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Lambert isn't quite a pioneer. Clay Aiken was actually the first gay man to come close to winning American Idol though he didn't come out of the closet until five years after taking second place. Lambert, on the other hand, made no excuses after a photo emerged during the competition of him kissing another man. With astonishing musical range and undeniable star power, he has seduced much of America into wanting him even if he is, well, naughty. You know you've made it when hysterical teenage girls (and at least one man in military uniform) wait in line to get into a four-song gig on an icy-cold New York City night. And they know all the words to your songs.