Adam Lambert Plays Starchild on Glee – FIRST LOOK PHOTO

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GLEE: Elliot “Starchild” (guest star Adam Lambert, C) auditions for Kurt’s band in the “A Katy or a Gaga” episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Nov. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

Check out your first official look at Adam Lambert as Elliot “Starchild” Gilbert on the “A Katy or a Gaga” episode of Glee airing Thursday November 7.

Adam will play an “overly bold performer” who auditions for Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) Madonna cover band, that also includes Rachel (Lea Michele), Santana (Naya Rivera) and her new girlfriend Dani (Demi Lovato). But, will Kurt block Starchild from the band due to his own worries that he’ll be overshadowed by the dazzling performer?

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You’ll have to tune in to find out!

Adam/Starchild will audition for the band with an audacious performance of Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night.”

UPDATE: Starchild is a New Jersey native! According to Entertainment Weekly, there will be trouble between Starchild and Kurt, but their issues will eventually be resolved.

“As you may know, Lambert’s New Jersey-native character will audition for a new band put together by Kurt, but, he teases, it’s not love at first sight. ‘As far as the character goes, at first Kurt and Starchild don’t quite click, but then they click,’ he teases. ‘It’s definitely a work in progress’.”

I agree with folks in comments who want to see some major shade thrown before the lovefest begins…

Watch a clip in the promo here.

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    Fierce.

  • waitingforthe1

    I saw this a few days ago on another site. He looks amazing.

  • seashellz51

    Hurry the heck up Glee and get here. :) #Starchild

  • bridgette12

    I love the boots, it’s so him.

  • Mel432

    So funny he uses his own clothes, but maybe that is more common than we know.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, I miss”Glam Adam” ..

  • supersonic

    It’s Adam Lambert! I don’t know who this Starchild is because he’s just playing himself.

  • Sharon S.

    And if true, that would be a problem…why, exactly?

    Seriously, even if it turns out he is “playing himself” – so what? Has Adam been going around bragging about this boundary-breaking, totally-against-type performance he’s been asked to give, and I just haven’t seen it? If he can channel his own quirky, sunny, very likable personality into this character, I’ll call it a win. This is his first substantial television role. If he comes across well, hopefully more opportunities will present themselves, and maybe he’ll have the chance to stretch himself more in some of them.

    If viewers like his character, then find out the real-life Adam is much the same, that doesn’t strike me as a bad outcome at all.

  • Axxxel

    I do think that they will steal some events from Adam’s life to fit in the storyline… like the fact that glam is not always accepted and that he had to adjust… Then again, in Glee I already noticed that actors sometimes play the opposite of themselves:frantic Darren Criss plays calm Blaine, fashion- ignorant Chris Colfer plays fashion know-it-all Kurt…

  • Mel432

    Adam does not walk around in costume, nor does he wear makeup. If Adam is playing himself, why didn’t they call him Adam Lambert?

  • HermeticallySealed

    When have most of the guests on this show been all that big of a deviation from themselves (or their type cast)? Kristin Chenoweth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Sanchez, Neil Patrick. . . none of them were huge stretches in character, so not sure why anyone would have expected that from Lambert’s stint.

  • lola

    I so agree!!

  • waitingforthe1

    The character’s name is actually Elliott Gilbert and Starchild is his performing alter-ego. So while Starchild could share similarities with Adam Lambert the performer, we have no idea what Elliott will be like.

    If Elliott is a funny, articulate charmball who everyone falls in love with instantly upon spending a few minutes with him then I’ll agree with you and assume that Adam is just so perfect that Ryan Murphy decided he couldn’t write a better character than Adam himself already is.

    I’m okay with that.

  • Montavilla

    I wouldn’t say Darren Criss is frantic. His “mostly perfect boyfriend (except for that cheating bit)” is the type he played on TV/video before. He was the boyfriend next door on Eastwick, and the pretty but dumb boyfriend in Little White Lies.

  • Guest

    Adam can’t play Starchild. Only Paul Stanley of KISS can be Starchild…. *wink*

  • alterego

    Here’s the ideal role for Lambert. Playing a 30 something who lost a singing show competition, fighting for career survival in the pop music scene with those who are much younger than him. After a flop CD, he is his forced to be an oldies but goodies act or be dropped from his label. Then he gets rejected to be a judge on the show that hyped him.
    This can be a good story arc for the kids to show the unglamorous side of fame.

