So claim sources for E! News, anyway.
“[The show has] been talking about Adam for over a month,” a source revealed in a report published late Sunday evening. “He personifies the show and will be a popular choice right from the start. He knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.”
No word yet on whether Lambert would join the show as a fourth judge or replace one of the seats filled by Randy Jackson,Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler, none of whom have said whether they’ll be at the judges’ table when Idol returns to FOX in January.
Sources went on to say that the entire judges’ lineup is in question as FOX begins to make preparations for season 12. Jackson, who has been with the show since it launched in 2002, may lose his spot if the show opts for a “new look,” says the source, while a source close to Tyler claims his future with the show is “up in the air.”
Lopez, meanwhile, has been hinting for months that she may not return to the show, with sources claiming that she is “too busy” to maintain Idol’s grueling schedule.
In the meantime, we do know that host Ryan Seacrest will indeed be back for another season; in April, the affable host renewed his contract for another two years.
Lambert — whose sophomore album Trespassing topped the Billboard 200 albums chart in May — competed on the eighth season of American Idol in 2009. He finished in second place, behind Kris Allen.
In May, Celebuzz spoke to Lambert, who is openly gay, about President Barack Obama’s decision to support same-sex marriage in America — a decision Lambert referred to as “fantastic.”
“It feels like we’re on the run because of who we’re in love with,” he said. “It’s so freaking ridiculous. There are far more important things we should be concerned about in this country than who someone is sleeping with. Who gives a sh–? if someone wants to get married, why is it anyone’s business? I just don’t understand why everyone is so involved in fighting against gay marriage.”
What do you think? Would Adam Lambert make a good addition to the show? Or would you rather see Jackson, Lopez and Tyler back for another season? Sound off, below!