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Adam Lambert performs 'Whataya Want From Me' on Letterman's show. World does not end. [VIDEO UPDATED]

November 25, 2009 | 10:23 pm

Adammug Adam Lambert's performance on David Letterman's show, sans any sit-down interview, couldn't have been scripted more perfectly to flow gently out of the week's American Music Awards controversy. [UPDATED, Nov. 26, 9:02 a.m.: The preview video previously embedded has been replaced with a full-length version, above.]

Singing "Whataya Want From Me?," the tune he also did on "The Early Show" on Wednesday morning, Adam took it down to his rocker essentials -- the band, the leather pants, the lyrics, the makeup, the voice.

Call the Ministry a mushy Pollyanna, but to us the words of the song sound more like a young person trying to figure things out than any provocative diatribe from a political-statement-making, standard-bearing lightning rod.

Just don’t give up
I’m workin’ it out
Please don’t give in
I won’t let you down
It messed me up, need a second to breathe
Just keep coming around
Hey, what do you want from me
What do you want from me

Maybe it's just the holiday, but we were touched.

Happy Thanksgiving, sports fans. Enjoy your day.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S. "The Early Show" performance is after the jump. 

Photo: Adam Lambert on "The Early Show" on Nov. 25, 2009. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press.

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