  • Axxxel

    So the name Starchild is a reference to Kiss with whom Adam performed on the finals of American Idol season 8… Interesting way to weave reality and fiction.

  • Axxxel

    Me too but it would be more fun if Adam plays an obnoxious character…instead of his charming self. LOL…

  • Axxxel

    Just sort of paraphrasing what Darren Criss said about himself…when he commented that he forgot to be “Blaine” when they interviewed him for the Glee concert movie…

  • Axxxel

    I love this interview with Darren Criss in which he showed how he transformed into his Glee character Blaine… Hope one day Adam will make such a video as well..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_J_WMbWB6o

  • bridgette12

    I think this show has already showed the unglamorous side of fame, when one of it’s cast member committed suicide. If Adam Lambert if a sign of a failure, then what does that say about the other 99% of the Idols.

  • alterego

    If Adam Lambert if a sign of a failure, then what does that say about the other 99% of the Idols.

    It says that Adam Lambert is in the same boat as every Idol who got dropped from their label after their sophomore effort tanked. And what he is doing in Glee isn’t all that unique – Jessica Sanchez appeared on it last season.

  • Ronnie D

    Adam is back where he belongs, center stage! He is going to rule the schoooool!

  • bridgette12

    And yet, he hasn’t disappeared into obscurity like the others.

  • bridgette12

    It’s going to be a fun show and can’t wait to hear Adam sing Gaga’s song.

  • lkingcorn

    CANNT wait!

  • Mel432

    Jessica Sanchez was in one scene with her high school choir. She didn’t move around, just sang two short numbers. She didn’t even have any lines. I would say that it a huge difference from what Adam is doing on Glee.

  • lkingcorn

    I don’t believe Adam felt he had to down play the glam after GNT, I think it was a conscious effort on his part be be less glam and OTT.

  • Ronnie D

    I can’t wait to download it from the Glee soundtrack! The snippet sounds amazing. Gaga’s new album also comes out a few days after his episode airs. Great timing!

  • bridgette12

    I’m buying it, love the snippet. Gaga and KP both have to be happy about all the promo they get from Glee.

  • H.A.

    There is so much material for Ryan Murphy to use just based on Adam’s real life.

    Starchild a 20 something who lost a singing show competition but still manages to overshadow his competitors much like Kurt who also feels the boldly, dazzling performer will overshadow him. Starchild gets treated like he’s the star which leads to resentments. I can see so many Kurt/Adam cat fights to come.

  • Mel432

    How about the up side. Like a sold out international tour after his debut album is released. Being invited by a legendary, iconic rock band to sing the lead in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Getting a Grammy nomination, receiving numerous awards for being an inspiration. Performing in China and Korea on the biggest shows of the year. With a “flopped” album looming, had concerts with huge audiences in Europe, Asia and So. Africa, getting paid millions. Might as well be more realistic about his life, rather than paint one small side of it.

  • ANNIEBA

    And yet he is still important enough to inspire people who don’t like him to make the same predictable comments whenever there is a thread about him. He just has that relentless pull that you just can’t quit I guess, lol.

  • bridgette12

    That was nice for Jessica and it’s nice for Adam.

  • ANNIEBA

    Well that would be pretty impressive if Ryan Murphy thought Adam was interesting and compelling enough to build a character from. Pretty neat to think that Adam was the inspiration for his own character.

  • bridgette12

    It’s going to be interesting watching them interact. I would love to see those two do a song together.

  • ANNIEBA

    Adam seems to have more great gigs, exposure and respect now than he did when he was at the start of his album promo. It’s a testament to his talent and drive, IMO.

  • ANNIEBA

    Awesome.

  • lovetheusa1776

    So true. Great to see.

  • No Thanks

    Exactly. Adam might not be a “Katy or a Gaga,” but he’s making a damn good living in the entertainment business. He’s got a career most would kill for.

  • Cingara

    A very substantial number of the current stars of Pop are Adam’s age and in some cases even older. Beyoncé, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Enrique Iglesias, JLo, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, Cristina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Pink, Gotye, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Ryan Tedder, Jason Mraz to name a few. Look them up. Seems the 30’s is not a bad place to be.

