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American Idol: Adam Lambert Is Coming To Save Season Nine

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Rumors started floating around the internet this morning about a certain season eight runner-up mentoring next week on American Idol. Entertainment Weekly received confirmation that the one and only Adam Lambert will be Top Eight's mentor on the April 13 performance show.
Adam Lambert.
Can I get an "amen"? This is exactly what needed to happen. I think a former contestant that took risks throughout his entire season, whether the audience liked it or not is the swift kick in the butt this season needs.

Am I expecting Adam to be a miracle worker? Not at all. And we won't know until after the results show this week who all Adam will be working with.

Do I wish an Idol winner was returning to be a mentor? Of course. I really wish they would have Kelly Clarkson come back and mentor at some point, but out of all the past runner-ups, I think Adam is the best possible choice. He has been an Idol contestant, he has dealt with three out of the four judges on the panel, he knows how to mix it up and do something unexpected and I think he will be able to give the contestants legit constructive criticism.

Last season, I would not label myself an Adam fan. I was definitely not an early adapter. I finally came around during the Final Two. Better late than never, right? When I saw Adam during the summer tour and heard him sing live, I was quite impressed. He can certainly put on a show. And it is things like showmanship that this season really needs to work on. Adam didn't rely on a musical instrument at any point last season, which goes to show that the contestants can get to the end without hiding behind a guitar. (Are you paying attention, Casey James?)

I am very curious to know what next week's theme is going to be. I hope Idol doesn't do something ridiculous and make it like "Theater Week." I actually hope the theme is somewhere along the lines of a rock-themed week, because I think that would kick some of the contestants out of their comfort zones, and I think Adam would have a lot of fun mentoring the them in a theme he excelled in last season.

In short, I'm very excited about Adam's return as a mentor. Idol needed to do something that would help and hopefully enhance the contestant's performances. I think Adam is the right Idol alum to take on this challenge.

What do you think about Adam Lambert returning to Idol as a mentor? What other former  contestants would you to see return as mentors in the future?

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About Kirsten Coachman

Kirsten Coachman is an Entertainment Writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has interviewed a variety of people from across the entertainment spectrum, including singer-songwriter/Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, Andrew Dost from the Grammy Award-winning band fun., singer-songwriter Christina Perri, and acclaimed writer-director Derek Cianfrance.
  • http://iheardemsay.blogspot.com Kirsten

    Tim: I agree, this is probably the best move that Idol has made all season. I really hope it pays off.

  • http://babyyoullbefamous.wordpress.com Karen

    They’ve needed to bring back a former Idol contestant as a mentor, especially for this season. I don’t know if Adam is the BEST choice, but he’s definitely a great choice. I think he’ll be better at helping them in a performance aspect (I still have some beef with him as a vocalist, LOL – imagine if he and Siobhan did a duet D: ). Nonetheless, I am SO excited for this!!

  • chris ford

    I think Adam will be a huge help to Lee, showing him how to get more of a spark on stage. Crystal for projecting how she is a truly warm and engaging young woman more in performance.
    Siobhan Magnus – She will NOT develop as a Lambert wannabe. But she has similar talents and stage love. Adam is 7 years longer on the learning curve. He can relate to Magnus how he wrestled with his powerful voice and range and how he pushed it just right at just 20, back then. And when he failed by trying to rush his vocals development along because he knew his potential, but was impatient.
    And Adam can benefit Siobhan with some small but significant tips on stage performing…and maybe what Siobhan can do with her beauty without selling herself out. How to do Glam without being a part “T&A sells!” female artist….

  • ally

    Magnus is nothing special. None of them have any vocal training so whatever Lambert can impart will be on song styling and performing. You cannot teach charisma, authenticity, or originality and most of all you cannot “teach” the 18 years of hard work and experience that Lambert has put in. I enjoyed watching Mariah mentor because with her expert ear she was able to make a major change in the arrangement so intuitively. I expect Lambert to do the same. Then again, he’s a believer in “being you” so perhaps he’ll let them define their own work. Sorta like Slash encouraging Gokey to do the scream heard round the world lmao. Slash is so ninja.

  • StopBashingArtistsAdam

    Oh boy, maybe he can teach the contestants how to bash other artists, so they lose half their fanbases! He’s great at that. Loved him once, but until he shows respect for other artists I won’t be thrilled to see him anywhere.

  • To StopBashingArtistsAdam

    When and how has Adam bashed other artists? Proof please! If you’re talking about the SuBo thing,where have you been? He didn’t bash HER,as a person or artist,he merely implied that her cd wasn’t his cup of tea. That’s not bashing.

  • Tricia

    Ellen is actually a great new addiction to the show! She’s gotten much better with her critiques and she’s actually very funny. I’m looking forward to seeing what Adam will tell the contestants. I think he and Siobhan will become fast friends. lol

  • http://TVIExpressReviewBlog.com Donna Abreu

    I agree on the two idol names that you mentioned. Kelly and Adam should be a guest mentor for the contestants. The thing now is, Adam is more like a pop rock right? Maybe that’s the reason why Didi Benami was voted out the last time. It would have been a little hard on her. She’s my favorite. I just hope everyone can put up an good show this time. It has been a little boring.

  • http://merchantadvancefinancing.com/ Merli

    I totally agree that Adam is a good choice, he is such a performer. It would be good to have someone from Idol to come back and mentor,since, he has gone through what they’ve been through. I’ve been following this season’s idol from day 1 of its audition and for some reason, the singers are starting to get boring. Once in a while, someone would get me to perk my ears up and then next week he or she’d be back in the camouflage, you know “just another singer”. Maybe with Adam’s mentoring they could start to really get the ball rolling.

  • Karenlang

    Adam is a great choice. But I’m not sure he can save the show with the talent they’ve got this year. Adam is a great showman backed up by his great vocal. If you have nothing, you have nothing to show.

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