Hey @adamlambert I should be a psychic. I said a month ago (let’s find the original tweet or insta comment) that if Idol wanted some ratings finally they would have you on as a mentor. Happy to see that’s happening. So proud of u always. One more reason I’ll have to watch 🙈
Billboard Adam Lambert to Join ‘American Idol’ as Celebrity Mentor for Queen Week
The season 8 runner-up will also perform on the competition’s May 19 finale.
American Idol is paying tribute to one of the most famous rock bands of all time in an upcoming episode. Each of the top eight contestants will perform a song from the Queen catalog, before partnering up for classic movie duets, and the fitting celebrity mentor for the week will be Adam Lambert.
Lambert has been touring as the frontman of Queen since 2011. Of course, Lambert and Idol go way back, as the singer performed “Bohemian Rhapsody” during his own audition for the show in 2009 and he later sang with the band in that year’s season’s finale before finishing as season 8 runner-up.
Viewers will also see Lambert another time this season, when he performs on the season 17 finale, airing May 19. Before that, the top eight will take on Queen with Lambert’s help on April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Deadline ‘American Idol’ Returns Adam Lambert For Special ‘Queen Night’ Appearance
American Idol is honoring one of its most famous alumni by bringing back Adam Lambert as a mentor for its April 28 “Queen Night,” in which the singing competition’s top eight contestants will perform a song from the band’s catalog.
Lambert, the frontman of the revived Queen since 2011, was the Season 8 runner-up on American Idol, and memorably used Bohemian Rhapsody as his audition song. He also sang with Queen in that year’s season finale.
Fans who can’t get enough of Lambert will also see hi when he performs on the May 19 finale of the show, capping Season 17.
Lambert has been one of the most commercially successful American Idol contestants. His debut album included the single Whataya Want From Me, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His second studio album, Trespassing premiered at number one on the US album chart.
Variety Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog
Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert.
On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he steps into the mentor role guiding the top eight “Idol” finalists as they each perform a song from the Queen catalog.
Viewers will get a bonus dose of Lambert, as on May 19 as he is set to perform on the season finale of the ABC show.
Shortly after hearing the news, former “Idol” musical director and vocal coach Michael Orland, who nurtured Lambert and other contestants for 16 seasons with the show, took to Twitter to offer congratulations. “Hey @adamlambert I should be a psychic. I said a month ago (let’s find the original tweet or insta comment) that if Idol wanted some ratings finally they would have you on as a mentor,” he wrote. “Happy to see that’s happening. So proud of u always. One more reason I’ll have to watch.”
The night following Lambert’s appearance, ABC will air the special “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story.”
As previously reported by Variety, Lambert has music in the works for a new album to be released through the independent label and distributor EMPIRE. He is represented by Phillymack, the management firm founded by Phil McIntrye which also counts Nick Jonas, DNCE, the Band Perry and Lambert’s fellow “X Factor Australia” judge Iggy Azalea on its roster.
Lambert was a recurring presence on “Idol” in its previous Fox incarnation, after coming up a runner-up in season 8. He was a mentor the following season, and served as a judge in auditions for season 14. He also was on hand for “Idol Boot Camp” with Chris Daughtry in 2014.
April 28’s two-hour episode won’t be an all-blowout: After Lambert helps teach the finalists how to go about replacing Freddie Mercury, another part of the show will be devoted to pairing the eight for “classic movie duets.”