  • Cingara

    Pretty sure those are not Adam’s boots OR clothes. Here are the boots:
    http://fashionofglee.com/post/64999241998/starchild-pleaser-boots

    Also, if you enlarge the foto, the pants AND coat have a sort of textured, tweedy look, and the pants have a wide pinstripe. He has similarly shaped coats, but have never seen him with that one, nor the pinstriped tweedy pants. Even the hat….his top hat from his We Are Glamily tour was much smaller and satiny, although he could have had it embellished. But the rest – have never seen them on him. Here’s a larger image:
    http://adamlamberttv.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-10-24T21:31:00-07:00&max-results=5&start=5&by-date=false

  • Kariann Hart

    I was thinking Elliot would be a shy character and more of a challenge to pull it off.

  • Sharon S.

    I agree…I don’t think those are Adam’s clothes. And I don’t know why it matters, anyway. What difference does it make? It’s about the performance, not the clothes,

  • Kariann Hart

    Theonly one I can think of who might wear her own clothes is Santana – maybe once in awhile?

  • weareallinnocent

    This is going to be fun. It probably already is for Adam. :-)

  • bearcatnat

    I don’t think it really matters whether they are his clothes or not…I think the point is that Adam Lambert on Glee looks very much like…Adam Lambert! The outfit is very much in line with his real persona and how he has dressed himself. I for one think that it’s great! As someone else mentioned, if the character is close to how Adam Lambert is in real life, it could really build new fans for him. If they like the character, then they would like Adam Lambert, his music, and his style. And this can work vice versa for fans of Adam who aren’t fans of Glee! Personally, I’ve never watched Glee and never planned to. But I will check out Adam Lambert’s episode(s).

  • Mel432

    Actually Adam’s real persona and how he dresses on stage are not one and the same. The outfit we see above is not the real persona. It is his past stage look.

  • Montavilla

    That doesn’t seem nearly dramatic enough. How about we give him a teenage daughter that he suddenly has to raise, a wacky hipster sidekick, and a talking raccoon? I think we’d have a show.

  • ANNIEBA

    The raccoon is pushing it. How about a really messy dog?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    A teenage daughter he suddenly has to raise, her wacky hipster boyfriend, an orphan he found on a street corner playing a battered drum kit, and two adorable moppets who live next door. They can all sing. Plus there’s an alligator on a leash.

    It’ll be a 21st century reimagining of The Partridge Family — heartwarming for the kiddies, with ironic jokes for the adults. Part of the joke is that Shirley Jones plays the band’s manager, a hardbitten woman with a heart of gold who’s seen it all in the music industry.

    In the dramatic two-part season ender, the Glam Fam will go up against the Band-Joes a family band that plays folk-rock, for a chance to cut a major-label EP. There will be action figure tie-ins, sold with a glittery tour bus in 1:18 scale at Target next holiday season.

    Once the show finds its audience, up-and-coming regional bands will vie to appear in episodes. Fan debate rages over whether the Glam Fam represents a soulless manufactured act or a pragmatic means of getting Lambert’s unique musical vision out to an audience. He is romantically linked with several guest stars before finding lasting bliss with a movie actor who makes a cameo playing himself, though the time-travel crossover Lambert/David Cassidy fic persists amidst the fandom.

    A decade later, more debate rages about whether shifts in audience demographics, as the original kiddie audience ages up, has left the show old and irrelevant; also, whether it’s starting to repeat the same jokes and plot lines. Come 2050, kids who grew up with the Glam Fam in syndication bring it back as a retro craze.

  • Montavilla

    Exactly! LOL

  • bestmusic

    You are correct. They are all a bit older. I think the difference is the majority became famous at an early age. Britney, Cristina, Pink.Were as Adam is just trying to break into a career in music.

  • waitingforthe1

    Here’s is the role the public and media have for Adam’s life: 30 something vocal talent who came in second on the bigget talent competition in the world and outshined everyone else his season both domestically and internationally. Incredibly his sophmore album debuted at #1 in the U.S., Canada and other countries and he continues to get high profile opportunities not afforded to many others. In a fight for artistic freedom he choose to follow his own path rather than allow his label to dictate his direction because he trusts in his vision and talent. He is lucky enough to count legends such as Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen as fans and has successfully fronted Queen for s mini tour and looks to do more shows in the future. His fashion choices are so noted that he’s quikcly becoming a fashion icon within the entertainment industry.

