Adam Lambert and the members of Queen rocked the U.K.’s X Factor reality show with a rousing and astounding rendition of “Somebody to Love” this week. Sporting red ribbons in honor of HIV/AIDS awareness, and former frontman and gay icon Freddie Mercury, the band delivered a thrilling performance and garnered a standing ovation from the cheering audience. The show’s judges were brought to their feet as well, including resident sour puss Simon Cowell and Mel B. (Scary Spice).
The real stand-out, though, was Lambert, the American Idol runner-up who has been touring and performing with Queen since 2012. The openly gay singer showed off his immense vocal range, crafting a modern version of the rock classic that even Mercury would be proud of. Check out that astounding final belt!
How he didn’t win Idol continues to astound us.
Watch the epic performance below!