Is Adam Lambert Mentoring The Idols in Vegas for an Elvis Themed Week?

UPDATE:  Top Idol reports that “American Idol’s extra-special theme will not only feature Adam Lambert as mentor, but also Cirque du Soleil’s new Las Vegas production Viva Elvis.”

She confirmed with somebody connected to the production. Read more HERE.

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FOX has confirmed Adam Lambert will mentor the Idols for Tuesday’s show, and then perform his single, “Whataya Want From Me” on Wednesday’s results show.  They have not confirmed the theme yet, but the Wrap is reporting that Adam will be traveling to Las Vegas to mentor the show at hotel where Cirque Du Soleil’s Viva Elvis is playing.

Via The Wrap:

A little birdie told me that Glambert would be mentoring the Idols in the theater at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. Hmmmm, this is the very theater where the new Cirque du Soleil show, “Viva Elvis,” is playing. A couple of years ago the Idols attended the “Love” show in Vegas to prepare for Beatles Week … I could be way off but Glambert looks like Elvis and is controversial like Elvis. Viva Las Vegas! I can’t wait to find out if my hunch is right!

19E’s parent company, CKX owns the rights to Elvis Presley enterprises. Many Elvis song have been performed on Idol. Back in Season 5, the Top 4 visited Graceland for an Elvis themed week. An Elvis themed week is not a far-fetched idea.

Of course, if Adam is headed to Vegas to mentor the kids for next week’s show, it could be just a coincidence that the sessions are taking place in the same hotel as the Viva Elvis show. The theme could be something else entirely.

Also, I’m hearing from multiple sources that FOX 5 is reporting that next week’s theme is Teen Idols, but that’s got to be a mistake. That can’t be the “very special” theme Ryan referred to last night, besides they had planned to do that theme a few weeks ago and then ditched it at the last minute.

I don’t understand why the producers keep this stuff under wraps. Maybe they want to wait until Monday when the news will have more impact on the press.

Ha. No. The Season 7 Idols didn’t visit “Love” to prepare for Beatles week, so the reporter has already got one detail wrong. Someone in comments pointed  out the visit took place Top 4 for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame week…

  • gangreen29

    I really really really hope it is not an Elvis theme.

  • Mary102

    Hmmm, this seems like a very very strong possibility. Very interesting, and sounds like fun, in terms of the whole tie in with the Vegas Show, etc.

    Adam never did Elvis songs on the show, though, and I guess I’d hardly see him as that style performer, in general (Elvis was more blues, even country, than Adam certainly is).

    However, I think it would be an interesting thematic approach for TPTB – have Adam mentor from the perspective of being a risk taker, rocking things up a bit, shaking them up. That is certainly something he was able to do on the show, and something TPTB would be interested in bringing out more from this year’s crop of contestants.

  • Mary102

    On second thought – maybe it will be a broader theme than just “Elvis Week” – again, because that’s not really so much Adam’s style and expertise.

    Maybe it’ll be a broader “rock legends” type theme that could pull on different singers, but they’ll take the field trip to Vegas along the way.

  • gigglesmo3

    A couple of years ago the Idols attended the “Love” show in Vegas to prepare for Beatles Week …

    That’s not true, the Season 7 Idols saw “Love” for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame week. It was Top 4.

    It seems to me that this source is pulling this Elvis Theme rumor out of their ass based on not remembering Season 7 correctly. I’m not believing this rumor until we get more concrete info.

  • ross

    On second thought – maybe it will be a broader theme than just “Elvis Week” – again, because that’s not really so much Adam’s style and expertise.

    Maybe it’ll be a broader “rock legends” type theme that could pull on different singers, but they’ll take the field trip to Vegas along the way.

    If AI had Adam Lambert mentor a week whose theme was rock legends, the world would laugh. Ditto, Elvis.

    I hope for his sake those are not the themes. If the theme is rock legends, a rock legend has to mentor. If it’s Elvis, well, I can’t think of anyone, offhand. But Adam would not be appropriate.

  • dhunken

    I actually like the idea and think it makes sense. Of course Glam Rock theme would be a better fit. I can see Adam with his hair slicked back like for Tracks of my tears.

  • dhunken

    If AI had Adam Lambert mentor a week whose theme was “rock legends” the world would laugh. Ditto, Elvis.

    I doubt it not everyone thinks like you! conversely not everyone thinks like me and will not be as pleased either. :-)

  • kijico3

    OMG please let it be true!!! I live in Vegas and the thought of Adam being here has me spazzing out lol!

  • ross

    I doubt it not everyone thinks like you! conversely not everyone thinks like me and will not be as pleased either.

    I think that more people probably think like me, outside our little AI bubble. Can you see the reaction to:

    “Ladies and gentlemen, our theme is Rock Lengends! And who better to represent the legendary men and women of rock than…Adam Lambert!”

  • koshka

    I’m not sure what I’d call it, but it could be about contemporary songs that bridge over onto the stage. That would be a wonderful theme… lots to choose from.

    ETA: ties in nicely with Glee.

  • iluvai

    I’m thrilled no matter what the theme. I’m having flashbacks to last year when I used to wish away my weekend so that Tuesday would come asap. Adam is going to be a great mentor because of his awesome personality and singing talent.

  • windmills

    However, I think it would be an interesting thematic approach for TPTB – have Adam mentor from the perspective of being a risk taker, rocking things up a bit, shaking them up. That is certainly something he was able to do on the show, and something TPTB would be interested in bringing out more from this year’s crop of contestants.

    It’d be nice if they’d chosen the mentor based on the theme and what they think the contestants need. But I think it’s going to be more like the theme’s what it is and Adam happens to be the mentor because he’s got product to pimp and they want to give him the exposure. IMO their reasons for having Adam on ain’t that deep.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    CKX, Idols parent company owns Elvis Presley enterprises. That’s the most compelling reason why her hunch might be correct. It’s in the company’s interest to pimp Viva Elvis. It’s cross-promotion. I’m actually thinking it will be Elvis.

  • koshka

    It’d be nice if they’d chosen the mentor based on the theme and what they think the contestants need. But I think it’s going to be more like the theme’s what it is and Adam happens to be the mentor because he’s got product to pimp. IMO their reasons for having Adam on ain’t that deep.

    yep. same as every other week.

  • Ex-lurker

    Maybe it’s not ‘Elvis’ but how do I master ‘Stage Presence’ Theme week.

  • lorismile

    Oh I LOVE LOVE Elvis. I’m not sure I like S9 singing Elvis songs. I’m skeered!! No doubt Adam will have his hair slicked back ;-) Many people have said he looks like a young Elvis (plus he does have the Elvis lip curl going on during ROF).

    I could see Adam mentoring Rock week, after all it is what he did on the show.

  • ross

    It’d be nice if they’d chosen the mentor based on the theme and what they think the contestants need. But I think it’s going to be more like the theme’s what it is and Adam happens to be the mentor because he’s got product to pimp. IMO their reasons for having Adam on ain’t that deep.

    Exactly. And who ever got more of an opportunity to pimp that product on the show? Pimpage to the max!! A whole episode, and a performance on the next episode. Most former constestants get 5 minutes.

    Anyhow, maybe the theme is Vegas. If so, Adam has always seemed like a Vegas type performer to me (in a good way), and that would be approriate enough.

    I could see Adam mentoring Rock week, after all it is what he did on the show.

    But is that “who he is as an artist?”

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Think about it: It’s tailor made for their favs Crystal and Lee. Casey should do well too.

  • koshka

    Ex-lurker:
    04/08/2010 at 11:22 am
    Maybe it’s not ‘Elvis’ but how do I master ‘Stage Presence’ Theme week.

    Wouldn’t that be nice… or how about “how do I master more than 4 notes in perfect pitch” week? :)

  • dhunken

    ross:
    04/08/2010 at 11:17 am

    I doubt it not everyone thinks like you! conversely not everyone thinks like me and will not be as pleased either.

    I think that more people probably think like me, outside our little AI bubble. Can you see the reaction to:

    “Ladies and gentlemen, our theme is Rock Lengends! And who better to represent the legendary men and women of rock than…Adam Lambert!”

    I find it best never to assume what anyone else thinks so I will concede to you and still enjoy the show from my perspective. :-)

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “”I actually like the idea and think it makes sense. Of course Glam Rock theme would be a better fit. I can see Adam with his hair slicked back like for Tracks of my tears.””

    Hi dhunken! and ditto ^^^ I completely agree also that people will not be laughing if it is a Rock God theme. I am sooooo excited for next week, two days of Adam on my TV. I think many will be just as excited as Katie’s face showed last night, about Adam mentoring!

  • gangreen29

    I am still holding out for idol contestants theme. I think that would qualify as a special theme. Plus, Crystal could sing Sober by Kelly, which would be awesome and great promo for Kelly’s all time best song.

  • windmills

    yep. same as every other week.

    Agreed except in those not that frequent cases where they’ve been able to get somebody to open up their catalog to them and got a related mentor who’s a legend or a big time star. How well the mentor fits the themes can vary on a week by week basis too.

    Think about it: It’s tailor made for their favs Crystal and Lee. Casey should do well too.

    IA with that MJ and even more the cross promotion point you made. I’m good with that being the theme.

  • MayMirabella

    I do know of a ton of Glamberts from Adam’s official fan forum as well as some other Adam fan forums that they will be watching this show and Wednesday’s show. And there are a lot of them who no longer watch the show or seldom watch. I have some friends, a few of them musicians, who never watch Idol but become Adam fans after the Rolling Stones cover and article who plan to watch. So, the ratings may be helped if these fans who seldom watch or never watch, watch the show for Adam.

    I know there are some who do not like Adam but if they are regular Idol viewers, I doubt they would not watch the show because he is a mentor. Some will be irritated or annoyed but I doubt they would refuse to watch because of him. I read comments on Idol articles, from the homophobes who will not watch any more because of Ellen and her sexual orientation so they have all ready stopped watching anyhow.

  • sr4mjc

    It’d be nice if they’d chosen the mentor based on the theme and what they think the contestants need. But I think it’s going to be more like the theme’s what it is and Adam happens to be the mentor because he’s got product to pimp. IMO their reasons for having Adam on ain’t that deep.

    Yep!

    When LP tweeted they were working something for WWFM, I was totally picturing acoustic a la ‘Tracks of My Tears’ with Elvis hair, so this would fit I guess.

  • BootStar

    “Elvis week’ could actually be fun. Not sure what exactly makes Adam the go-to guy when there are a gazillion Elvis impersonators out there, and Adam, to my knowledge, has never performed an Elvis song, but there would be a wide range of material for the Idolettes to work with, and it would be fun to see Big Mike stuffed into something like this.

    My family was shocked to learn last evening that Adam will be “mentoring” next week. My 14-year-old asked if the goal was to “mentor” all the remaining kids to the runner-up slot since Adam didn’t actually win and so they can just give him the crown they wanted to last season.

  • dhunken

    gangreen29:
    04/08/2010 at 11:27 am

    I am still holding out for idol contestants theme. I think that would qualify as a special theme. Plus, Crystal could sing Sober by Kelly, which would be awesome and great promo for Kelly’s all time best song.

    Now this would be their smartest move….they may limit it to 19 Idol contestants and may include the music from former 19 Idol contestants but it still would be awesome and put more money in their pockets.

  • ross

    Think about it: It’s tailor made for their favs Crystal and Lee. Casey should do well too.

    I think Elvis would be a great theme. It would definitely work for several of the contestants.

    I just can’t believe they would have Adam mentor that theme. He’s not an Elvis expert. What does he know about the music of Elvis? I have no idea. He has no connection to that sound, that music, or that era.

    Plus, he never reminded me of Elvis (though he looked like Kurt Russell at times), and reminding some people of Elvis seems to be his only connection to Elvis.

    ETA: I’m not saying you’re wrong about the theme, MJ. I think you’re probably right. I just can’t believe that would be a good fit for AL.

  • koshka

    Agreed except in those not that frequent cases where they’ve been able to get somebody to open up their catalog to them and got a related mentor who’s a legend or a big time star. How well the mentor fits the themes can vary on a week by week basis too.

    I agree.. I was mostly referring to the product pimpage. It happens every week with the mentor and subsequent performance. For good or bad that is what it is every week whether or not you like the artist. It’ll be no great atrocity next week than it is with any other mentor/performer week. *shrug*

  • springboard

    I think Elvis would be a great theme. I just can’t believe they would have Adam mentor that theme. He’s not an Elvis expert. What does he know about the music of Elvis? He never rminded me of Elvis, and reminding some people of Elvis seems to be his only connection to Elvis.

    He is not going to mentor as an expert whatever the theme.
    As the email stated, he’ll be doing it in the point of view of an ex contestant.

  • gangreen29

    I don’t think Adam mentoring Elvis week would be that weird. Sexuality was key to a lot of what they both do. I thought teen idols was a stretch though.

  • auntieaimee

    I am not an Elvis Presley fan, so, yuck.

  • sr4mjc

    Crystal will hit this out of the park, easily. Total softball for her. Casey and Lee should do fine as well. Tim – Hound Dog? lulz

  • koshka

    I think Elvis would be a great theme. I just can’t believe they would have Adam mentor that theme. He’s not an Elvis expert. What does he know about the music of Elvis? He never rminded me of Elvis, and reminding some people of Elvis seems to be his only connection to Elvis.

    Who alive these days would be qualified and would actually do it? I’m not coming up with anyone off the top of my head. Personally I think this would make a cr@ppy theme.

  • ross

    As the email stated, he’ll be doing it in the point of view of an ex contestant.

    Well, if that’s the case, then there’s absolutely no valid reason he was chosen to mentor. Because a lot of ex-contestants are experts on being an ex-contestant. He doesn’t bring more expertise to that than anyone else.

