exception. That movie was on point. And U were stunning in it.”

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318 Responses to “Adam Lambert Slams 'Les Miserables' Cast's 'Pretend Singers'”

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  1. 26
    Kane Says:

    @brenda: his experience certainly doesn’t show LOL

  2. 27
    darlene Says:

    @eve: you should probably do a little research before you talk about what you dont know!!!!

  3. 28
    Sue Says:

    @eve: Ummm, you are a bit clueless.

  4. 29
    brenda Says:

    Eve you say Adam isn’t known outside US? You need to do a little research.

  5. 30
    Michele Says:


    You’re hilarious. You know nothing about Adam, so you shouldn’t talk. Adam is an international star. Right now he’s in Bali performing on NYE there. Then he’ll be in Viet Nam, Korea, several shows in Japan, Singapore, Russia, Manila, China, the Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Bolaris, … and this is just until March.

    Also, he sang with QUEEN last summer in Kiev, Russia, Poland and the UK. It was voted the best live show of 2012.

    Don’t you feel stupid now?

  6. 31
    Michele Says:


    You shut the f up. Jerk.

  7. 32
    * Says:

    People need to stop valuing celebrities opinions so much whether we agree or not. But he is right on some points.

  8. 33
    Bren Says:

    @JP: JP, you ask who Adam is to be judging others’ singing ability — he’s a guy who spent years in musical theater, he’s a guy who out sang every one ever on the Idol stage, he’s the guy whose latest album was critically praised while debuting #1 on Billboard, he’s the guy who was asked by the remaining members of Queen to perform with them this past summer in six extremely well received shows. And he’s a guy who has the right to his opinion. And Jared — really ‘slams’ – poor choice of words.

  9. 34
    Sarina Says:

    He is 100% right. There are plenty of actors who can sing better. Why not cast them? It is distracting to hear pitch and tone issues. Marius had a fabulous voice and so did Eponine. But they are obviously trained singers and can act too. There are plenty of those out there. They should have cast them, or as Adam said have a recording to help them!

  10. 35
    katie Says:

    have adam ever heard of “keeping your opinions to yourself”?

  11. 36
    Sue Says:

    Thinking JJ is looking for some easy hits on website with his title and Adam’s name. The haters WILL come, and we Glamberts will support and defend. A bit desperate, Jared?
    Adam can speak his mind to his fans on Twitter. He does it often and he does it well. His opinion counts as much (OK maybe a little more) as anyone else’s. In this case he certainly knows the territory so I’m happy to hear his take on Les Mis.

  12. 37
    Jeff Says:


  13. 38
    DLJ Says:

    @Alaia: you are the idiot… he simply expressing his opinion.. freedom of speech you douche

  14. 39
    dawn Says:

    it doesn’t really make sense that he’s praising the actors in this film who ARE TERRIBLE SINGERS (aka Helena and Sacha) whilst saying that the rest can’t sing. almost all of these actors have musical theatre or music/performance experience. Eddie Redmayne has been singing for YEARS and sounds phenomenal. Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks both have the talent and the experience. Hugh Jackman also has experience, though he’s not the best. Hathaway doesn’t have musical theatre experience (but she does sound great). The only other ones who really sound weak are Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
    Lambert is primarily a singer, not an actor, even if he does have previous theatre experience; you have to be able to act AND sing well, which, for the most part, everyone involved does.
    I respect his opinion if he doesn’t like it, but he shouldn’t be bashing on people saying that none of them can sing or perform well. I don’t like his music, but I don’t go around saying he’s a bad singer.
    the point is, it’s a FILM first and a musical second, and though I wish they’d hired more stage actors, I think for the most part they did pretty well.

  15. 40
    janet2 Says:

    that photo of him is actually terrifying…

  16. 41
    Kells Says:

    @j: feel sorry for the horror that is you, …. Adam has been in theatre since he was 10 yrs. old… is trained in opera and is a global superstar , so the only who should sit down and shut up is you.

  17. 42
    BB Says:

    @Maria: hahahahahhahahaha… the man was chosen by Queen, they listened to him…. you are such a dork

  18. 43
    kathleen mariquit Says:

    I think he should sit down. Who do you think you are?

  19. 44
    Sam Says:


    Adam Lambert can actually sing better than Adele – any time in any day. Also, he knows what he is talking about.

  20. 45
    Mary Olivia Says:

    Adam has never learned to just shut-up and keep his opinions to himself. This critique coming from someone who needs the attention as his last album totally tanked ..he just honestly needs to stop taking himself so seriously because no one I know does

  21. 46
    Phyllis Says:

    Lousy dubbed voices have ruined many musical films. Would have to say the same for lousy singing actor’s voices. So have to agree with Mr. Lambert. My only question would be who should play those roles? Are there any wonderful actors/vocalists around now? Use to be. b

    But when you get right down to it, it’s about making money, and big names are needed for that. Have to admit in the 60 Minute coverage of Les Mis, the actors were impressive but the vocals sucked. Maybe some autotune would have been nice.

  22. 47
    BB Says:

    @eve: omg you are beyond stupid….he is a global superstar…. #1 in Germany,Finland ,Australia, China, Bali,Canada maybe check your facts so you don’t look like an ignorant fool.

  23. 48
    LFo Says:


    Wow! All the major venues. Has he won a Tony award? Emmy awards? The whole point of singing live was to feel and hear the emotion. And as for “Across the Universe” sounded a bit polished for live.

  24. 49
    Whatever Says:

    Here come all the Les Miz purists. Seriously. I have not seen the film, but to me it would be more realistic to have real voices to go with the real looks of the film. It’s not on a stage, but set in real life, so I would expect real people with not always perfect voices. Is he just bitter that he didn’t get a role? Or is he just a Les Miz snob? Who cares. I will be seeing it anyway. Everyone does have a right to an honest opinion though. I don’t think he should take crap for how he feels.

  25. 50
    Jasmine Says:

    My sentiments exactly after seeing Les Miserables, Adam critiqued the exact same as me! But then he’d know, because with his opera and Theatre background and amazing talent, he knows what he’s talking about! Anyone who says different is ignorant of talent!

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