Will Adam Lambert Be the Next American Idol Judge?

By Carol Hagey            Since May 2009
By Carol HageySince May 2009

Just like my opinion on @adamlambert’s blond hair, on this my opinion has changed too. When Adam Lambert’s name was first mentioned as a serious contender for an American Idol judging position, it was grouped with three others. My thought was Adam and those three should fill the chair on a permanent rotating basis. As much as I appreciate and love American Idol for bringing Adam to us, I thought since Trespassing was just about to be released, Adam should concentrate on album promotion and his next world tour. Also, a little distancing wouldn’t hurt. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve loved Adam’s yearly returns to Idol, thrilling everyone with the first fog and lasers to be used on the show, but I wonder if his Idol connection has been one of the things keeping him off the radio? I know that’s ridiculous, but it makes about as much sense as whatever the real reason is!

So now, just like I love his blond hair, I think I also am in favor of Adam taking a permanent seat at the table. Something is blocking him from reaching the next level with Trespassing. Maybe twice-weekly exposure on American Idol would bring Adam many benefits? Most importantly, he would be reaching the all-important age demographic. He would also be showing his intelligence, compassion, musical and performance expertise, sense of humor and fashion-forward thinking. In other words, just what American Idol has been crying for since he left the stage in May of 2009!

We know how much Adam still loves and respects American Idol. He has said countless times that he owes his career to it. As long as this is something he really wants to do, then let’s DIM THE LIGHTS!! 🙂

Here is a very straightforward article from cartermatt.com. Please click the link at the end to continue reading.

What are your thoughts about Adam returning as a judge to Idol? Please let us know in the comment section!

Love ya!

~ Carol ~

‘American Idol’ season 12: Why Adam Lambert should be the final judge

If you have been online for a long time Friday, then you have probably already heard some of the news — Randy Jackson is looking to step down from his role as “American Idol” judge, and become more of a mentor instead for the new season similar to the role Jimmy Iovine has played in the past. With that, we now have at least two positions open alongside Mariah Carey on the new panel, and probably three given the rumored desire for the show to return to the lineup it last had during seasons 8 and 9.

First things first, let’s get two things out of the way:
-One of these judges will almost surely be Nicki Minaj. She has done just about everything but sign on the dotted line, and her presence will be great to boost the show with the hip-hop community as well as to attract young people in the much-coveted 18-49 demographic.

-There will also be a country star (probably Keith Urban) designed to appeal to middle America and the sort of contestants that the show is accustomed to getting. Is he the best choice? We would have preferred Brad Paisley, but Keith is a good guy and a bit of a money-saver for the show given that they have already spent $26 million in between Carey and Minaj.

Now, we turn to the final position. We know that Enrique Iglesias has been rumored to be the favorite for the spot, and that Nick Jonas is another name that has circulated. TMZ is claiming that both Diddy and Kanye West are out as possibilities, but one name still at least in part remains — Adam Lambert. He’s sort of fallen off the rumor mill since being one of the first people to join it earlier this summer … but yet, he may be the right person still for the job. Why? It’s really a combination of a number of factors.

1. Continuing the brand – We know that there are going to be those who accuse us of pandering with this article, so we want to take that on right away. If Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood were the “American Idol” alum being rumored, we’d be advocating them in the same way. Why? Because with the massive turnaround with the judges’ panel, you need something more than just mercenary judges who have made a name for themselves somewhere else. You need an artist who viewers will identify with the brand — and although Adam has done plenty to distance his career from the show, it is still the reason that so many of us know he exists.

In our mind, the reason Randy was around for so long is because they wanted to make sure the show still screamed “American Idol.” Adam can fill that role, and would do so in a way that still pushes it forward.

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About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)


  1. Kerry Kolsch says:

    I agree with you that American Idol will be good for Adam. Even though he is gaining in popularity and recognition around the world, in this country he is still treated as a novelty by the media. Adam got more attention for changing his hair color than he received for his six epic performances with Queen. At the same time American Idol needs Adam Lambert just as much. Adam has growing interest and worldwide appeal. AI has been losing viewers for the last three seasons. The year Adam was on American Idol it was ranked by Nielsen in the top two positions. (All broadcast TV has lost viewers.) Many fans vowed never to watch again after Adam unfairly lost. They would return if Adam is at the judges table. I believe it was the judges who lost viewers last year. It did not make sense to give favorites a standing ovation every week no matter how off key they were. Adam would be an honest, intelligent judge that knows his craft. Keith Urban is a country star and does not have world wide appeal. The AI franchise has to think beyond the US. I think Minaj is a gamble. She is a rapper, not a singer. Minaj could lose more viewers than she brings in. If she is a judge and Adam is not, there will be hell to pay with Idol’s tried and true Idol fans. The show is toast without them. I wrote an article last week titled “Adam Lambert -Top American Idol”. I wrote about why, in the end, Adam Lambert will be the most successful American Idol ever. It is another reason American Idol should have Adam as a judge.

    • Kerry you have always been a huge supporter of Adam and I am grateful. I wish everything you believe would come true. I want Adam to be the biggest star around. I am sick of Carrie, even Kelly (although they can sing) and seeing Scotty McCreery and Phillips win makes me sick. Now Adam is struggling to sell records because so many fans and potentially new fans don’t even know he has a CD. Radio has snubbed him. Maybe that is why IDOL is reluctant to hire him.