  • gangreen29

    Who alive these days would be qualified and would actually do it? I’m not coming up with anyone off the top of my head.

    Bieber?

  • zuper

    Teen Idol and Elvis are not mutually exclusive themes. Elvis was a teen idol by definition – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_idol

    So if both of these puzzle pieces are floating about, it is possible they connect together.

    For me though, that is is not a special theme. And Elvis specifically has been done on Idol already. I really wish it would be songs from previous Idol albums (there are quite a few to choose from now). Of course I have been wishing for that all season.

    ETA: Don’t know why that link isn’t working. Copy and paste it.

  • koshka

    Ok… it could be Elvis.. but why then would we keep hearing that we’re ‘going to like it’. I don’t even remember what Ryan said. Seems to lack imagination.

  • DLee

    Uh-oh, Chris Daughtry went home on Elvis week.

  • koshka

    ross:
    04/08/2010 at 11:37 am
    As the email stated, he’ll be doing it in the point of view of an ex contestant.

    Well, if that’s the case, then there’s absolutely no valid reason he was chosen to mentor. Because a lot of ex-contestants are experts on being an ex-contestant. He doesn’t bring more expertise to that than anyone else.

    Exactly. But it also doesn’t make him any less qualified either.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I’m not saying you’re wrong about the theme, MJ. I think you’re probably right. I just can’t believe that would be a good fit for AL.

    HA! I could be totally wrong. Would not be the first time, for sure.

  • starstruck2000

    I told a few people that I work with and they were surprised and excited. They said they had been finding this season boring except for Crystal and are looking forward to Adam’s return.

  • springboard

    Ok… it could be Elvis.. but why then would we keep hearing that we’re ‘going to like it’. I don’t even remember what Ryan said. Seems to lack imagination.

    Yes, RS theme, Beatles theme, Elvis.. it’s not that special..

  • zuper

    DLee:
    04/08/2010 at 11:39 am
    Uh-oh, Chris Daughtry went home on Elvis week.

    I was just thinking the same thing…and Daughtry killed it that night too.

    BTW. Just saw him in concert last night. I forgot how much I like him. He sounded great.

  • lorismile

    I’m not happy about these kids singing Elvis AT ALL!! But then I’m a HUGE Elvis fan so….I’m biased. I’m sorry but none of these kids have any of the stage presence of Elvis. I mean, Crystal has a decent voice but spent most of her song looking down at her guitar! Hello…it’s called a camera!!

    If anyone attempts to sing “If I Can Dream” I might have to cut a bitch. Just saying.

  • sr4mjc

    Well, if that’s the case, then there’s absolutely no valid reason he was chosen to mentor. Because a lot of ex-contestants are experts on being an ex-contestant. He doesn’t bring more expertise to that than anyone else.

    That’s true. But there’s only one mentor slot each week (if there is one) and Adam’s who they asked and it’s because he has a product to sell at the moment. It doesn’t make him more qualified, although I would argue he’s more qualified than some in mentoring on playing the Idol game or working the Idol stage. He’s honored to be asked and I’m sure he’ll take the role seriously even if he’s just there to sell his product.

    Although I’m waiting for the headlines ‘Adam Lambert think he’s the next Elvis.’ They went away for a while, I guess it’s time to dust them off again.

  • DLee

    ooooo….can’t wait to hear Tim sing HOUND DOG!

  • ross

    HA! I could be totally wrong. Would not be the first time, for sure.

    Ha. You may be wrong but your guess seems like the best one based on what we know. I just wanted to clarify because I thought I may have sounded like I was disagreeing, but no. I just would feel Adam mentoring Elvis week would be utterly bogus.

  • dhunken

    Well, if that’s the case, then there’s absolutely no valid reason he was chosen to mentor. Because a lot of ex-contestants are experts on being an ex-contestant. He doesn’t bring more expertise to that than anyone else.

    I disagree (surprise ;-) ). He is qualified as an ex-contestant who (I am sure arguably) played the themes and worked the staging better then almost any other idol contestant. (not saying he is the only one but one of the top 5 at least) Oh and the argument that he didn’t win as has been stated many times before the best doesn’t always win.

    And whatever the theme Adam perspective will not be from the theme slant but from the contestant and how to deal with a theme you may not have any clue about or what to do about it and how to take it and make it yours.

  • lorismile

    I do think Adam will take this seriously. He has said numerous times people don’t realize how difficult it is to sing and then immediately after get critiqued with millions of viewers watching. I think he’ll have a lot of sympathy for what they are going through.

  • claudette

    I think it has to have something to do with “glam”. Vegas screams “glam” and outlandish musical shows.

    This was the only week Adam was available to sing and it has been scheduled for quite awhile. He was going to be there on Wed anyway, so whatever theme they came up with, they already had him booked. I think they are trying to find some fun, different themes to get back some of their ratings. It would be a waste to have Adam mentor and then have Elvis as a theme as it makes zero sense. But, then again, when have TPTB been very imaginative. To make Adam credible, it’s got to have something based on his long theatrical background I think. He probably didn’t want to do Broadway, so to expand it to Vegas style shows might work. IDK.

  • anovich

    dhunken:
    04/08/2010 at 11:45 am
    Well, if that’s the case, then there’s absolutely no valid reason he was chosen to mentor. Because a lot of ex-contestants are experts on being an ex-contestant. He doesn’t bring more expertise to that than anyone else.

    I disagree (surprise ). He is qualified as an ex-contestant who (I am sure arguably) played the themes and worked the staging better then almost any other idol contestant. (not saying he is the only one but one of the top 5 at least) Oh and the argument that he didn’t win as has been stated many times before the best doesn’t always win.

    Adam played the game well – but so did Cook and Kris. And as great as Adam did, the other 2 I mentioned actually won. Just saying.

  • zuper

    Here we go again. . .

  • ross

    That’s true. But there’s only one mentor slot each week (if there is one) and Adam’s who they asked and it’s because he has a product to sell at the moment.

    Who doesn’t? That’s not a good reason.

    But this probably isn’t the thread for that discussion. I’m just saying Adam Lambert would be the last mentor I’d think of for Elvis week. Or Rock Legends Week. If it was Songs Of Former Contestants Who Get A Lot Of Media Attention Even Though They Didn’t Win week, he’d top my list.

  • Miss Chaos

    I hope it is Elvis theme, he had a lot of good songs that will work for the contestants, and that everyone knows. Adam can come out in a white sparkly jumpsuit and sing Love me Tender!(just kidding) I think the kids could do good with these songs. Adam will be a great mentor. My only worry is why the heck are they holding back announcing it, if they want to get more people to watch, get the word out so everyone can make their plans to watch, that ordinarly dont watch. I may need to get a bottle of Menage a Trois wine to get thru the nite cause I will be so nervous!!!

  • adamisthemanfan

    For me the Elvis themed week does make sense in connection with Adam and the type of performer he is (and his overall aesthetic) but its true Elvis’s actual songs dont fit his style so idk, we shall just have to wait and see… :)

    If AI had Adam Lambert mentor a week whose theme was rock legends, the world would laugh. Ditto, Elvis.

    I hope for his sake those are not the themes. If the theme is rock legends, a rock legend has to mentor.

    umm, I know this is your opinion and I respect it but I beg to differ. I dont think the world was laughing when Adam was the FIRST singer on AI to get permission to sing a Zeppelin song…and he nailed it. I also dont think the world was laughing when Brian May of Queen lauded him on both his performance with him on the finale and for his vocal performance in TFM… In fact, I think the world was laughing at how he was obviously the best singer and yet he didnt win. It was all over the media and he is asked about this at almost every single radio interview he does. I just dont see how this can be denied.
    Besides its not Adam’s fault that he’s part of a later generation of singers…he just needs time like those who preceded him did. “rock legend” status or not I think its safe to say that HE CAN SING WITH THE BEST OF THEM and has earned his accolades based on sheer vocal talent. Jmho.

  • dhunken

    Adam played the game well – but so did Cook and Kris. And as great as Adam did, the other 2 I mentioned actually won. Just saying.

    Hense the top 5 and the not always the best wins…..Also Adam has stated numerous times that Cook was his inspiration and made it possible for him to be on the show. I love me some David Cook (but he may not have been available or will be on a later show and I think he would be great ( I love Kris too but his winning had other factor involved then just his command of the stage. Which he had some outstanding performances) IMHO

  • SparklesATL

    I would LOVE for it to be “Songs from the Adam Lambert song book” just to see the fur fly! It could be Broadway musical week. They’ve done that before, but my money is on hits from past idols.

  • DLee

    If the theme has something to do with Vegas this crew is in a heap of trouble…

  • Soberba

    I know Adam gets compared to Elvis a lot, but other than the looks, I don’t think they have that much in common. Adam never mentioned Elvis as one of the influences on his music. I hope that’s not the theme, but Teen Idols week would be worse. Having Adam mentoring on Teen Idols week would be weird. Of course I’ll enjoy it, whatever the theme is, but I’m a die-hard fan. I want to be something that’s gonna make sense to the general public, like music from past Idol contestants. That would be a really cool theme.

  • dejd

    I would like to see Crystal ask Adam to sign her guitar.

  • koshka

    dejd:
    04/08/2010 at 11:53 am
    I would like to see Crystal ask Adam to sign her guitar.

    I was wondering how long it would take to have someone snark that. ;)

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Sparkles, YES! ha ha ha, hmmm – Katie can sing FYE, Casey Whatya want, Aaron – Aftermath, but no – they shouldnt try to sing songs from someone with that amazing a voice, none of them could hit those notes quite as well or with such power, but good thought

  • student_Inlove

    Gorgeous Adam Lambert in RS Japan. Off topic, but I could not resist LOL :)
    http://twitpic.com/1e28pg/full
    http://223223.jp/zasshi/productimage/1281681959/

  • sr4mjc

    The real reason? Simon Fuller. I think it’s really that simple. Not everyone has to like it or agree with it, but TPTB do what they want and what they think is in the best interest of the show and their wallets. I’m not saying they are always right or are infallible, but they make a heck of a lot more money than I’ll ever see in my lifetime. They made the decision for THIS week’s show. They’ll make another decision for the next week’s show and every other show to follow until the finale. IBG will be on featuring other contestants, there are many weeks left.

    I would like to see Crystal ask Adam to sign her guitar.

    She only has women artists sign her guitar.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “I also dont think the world was laughing when Brian May of Queen lauded him on both his performance with him on the finale and for his vocal performance in TFM… In fact, I think the world was laughing at how he was obviously the best singer and yet he didnt win. It was all over the media and he is asked about this at almost every single radio interview he does. I just dont see how this can be denied.”

    Or laughing when he was on Leno twice, Ellen twice, Oprah, SYTUCD, Conan, score for a movie and on and on and on and on and on

  • seriously

    I’m trying so hard to think of a good theme for Adam to mentor. O.o

  • HannaB4

    hahaha sr4mjc, I think you kinda missed the point with the guitar comment.

    I don’t care what the theme is or what they sing. I’m just happy I’ll get to stare at and listen to Adam for 2 days in a row next week. :)

  • koshka

    student_Inlove:
    04/08/2010 at 11:57 am
    Gorgeous Adam Lambert in RS Japan. Off topic, but I could not resist LOL
    http://twitpic.com/1e28pg/full
    http://223223.jp/zasshi/productimage/1281681959/

    NICE! Thanks for posting. I didn’t realize that they published completely different RS mags according to country.

  • ross

    I would LOVE for it to be “Songs from the Adam Lambert song book” just to see the fur fly!

    Usually “song book” themes are for singer-songwriters, which he isn’t.

    adamisthemanfan, I respect your opinions but what you said doesn’t change my mind.

    I think this whole inability to predict what theme Adam will mentor speaks to the fact that nobody knows who he is as an artist even now. Probably AI, least of all.

  • koshka

    HannaB4:
    04/08/2010 at 12:01 pm
    hahaha sr4mjc, I think you kinda missed the point with the guitar comment.

    I’m thinking it was pretty obvious.

  • larc

    I would LOVE for it to be “Songs from the Adam Lambert song book” just to see the fur fly!

    LOL! AI would need to alert the National Guard before announcing that. ;)

  • seriously

    Adam Lambert doesn’t write his own songs?

  • monleo1705

    If it is really Elvis theme week, Casey would totally rock the house!! Imagine he and his electric shredding! WOoo hooo! More Casey yummy!

    Btw, the studio recordings of the kids are out and oh boy did Casey give me goosebumps…and tears…man, this is the ONLY recording of his i ever bought. Listen!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7k2xt2liF4

  • koshka

    seriously:
    04/08/2010 at 12:04 pm
    Adam Lambert doesn’t write his own songs?

    Depends on who you ask. :)

  • mrgrk

    I totally see the similarities, but Adam has always downplayed the Elvis comparison…always quick to point out that their vocal styles are very different. But really, I think Adam is as qualified as anyone to take on whatever theme they decide. He might take a lot of “who do you think you are” hits if it is Elvis, but the boy doesn’t shy from controversy, does he? Whatever, I’m looking forward to a new level of performance from these contestants after working with Adam. Who can deny that season 8 (esp. Kris and Allison) wasn’t buoyed by Adam’s stage experience and generous spirit?

  • HannaB4

    Actually Adam is a song writer. He wrote many songs pre-Idol, and has credit on at least 4 songs on his album (more if you count bonus tracks.) Adam doesn’t fit neatly into a genre niche, which is another reason I like his music. I never play all the tracks on an artist’s album, yet I play Adam’s CD through every time.

    I don’t see that Adam will have much influence on whatever the theme is anyway. The contestants will have already chosen and practiced their songs before they see him. All he’ll be able to do is comment on their delivery and stage presence, and maybe their outfit and make-up.

