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Queen Considers Adam Lambert a "Natural Successor" to Freddie Mercury

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When Queen opened the show at the 2019 Oscars, American Idol alum, Adam Lambert, provided the lead vocals — but late band member Freddie Mercury’s legacy loomed large thanks in part to the film Bohemian Rhapsody, which was nominated for five awards that night.

Though the former reality show contestant clearly has a similar range to the iconic singer, viewers couldn’t help but question the somewhat random pairing. How exactly did Adam Lambert get with Queen? Scroll down for details about the unlikely collaboration.

The Queen and Adam Lambert story:

In his 2017 book, "Queen in 3-D," the band’s lead guitarist, Brian May, revealed how the 37-year-old began performing with the legendary group. Apparently, it all started with Adam’s rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" on American Idol in 2009.