  • ANNIEBA

    I think we have a winner! Hahahaha! Somehow though they have to fit in a reason for Adam to wear his golden speedo, blue tights, sparkly Genie outfit from last night, then it will be perfect!

  • Mel432

    This isn’t Glee any longer. This sounds like a perfect spinoff. Well, not perfect, more like wacky. I wonder if Ryan Murphy is into wacky.

  • Mel432

    They are in episode 7. Prolly not just the two of them, but I think maybe mostly them. MJ will know soon.

  • Cingara

    Hardly a majority. And I didn’t even do a complete list. Doesn’t matter, really. He’s getting enough good gigs to keep him in Rick Owens and Laboutin. He has a reputation as an exciting live performer with an amazing voice. Easy on the eyes, and sexy too. Good assets.

  • Beaugard Stevens

    He looks just like Adam Lambert in the “If I had you” video. The plot seems a bit shaky- wouldn’t you audition for a Madonna covers band with a Madonna song? That’s kinda strange, but I am sure he will do great on the show.

  • esther macha

    Not if you are Starchild…I can’t wait!

  • Larc

    I don’t think this has been posted yet. Entertainment Weekly reports from an interview with Adam:

    “As you may know, Lambert’s New Jersey-native character will audition for
    a new band put together by Kurt, but, he teases, it’s not love at first
    sight. ‘As far as the character goes, at first Kurt and Starchild don’t
    quite click, but then they click,’ he teases. ‘It’s definitely a work
    in progress’.”

    So Adam will evidently stick around on Glee at least long enough to move on from being Kurt’s nemesis.

  • H.A.

    I hope they don’t click too quickly. I want to see Kurt/Starchild get mean and dirty with each other.

  • HKfan

    you would have thought so wouldn’t you….but then that wouldn’t fit into a Gaga v Perry theme….

  • supersonic

    All of those people you listed are what? Either popular or somewhat popular and don’t have to go slumming and do episodes of Glee.

  • supersonic

    But did any of them wear a costume that they would normally wear or is known for wearing? I don’t think so.

  • ANNIEBA

    New Jersey native? You think Adam will try to pull off an accent, lol? Wonder why they threw that in. This is going to be fun.

  • ANNIEBA

    Glee is going slumming? I thought you loved the show, at least until they hired Adam, lol.

  • girlygirl

    Lol, I’m a NJ native and I don’t have any accent to speak of. Of course I’m from South Jersey. :) So it’ll depend on what part of the state he’s supposed to be from

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    Ryan Murphy is notorious for quickly cycling through storylines that need more time to be told effectively. The writing on Glee isn’t very good.

    We know Adam will be on at least one more episode, but Murphy could wrap what Adam described in one episode. He’s done it before.

  • Sharon S.

    Or he could be so pleased with Adam that he expands the role beyond what he initially planned. He’s done that before, too.

  • JLE12

    Agreed. I think if he is a popular character they will stretch the story longer than planned. (however long that is)
    Just my guess, but I could be so wrong on so many levels.
    It does seem like a fun story line. Looking forward to seeing more from Demi. I like her and think both of them can really add to the show.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I enjoy Glee, but am not a devout fan. How far ahead are episodes traditionally filmed?

  • Pat H

    Adam’s mom is originally form NJ! Little trivia for you all!

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    If Adam catches on with Glee fans, the way Darren Criss did for instance, it could happen.

    It doesn’t happen that often though.

  • Montavilla

    I don’t think it’s any stranger than auditioning for Funny Girl with a Journey song, as Rachel did.

  • Montavilla

    Just a few times. Kristen Chenoweth and Gwyneth Paltrow were one-shot deals that came back for seconds. I don’t know if NeNe Leakes was supposed to stay around as long as she has, or if Ryan Murphy is just taken by how funny she is when she insults people.

    On the other hand, John Stamos signed on for a multi–episode arc, but barely showed up. Charice seemed like she was going to be a major recurring character — and she did show up three times, but her story certainly didn’t fulfill the set-up they gave her. And Jessica Sanchez’s part was either written as nothing, or cut down to nothing in editing.

    So, it can really go either way. :)

  • Montavilla

    Several weeks. Adam’s episode is on in two weeks, but was filmed at the end of September.

