It’s been a great year for Adam Lambert. The former American Idol runner-up joined the legendary rock band Queen for one of the summer’s hottest concert tours, as highlighted previously in the Inquisitr, and the collaboration was such a success that there is even talk of new Queen music featuring Adam Lambert’s uniquely flamboyant stylings on vocals. The Queen + Adam Lambert Tour was such a hit with fans old and new that additional February dates for shows in the U.K. were just announced, according to NME.
Adam Lambert also has a new album of his own material in the works, something his fans have been waiting for since 2012. But now another gig is on the horizon, one that, as the Hollywood Reporter argues, Lambert would be perfect for: the show that started it all. Is Adam Lambert coming home to American Idol?
Yesterday, it was reported that long-time Idol judge Randy Jackson was stepping down as a judge after this season. Jackson had served in that capacity since Idol’s debut in the summer of 2002. In fact, Randy Jackson is the last of the original judges after Paula Abdul left in 2009, and Simon Cowell — the show’s co-creator — left in 2010. The loss of Jackson, arguably the show’s heart and soul, leaves a void that will not be easily filled, as current judges Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban are adequate as judges, but they lack the music business edge that Randy Jackson, a producer and long-time studio musician, brought to the panel.
Adam Lambert has appeared on the show as a mentor in seasons past. Lambert’s unique style and insanely grand vocal range made him a go-to guy for contestants hoping to win the annual competition. As a judge, something he has experienced when he subbed for Urban after the death of Urban’s father-in-law during the New York auctions for this upcoming season, Lambert can bring that same level of mentorship as well the knowledge he has picked up in his years of rocking stages — and now arenas — as a musical performer, actor, and front man of one of rock ‘n roll’s preeminent acts. Plus, Lambert knows the ins and outs of American Idol, coming so close in Season 8 to winning the thing. All of this translates to Adam Lambert being the perfect choice to join Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban at the judges table.
If the producers of Idol decide to go with Lambert as the newest judge, will that interfere with his work with Queen, who just released a new album of lost Freddie Mercury material — including a duet between Mercury and Michael Jackson? Will it get in the way of Adam Lambert’s new album and possible solo tour? If Lambert has proven anything in his career, it’s that he is an incredibly hard worker, and it’s not impossible for the singer to tackle all of the above, and do so with aplomb.
American Idol is losing its soul with the departure of Randy Jackson. Adam Lambert is the perfect choice to fill the seat and give that soul some rock ‘n roll attitude.
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