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American pop star Adam Lambert waited for over two years to visit South Africa.
But the wait has been well worth it, according to the 30-year-old, who says he is loving his time in the country.
Lambert arrived this week for performances in Cape Town and Joburg.
“Wow, my trip to South Africa has been way overdue,” an excited Lambert told the media at a press conference in Sandton yesterday.
“Although I didn’t know much about South Africa before arriving, I knew that I had some amazing crazy fans this side.”
Lambert, known for his controversial, jaw-dropping stage antics, said he was having the time of his life in South Africa, having already performed in Cape Town on Tuesday night.
“The Cape Town concert was absolutely amazing,” said Lambert.
“The audience was absolutely beautiful and the vibe was great.
“I really hope that the Joburg concert is just as good.”
“The one thing I loved about the Cape Town concert is that the crowd was so diverse. There were black people and white people all jumping to my music. I loved it.”
Lambert, who performed at the Coca-Cola Dome last night, promised Joburg’s “Glamberts” that he would be giving his all on stage.
“I can guarantee one thing,” said Lambert, “I promise to give one ‘helluva’ show. I’ve introduced a number of new elements for my tour to South Africa just for you guys.”
Lambert came to prominence following his appearance on the eighth season of American Idol.
He launched a successful music career with the release of his first studio album For Your Entertainment which began at number three on the Billboard 200.
The album achieved international success with its singles For Your Entertainment, Whataya Want from Me and If I Had You.
He has sold over two million albums and 4.2 million singles worldwide.
His latest album Trespassing entered at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Lambert, who recently insured his voice for a $48 million (R426m) said he was overjoyed when he found out that he had fans in South Africa.
“I get many tweets from my fans in South Africa, which is great,” he said.
“I’ve also met many fans from South Africa who have flown all over the world to attend my concerts.”
So what will Lambert be getting up to in SA besides performing?
He said: “Well I haven’t really planned anything special but I definitely plan to make the most out of my time here.”
“For now I’m focused on my concert tonight (Friday night). Maybe tomorrow I can go and get a little crazy, maybe even do a little bit of shopping,” he added.
Lambert has collaborated with an all-star list of award-winning artists, producers and songwriters including Pharrell Williams, Dr Luke, Claude Kelly, Benny Blanco, Bonnie McKee, Nile Rogers, Sam Sparro, Bruno Mars, Nikka Costa and BC Jean.
Meanwhile South African pop princess Toya Delazy, who opened for Lambert in Cape Town and in Joburg last night, said she was thrilled to have been chosen to open for the US pop star.
“The Cape Town concert was crazy, such a lovely experience,” said Delazy.
“When I found out that Adam wanted to work with me I was super excited.
Lambert has not ruled out collaborating with Delazy at some time in the future.