Openly gay singer Adam Lambert has shocked some US viewers with his raunchy performance at Sunday night’s American Music Awards.

The show was Lambert’s first performance on television since coming in second place at this year’s American Idol talent contest.

While presenting the first single, For Your Entertainment, from his debut album, Lambert caressed his male and female dancers, simulated oral sex with a male dancer and kissed a male keyboardist.

Producers were reportedly unaware of the planned antics, and neither, apparently was the straight keyboardist, Tommy Joe Ratliff, who was kissed by the star.

“Adrenaline is crazy and sometimes things just happen,” Lambert said after the show. “We had this great dance number totally staged. It’s a sexy song about seduction and power and I was just doing the lyrics justice. My intention was not to try and create a controversy. But if a controversy ensues, then so be it.”

The Baltimore Sun’s Sarah Kickler Kelber, however was less impressed with the quality of the performance: “And let’s put performance in ‘air quotes’ while I’m at it”, she wrote. “He did more shrieking than singing.”

Lambert was recently criticised by gay magazine Out for trying to avoid being seen to be “too gay”.

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