***UPDATE***Here is the official update by Michael Slezak:
~Adam Lambert exclusive: Confirmed as ‘American Idol’ mentor next week!
Adam Lambert will serve as guest mentor on the April 13 episode of American Idol, a spokesperson for 19 Entertainment confirms exclusively to EW. Internet buzz began swirling this afternoon that Sony Music reps had contacted selected radio stations with the announcement that last year’s runner-up would advise season 9’s Top 8 contestants, and then perform his current single “Whattaya Want From Me” on the April 14 results-show telecast. There’s no official word yet on what theme the contestants will tackle during Lambert’s visit.
Lambert as mentor should provide a glittery adrenaline shot to an Idol season that’s struggled to find its water-cooler mojo. Adam, perhaps more than any former contestant, should be able to help Idol’s low-key crop of current contenders add some much-needed drama to their performances. Plus, what better way to promote Adam’s single (currently lodged at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100) and planned summer tour?
Of course, there will be some Idol fans who argue Adam is too inexperienced to don a mentor cap, seeing how only a year ago he ended every one of his performances with a critique from Paula Abdul. Point taken, but what Adam lacks in music-biz wisdom, he makes up for with his knowledge of the singularly grueling Idol experience. Just yesterday, while interviewing season 9’s latest ousted contestant Didi Benami, talk turned to her struggles with last week’s R&B theme, and she didn’t seem to completely understand where I was coming from when I asked her if she’d studied previous Idol successes like Adam, Kris Allen, and David Cook — and the way they managed to sculpt a wide variety of genres to fit their artistic styles, and not the other way around. Surviving and thriving in the genre-a-week Idol rollercoaster is something that a Mick Jagger or a Dolly Parton or even a Beyoncé or a Kanye has never had to do. If Adam can help season 9’s Top 8 to better understand the mechanics of the show — and it results in improved performances — I don’t see how anyone loses
Is Adam Lambert mentoring the American Idols Next Week? Hmmmm….
Adam fans, meet Jeremy, or @Iowaradioguy as he is known on Twitter. Jeremy is a radio dj from Iowa.
I think we will be hearing ALOT about this guy in the next few days as he has announced on Twitter that ADAM will be mentoring on next Tuesdays American Idol and he will then be performing on Wednesday.
Jeremy apparently HAD an email from a Sony insider that he said was given out to all radio people, but he did say that he deleted the email. After some major tweeting from Adams fans, he had it emailed to him again so that he could re-tweet it and I have included it below. This had led to an onslaught of tweets to/from him and I picked out a couple for you that he personally tweeted:
~ “Another reason Idol has jumped the shark: Next week’s mentor – Adam Lambert. HE IS NOT A LEGITIMATE ARTIST! Idol, you MEGA Fail.”
~Adam Lambert fans are fun. They get all in your grill if you knock the guy. I LOVE passionate fans. He’s a lucky guy.
~Here you go Lambert crazies. This is the email I received. Now stop saying I misquoted or misunderstood. 🙂
Just click on the memo and it will show it larger so you can read it:
I sure hope he has his facts straight, although he IS saying that if it isn’t true then it is on “Adams label” as he is just passing on the information.
What do you think guys?? Could it FINALLY be a reason to watch American Idol this season?
I would LOVE for it to be the highest rated show of the season!! I will keep you posted on anything I hear…