  • Destry

    I think this whole inability to predict what theme Adam will mentor speaks to the fact that nobody knows who he is as an artist even now. Probably AI, least of all.

    Dude, he’s glam rock. Where ya been? If only they would actually let that be the theme for next week. Can you imagine Andrew, Casey, Aaron, and Tim. Actually, don’t imagine Tim, it’s better that way.

  • aa618892

    I love Elvis. He sang all types of music from blues, rock, country, classic. Adam is like him in this as he can also sing many types of music. Elvis was also a performer that did things his way and refused to give in to critics. His first performances caused quite a bit of shock and outrage but he also refused to apologize. Kinda reminds me of Adam here too, LOL!. Mostly though the Elvis songbook is so large and varied I think there is plenty for each contestant to find one they can “make their own”. Adam will hopefully ( I doubt it) help them find a way to modernize these songs for a current market which is what Adam did on the show. I am really looking forward to it. One of the most amazing performances on AI was the Celine Dion duet with the holographic Elvis. Does anyone remember that? It was incredible.

  • unique28v

    I really really really hope it is not an Elvis theme.

    The one positive thing I can think of if it is an Elvis Theme is the fact that the contestants are going to finally have to show some showmanship. Elvis was all about the performance as well as the song. That could shake things up again, especially since 2 go home next week.

    People used to say Adam looked like Elvis last year anyways. Wasn’t there a huge Elvis vs Emo hair debate for months during the tour? lol

    Think about it: It’s tailor made for their favs Crystal and Lee. Casey should do well too.

    Very true. It makes a lot of sense. Espeically with the cross-promotion point you raised.

  • sbalk017

    Didn’t Ry-Ry say that they were going someplace special for this week? Vegas fits… i just want them to announce the dang theme already so I can (slightly) obsess over what the Idols are going to sing.

  • mmb

    Usually “song book” themes are for singer-songwriters, which he isn’t.

    I think this whole inability to predict what theme Adam will mentor speaks to the fact that nobody knows who he is as an artist even now. Probably AI, least of all.

    Adam has written a lot of songs both pre and post idol, including several on his cd. Disagree that nobody knows who he is as an artist. Adam’s album is pop, with dance and rock overtones. There are a lot of themes he could mentor — top 40 night, pop night, glam rock, dance music, or how about, “how to work a stage and not just stand there stiffly during a performance night? “

  • koshka

    monleo1705 – thanks for sharing. This is one of my fav beatles tunes.

  • Nina1

    Well, I know the Should Adam Mentor And If So What debate will go on for a while,so… I have no dog in this race, but were I a power that is, I would have Adam mentor first among other Idols (although Kelly would be terrific :)). Adam is a media draw Idol needs this dreary season; his flamboyance and unpredictability and sexual ambiguity make him current in a way no other Idol product is. Adam’s controversial performances render him cutting edge and so give Idol an edge they never really have had. He is a presence, the show needs it and that is that.

  • monleo1705

    koshka:
    04/08/2010 at 12:11 pm
    monleo1705 – thanks for sharing. This is one of my fav beatles tunes.

    No problem Koshka!! :)

  • Teri63

    I think this whole inability to predict what theme Adam will mentor speaks to the fact that nobody knows who he is as an artist even now. Probably AI, least of all.

    Really, the only artists I think I could accurately predict what they might mentor would be those who can really sing only one genre, such as is the case with some country artists, opera singers, rock artists, etc. In every genre, however, there are artists who can cross over into various other musical styles, and Adam, IMO, is one of those people. As proven before, during and post-Idol, we know Adam can sing show-style tunes, rock, pop and dance-style rock/pop, just to name what comes to mind. I think he knows exactly who he is as an artist–someone who has the range to sing myriad styles and doesn’t want to be put into a box.

  • seriously

    I just saw an advertisement with Elvis on it. I’m afraid that’s a bad sign.

  • Buderschnookie

    The real reason? Simon Fuller.

    Of course.
    I wonder why there is such concern about tying the mentorship into the theme- maybe it is just a matter of opportunity and luck.
    Fuller is looking for buzz which equal ratings which equal commercial revenue, and I defy anyone to name another Idol whose mentorship would result in CNN posting the news.

    As far as scheduling mentors to provide what this years contestants need, that is covered as well- they need to learn how to stage a performance, choose songs, thank their accompanyists, sing 100 genres while remaining true to yourself, and not talk back to the judges. They need to learn how to fill the stage with their presence, always keep viewers guessing, and above all how to sing well. Only one of them can win, and all the rest need to know how to parlay their 5 minutes of fame into a viable career. Adam can provide all of that.

    If you must have an Elvis tie in, how about performers who push the envelope culturally while still remaining a kind and gentle soul who never disrespects anyone? Unfailing politeness coupled with raw sexuality?
    There are lots of parallels IMO.

    No doubt Adam’s performance for Wednesday night was scheduled long ago, probably well before the theme, and when the mentor position opened up Fuller had a brain fart and presto change-o now Adam is a mentor. I think it will be interesting, and regardless of any theme I think he will do a great deal to help these poor schmucks out. God knows they could use a little sparkle.

  • sr4mjc

    sexual ambiguity

    Adam’s ambiguous? Maybe Crystal will ask for that signature.

    See, I get the joke. I just didn’t find it all that funny. Adam’s never been looked like a woman to me, doesn’t matter how much makeup he wears. Neither were the bands in the 80s to me either, I guess men in makeup barely ping my radar as anything unusual. I rather like the eyeliner look anyway.

  • monica050581

    I don’t usually post anything here. Since this is a thread dicussing what the theme might be next week when Adam serves as a mentor, I want to share with everyone what i read on the internet. Someone posted on the AI offical forum saying Adam tweeted Tuesday night the theme next week will be “Songs from the Worldwide“, then it was deleted right after he tweeted.

  • aa618892

    Elvis with Celine. This man is the King! This is a huge challenge for the Idols but I am really looking forward (for the first time) to what they do here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7OFl3TJSUk

  • sumwhut

    Dude, he’s glam rock. Where ya been?

  • Studio57

    How bout a little Elvis tribute?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWWB8-1wJJY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJzVLy6Wt6A

    I am also trying to find a couple of things. One is a clip of Pricilla Presley on one of those show like ET talking about how Elvis would have loved Adam and how much alike they were. Another is an old black and white interview after Elvis was banned from being filmed below the waste after he got in trouble for swiveling his hips. The similarities are uncanny.

    Frankly- it could be Tiny Tim week and it will STILL be the best show on TV that night!

  • aa618892

    Buderschnookie: Yes! Everything you said!

  • dejd

    Adam’s ambiguous? Maybe Crystal will ask for that signature.

    See, I get the joke. I just didn’t find it all that funny. Adam’s never been looked like a woman to me, doesn’t matter how much makeup he wears. Neither were the bands in the 80s to me either, I guess men in makeup barely ping my radar as anything unusual. I rather like the eyeliner look anyway.

    http://idol-mania.com/american-idol-fan/2009/03/19/adam-lambert-drag-queen-photos/

    How about this makeup?

  • koshka

    gee I’ve never seen that before. *eyes rolling*

  • Nina1

    Adam’s ambiguous? Maybe Crystal will ask for that signature.

    Oh, I knew I wasn’t gonna get away with that one. Well, we know Adam is a homosexual, but as such, his wardrobe is sorta cross-gender and his audience is female. I have always had this feeling that at least part of his audience thinks hopes he will grow out of it. Right now, he still seems gender neutral, in a funky way. Interesting theme would be Artists Who Defined (and Defied) Their Times. OnlY way Presley could be thrown in with Bob Dylan, etc.

  • seriously

    http://idol-mania.com/american-idol-fan/2009/03/19/adam-lambert-drag-queen-photos/

    How about this makeup?

    You can’t deny his feminine features there.

  • koshka

    Here is the Viva Vegas Info looks interesting.

    http://www.arialasvegas.com/viva-elvis/

    Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil®, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.

    Created in the image of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – powerful, sexy, whimsical, truly unique and larger than life – the show highlights an American icon who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of his era.

    Significant moments in his life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with the timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts. Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas and the entire world of entertainment: Elvis Presley.

  • LaurelG

    There are a lot of themes he could mentor — top 40 night, pop night, glam rock, dance music, or how about, “how to work a stage and not just stand there stiffly during a performance night? “

    LOL. Perhaps he should take a page from Lady Gaga’s book and bring alcohol to the mentoring sessions and then provide some for performance night as well?

    Can I just say once again that it is such a trip to be an Adam fan? Never a dull moment!

  • SparklesATL

    Thanks ross! The fur has officially begun to fly!

    Rrrrwow bitches

  • Planet Fierce

    Usually “song book” themes are for singer-songwriters, which he isn’t.

    I think this whole inability to predict what theme Adam will mentor speaks to the fact that nobody knows who he is as an artist even now. Probably AI, least of all.

    Let’s face it….if TPTB wanted Adam to mentor “The Chipmunks Song Book” he would absolutely do it for them and he would be fabulous!. After seeing him perform “Tracks of My Tears” and “Mad World”, and “A Change is Gonna Come”, I’m sorry, there isn’t a song out there or genre that he can’t handle either vocally or from a presentation perspective. When trying to speculate about Adam it is best not to try to put him in a box….it’s not his taste!

  • cwm

    And whatever the theme, Adam’s perspective will not be from the theme slant but from the contestant and how to deal with a theme you may not have any clue about or what to do about it and how to take it and make it yours.

    Well-stated dhunken. Good point.

  • koshka

    Let’s face it….if TPTB wanted Adam to mentor “The Chipmunks Song Book” he would absolutely do it for them and he would be fabulous!. After seeing him perform “Tracks of My Tears” and “Mad World”, and “A Change is Gonna Come”, I’m sorry, there isn’t a song out there or genre that he can’t handle either vocally or from a presentation perspective. When trying to speculate about Adam it is best not to try to put him in a box….it’s not his taste!

    I disagree.. Adam can’t rap. :) Don’t you remember that tour bubble tweet with Matt and ?? Anoop (?) This is one style I could do without so.. all is good for me.

  • sr4mjc

    You can’t deny his feminine features there.

    I’ll give you feminine features and I know he likes to play that up. I rather like it myself. But he just doesn’t look like a woman to me, even in drag. Like Tommy, in makeup he’s a pretty boy, quite feminine. And that’s what I see in Adam, a pretty boy in makeup. I don’t know, just my opinion. I guess I’ve been to too many drag shows and drag is an art. Although I like the makeup, he’s got skills. Not that Adam is going for drag in any shape or form now.. I’m rambling..

    Yes to Idol cocktail night! Except for the under age. Of course. And I read ‘stiffy’ instead of stiffly in that other quote.

    I think I’m going to go have a drink myself..

  • Studio57

    Okay why the fuck is Elvis all over this page now? It’s creepin me out, man.

  • koshka

    sr4mjc – wasn’t that pic from a halloween party? So if you dress up like the back end of a donkey does that make you look like an a$$?

  • koshka

    Studio57:
    04/08/2010 at 12:40 pm
    Okay why the fuck is Elvis all over this page now? It’s creepin me out, man.

    LOL that is creepy isnt it.

  • Mary102

    I think this whole inability to predict what theme Adam will mentor speaks to the fact that nobody knows who he is as an artist even now. Probably AI, least of all.

    Let’s face it….if TPTB wanted Adam to mentor “The Chipmunks Song Book” he would absolutely do it for them and he would be fabulous!.

    THIS (second quote, lol)! So true! But please no Chipmunks song book ;-)

    And ITA with what some others have said, he’s gonna be there to offer them a unique perspective on how to perform on the AI stage, within the context of the show, as in, how to pick songs that fit who you are, yet still entertain. How to work the stage, and put together a performance that is conscious of ALL the elements that go into the performance – look, sound, lighting, movement, etc. That’s what he always did so well (and, again, what SO many of this year’s contestants lack).

  • Destry

    But he just doesn’t look like a woman to me, even in drag.

    I feel like skinnier dudes can pull off drag. Both Adam’s shoulders and jawline are a little too broad to ever fully pull off being a woman.

    Wow, I just reread that back. What a strange comment.

  • aa618892

    You can’t deny his feminine features there.

    Adam does look beautiful in makeup but feminine, uh no. All you gotta do is direct your gaze downward a little. Can’t hide that he is all man, LOL!

    But this is OT so back to Elvis! I would die if Adam sang and Elvis song too. Looove Elvis!

  • Planet Fierce

    I disagree.. Adam can’t rap. Don’t you remember that tour bubble tweet with Matt and ?? Anoop (?) This is one style I could do without so.. all is good for me.

    Koshka, yeah you’re right on that, but truth is, I don’t evah see Idol doing a “rap” theme. Maybe, pull some into a group number, but not for the individual performances—no melodies!!!

    I don’t care what genre they sing, he will be great and they will be better for the experience! Imma lookin forward to two days of BB on my DVR, oh yeah!!!!!!

  • Judee

    Ross – you don’t want Adam to be a memtor on AI. I THINK we get it by now:). You’re certainly not alone.
    Elvis week and Vegas …. interesting. It might work for him. For the contestants…not sure.
    I don’t think the ratings will go up, but their task at this point is just not go down anymore IMO. And it caused a lot of buzz already. He has rabid fans who will watch and there are plenty people who desperately want him to fail – they’ll probably watch too.
    He wants to pimp his product. If the producers think they’d benefit from this, good for him. He’d have to be stupid to turn this down.

    Of course Kelly or Carrie are more credible, Adam would be the first one to admit it i think.

  • koshka

    Koshka, yeah you’re right on that, but truth is, I don’t evah see Idol doing a “rap” theme.

    Thats one thing we can ALL be thankful for.

