'American Idol' FOX Season 14 Brings Adam Lambert Album Fills In as Judge For Keith Urban Along with Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
"American Idol" continues auditions across America and alum Adam Lambert has stepped in to guest judge while Keith Urban takes a leave of absence for his family. Urban's wife, Nicole Kidman lost her father, Antony Kidman earlier this week.
"Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time," the "American Idol" Twitter account shared.
Lambert joins fellow judges Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.
"The name of the game is artistry," said Lambert to TVLine, when asked if it's possible to launch another massive pop star on the show. "I know the show kept using that word a couple of seasons ago - although I don't know if they actually found that many of 'em - but it's more than just having a nice-sounding voice. It's about the complete package: It's the look, it's the vibe, it's the personality. Hello, hello, personality!"
Lambert added, "a lot of the magic is created in the studio. The thing that sells stars to a mass audience is, 'Do you like them or not? Do you wanna be their friend? Do you wanna look at pictures of them all the time? Do they make you laugh, do they provoke you?'" Lambert reasoned. "The standards have changed a little bit, but it's not up to the show to make that happen, it's the contestants that'll make that happen."
Lopez shared about looking for talent at the auditions, "It's funny, I always feel like it's just a given when it comes to Idol. It's the one show that's been able to produce any kind of stars at all - many over the years," she added, while agreeing with Lambert's assessment. "Our job is not to pick the winner, our job is to pick a pool of people who we feel could actually have that career. That process is a tough process 'cause we're looking at the whole package - everything it takes to be a recording star. You think about Phillip Phillips or Scotty [McCreery], and they're real artists, not just singers. That's what we're looking for."
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