Adam Lambert impresses the usually strict judge


Simon Cowell gave a rare standing ovation to an American Idol hopeful last night.

The notoriously hard-to-please judge, 49, stood to congratulate Adam Lambert on his performance of Mad World.

‘Words are unnecessary but I want to give you a standing ovation,’ Simon said as the other three judges joined him.

Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi all echoed Simon‘s sentiments making 26-year-old Adam a firm favourite to win the show.

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Holly Arnold