  • Planet Fierce

    Oh, BTW, I agree that Adam is definately a pretty boy. He goes more for androgony (very pretty androgony) than female I think. Adam, don’t ever start hiding your universe given assets BB…yummy!!

  • sr4mjc

    wasn’t that pic from a halloween party?

    yes, it was. Which is why I was not so successfully trying to say he doesn’t try to look like a women now, even when playing up his feminine side. Comment fail. It’s just halloween

  • koshka

    sr4mjc:
    04/08/2010 at 12:51 pm
    wasn’t that pic from a halloween party?

    yes, it was. Which is why I was not so successfully trying to say he doesn’t try to look like a women now, even when playing up his feminine side. Comment fail. It’s just halloween

    YOUR’s wasn’t a comment fail. I understood what you meant.

  • BestAI

    Gregg Wells has been quoted as saying he was surprised what a gifted songwriter Adam was. Some of his best songs are on the bonus tracks (except “Broken Open” which happens to be many people’s fave). Adam said one reason his album is eclectic is because it was going to be promoted internationally. FYE single is very popular in Japan, as in other countries. Radio stations in the US wouldn’t play it.

    In any case, I don’t think it matters what the theme is, because it’s not as if the contestants are going to imitate Elvis. They are picking his songs to suit their own styles. Adam will mentor them to make it their own. I’m sure amongst his dad’s record collection, he had some Elvis.

  • aa618892

    Elvis week and Vegas …. interesting. It might work for him. For the contestants…not sure.

    It could work very well for a contestant because Elvis has such a variety of music to choose from. The trick will for them to get creative with the arrangement and performance. There is so much potential for some breakout performances if the contestants just use some imagination. I hope Adam can help with that but I believe they will have already chosen their songs by the time he comes on board so I just don’t know.

  • sr4mjc

    YOUR’s wasn’t a comment fail. I understood what you meant.

    thanks! sometimes I barely make sense in my own head

  • Gram

    If you will note that in all the pictures of Adam in what people are calling “drag” he does not have fake breasts and does not “tuck”. That’s the difference between playing dress-up for laughs and being in drag. He has no intentions of being mistaken for a woman. Adam has a very strong male side to his identity; otherwise, I don’t think so many women would be swooning over him. In fact, I read an article recently saying that he is an alpha male.

  • MaryT233

    student_Inlove:
    04/08/2010 at 11:57 am
    Gorgeous Adam Lambert in RS Japan. Off topic, but I could not resist LOL
    http://twitpic.com/1e28pg/full
    http://223223.jp/zasshi/productimage

    that pic on Japanese Rolling Stone reminds me of that bubble tweet Adam did when he said “Dont believe anything unless it comes from these lips.”

  • koshka

    He is definitely all Alpha to me. :)

  • Q3

    I think the main criteria for being a mentor on Idol is who can they build an entertaining show around. IMO Adam fits that bill.

    Since no past winner has been a mentor, clearly winning Idol has nothing to do with being selected to be a mentor.

    And having a lot of hits does not make someone a great mentor. Love Smokey and Randy Travis but what did they actually do? This is all about creating TV entertainment — it is a reality TV show and the goal is to get ratings. Clearly, TPTB think that Adam fits into an interesting and ratings worth show.

    A lot of past mentors have done their own song book — I think we can pass on the Adam Lambert songbook. This is something that they do with people who have written lots of big hits — Neil Diamond, Andrew Lloyd Webber, etc. that is not Adam. And, if they did do the Adam Lambert songbook and I do not think most of the AI9 finalists could sing the songs that Adam has co-written — “Broken Open” and “Pick U Up” are incredible vocal challenges. [Adam has not even done P U Up live yet although the band reported that they were rehearsing it, so will will see it soon.] “Aftermath” and “Down the Rabbit Hole” deal with content that is not Idol-friendly. Although I would love to see someone sing some of the pre-Idol Adam dance tracks or the Citizen Vein songs! Crystal singing “Avoid” would be very interesting. [I am joking.]

    Regarding Elvis — if they do Elvis I hope they change it up a bit. Adam has never mentioned Elvis as an influence and, although there is a clear physical similarity, Elvis was also constantly described as a surprisingly nice and down to earth person, and they were both multi-genre artists — it would be an odd theme for Adam to mentor. It is also not current at all. And after doing the Stones and Beatles, I hope Idol moves forward in time a bit — like maybe to this century. [No knock on The Stones or The Beatles, just that is enough mid-20th century music for a while.]

  • http://www.lindafoltz.com linda2u

    Elvis is an interesting theme, but certainly not the only possibility. I’d heard that the producers were interested in booking Lady GaGa as a mentor. So maybe Adam is there to mentor on glam rock. Or maybe, since it’s going to be in Vegas, he’s there to mentor big bombastic songs and help them with staging, props, lighting, etc. I know that whatever the theme is, Adam will do a fabulous job! He helped a lot of his fellow contestants last season with song choice, and was asked to critique their performances, too. I predict that he will be the MOST helpful mentor Idol’s ever seen – and I hope that he can bring some things out of these contestants that will spark up the stage. Compared to last year, this season has been PRETTY dull.

  • Buderschnookie

    If you will note that in all the pictures of Adam in what people are calling “drag” he does not have fake breasts and does not “tuck”. That’s the difference between playing dress-up for laughs and being in drag. He has no intentions of being mistaken for a woman.

    Those of us more familiar with drag have been trying to draw this distinction for over a year now. It’s useless.

  • tiger92

    My family was shocked to learn last evening that Adam will be “mentoring” next week. My 14-year-old asked if the goal was to “mentor” all the remaining kids to the runner-up slot since Adam didn’t actually win and so they can just give him the crown they wanted to last season.

    My family was thrilled! If “winning American Idol” was the criteria for selecting guest mentors, then NONE of the past mentors would have qualified. Mentors are not there to mentor the contestants to a win. They are there to give them a few words of advice on their song selection for that particular week.

    I guess if Adam did want to tell the contestants something about being the “runner-up”, he could share with them the fact that what really matters is what happens AFTER the final. Adam may be the “runner-up”, but seeing how he’s the one who was asked back to mentor and he’s sold twice as much as “the winner”- it seems like a pretty good spot to be in.

  • claudette

    The only time Adam looked extremely feminine was his album cover which was very photo shopped. It looked exactly like a girl and I think it confused/turned off a lot of people. The people that fell in love with “hot wild Adam” on Idol couldn’t recognize him, nor could casual fans.

    I think a winner should give the perspective of what it was like inside the bubble. Adam took what was a supposedly sure win and lost in a landslide. Apparently he DIDN’T do what was right. No Idol had that much press and coverage and then hasn’t sold platinum in anything. (in Idol terms Gold doesn’t mean a thing)

    I’d love to see him mentor in some Glam/theatrical theme. Now that could be fun and the only way he has any credibility. I’m excited it’s done in Vegas where Adam fits in a good way. It should be fun and crazy silly.

  • SparklesATL

    Alpha=Top ;-)

  • cookcricket

    An Elvis themed week would be great! I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I also think Adam mentoring will be very interesting. He definitely saw what Kris had to offer last year and knew he was/is extremely talented (being different, but having the talent to match his own), so I think he can offer something to those who are different than him, not wanting in any way to change them. I’m actually looking forward to see how this all works out.

  • Q3

    dejd:
    04/08/2010 at 12:25 pm

    http://idol-mania.com/american-idol-fan/2009/03/19/adam-lambert-drag-queen-photos/

    How about this makeup?

    I believe that this picture was taken on Halloween and they were attending a theme party. It was taken off of a Facebook page a long time ago. In interviews Adam has specifically said that doesn’t do drag and doesn’t tuck.

    JMHO Adam facial features are not feminine and he would not be a beautiful drag queen.

    Are you suggesting that next week’s theme is “Makeup”? :))

  • newshound61

    The season 7 idols visited Las Vegas for Andrew Lloyd Webber week because he had some show coming out. I want to say a remake of Phantom of the Opera, but that may not be right. The most telling part of the show was when Andrew was asked about how the contestants should sing their selections and he answered, “I don’t know, I’m not a singer.” So I guess Miley Cyrus isn’t that much of a stretch after all.
    Back to Adam mentoring. I will laugh my a$$ off if they do broadway music. Adam has been accused of being too theatrical and didn’t he do musicals? Or maybe they can do songs from musicals, like Hopelessly Devoted to You” from Grease.
    More mangling of decent music and yet more comparisons to a far more talented season. Shud be fun.

  • star

    If it really is an Elvis theme, I don’t find Adam to be a wtf or inappropriate mentor at all. Elvis was a great performer, and Adam showed good stage presence and performance skills on Idol last season, so he can give the contestants pointers on showmanship.

  • cookcricket

    Oh, I see some suggesting a Glam week, only one or two contestants can fit this. Maybe, using songs from Glam rock okay, but not out and out pure Glam for this bunch. Of course the songs may be what you’re referring to. ;)

  • cwm

    “Adam has not even done P U Up live yet although the band reported that they were rehearsing it, so will will see it soon.”

    Thanks Q3. This is a little off-topic but I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear you say that you heard that the band is rehearsing Pick U Up! I am SO looking forward to hearing Adam sing that live! It is so challenging vocally and such a great, fun song, I can’t wait. :-) Maybe Vancouver tonight or tomorrow??

    Ok, back on topic. I wonder when we’ll hear what the theme will be next week. I’m curious and hope it’s a good one, but honestly I think that Adam could mentor a number of themes very effectively.

  • tiger92

    As the email stated, he’ll be doing it in the point of view of an ex contestant.

    Well, if that’s the case, then there’s absolutely no valid reason he was chosen to mentor. Because a lot of ex-contestants are experts on being an ex-contestant. He doesn’t bring more expertise to that than anyone else.

    This part is true. Adam is, however, the ex-contestant that Simon Fuller and TPTB wanted. Adam is who they asked.
    Like the Oprah Show- You don’t turn that shit down!

  • dejd

    I don’t give a rats ass whether Adam is or isn’t. I made a small joke and it turned into a pissing match.

    I apologize Adam fans. Can’t we all just get along.

  • sr4mjc

    Once you get to the finale, there isn’t a single thing you can do to change the outcome of the votes, sing better, don’t forget the lyrics? Both Adam and Kris sucked on NoBo, but it’s a sucky song. You can’t make a win, there’s no advice for that. It comes down to ‘I like this person or I like this person (or sometimes I don’t like this person so I vote for the other person). But no one can mentor on how to win and there is nothing Adam did that ‘wasn’t right’ to blow the title. America chose, it’s over. But that doesn’t mean he’s not qualified to help the next crew of kids.

    As for the cover, I still like the colors, I think it’s pretty. I think the last digital download count was 77k right? So 500k are hard copies, it can’t be that awful.

  • Studio57

    My family was shocked to learn last evening that Adam will be “mentoring” next week. My 14-year-old asked if the goal was to “mentor” all the remaining kids to the runner-up slot since Adam didn’t actually win and so they can just give him the crown they wanted to last season.

    My family was shocked too! And that’s when I said to my kid : “Ricky Bobby, if you ain’t first -YOU’RE LAST!”

  • BestAI

    If successful “winners” are supposed to be the best representation of AI (as mentors), then Kelly and Carrie are the only two qualified. There have been non-winners who have gone on to do better than the winners and have had success: Clay, Daughtry, Hudson, and Adam in the short-term.

  • BestAI

    Can’t we all just get along.

    Hey, to repeat what Adam’s dad tweeted last week – paraphrasing, cuz I don’t want to go back to search it: Just planted sod… can’t we all get a lawn.

  • Teri63

    I guess if Adam did want to tell the contestants something about being the “runner-up”, he could share with them the fact that what really matters is what happens AFTER the final. Adam may be the “runner-up”, but seeing how he’s the one who was asked back to mentor and he’s sold twice as much as “the winner”- it seems like a pretty good spot to be in.

    YES! This is exactly what I think Adam has to offer: The assurance to the kids that they don’t have to technically “win” to fulfill their dreams of making a career in the industry and that what they need to do now is to make the most of their own, unique talents so they can stay on the show as long as possible. Although Adam may not have the “winner’s trophy” on his shelf, he got exactly the same amount of exposure as Kris by being on the show the exact same number of weeks.

  • koshka

    BestAI:
    04/08/2010 at 1:38 pm
    Can’t we all just get along.

    Hey, to repeat what Adam’s dad tweeted last week – paraphrasing, cuz I don’t want to go back to search it: Just planted sod… can’t we all get a lawn.

    Geeeez I’m having LA riot flashbacks. :)

  • tiger92

    If successful “winners” are supposed to be the best representation of AI (as mentors), then Kelly and Carrie are the only two qualified. There have been non-winners who have gone on to do better than the winners and have had success: Clay, Daughtry, Hudson, and Adam in the short-term.

    Good point!

    My family was shocked too! And that’s when I said to my kid : “Ricky Bobby, if you ain’t first -YOU’RE LAST!”

    LMAO!

  • bridget

    “Ring of Fire” arguably one of Adam Lambert’s most memorable performances on AI, was of course during “Country” week – seemingly the most unlikely theme week in which for Adam to showcase himself as an artist. Yet his performance did define him – as a singer with mad vocal talent, an entertainer who isn’t afraid to take risks, and a music lover with eclectic taste who loves zeroing in on great sounds and lyrics. This season hasn’t delivered a lot of genuine excitement and joy – for me, Adam will bring both whatever the theme is.

  • sr4mjc

    I apologize Adam fans. Can’t we all just get along.

    yes! of course. I think anyone close the drag community get a little sensitive, at least I know I do, I won’t speak for others.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    I’d love to see him mentor in some Glam/theatrical theme. Now that could be fun and the only way he has any credibility. I’m excited it’s done in Vegas where Adam fits in a good way. It should be fun and crazy silly.

