Idea: Adam Lambert should replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol”

By Greg Hernandez

GREAT IDEA: LA Times pop music writer Ann Powers has come up with a suggestion that I fully endorse: sign Adam Lambert as an American Idol judge next season to replace Simon Cowell!
Writes Powers: It’s so clear that it’s Windex. It — he — sat there in the front row on Tuesday night, hair piled extra high in honor of the Elvis theme, a trouper’s grin affixed to his face even when the hopefuls he’d mentored ignored his obviously helpful suggestions. Yes, dear readers, I’m saying it: Adam Lambert should replace Simon Cowell as a judge on “American Idol.”

On hand for Elvis week, Adam was the first former Idol to return as a mentor, an honor-cum-duty (remember, he’s represented by the show’s ancillary organization, 19 Management) that turns out to suit him well. It could have gone to a more established unit-mover like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson. Yet from the minute he stood at that familiar piano, persuading Crystal Bowersox to put down the folkie strum one time and strap on a sequined electric guitar, he filled the role with complete self-assurance, compassion and sincerity, tempered by an ironic edge that could easily translate to the judges’ table.

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  • April 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    Well hopefully he’ll do some touring first, for those of us waiting anxiously to see him live. In between gigs maybe he can come on as a guest judge. BTW, I thought Neil Harris did a great job when he was on as a guest judge. I seen articles about Howard Stern, I think it was, being mentioned as well. From what comments of his I’ve read he seems very mean spirited and prejudiced. Why would Idol want anyone like that?

  • April 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    There really isn’t anyone that can replace simon Cowell on idol, but the best choice I can think of and have thought of a long time ago is Adam Lambert. I’ll be honest, he will bring in the ratings alone just because we get to see him every week. A true Adam fan and idol fan and he will be exactly what that shows needs when Simon leaves!

  • April 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    oh my. it had never struck me, but what a perfect idea. he doesnt let them down, he has respect for the contestants’ decision. one full package ready to be opened : )

  • April 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    Got my vote on this as soon as he straight up told Andrew Garcia he was boring. Pun wasn’t intended, but I find it amusing.

  • April 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    ADAM is bigger and better than AI, he needs his own reality tv show, The Adam Lambert Show! He makes great tv as the most fascinating new artist. Love and/or hate him, people love to be entertained. “For Your Entertainment, ” reality tv show sensation!

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  • April 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    Adam Lambert may is digusting and we will not watch the show if he is host.

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