Adam Lambert Should Replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2010 2:04PM
adam_lambert_fox_american_idolThis hasn't been a particularly exciting season of 'American Idol.' The addition of Ellen DeGeneres has rated a 'B-minus' at best, and that's if you're grading on a curve. The contestants have failed to create the buzz we've heard in previous seasons.

The absence of Paula Abdul as a judge has given rise to rumors that she's going to be asked back next season to bring back the 'train wreck' factor. And then there's the reality that Simon Cowell has been punching the clock, sort of sleepwalking through the competition which will be his last go round with 'Idol.'

So perhaps in that atmosphere, Adam Lambert's visit last week as a mentor was destined to be something special. Lambert's proven to be something of a lightning rod, as his 2009 American Music Award appearance and run on last season's 'Idol' showed, but he wasn't on the show last Tuesday night as a singer.

He was there as a mentor. To put it plainly, Adam Lambert was great in that role and, if given the chance, he could be a legitimate replacement for Simon Cowell.

We're not the only folks to suggest this. The Los Angeles Times had the same thought and wrote about it. As a mentor, Lambert displayed all the qualities we look for from a talent evaluator. He wasn't filled with platitudes and compliments. He wasn't looking to stroke the fragile egos of the kids. He wasn't there to be a friend or buddy. Lambert spoke to these competitors like a director.

Instead of just rubber-stamping their suggestions, he challenged them. As Kona wrote, Adam offered encouragement, but his criticism was constructive and blunt. When he heard a rote version of 'Hound Dog' by Andrew Garcia, he told him that it sucked. Adam gave Tim Urban a great suggestion about trying a falsetto on 'Can't Help Fallin' in Love with You,' but the Zac Efron-wannabe was too timid to try it. If I had been one of the nine, there's no way I would have not accepted Lambert's counsel. For once, a mentor seemed to really be mentoring.

Still, to go from mentor to judge, would that work? For a number of reasons, the answer is yes. Lambert is a showman. He understands how to make audiences' sit up and notice. He even managed to make Ryan Seacrest put his foot in his mouth -- the line "My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours" -- which is always a good thing, and the funniest bit of the night. If you were to put him in Simon's seat, Adam Lambert would make it his own.

And should they actually decide to bring Abdul back, a five person panel would really be something different for 'Idol.' Maybe they'd have to rejigger the timing of the program, but you'd have the possibility of hearing something worth noting from the judges which hasn't been happening this season.

Lambert's addition might also have rating implications. With the ratings starting to erode a bit for the Fox 'death star,' Adam would appeal to a younger demo. That could only be a plus. Not to mention drawing fans from past seasons who liked him. The final question, then, would probably be Lambert's: would he want to become an 'American Idol' judge? What do you think?

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The show is on it's deathbed and you want to put Adam Lambert on the judging panel? You've got to be on drugs! A move like that will only hasten the decline. but unless the talent is better than this year's crop it won't matter...the show is dead!

May 28 2010 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sorry, but the thought of sitting through 5 critiques after every performance is excruciating. Right now, 4 is too much, especially when 2 of them (Randy and Ellen) are usually useless, anyway. "You in it to win it, Dawg." ??? Really, Randy? This is the biggest talent competition in the world, the highest-rated show on TV, and the best Randy Jackson can muster is "I don't know. It didn't work for me, Dawg." or "It was pitchy in places." or "You in it to win it, dawg." Please. Get some judges who know what they're doing and who can articulate useful, constructive criticism to make the contestants better performers. Done.

May 22 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Diana said, "adam lambert should not be a judge. he does not have the experience for that role and he is a nut case as well. i was shocked to see they used him as a mentor after ther mess he made on the award show. i would love to see paula come back that would be great"

Diana, you're the one who is a nut case!! It figures you want Paula Abdul back on the show cause she's a total nut job just like you. Adam was a terrific mentor and he has given many terrific performances since that one award show last year. It's time for you to stop living in the past, nit wit! Although I don't want Adam to become a Judge on the show I definitely think he could do a totally respectable job and I have no doubt his feedback would be a lot more helpful than that of Paula Abdul. He gave those 9 contestants better advice than Paula gave the all contestants over 8 full seasons. Additionally Adam's performance on the results show was awesome. I would much rather see him perform, than spend his time as a judge. He can do the judging thing many years from now.

April 29 2010 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 29 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They need to get back to an entertaining format with people that know what theyre talking about. Ive read a few people say a line up that I think would be spot on.
Leave Randy Jackson, hes chilled and good for viewers and contestants. Bring in Danni Minouge, shes been on X-Factor and Australias got talent, is beautiful, is a proven star as a judge and is a great singer and add another Randy to the line up. Randy Boscoe a super vocal coach with an awesome personality that has promoted and worked with some of best teen singers in the world like Charice Pempengco, Emily Harder and Celeste Kellogg. That would be the perfect line up and im not the first to suggest it.

April 26 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Adam Lambert has what it takes to be a judge.He's honest, says it like it is.Also I would watch the show just to look at him and so would most people.I agree this year the talent isn't their.The only talent I see is Cystral and Lee out of all the contestent.They both listened to Adam and gave a GREAT performance. So you go people request Adam.

April 23 2010 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sure he should replce SImon!!! HE is extremely talented and very knowleadgable in music, the best mentor ever!!!!

April 23 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wish he would be the next judge replacing Simon!! HE would be the best judge on the planet, very honest and knoledgeable.

April 22 2010 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Adam Lambert is the best vocalists I have heard in 2 decades! To have him sit behind a desk, all season, on a dying show that can't find any better talent than the crop they have this season, would be like tying a thoroughbred to a plow! He went back to mentor one week. He killed it.Showed 'em all how it's done. Next night, he sang his latest hit and reminded fans and foes alike, why he REALLY "won" the Idol crown.
Now , he needs to stop hitching his star to Idol and go conquer the world! We are all ready, poised, hitting "redial" to grab his tour tickets, buying his music, voting our fingers off on all the online polls, etc.. Adam's direction is FORWARD, not backwards. I sincerely hope he passes on this offer.The world is his oyster! It is clear that Idol now needs him, more than vice versa. No Adam,, thank you very much.

April 22 2010 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The idea of AL as mentor is great in the sense that I'd get to see more of him. But, he needs to "work" on his music and he needs time to promote that! I'd rather see him succeed in his musical career than be tied down to that show.

April 20 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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