    “The only way he has any credibility….” Really? Adam is not only “glam”. Mad World was not glam. Adam is just a good singer..period. Good singers make good mentors. Bad singers (Miley) make bad mentors.

  • Cari

    While I agree that Adam is DEFINITELY the wrong choice, I hope no one holds it against Adam himself. This is AI’s fault; Adam would’ve been stupid to turn it down! lol

  • dejd

    yes! of course. I think anyone close the drag community get a little sensitive, at least I know I do, I won’t speak for others

    Sorry again.

  • cheese

    I don’t have a problem with a runner-up mentoring the Idols. They need someone who is at least somewhat articulate, someone who is enjoying some measure of success and has something to promote right now, someone who is with 19E, someone who is not going to be on Idol Gives Back two weeks from now, someone who is not on tour, etc. Clearly they weren’t going to have Justin Guarini, Diana, Taylor, Kat, etc. on. Adam makes sense if they MUST have an Idol mentor. I hope they do a “songs from Idols” theme because that would make a lot more sense than anything else.

    I’m not really interested in Adam or his music at this point, but he was certainly an entertaining contestant and I looked forward to his performances on the show, which is more than I could say about most of them this year. I will be annoyed if the show tries to stick Adam into a “he’s the new Elvis” box because that will just encourage more crazy from the more vocal fans. I really hope it’s not an Elvis theme

  • sr4mjc

    Adam would’ve been stupid to turn it down! lol

    yes, yes he would have. And he’s no dummy.

  • Jae

    Adam mentoring Elvis week would be perfection. He can handle the whole range of elvis songs. He is like a glam elvis. Even looks like him a bit! I can’t wait for next week. I hope Elvis week is true. And seriously, the mentors aren’t about coaching these guys to the “win”. We all know the best singer/performer doesn’t always win Idol. The mentors are supposed to help these people find their inner super star, help them improve their performances and vocals. Adam can do that better than anyone. There is one of these contestants that I would pay to see in concert thus far. Not one. I have not bought ONE Itunes track so far and by this time last year I had bought stuff from Adam, Kris, allison, Danny, Megan, and Matt. Something is really missing in this group. Actually I don’t think even Adam can fix that but at least he will give me a reason to be interested in the show again. Those who aren’t Adam fans are really coming off badly with how much vitriole is being shot his way. Thank goodness this is only Idol bubble stuff. The rest of the world is just “oh Elvis Week! Cool! And oh I remember that Adam Lambert guy. What has he been up to?”.

  • girlygirl

    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand all the hoo-hah about whether Adam should be a mentor? Seriously, this isn’t some kind of award or honor — most mentors are on AI simply because they are promoting their own music. IF they can make a real impact in helping the contestants, well, than that’s just an added bonus. Most mentors don’t seem to make much of an impact one way or the other. I really doubt Kelly, Carrie, Kris, David Cook, etc. are sitting around thinking that TPTB are disrespecting them by asking Adam to be a mentor. Adam is doing this to promote himself and his music, not as some grand altruistic gesture, although I’m sure he will genuinely try to give the contestants sound advice. Whether they listen to and heed that advice is debatable.

  • tls62

    Man, real life sucks. I last left off thinking Buderschnookie might be cracking a joke in the mentor thread about Elvis, to yet another thread starting a life of it’s own. I clearly need to get rid of my job…it’s seriously interfering with my ability to keep up with Adam.

    I hope this venue rumor is true. I also hope he has enough time to briefly discuss stage ideas with them. Love him or hate him, the dude knows how to command a stage and work it. It’s obvious he can go from sitting on a stool unplugged, to a total glammed out ass kicking performance….both of which totally entrance audiences equally. My point being, he has a lot to offer to a wide spectrum of performers and I really think he can offer some good suggestions if he’s given enough time.

  • sr4mjc

    Is there a cellcast tonight? I want to hear Voodoo live, I hope they play it. And this is Cam’s first show!

  • Gram

    If you will note that in all the pictures of Adam in what people are calling “drag” he does not have fake breasts and does not “tuck”. That’s the difference between playing dress-up for laughs and being in drag. He has no intentions of being mistaken for a woman.

    Those of us more familiar with drag have been trying to draw this distinction for over a year now. It’s useless.

    It’s hard to see how that distinction can’t be seen by anyone. I’m not that familiar with drag but it’s an obvious distinction, at least to my eye. I think people refuse to see the distinction because they don’t want to. They prefer to put Adam in a stereotypical box, which of course fails. I wish everyone could be half as comfortable in their own skin as Adam is.

  • girlygirl

    Also, aren’t tickets to the AI shows given out like weeks in advance? If that’s the case, the audience may not be filled with a ton of people who would go to the show simply to see Adam. I’m sure many hardcore Adam fans would snatch these tickets up if they were available, but if the tix have already been distributed, the audience may be more muted in its reaction to Adam. There may be a lot who are there because they have a favorite S9 contestant, and aren’t necessarily interested in former Idols. So the reaction will be interesting to see. I’m sure Adam will get a warm welcome back, but it may not be crazy excited.

  • jumpstart

    I’m not a huge Adam fan, but the guy definitely has mad skills. These kids desperately need someone who can show them how to make a song their own (whatever the genre) and how to deliver a heartfelt performance. If anyone can guide them in the right direction, it’s Adam.

  • Gram

    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand all the hoo-hah about whether Adam should be a mentor?

    I don’t understand it either. I do believe Adam would tell them, “chill out – it ain’t that deep!” These mentoring gigs are a gimmick. The amount of time they have with each contestant isn’t enough to make a hill of beans difference in their performance. It’s a programming distraction to fill time and pique interest.

  • Kanadie Bonttell

    It never ceases to amaze me the extreme like or dislike people have for Adam, and that is 1 of many reasons I like him so much…!

    Whether you think he should not be on the show as a mentor because of not winning, not as many albums sold, not as experienced, others more deserving, the fact of the matter is that he is the mentor, and the reason he is a mentor is that he is damn good at what he does, and was HUGLEY popular for the show = Ratings.

    On a side note and For Your Entertainment…Adam on the cover of the most current Japan Rolling Stone! :)

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_2T3fS0kT2vc/S74LPFEt6WI/AAAAAAAARIw/o2Tixmha4Ik/s1600/1.jpg

  • cwm

    sr4mjc… re: a cell-cast for the Vancouver concerts, I saw this on twitter:

    AdamCastMedia is streaming Friday’s Vancouver concert thanks to @JennaLegace, nothing for tonight yet though. about 6 hours ago via web

  • LindaT

    girlygirl:
    04/08/2010 at 2:04 pm
    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand all the hoo-hah about whether Adam should be a mentor? Seriously, this isn’t some kind of award or honor — most mentors are on AI simply because they are promoting their own music. IF they can make a real impact in helping the contestants, well, than that’s just an added bonus. Most mentors don’t seem to make much of an impact one way or the other. I really doubt Kelly, Carrie, Kris, David Cook, etc. are sitting around thinking that TPTB are disrespecting them by asking Adam to be a mentor. Adam is doing this to promote himself and his music, not as some grand altruistic gesture, although I’m sure he will genuinely try to give the contestants sound advice. Whether they listen to and heed that advice is debatable.

    ITA! Thanks. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Studio57

    girlygirl- there is a year long waiting list to get tickets for idol. My husband put our names in last season hoping that I could see Adam, and I just got the email two weeks ago to attend the one with Miley. And you have to email back right away because it is a first come first served basis- you have a choice between the live show and the rehearsal and I believe the pretapings, and you get what you get.

  • koshka

    jumpstart:
    04/08/2010 at 2:19 pm
    I’m not a huge Adam fan, but the guy definitely has mad skills. These kids desperately need someone who can show them how to make a song their own (whatever the genre) and how to deliver a heartfelt performance. If anyone can guide them in the right direction, it’s Adam.

    This group really looks beaten down. Makes me wonder what the producers are saying to them. Hell at this point, I just think they need a confidence boost, someone to say everything is going to be ok at the end. Be yourself and hang in there.

  • sr4mjc

    I’m interested to see what he’ll be wearing on Weds for the performance. His friend Danielle said on facebook she’d be there, I wonder if his mom will be there with her. So, he’ll be in the audience Tuesday, right?

  • smeggingnuts

    Sr4mjc
    So far all I know is a cellcast for tomarrow night. No word on tonight yet but as soon as I know you guys will :)

  • tls62

    On a side note and For Your Entertainment…Adam on the cover of the most current Japan Rolling Stone!

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_2T3fS0kT2vc/S74LPFEt6WI/AAAAAAAARIw/o2Tixmha4Ik/s1600/1.jpg

    Funny, earlier today when I saw that cover I thought he looked like he was thinking…”Don’t ask, don’t tell” from Master Plan. Now I’m thinking…”Shhh…chill out bitches, it’ll all be okay.” LOL

  • bigEfan

    Elliott would be a much better mentor IMO…if they’re going for runner-ups and not actual winners. Having an underdog that surprised the masses would be much better TV than Mr. Glambert. Besides, Elliott killed it on Elvis night back in Season 5. And, then there’s the vocals to consider…

  • sr4mjc

    So far all I know is a cellcast for tomarrow night. No word on tonight yet but as soon as I know you guys will :)

    That works out better for my timezone anyway. I’m sure there will be youtubes.

  • smeggingnuts

    MyfoxLA is having a chance to win 2 tickest to AI next week. (Code word is SONG) not sure if it for performance night, results or both.
    http://www.myfoxla.com/subindex/contests

  • sr4mjc
  • ilovekrisallen39

    Yeah girlgirl I don’t think it’s that deep. I think it’s wonderful that Adam is being a mentor. Even my hubby who isn’t that much of a fan of Adam’s(his like me more of a Kris type of fan) thinks it’s fine that Adam is doing this. He thinks Adam has mad skills,and would be good for the new batch of idols. And am sure Kris doesn’t mind. He got to go to Haiti and was ask,so it’s not like his being tossed aside. And it’s not like it’s something that the winner of Idol does each season.

  • koshka

    “Hello River Rock?”

    “yeah, can you connect me to guest? Yes, last name is Ellison”

    :)

  • jpfan

    Elvis was probably the best theme night of S5. That top 4 medley is my favorite group number ever. I even thought Kat and Taylor were great and I really h8ted them that season.

    Plus the results night had the Daughtry shocking boot. S9 will just be a sad imitation. Instead of Priscilla and Graceland we’ll get some kareoke Vegas show and Adam as the WTF mentor.

  • koshka

    ilovekrisallen39 – I think we’ll be seeing lots of Kris in just 2 weeks at IGB!

  • mmb

    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand all the hoo-hah about whether Adam should be a mentor? Seriously, this isn’t some kind of award or honor — most mentors are on AI simply because they are promoting their own music. IF they can make a real impact in helping the contestants, well, than that’s just an added bonus. Most mentors don’t seem to make much of an impact one way or the other. I really doubt Kelly, Carrie, Kris, David Cook, etc. are sitting around thinking that TPTB are disrespecting them by asking Adam to be a mentor. Adam is doing this to promote himself and his music, not as some grand altruistic gesture, although I’m sure he will genuinely try to give the contestants sound advice. Whether they listen to and heed that advice is debatable.

    So true!

  • unique28v

    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand all the hoo-hah about whether Adam should be a mentor?

    Nope!! I don’t get it either.

    Seriously, this isn’t some kind of award or honor — most mentors are on AI simply because they are promoting their own music. IF they can make a real impact in helping the contestants, well, than that’s just an added bonus.

    Exactly!!!

    I really doubt Kelly, Carrie, Kris, David Cook, etc. are sitting around thinking that TPTB are disrespecting them by asking Adam to be a mentor. Adam is doing this to promote himself and his music, not as some grand altruistic gesture, although I’m sure he will genuinely try to give the contestants sound advice. Whether they listen to and heed that advice is debatable.

    Preach girlygirl!!

  • Ex-lurker

    sr4mjc:
    04/08/2010 at 2:47 pm
    Incognito name? lol

    http://i43.tinypic.com/wukozp.jpg

    Lol Not any more.

  • smeggingnuts

    OMG that pic is hilarious sr4mjc thx for posting that :)

  • windmills

    I really doubt Kelly, Carrie, Kris, David Cook, etc. are sitting around thinking that TPTB are disrespecting them by asking Adam to be a mentor.

    Of course they’re not. Not that I know them but I doubt they’d think that.

    I was just disappointed as a long time AI fan since I think it’d have been a lot cooler for the show to have the 1st alumni mentor be someone a lot more accomplished returning to the roost and I think they’d have gotten a better mentor that way too. I think they’re wasting an opportunity for a very cool nostalgic moment for the show. They had a chance to make a special show that wasn’t your typical mentor as product pimper deal with the 1st alumni mentor and they didn’t.

    I think people are confused thinking this is about being offended on our favorite Idol’s behalf. I for one am not offended on behalf of any of my favorite Idols. I would’ve loved a cheesy look how far we’ve come/look at what can happen geared show with Kelly or Carrie or JHud or Fantasia coming back as the 1st alumni mentor because it’d be an antidote to all the AI jadedness lately.

  • tiger92

    Elvis was probably the best night of S5. That top 4 medley is my favorite group number ever. I even thought Kat and Taylor were great and I really h8ted them that season.

    Plus the results night had the Daughtry shocking boot. S9 will just be a sad imitation. Instead of Priscilla and Graceland we’ll get some kareoke Vegas show and Adam as the WTF mentor.

    You know what’s funny? I don’t even remember this show and I’ve lived in Memphis most of my life. I’m sure I thought it was exciting at the time, but for the life of me, I can’t remember one thing about this particular show.
    I guess the idols traveled to Memphis? I don’t remember that either and I loved season 5. My family and I traveled to Nashville to see the summer tour that year. Eh, I doubt many people will remember what happened 4 years ago. Even if they do, it’s not going to make or break this next week.

