Is ‘American Idol’ Alum Adam Lambert Returning As A Judge?
If there’s a job with little longevity, it might be that of a singing competition judge on Fox. As the network gears up for another season of “American Idol” this winter come rumors that it will feature a familiar face on the judges panel: “Idol” alum Adam Lambert.
The glitzy Season 8 runner-up has been in talks for more than a month to join the show as a judge, according to E! News. But if Lambert’s comment on the matter is to be believed, it hasn’t happened.
“Idol has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the Idol stage play a big part in my career,” said Lambert, who is currently on tour with Queen in the U.K., in a statement. “ IF Idol wants to talk to me about Judging, I’d be more than flattered to have that conversation.”
“Idol” has not yet announced whether Jennifer Lopez or fellow judge Steven Tyler will be returning for a third season, but there are always rumors that Lopez is looking to depart the show. Lopez’s one-year contract for $20 million was up after last season, but its not unlike Lopez, who joined the show in its 10th season, to negotiate a last-minute deal — she didn’t re-sign with “Idol” last year until August. She is currently co-headlining a summer tour with Enrique Iglesias, which is slated to wrap in September.
Fox, though, isn’t necessarily looking to get rid of the 42-year-old powerhouse, according to the E! news report. Either Tyler or original “Idol” judge Randy Jackson might not be coming back.
A spokesperson for “Idol” declined to comment on the Lambert speculation. Let’s hope things get squared away soon. The first round of auditions is already underway. The clock is ticking.