I just found this Canadian article about Adam mentoring this week on American Idol. I love the references by American Idol Musical Director Michael Orland. Because we know that Michael loved Adam! Read on, and keep your fingers crossed that Adam will get lots of screen time this week as mentor. I can hardly wait to hear the judges comments on air about Adam’s tutelage! It’s HUGE that Adam is the first previous Idol contestant to serve as mentor. But we knew if anyone would do it, it would be Adam!
~ Carol ~
Idol welcomes back Adam Lambert
By Alex Strachan, Canwest News Service April 11, 2010
Adam Lambert may strike some Idolators as an offbeat choice to mentor an occasionally – and some might say increasingly – out-of-tune and off-key final nine contestants on American Idol this week.
No one, though, short of Kris Allen, has more recent experience of – and appreciation for – what it really takes to make it to the end of TV’s most-watched, if not always talked-about, talent competitions.
(Idol’s back-to-back performances on March 30-31 – the most recent week for which accurate figures are available – scored 2.35 million and 2.25 million viewers respectively – behind only CSI and Survivor – as Canada’s most-watched programs on TV that week.)
Less than a year after he came within a glory note of standing at the centre of Idol’s winners’ circle, Glambert is a bona fide star.
More importantly from Idol’s longevity point-of-view, he could not be more different – as a recording artist, as a musical stylist and as a theatrical performer – than any of Idol’s previous stars, from Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks to Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Chris Daughtry, David Cook and Clay Aiken.
In a revealing interview last month with USA Today, Idol music director Michael Orland – the one person who knows the contestants’ strengths and weaknesses better than anyone – recalled that Lambert had a finely honed professionalism from the day he auditioned for Idol, and even supervised his own staging and lighting set-ups for his weekly Idol performances.
The implication is that Lambert won’t just be an effective, one-week-only mentor: He may provide the remaining singers with the most valuable advice and inspiration they will hear in the six weeks between now and this season’s star-is-born moment in late May.
This is a key week for American Idol because, thanks to last week’s use of the judges’ save – which can only be used once in any given season – not one but two singers will be sent home this week.
That means that, barring sudden catastrophe or another ludicrous judging decision by Idol’s text-messaging ‘tweener voters, this year’s field will finally be narrowed to a handful of genuine contenders, including Crystal Bowersox (my personal favourite, and Simon Cowell’s “Chosen One”), Michael Lynche and Siobhan Magnus, the dark horse who’s growing by leaps and bounds and who I predict will be the eventual winner.
Of the performers who remain, Magnus – the wild card with a knack for unpredictability and an affinity for busting the rules wide open – has the most to gain from Lambert’s counsel. And she’s smart enough, and weird enough, to get exactly what Lambert is getting at.
Magnus would be wise to listen. According to Orland, who’s in a position to know, Lambert “was great, great, great” every week during his stay on Idol. Lambert has a reputation for taking risks, and flaunting his worth, and no one takes risks in this year’s Idol field like Magnus, the Cape Cod, Mass., teen whose musical influences are Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and, get this, Courtney Love.
“And not even just her voice,” Magnus posted on her blog on Idol’s official website, “but her in-your-face/I-don’t-care-what-you-think-of-me-because-I’m-me presence.”
In a (mostly) laudatory review of Lambert’s back-to-back performances in Vancouver this past weekend, veteran music journalist Tom Harrison – The Vancouver Province newspaper’s seasoned music commentator, with decades of experience to call on – wrote that Lambert has the wherewithal to last longer than Idol finalists’ usual “best before” date, “and will be around for a while.”
This could be the week that, under Lambert’s tutelage, Magnus breaks out into the spotlight and, to paraphrase Simon Cowell from a couple of weeks ago, her life changes forever.
Adam Lambert and Siobhan Magnus, getting their inner freak on. Could this be the beginnings of a show-stopping duet on the Grammys in, say, 2012?
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