  • SpenserJ

    Elvis was probably the best theme night of S5. That top 4 medley is my favorite group number ever. I even thought Kat and Taylor were great and I really h8ted them that season.

    I loved that night. And, that group number was awesome. I think the reason for Chris’s “shock boot” that week was because Elliott’s performance on Elvis night was one of the best performances that year. (although, I still can’t explain all the Kat votes – I have no clue how she got to second place that season).

    So no, I don’t think this crew can top the Season 5 Elvis week. That said, I really don’t mind an Elvis theme (if that’s the case). He’s another one with a huge catalogue to choose from. They should all be able to find something that suits them – not that I think they all will.

    So, I guess this trip to Vegas is all just product placement for the Cirque show, right?

  • smeggingnuts

    Any seen mr about??
    So this is apparently a popular Teen mag from Israel. All I can understand is Mad Man and further down AMA lol.
    http://www.nrg.co.il/online/24/ART2/090/367.html

  • sr4mjc

    Instead of a shocking boot, we’ll get shocking boots this week. Adam’s and the two kids that get booted from the show.

    Here’s the source of the pictures, there are a few more.

    http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/adam-lambert/adam-lambert-vancouver-tour-duties-346205

    I don’t really remember S5 either, I may have to go look those performances up and refresh my memory. Wasn’t a fan of anyone in particular that year.

  • Ex-lurker

    sr4mjc:
    04/08/2010 at 3:04 pm
    Instead of a shocking boot, we’ll get shocking boots this week.

    lmao

  • smeggingnuts

    Lol I am finding it funny that the Ad at the top of the thread for me is “Celebrate at Graceland: 75 years of Elvis” lol

  • luval

    Am a little late to the party but I’ll be shallow as usual. Always thought Adam looked like Elvis in the FYE video where he is walking through the foliage. Also a couple of pics in the details mag videos (among other things). Yes Adam plays the resemblance down, but even the guy in the red sweater in Sukkri radio performance says “you’re much better than Presley”. Of course gracious Adam says thank you and moves on.

    Koshka you crack me up! Yes, call Red Rock and let us know what happens!

    And Buderschnookie…your post a bit back was perfect.

    Yes, that Celine Dion/Elvis performance was spine chilling. In a good way…to me

    And I still like his hair just a wee bit longer.

  • BestAI

    there is a year long waiting list to get tickets for idol. My husband put our names in last season hoping that I could see Adam, and I just got the email two weeks ago to attend the one with Miley. And you have to email back right away because it is a first come first served basis- you have a choice between the live show and the rehearsal and I believe the pretapings, and you get what you get

    Those who attended last year said that Adam got a huge reception at every show. I guess that’s different to what you are exlaining, tho. He was a S8 contestant.

  • rs

    Good singers make good mentors. Bad singers (Miley) make bad emntors.

    MrRJ, While I totally agree with you that Adam will make a great mentor, I can’t agree with this statement. Good mentors, like good teachers, have to be sensitive and alert to the people they are working with and be able to convey to them in a coherent way what is right and wrong with what they are doing and to suggest ways to improve their performances. That ability isn’t always correlated with their own singing ability. Some great singers can’t teach and some lousy singers are great teachers.

    Adam, luckily for this year’s batch of contestants,is both

  • Q3

    Elvis was probably the best night of S5. That top 4 medley is my favorite group number ever. I even thought Kat and Taylor were great and I really h8ted them that season.

    Plus the results night had the Daughtry shocking boot. S9 will just be a sad imitation. Instead of Priscilla and Graceland we’ll get some kareoke Vegas show and Adam as the WTF mentor.

    AI5 is still my favorite season of Idol. It was the most entertaining season and hard to predict the outcome. Actually pretty good reality TV. And I live in Tupelo, so I have nothing bad to say about Elvis…..

    But AI5 Elvis night was really one of my least favorite shows. Daughtry did a memorably bad performance of “A Little Less Conversation” and it wasn’t even the worst performance of the night — Kat McPhee did a dismal performance “Hound Dog” that I wish I could forget — and I believe was reported to have made Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton rise up from the grave. No Idol should just leave Elvis be.

    To me the biggest surprise of the AI5 Elvis night was how great Elliot was [that night really changed my opinion of him] and that Taylor [who was my pick to win from the auditions on] didn’t just blow everyone away that night — that Elliot was right with him or maybe even better.

    It may be the theme and, if it is, I have confidence in Adam making it fun. But I am still hoping for something more current.

  • BestAI

    Incognito name? lol

    http://i43.tinypic.com/wukozp.jpg

    I didn’t get it when I first saw that pic, but your comment explains it. That is too funny.

  • Studio57

    I was a complete fantard in S5 and the only performance I remember from Elvis Night is In The Ghetto by Taylor. When I think of A Little Less Converstion I go back to Season 3 with JPL :)

  • luval

    Love “If I Can Dream”. Not sure who could sing this (of course, if the Elvis theme rumor is true).

    Am having a blackout moment…are there page numbers on mj’s site? If so, where are they?

  • lorismile

    No Idol should just leave Elvis be

    I agree. Certain things should not be touched IMO. I think Adam will be fine mentoring in the 10 mins he’s given. Knowing him, he’d stay there all day if he could.

    Love “If I Can Dream”. Not sure who could sing this (of course, if the Elvis theme rumor is true).

    Nobody, that’s who! Well, Adam could probably pull it off but none of the contestants, please!!

    That photo of Adam arriving in Vancouver – he looks like such a star doesn’t he?

  • rs

    Smeggs,
    The Hebrew interview is part of a phone interview with Adam for a teen magazine. To get the whole interview you have to buy the magazine. No new information, but very positive. Here is a link to an automatic translation(at times very strange, but it is what it is). I hope it works :http://www.nrg.co.il/online/24/ART2/090/367.html

    If it is still in Hebrew there is a translate button on the top right that will automatically translate the page to English (sort of)

    add:
    I just tried it and it came up Hebrew so you have to press the translate button. It is too long for me to try and translate

  • uglyduck

    Ross
    I’m not saying you’re wrong about the theme, MJ. I think you’re probably right. I just can’t believe that would be a good fit for AL.

    I was gonna ask you what kind of theme do you think that would be a good fit for AL. but you read my mind :)

    Ross
    I’m just saying Adam Lambert would be the last mentor I’d think of for Elvis week. Or Rock Legends Week. If it was Songs Of Former Contestants Who Get A Lot Of Media Attention Even Though They Didn’t Win week, he’d top my list.

    I’m just happy that I can see Adam on tv again :) good sound quality and big picture, not from youtube with my 10 inches notepad and slooow internet connection…
    Maybe Adam will be a good mentor, maybe he won’t but I’m really really excited about what is going to happen next week… it’s like the same excitement I had last year. Will Siobhan learn how to scream on pitch? or will Adam encourage her to scream from the very start of the song? Will Tim perform a reggae-sitar version of a song? like ROF meet Bob Marley? :)
    I’m kinda skeered that this will be a dissapointment (for some) like the AMA, nevertheless I’m sooo excited, can’t stop grinning while I’m writing this. Even if he sucks as a mentor, he’s still a very good performer that I can see on result night. YeY!

  • zzatrms

    Buderschnookie:
    04/08/2010 at 12:19 pm
    The real reason? Simon Fuller.

    Of course.
    I wonder why there is such concern about tying the mentorship into the theme- maybe it is just a matter of opportunity and luck.
    Fuller is looking for buzz which equal ratings which equal commercial revenue, and I defy anyone to name another Idol whose mentorship would result in CNN posting the news.

    As far as scheduling mentors to provide what this years contestants need, that is covered as well- they need to learn how to stage a performance, choose songs, thank their accompanyists, sing 100 genres while remaining true to yourself, and not talk back to the judges. They need to learn how to fill the stage with their presence, always keep viewers guessing, and above all how to sing well. Only one of them can win, and all the rest need to know how to parlay their 5 minutes of fame into a viable career. Adam can provide all of that.

    If you must have an Elvis tie in, how about performers who push the envelope culturally while still remaining a kind and gentle soul who never disrespects anyone? Unfailing politeness coupled with raw sexuality?
    There are lots of parallels IMO.

    No doubt Adam’s performance for Wednesday night was scheduled long ago, probably well before the theme, and when the mentor position opened up Fuller had a brain fart and presto change-o now Adam is a mentor. I think it will be interesting, and regardless of any theme I think he will do a great deal to help these poor schmucks out. God knows they could use a little sparkle.

    THIS …. well said.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Ross,who else fo you think would be a good choice to mentor this week?

    That’s a really…interesting?..theme.

    I’m not thrilled about it but whatever

    ADAMADAMADAM is gonna be on idol!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

    I can definetly see why they chose Adam.Is there anyone else who’s more Elvis-like??

    Negtives-Elvis hair (not that I don’t live it but I FLOVE emo!)

  • unique28v

    Wow! They are really going out for next week. Should be fun!! I love it when past Idols come back, especially when they are one of my favs. :)

  • khomphuong

    I already know that i hate next week’ show

  • mr

    Ok- late to the party too:

    1. Adam will be great on ANY theme, including Elvis. Hell- maybe he’ll teach’em the Elvis snarl and hip gyrations, lol…

    2. Q3- Really???? Pick U UP????? Don’t you play around with me, woman- or I will come hunt you down!!! LOL!!! Kidding, of course, but I just want to say that :
    “AAAAAAAAAAAAALL MYYYYYYYYYYYY LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE
    I’ve been waiting”-
    For Adam to friggin sing Pick U UP!!!

    3. Smeggs- that’s awesome that he has an article about him in that magazine. Like rs wrote- it’s a teen magazine- actually it’s one of the two most popular teen magazines in Israel. Even I had a subscription to it when I was little (blushes…)
    It’s not the full interview here- but two tid-bits I think you may appreciate: First- the introduction was VERY supportive! The author says that Adam was so special and standing out on AI, that he could have even finished 10th place and he would still be the one people would keep talking about, and also praised how hard working he was, working so intensely on his debut album to strike iron while it’s hot. Second- I think this is the interview he reffered to in the live chat (you remember the live chat in which he ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION, right???) where he said they asked him in an Israeli interview why he isn’t coming to perform in Israel…

  • CynicalDog

    If the contestants are being mentored by Adam in Vegas, does anyone have a guess as to which day the mentoring will take place? I’ve seen the kids on Twitter mention meeting their mentors on Mondays, but that doesn’t seem to give them much time to implement any advice they’re given. I’m in Vegas and have to run down near the Strip for a meeting next week, so I’m not above popping over to City Center to see if I can spot any of my favorite idols, like Crystal or Siobhan! Yes, I’m 44 years old, but I can still have a bit of fun :) I haven’t seen the new City Center complex either, so even if I don’t do any celeb-spotting, ít won’t be a wasted side-trip.
    So, if anyone thinks they know what day the Idols might be in town with Adam, I’ll take a camera to the Aria and cross my fingers!

  • unique28v

    Do we know what Adam is singing? Will he sing his own song or a Elvis song like Kris sang the Beatles, Archie sang Lennon and Cook sang the Rollingstone. I hope he gets to sing one of his own songs.

  • smeggingnuts

    Ok you got to admit Adam does kinda fir Elvis meets Cirque du Soleil, lol

    Thanks for the link rs will check it out when I get home :)

    YT link for a short blerb on Fox News about Adam mentoring
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZpjCvxRCPQ&feature=player_embedded

  • unique28v

    It’s just AI trying to force Adam on the audience

    Adam isn’t being forced on anyone. lol All of the mentors that sing had 2 days on the show. They mentored and then they sung. Adam is being treated no different.

    Think of it this way, if this works out and Adam is well-received, I’m sure they will have other past Idols mentor as well.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Do we know what Adam is singing?

    Idol confirmed he’ll be singing “Whataya Want from Me”

  • unique28v

    YT link for a short blerb on Fox News about Adam mentoring

    Fox News never could stay away from Adam could they? lol

  • windmills

    Think of it this way, if this works out and Adam is well-received, I’m sure they will have other past Idols mentor as well.

    I sincerely doubt that Adam’s mentoring will have any effect on whether AI will try to get the most accomplished AI alums like Kelly, Carrie, and Jennifer back to mentor. They’re in a totally different league. I don’t think he’ll be opening the doors for anybody.

  • Cari

    Tim being mentored by Adam and then singing Elvis… This is going to be so fun! hahaha

  • iluvai

    I guess since this morning it’s been confirmed that the theme is Elvis related??? I love Elvis. Lee would make a great Elvis. lol

    I’m excited. It should be a very entertaining two days!

  • mgk

    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand all the hoo-hah about whether Adam should be a mentor? Seriously, this isn’t some kind of award or honor

    You mean he’s not going to be showered with confetti and given the title of the best Idol ever? Curses!!! Oh, well. It should still be fun.

  • unique28v

    I sincerely doubt that Adam’s mentoring will have any effect on whether AI will try to get the most accomplished AI alumni like Kelly, Carrie, and Jennifer back to mentor. They’re in a totally different league.

    They are in no different league than Usher, Shania Twain, Jamie Fox, etc. lol Adam is on as a prior contestant and I for one think its a good idea. I can see them bringing others back if the public likes the idea. It really has nothing to do whether or not Adam gives good advice. Most of the mentors don’t, but whether or not the viewing audience wants to see them again.

    Although, I do think Jennifer Hudson (My favorite Idol of all 9 seasons) would be a TERRIFIC mentor!!

  • uglyduck

    mr
    I’m singing along with you “AAAAAAAAAAAAALL MYYYYYYYYYYYY LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE
    I’ve been waiting”-
    For Adam to friggin sing Pick U UP!!!