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    Kristen and Gwyneth are notable exceptions.

    But my original point really, was only that Ryan Murphy has a reputation for not telling stories very thoroughly. A storyline that looks, on paper, like it could go on for weeks and weeks, may be over in an episode. Ryan is notorious for that. It’s just something to keep in mind while you’re speculating.

  • Montavilla

    Yes, that is very true.

  • Axxxel

    Maybe he is the father of Demi’s character… because he got married at a young age… LOL…

  • Axxxel

    I think he is totally into wacky… based on some of the inconsistent storylines of Glee… e.g. Ryder who wanted to leave the Glee club because he was fooled by Unique last season..but now in this season, Ryder is still with the Glee club, without any explanation after 3 episodes why he decided to stay anyway.

  • Axxxel

    Remember Glee actor Cory Monteith passing mid July ? I think they filmed the tribute episode to his character Finn about a month later in August and it was shown on TV on the 10th of October.

  • mmb

    Glee is slumming? Do Gyyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Neil Patrick harris. Matt Bomer, Britney Spears, Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, Whoopi Goldberg know that? Someone better tell Katy, gaga, billy Joel, Madonna, Miley and all the other artists who allow their music to be used on the show too

  • mmb

    Adam has already broken into a career in music. You can’t say that an artist with top 10 and 20 singles, a no 1 and no 3 album, a Grammy nom, who can book 2000-3000 plus seat venues, and has enough name recognition to get gigs presenting at the VMAs, hosting vh1 specials and a guest arc on glee ( to name just a few of his bookings over the past 12 months)) hasn’t broken into the business. Is he as commercially successful as Brit/pink/xtina etc? No.

  • jpfan2

    Is Glee filming now? Won’t it be pretty obvious soon if Adam is filming new episodes?

  • everything

    I thought his priority was to be in the studio working on a new album to be released next year?

  • Montavilla

    Only if they do location scenes. For example, we got spoilers about the Klaine reunion duet (“Got to Get You into My Life”) way earlier than anything else about that episode because it was filmed outside, at the school that stands in for McKinley High. There were pictures and cell videos and everything.

    But when it’s on set, there need to be spies, or chatty crew tweets.

  • Sharon S.

    Glee is not a full time job for Adam. He still has plenty of opportunity to work on the album.

  • HermeticallySealed

    It’s a guest role, that doesn’t exactly require days of shooting for weeks at a time. As it is, he’s been in the studio for several months before now, so not really seeing how a few days doing shoots every now and again is hurting him.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Speaking pragmatically, Lambert’s priority will be whatever mix of activities seems to give him the best shot at putting together a satisfying album that gets broad distribution.

    I expect the exact mix and timing to evolve as opportunities present themselves and as he works through the studio process (and as he starts negotiating with labels, which is usually a necessity for the distribution). That’s how it goes.

    Lambert’s another one where the core fan base is there, but a new label should have questions about how to position his music to be profitable. Since he’s still aiming for a pop-type career, Glee-type appearances are a help in answering those questions. (That’s not an anti-fan statement: labels want profits, artists want control, and so there are things that need to be worked out.)

    (Also, the cry of “I’m making an album! Out soon!” is simply the roving wilderness call of the recently ways-parted-with musician. The actual timing of said album depends on all sorts of stuff, from the arrival of the creative muse to promo to label negotiations to the bass player’s horoscope.)

  • Not fit to print

    That was very interesting. Imagine, just unbuttoning the top of his shirt to get out of character. Love it.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Thanks Montavilla! So, if Adam is to appear in future episodes beyond the two we know about, we should get leaks in November.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Oh, yes! I wondered because I think American Horror Story films fairly far ahead.

  • Cingara

    Judging from recent Brian May/Roger Taylor interviews, there also seem to be some Queen performances on the horizon. And, Adam and Nile Rodgers recorded 3 new songs in 3 days in the studio with Avicii right after Rodgers’ AFTEE event earlier this year. Don’t know where they will go. There are lots of things going on, but he seems to be keeping other recording news under very tight control.

  • Montavilla

    Maybe. But Glee’s schedule is Byzantine. They’ll do a few episodes, then go on hiatus… I’m glad MJ tells us when it’s on, or I’d be hopelessly confused.