Luke-produced lead single "For Your Entertainment" preceded the album's release but was not as successful as its second single "Whataya Want from Me" which impacted on charts worldwide, became his highest-peaking single (at number 10) on the Billboard Hot 100, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 53rd awards ceremony.
Another notable single was "Time for Miracles", the ending theme for the disaster movie 2012.
He came to the attention of the casting director for Wicked, and was hired as the understudy for the role of Fiyero and an ensemble member in the first national touring production of the musical from 2005; and the Los Angeles production from 2007. For Country week, he sang a sitar-infused version of "Ring of Fire".
After Lambert sang "If I Can't Have You", delivering what Dio Guardi called his "most memorable performance", Cowell described his vocals as "immaculate." For the top 3 show, he performed "One" before Cowell declared, "If you are not in the final next week, it will be one of the biggest upsets"; and continued with "Cryin'" before Abdul affirmed, "we'll be seeing you next week and many years after that".
Lambert performed three solos in the finale, a reprise of "Mad World", followed by the 1960s civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come", to tremendously positive judge reaction.
As of April 2012, For Your Entertainment had sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide On November 22, Lambert performed "For Your Entertainment" at the American Music Awards of 2009.
The controversial performance, which was the night's finale, showed Lambert kissing a male bassist and grabbing the crotch of another.
Afterwards, he performed in light opera in Orange County, California.