  • koshka

    Do they think I’m stupid?

    Well… if you need to ask that question, I think you have your answer. TPTB do what they please.

  • BeckyMD

    UPDATE: Top Idol reports that “American Idol’s extra-special theme will not only feature Adam Lambert as mentor, but also Cirque du Soleil’s new Las Vegas production Viva Elvis.”

    does that hint Theatrical or Elvis or both?

  • koshka

    Although, I do think Jennifer Hudson (My favorite Idol of all 9 seasons) would be a TERRIFIC mentor!!

    Jennifer was my Fav too during her season. She would make a great mentor.

    ETA: “UPDATE: Top Idol reports that “American Idol’s extra-special theme will not only feature Adam Lambert as mentor, but also Cirque du Soleil’s new Las Vegas production Viva Elvis.” I dislike Elvis as a theme, oh well. Its going to be a tough week for me, Elvis, then Country.. the only theme left that I don’t like is Disco, that one will probably be the following week. LOL

  • mmb

    It’s not like there’s a huge demand from the AI audience to have this guy guest star for an entire two nights of a theme week on the show. ……It’s just AI trying to force Adam on the audience

    Maybe there is a demand? I know a lot of people who are really excited for next week’s episode because they want to see him. How is AI trying to “force” Adam on its audience any more than any other mentor or performer??? And Adam will hardly be on for an “entire” two nights….the mentor only has about 15 minutes of screen time at the most, and then he will be singing one song the next night along with probably 2 other musical guests plus two booted contestant performances.

  • Kanadie Bonttell

    . It’s not like there’s a huge demand from the AI audience to have this guy guest star for an entire two nights of a theme week on the show.

    Have you seen any stats on this, because I would love to see them. I actually think quit the opposite…I think they had a huge demand to have him back in whatever capacity it may be, and the AI producer’s granted the AI audience there wishes! So given we are both speculating, I guess we will never now for sure.

  • windmills

    I can see them bringing others back if the public likes the idea. It really has nothing to do whether or not Adam gives good advice.

    That was my point. Whether or not they have more alumni mentors will have nothing to do with Adam. You seemed to be implying that how Adam did would have any effect on them bringing others back. Even if Adam were not well received (that’s not going to happen), it would have no effect on any attempt to bring back the AI big guns because unlike Adam, they are the AI big guns who have proven themselves and transcended the show.

  • lorismile

    Idol confirmed he’ll be singing “Whataya Want from Me”

    In a sparkly jumpsuit??

    OKAY SOMEONE HELP!!! When is Adam singing PUU???? I’m dying here!!

  • koshka

    windmills Adam may not be received well, IDK. Are you talking within or outside the bubble? I thought Miley wouldn’t have either, but she did alright in the end. So I’m not sure I’d jump to judgement just yet.

  • mr

    does that hint Theatrical or Elvis or both?

    Oooooh- can you imagine him trying to teach them how to sing “Is anybody listening?”? Hahahahahahahahaaaa

    I think they would all just retire… remember how people used to diss him for being “theatrical”? Vocally- that was a fucking masterpiece.

  • sr4mjc

    lorismile – this is the first I’ve heard of them rehearsing Pick U Up. We’ll see if they play it in Vancover.

  • windmills

    Adam may not be received well, IDK. Are you talking within or outside the bubble? I thought Miley wouldn’t have either, but she did alright in the end. So I’m not sure I’d jump to judgement just yet.

    My double negative may have sent the wrong message. I’ve said all along I think Adam will do fine (like you said even Miley wasn’t terrible). I was saying that him not being received well is NOT going to happen. Even in the worst case scenario the editing of him will protect him but I don’t think they’ll need that.

    But what I was saying is that even if people did give Adam bad reviews (which I don’t think will happen) that wouldn’t have any effect on them trying to get the AI big guns as mentors. And keeping it real nor will him getting good reviews mean he’s opened the door for the AI big guns to be mentors. If they’re letting Adam do it they obviously wanted Kelly, Carrie, Jennifer, and possibly others to do it.

  • tiger92

    it would have no effect on any attempt to bring back the AI big guns

    There won’t be “an attempt”. TPTB will call if they want any of the others and the others will say “Yes!” and When?”.

    unique28v: ITA. If AI gets a positive response to this from the GENERAL viewing public, (not the blog sites) they might bring another past idol back later on in the season. I would love to see Jennifer Hudson mentor, also! I would bet that JHud is the next past contestant that TPTB has in mind for a mentoring appearance.

  • smeggingnuts

    Mr there is no way I would forget Adam answering my question..lol for shame you should think that lol

    And thanks for the recap of that article so cool to see other countries spreading the Adam love :)

  • Lera

    I remember Casey James said something right before or right after the first top 24 show that he wasn’t worried about his song selections except for Musical Week. If I remember wasn’t it a week before IGB that they did that with the mentor being Sir. Andrew Lloyd Webber. I guess it is either this week or the week after to where we will see “Musical Week” It would kind of fit Adam because Adam is good with the dramatic. Chill Adam fans this isn’t meant as a dig against him either.

  • sma11ie

    So Elvis night was good in S5? I didn’t watch that season, but I’m a little apprehensive about this theme. Granted, I don’t know Elvis music very well, and the well-known stuff I’ve heard, I find VERRY dated. I feel like the Idols will have to do a lot of updating for me to find the week palatable…

    Oh yeah, girlygirl’s post was FTW. Agree 100%.

  • windmills

    There won’t be “an attempt”. TPTB will call if they want any of the others and the others will say “Yes!” and When?”.

    You mean like Carrie whose 2010 tour was booked last year with concerts every Saturday during this year’s AI making her unavailable to mentor because Saturday is usually the mentor day? Any Idol who’s headlining (like Kelly and Chris Daughtry) would have had to schedule that way in advance and chances are there’d be a conflict. Jennifer Hudson has a movie shoot coming up. Therefore no, it’s not just a matter of AI asking and the big guns saying yes and when.

  • FifthHouseSun

    19E’s parent company, CKX owns the rights to Elvis Presley enterprises

    Gotta love that cross-promotion. Can already hear the Ryan voice-over with the Adam/Elvis comparisons. Including the broad range of genres and passionate fanbase.

    Thanks for that biz info nugget, MJ. Thought the Adam mentoring was “just” ratings ploy for 19. And/or some way for Fox to bump the lead-in for the Glee season premiere. Or at least soften the blow of comparing the S9 contestants’ lesser light vocal chops to the spectacular Glee Cast ones. But Elvis promo on top of that, big win for 19.

    And while it’s a cute new “tradition” to start of having someone from previous seasons share some insider tips, not sure why people think AI would ask anyone – period – to mentor that they didn’t think would boost ratings. Adam generates PR. Yes it’s a great boost for Adam. But it helps Idol, too.

    Web sites desperate for viewers use the mentioning “Adam Lambert” ploy to boost hits all the time. AI, 19, Fox and everyone with a stake in the show is hoping the Lambertarian glitter effect will shine up this lackluster season.

  • smeggingnuts

    Lera
    I totally think Adam is good with the dramatic I love when he does that. I don’t see that as a diss at all.

    If I remember my rumors right, there was talk of them practicing PUU for this weeks shows in Canada. But I wanna hear MASTER PLAN!!! When are they ever gonna play those songs.

  • Lera

    I’m thinking this week will be “Musical Week” and perhaps in Vegas it was pre-recorded about some musical going on.

    We will see, but if it isn’t this week, it must be next week.

  • Lera

    wait, Casey James didn’t say Musical, he said “BROADWAY WEEK”

  • Lera

    I doubt they would bring Taylor Hicks in to mentor Broadway week…I think we could see the mentor for that to be either Adam or Jennifer Hudson herself.

  • JazzRocks

    Not crazy about an Elvis theme but I’ll be happy to see Adam on the show. I feel confident that he’ll do really well – whatever the theme. He’s articulate, knows music and is always very helpful & encouraging.

    I’m also excited about the possibility of hearing/seeing PUU!! One of the best on the album!

  • sr4mjc

    Honestly we don’t know how Adam will be received. He certainly interviews well and should come across well. I guess we’ll see!

  • tiger92

    You mean like Carrie whose 2010 tour was booked last year with concerts every Saturday during this year’s AI making her unavailable to mentor because Saturday is usually the mentor day? Any Idol who’s headlining (like Kelly and Chris Daughtry) would have had to schedule that way in advance and chances are there’d be a conflict. Jennifer Hudson has a movie shoot coming up. Therefore no, it’s not just a matter of AI asking and the big guns saying yes and when.

    Sometimes they are mentored on a…Monday. I’m guessing they run into scheduling conflicts all the time. So, yes that’s exactly what I think would happen. If they wanted Carrie, she and her management would work with AI to find a time on a Friday night, Sunday or Monday. Same with Daughtry and JHud. I guess if Carrie or Daughtry were anywhere around California on any of their tour stops, they could fly in for a morning and then fly back to perform on Wednesday. They could prerecord their Wed. performance like many of the musical guests have had to do.
    I absolutely think their answers would be “yes” and “when”. It might not work out, but they would try everything under the sun to help make it happen.

  • Caden

    Lera:
    04/08/2010 at 5:05 pm

    I doubt they would bring Taylor Hicks in to mentor Broadway week…I think we could see the mentor for that to be either Adam or Jennifer Hudson herself.

    Neither of whom were ever on Broadway.

  • MaryS-NJ

    So no, I don’t think this crew can top the Season 5 Elvis week. That said, I really don’t mind an Elvis theme (if that’s the case). He’s another one with a huge catalogue to choose from. They should all be able to find something that suits them – not that I think they all will.

    Season 5 is hard for any season to top, ymmv of course. But Elvis is much better than Teen Idols or whatever other silliness they were thinking of. There are so many goods songs that have been covered in intersting ways and leaves a lot of potential for those who can rearrange them in a memorable way.

    I’m still puzzled about Adam’s connection to Elvis as a theme, but I’m sure the PTB will cook up some video package to make Adam look like this generation’s Elvis or something. Whatev. Anyway, I will say this: I’d much rather look at Adam’s face than the once-lovely-but-now-melted-like-a-plastic-doll-due-to-too-much-surgery face of Pricilla Presley.

  • RockiDreams

    You gotta be kidding me. Lambert as a mentor. Okay then. Next week might be a week to skip the entire show, although a Siobhan and Adam scream match would be interesting.

  • weese

    Adam mentoring” Elvis in Vegas” night seems realistic. That would be old age Elvis– big belted and fringes Elvis. To me there are similarities between the two. I wonder what Adam’s furniture looks like.

  • mr

    Oh lordy- Adam is extremely knowledgable about musicals, even if he hasn’t been on Broadway! His whole life revolved around musical theatre until just a few years ago.

    There’s an interview, one of the recent ones from the intl. promo where he is asked to sing his favourite songs from musicals, and it was priceless…

    Seriously, he’s very experienced, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think any other idol alumni has 15 years experience of participating in musical productions…

  • dcglam

    Right now I am going with (and hoping for) Elvis Week.
    Musical (Broadway) Week, not so much. They seem to be making a pretty big deal out of this upcoming theme week. In my opinion, Elvis would be a big deal. There are many Elvis songs that would be open to all kinds of creative interpretations by the Idol contestants.
    This is so much fun!! :)

  • Mark

    So Elvis night was good in S5? I didn’t watch that season, but I’m a little apprehensive about this theme. Granted, I don’t know Elvis music very well, and the well-known stuff I’ve heard, I find VERRY dated. I feel like the Idols will have to do a lot of updating for me to find the week palatable…

    Eh, I’m not thrilled. I don’t think AI5’s top 4 night was great on the whole; it was polarizing, with good performances from Taylor and Elliott and a lot of suck from Katharine and Daughtry. And that’s in part because Elvis made a lot more sense for Taylor than just about any contestant this year and Elliott was a versatile vocalist who absolutely picked the right song in “Trouble”. I don’t see how this is going to be good for any of the girls, and the contestants it might accentuate really need to be running away from the corny factor. (And, oh my god, Tim Urban…)

    Which, of course, means it may well be great, since when people like me predict disasters they don’t always pan out. It might also be a bomb, because we’ve been having too many good nights in a row for any season (two at a time, two at a time…) So we’ll see.

  • Lera

    Fantasia-Color Purple
    Constantine Maroulis-Rock of Ages
    Diana DeGarmo-Hair
    Taylor Hicks- Grease
    Jennifer Hudson-Dreamgirls

    Google is your friend.

  • sr4mjc

    How did we jump to Show Tunes week? I think I’ll keep the Glee cast for that, the voices this season really aren’t suited for it. Maybe Mike and Siobhan.

    When is Idina Menzel on Glee, starting next week?

  • Lera

    Well I was going on what Casey James stated “I’m not worried about my song selection except for “Broadway week”.

  • Q3

    Well now that the Elvis songbook is looking more likely — as an Adam fan, can I make a request — can Adam pass this “honor” to someone else!

    They don’t even let the profession male singers in Viva Elvis sing the Elvis songs. The have the female vocalists sing some parts and mostly use the real Elvis. And some really, really good Idol contestants on AI5 couldn’t do Elvis – Daughtry, Kat???

    Universe — please give this to Carrie, Kelly, Cook, Kris, anyone but Adam F. Lambert. [Taylor would be a good choice!]

    And if I can’t have that, then TPTB can we get an Adam – Elvis duet like they do in the show! And can someone please indemnify Adam from all blame if the AI9 9 can’t do justice to Elvis — who really can? Oy vey!

    ETA: Well giving Adam Elvis Week is better IMO than Musical Theater or Broadway week. Can’t see that as good for Adam, there are a ton of Broadway headlines who could mentor that, but just glad it is not show tunes. Still hoping that there is a twist on this theme.