      I think he would add so much to the show. I imagine him dressing uniquely every week in the style of the genre they are singing. Can you imagine Disco week or musical theatre? Let alone Rock week and even Country. I think he would bring in viewers. Initially all the haters would scoff because of his lack of success. I wish that the world would know about his Queen performances. They should and I hope he does more with them.

      I don’t think they’ll select Adam as a judge at this point, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Even a mentor would be great. I hate the music industry and really don’t want to watch IDOL or X-Factor and certainly not the Voice, but I’d watch if Adam were on it. Why can’t people see what we see in Adam?

  2. Guys you need to go here – http://awards.classicrockmagazine.com/event-of-the-year/queenadam-lambert – and vote for Queen and Adam Lambert!

    I found it on Brian May’s website – lets make his hard work count!

    • I’ve been voting on this everday for weeks. I’ll keep doing it until the end. It would be a nice little award and maybe give them more validation to keep doing shows, maybe in the US. That is my hope right now for Adam. And maybe IDOL…

  3. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this blog. I really hope to see the same high-grade content from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal website now 😉

  4. Thought immediately Idol judge would propel him to national recognition. He already is way ahead in internationally, but this country denies him. Think radio play has to do with quality of first two releases–yes, we Adam fans love them–but they were not enough to spark the youth. And whether we like it or not, that’s who drives the radio stations. Why they released such “boring” material makes me question Adam’s management team. Finally they are dropping a true club/dance song that should work. Yes, there’s homophobia, but I really think if the music resonates, sexuality is not relevant to the listeners or the stations. I know my comments will anger some folks who think the first two releases were perfectly OK. Play them for your 13 year old, and ask them!! They buy, they tweet like crazy, they call stations…they’re the market for pop. That is where Adam wants to be, so the music needs to cooperate.

  5. Carol, I agree with you about changing my mind about Adam’s hair. I’m getting used to it & it actually seems to fit him now. I also agree about him being an AI panel member. He needs to let the general population see him every week & see what a great guy he is. Supposedly Minaji has signed to do a Pepsi commercial which doesn’t work with AI’s Coke sponsor. As said before, she doesn’t really sing so how can she be a judge of someone who hopefully can. It is also true that Randy really liked Adam when he was on the show & may put in a good word for him. I don’t have a problem with Keith Urban, but no no no to Minaji. To me at least, she just wouldn’t fit in. Maybe they think he would be disruptive to the show cause everytime he is on there the place goes crazy – also another good reason for him to be there. The show definetely needs something to bring it back, & Adam would be the perfect choice to get the ratings up & get him more recognition in the states.

  6. No one will like this, and it won’t happen, but I would love for Adam to be X-factor’s new Host or co-host with Kelly Osbourne. He is so charming, witty, handsome, fashionable and I think he would get great exposure to another group in another capacity-showing just how versitile he is and having the spotlight. It sure has made Ryan Seacrest the 2nd richest(highest paid) of the original Idol clan. I think X-factor has a different(younger and more Pop oriented) audience than Idol. Just a strange thought I had listening to Adam charm and delight in an interview and then hearing x-factor was without a host.

  7. Flamingo Lady says:

    I mirror your feelings exactly, on both the blonde hair and judging AI. Hoping it happens!

  8. I would love to see Adam as a judge on AI, but then I love the idea of gooling over him every week. I too, have been a fan of Adam’s since the first time I saw him on Idol. I also am wondering why more of his songs are not played on the radio. I have yet to have heard one song from “Trespassing” and if that album doesn’t have some great songs than whose does? But, I have to remember I live in the South and we’re always behind. Love it here, but we are slow starters. Whatever happens for Adam, I just hope he’s around for a very, very long time.

  9. Very well put, Carol. I totally agree. Our Adam needed Idol for exposure when he was trying to further his career and I believe he needs them again to showcase his music. But beside what Idol can do for him, he can bring so much to a judging position. In addition to having years of formal singing instruction he also brings that amazing voice with the stage presence. Then he can add the charisma, charm, and fabulous personality. Top it all off with the ability to give constructive critcism and not give false hope to those not deserving. He’s the full judging package.

  10. I don’t understand why the local radio stations aren’t playing the excellent songs from Trespassing–I live in the San Diego area, and very seldom hear any being played. I love this album!!!

  11. chineseglitter says:

    After the shock I fell in love with Adams blonde hair. As far as Idol goes..if they want viewers that use to watch to return they need to put Adam in the judging chair. If not, they are not thinking about all of Adams fans tuning in if he is on there. Also all of his fans like me who will not tune in if he isn’t there.

  12. cory-coral says:

    ady is great artits was proof of them valuetes and virtues, and he has much work for 2013 , but he could excellente judge for american idol YESSSSSSSSSSSSS.

  13. They had older more experienced singer in Steven Tyler and he wasn’t a good judge. Adam has been singing for 20 years, in theater/musicals, cruise ship, clubs, rock group, demos, pop/dance music and currently with Queen. Completed a successful 100 international tour, grammy nomination, idol mentor, etc. His first album sold over 2million world wide, with 4million digital downloads. He was the executive producer of his 2nd album and has received stellar reviews. I think he has plenty experience plus Adam is articulate, funny, honest, and really enjoys helping young people with their dream of becoming a pop singer.

  14. Just watch Elvis life story on PBS, certain profile of Adam looks just like him. Love you Adam.