publication date: Monday, November 30, 2009 (part of Round XLI)
clue: He might have beaten Kris Allen if he had kissed Ryan Seacrest during a song... then again, maybe not.
explanation: Lambert was defeated by Kris Allen on American Idol in May 2009. His November 2009 performance on the American Music Awards, in which he simulated oral sex and kissed a male keyboardist mid-song, inspired controversy. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Tony Peters, Scott Horowitz, Ryan Dunn, Walter Chesser, Jesse King, and Melissa Anderson