  • Lera

    Is this the week I have no idea…since nobody knows yet what the theme is this week, I thought I would put in my 2cents based off of what Casey stated at the start of top 24 week

  • tiger92

    AI9 9 can’t do justice to Elvis — who really can? Oy vey!

    The guy who is mentoring. :)

  • saga

    I read speculation about a world music theme, which sounds awesome, but I guess that is more wishful thinking from fans.

  • kradamour

    In a sparkly jumpsuit??

    with a codpiece…

  • Kanadie Bonttell

    I think the theme should be….

    Songs in the Key of Fierce

    :)

  • dhunken

    Here’s a thought on some level they may have not asked Kelly, Carrie, Jen Hud and Daughtry or David Cook because as so many have pointed out are stars. These contestants might be intimidated with them and not be as comfortable with a platinum selling recording artist who have viable careers beyond idol at this point.

    Adam being brought in at the start of his career would not be as overwhelming to these Idol finalist. It would be more like the senior from last year who is doing fairly well. They are trying to get the perspective of a peer mentor not someone so well established. This season seems to have a lot of contestants that are deer in headlights. The mentors they have had still have not really improved them and it could be that the kids were star struck. Adam is at the budding of his career and his experience is fresher. Possibly this is the thought to get more out of these contestants.

    Plus Adam is a lot more articulate and can get is view or idea across better then most with fewer words then the others of his season and was the one they all went to for advise by their own admission.

    I am just presenting a possible reason for him being chosen over someone else who a lot seem to believe should have been asked first. (though I still have not seen the manual that states that any of the other should be give right of first refusal. The winner got what they were promised already)

  • gangreen29

    Ughhhhhhhh. I was hoping there would be confirmation against Elvis Week, but it looks like it is happening… I hate Elvis!!!! I hate songs from before 1985!!

  • girlygirl

    SEMI-OT

    If it isn’t cancelled, Adam’s concert tonight may be an acoustic one performed in pitch darkness!

    Wind storm knocks out power to 19,000 in Vancouver, B.C. area http://bit.ly/9Ci5fj
    about 1 hour ago via BreakingNews Headquarters

  • mr

    lera-
    Was your “google is your friend” reference to what I wrote?
    Cause if it is, then I don’t see how it corrects my assumption. All the alumni you mentioned have, what, one-two productions under their belt? Which they only came to because they were on Idol- not having previous experience.

    Adam as a kid dreamed of being in musicals, and since the age of 10, has been participating in them. He knows ALOT about that world. IT’s only in recent years that he realized he wanted to be more independant and write and create and record his own stuff, with his own artisic vision, not just the director’s.

  • saga

    SEMI-OT

    If it isn’t cancelled, Adam’s concert tonight may be an acoustic one performed in pitch darkness!

    Wind storm knocks out power to 19,000 in Vancouver, B.C. area http://bit.ly/9Ci5fj
    about 1 hour ago via BreakingNews Headquarters

    Wow, really? Heh, that would be really special!!!

  • mr

    Oh no! Poor fans! I really hope they have electricity! I’m sure Adam is sick and tired of performing only accoustically for the last month! He wants to rock with his fierce band already!!

    Crossing my fingers!

  • Lera

    mr, I don’t recall but I don’t think it was a response to you because the person I responded to was the person who stated that NO IDOLS were on Broadway. That is why i posted that list and said Google is your friend.

    I don’t know what the theme is like everyone else but again since Casey mentioned long ago that he was worried about his song selection for Broadway week and Adam is great with dramatic’s, I thought maybe this is the week they might that theme? Or maybe another week. I don’t know, just giving my theory or better yet speculation like everyone else.

  • Kanadie Bonttell

    Sorry if this has been brought up, but I was looking at the Viva Elvis show schedule at the Aria Theater in Las Vegas, and there are 2 shows on Sat 4/10. I guess they could get all the video shot before the shows on that day, but Adam is in Vancouver doing a show tomorrow night, so would not be able to get into Vegas until late Sat morning. It just seems a bit all to crammed together to me.

  • tiger92

    girlygirl:
    04/08/2010 at 5:37 pm
    SEMI-OT

    If it isn’t cancelled, Adam’s concert tonight may be an acoustic one performed in pitch darkness!

    Wind storm knocks out power to 19,000 in Vancouver, B.C. area http://bit.ly/9Ci5fj
    about 1 hour ago via BreakingNews Headquarters

    That’s terrible, but I would so love to be at an Adam concert like this! Everyone could bring flashlights! LOL
    I guess it wouldn’t be practical for a concert venue that held 1,000 people.

  • Lera

    ps sorry for typo’s cat is on my arms…limited movement. lol

  • elrok

    Adam is a good choice for Elvis week. They have plenty in common: Born and raised in the South – grew up listening to county, bluegrass, gospel, and Delta blues – sang in church – played small clubs in Arkansas … who was that we were talking about???

  • mmb

    Honestly i doubt that they picked the Elvis theme with Adam in mind, or booked Adam specifically to appear on Elvis theme week….it just worked out that the week he was scheduled to appear was the week they planned to do the Elvis theme (assuming that is, in fact, the theme). It is what it is. I’m a big fan of Adam, not a big fan of Elvis music. Doesn’t matter. I think next week will be fun

  • Studio57

    Jesus- if Adam isn’t setting off earthquakes, it’s windstorms, lol.

    See, people- that’s what you call THE BIG GUNS.

  • student_Inlove

    LOL, Adam Lambert goes to Japan EARTHQUAKE!!!! Adam Lambert comes back EARTHQUAKE !!! Adam Lambert goes to Vancouver WIND STORM !!!

  • Lera

    Well lets hope he doesn’t visit New Orleans this August.

  • Q3

    There may be a lot of reasons for choosing Adam to mentor.

    I think that dhunken’s entire list makes sense.

    I have a few more suggested reasons….

    1. Ratings ratings ratings = ad dollars and product placement dollars – Adam might be good for ratings and Idol needs help. [follow the money]

    2. Buzz – well it has already done that – and generated a lot of buzz – needed to get ratings. Adam is the only major Idol alum who hasn’t been back on the show. And Adam is a press magnet.

    3. 19 has a big financial interest in Adam’s success. [follow the money]

    4. They were going to have Adam on Idol and probably only one time. They wanted to maximize the opportunity.

    5. The planned to promote Viva Elvis [since CKX 19’s parent gets big royalties from the show] and they wanted to have an Idol mentor. Why not put them together into one show? [Follow the money]

    6. Did I mention ratings? At the end of the day this is about ratings and there is no other major Idol alum being on the show who would generate this much buzz, and then throw in some Elvis and Cirque de Soliel and Vegas. And buzz is the first step in getting new viewers to tune in. [Follow the money.]

    JMHO but it is all about the money.

  • Lera

    I have never had a problem with who the mentor will be. I’ve had frustration over the theme’s. We all know the Idols don’t have a big list to choose from but yet the Judges constantly throws out “Out of all the songs to choose from” That is the part that I don’t like.

    Q3, I think you’re spot on.

  • koshka

    gangreen29:
    04/08/2010 at 5:37 pm
    Ughhhhhhhh. I was hoping there would be confirmation against Elvis Week, but it looks like it is happening… I hate Elvis!!!! I hate songs from before 1985!!

    LOL we agree – with the exception of some rock groups.

  • aa618892

    Well lets hope he doesn’t visit New Orleans this August.

    Well, he is coming to Tampa in Sept. and that is the start of hurricane season!

  • smeggingnuts

    I am guessing Adam brought 1 to many fog machines with him. Oh well he is still learning.

  • cookcricket

    Adam as a kid dreamed of being in musicals, and since the age of 10, has been participating in them. He knows ALOT about that world.

    And some may say that’s just where he belongs. ;) LOL.

    Maybe Adam will mentor as an Elvis impersonator?

    Sorry, I’m really just kinda kiddin’.

    If it is Elvis week here’s some thoughts on song choices:

    Lee: I’m All Shook Up or Heartbreak Hotel
    Tim: Fool’s Rush In
    Katie: Love Me Tender
    Siobhan: Suspicious Minds
    Casey: some unknown Elvis song
    Crystal: same as Casey
    Big Mike: Whatever Lee doesn’t cover
    Andrew: Jailhouse Rock
    Aaron: ???

    I don’t know enough Elvis songs. LOL. I’d love to have this confirmed and then see a list. :D

  • Lera

    Well dang, let us hope noting bad happens. I have family in Florida!

  • ravengirl

    Adam is a good choice for Elvis week. They have plenty in common: Born and raised in the South – grew up listening to county, bluegrass, gospel, and Delta blues – sang in church – played small clubs in Arkansas … who was that we were talking about???

    Surely you are not suggesting that Kris is comparable to Elvis?
    Adam has many similar traits to the young Elvis: ground-breaking, sexual, controversial; loyal, swooning fans. Take a look at this Washington Post article and tell me this doesn’t sound just like what’s going on for Adam now.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/05/AR2010040504469.html

  • luval

    Q3 nice post as usual

    If it is true, that it’s Elvis week, I hope Adam gets to meet Priscilla. I have always loved her and she is very good in interviews. Plastic surgery notwithstanding, she is a beautiful person and I think her and Adam would get along famously.

  • GaryJ

    Adam is being brought back as mentor not because AI wants to disrespect Kelly, Carrie, Cookie or anyone else.

    They are not even bringing Adam back because they love him, although they probably do.

    They are bringing Adam back for one reason and one reason only: because he has a proven track record of boosting the ratings of whatever TV show he appears on.

  • Lera

    I don’t think it is Elvis week, I think it is either Musical or Broadway. Didn’t Adam tweet “Music from Around the world?” David Bowie week? Nah just kidding people. I couldn’t resist it.

    Look I’m not a hard fan of Adam but if I say something that offends his fans it isn’t meant to but rather I usually try to find comedy in everything that never seems to come across well on blogs.

    I guess my humor is in my own mind but I don’t really hate anyone ever. Takes to much energy to hate and be mean. I like COMEDY!

  • lorismile

    Jennifer Hudson-Dreamgirls

    Wasn’t Jennifer in the film production of Dreamgirls?? I didn’t know she did the Broadway version of it.

  • Caden

    Q3:
    04/08/2010 at 5:54 pm

    6. Did I mention ratings? At the end of the day this is about ratings and there is no other major Idol alum being on the show who would generate this much buzz.

    I can think of lots. Kelly, Clay, Carrie and Jennifer Hudson for a start.

  • mmb

    Wasn’t Jennifer in the film production of Dreamgirls?? I didn’t know she did the Broadway version of it.

    she didn’t

  • Caden

    Lera:
    04/08/2010 at 5:23 pm

    Fantasia-Color Purple
    Constantine Maroulis-Rock of Ages
    Diana DeGarmo-Hair
    Taylor Hicks- Grease
    Jennifer Hudson-Dreamgirls

    Google is your friend.

    Jennifer didn’t do Broadway but Clay Aiken starred in Spamalot.

  • Lera

    Actress Jennifer Hudson reportedly has been tipped to reprise her role as Effie White in ‘Dreamgirls’, in the Broadway revival of the musical.

  • Kanadie Bonttell

    You would figure the contestants of S9 wouldn’t have to hard of a time picking out a good song.

    Elvis had 55 Billboard Top 10 hits, with 18 of those being #1’s.

  • justshootme

    I’m going to refuse to believe they’re doing another Elvis week til it’s officially confirmed. Every week all I ask is “no reruns from previous seasons” and “songs from this decade”. And every week they let me down. This is the first week this season I’ve actually been excited about the show (yay Adam!) and if they screw it up with a stoopid theme I will be soooo pissed.

    Please let it be Songs From The Idols?! Pretty please!? It makes sense, it’s current, it spreads the idol love. Pleeeeeease.

  • saga

    Please let it be Songs Form The Idols?! Pretty please!? It makes sense, it’s current, it spreads the idol love. Pleeeeeease.

    Yeah I am a bit tired of the old fashioned themes… though I guess it’s more the contestants that make old-fashion choices when they don’t have too.

  • Destry
  • Planet Fierce

    Hey everyone, let’s backup to S8. Didn’t the top 10 go to Graceland?

  • Studio57

    I’d really like to know how Kelly or Carrie have been credited with pulling in ratings on anything in the past year. This is what i could find on Adam just by a simple google:

    Adam on Jay Leno:
    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2010/03/jay-leno-wins-2nd-night-with-help-from-sarah-palin-adam-lambert.html

    Adam on Chelsea Lately:

    http://jimhalterman.com/news/breaking-news-adam-lambert-ratings-bonanza-for-chelsea/

    Adam on AMA’s:

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1627048/20091124/swift__taylor.jhtm

    Adam in Rolling Stone:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/08/magazines-best-selling-co_n_490134.html#s72876

    Game on!

  • justshootme

    Yeah I am a bit tired of the old fashioned themes… though I guess it’s more the contestants that make old-fashion choices when they don’t have too.

    Yes, this drives me nuts. But if they do Elvis week, they won’t even have the option of picking something current. And by current I mean not at least 30 years old.

    And you just know somebody is gonna do Jailhouse Rock. And Suspicious Minds. And God help me Hound Dog.

  • wand3rful

    viva las crazy ! cant wait for tim to butcher another song and lynch to thrust his hips.

    in regards to why daughtry, carrie, kelly (ie the successful idols) aren’t mentoring (yet)…simple, they don’t need Idol as much as Idol needs them. Adam still needs the show as a platform to boost sales and radio play. 19 is no dummy, why bring out carrie (who is already topping the charts) when Adam is sitting at the middle of the charts on the brink of releasing yet ANOTHER single.

    i don’t believe it will translate to HUGE ratings, there might a bump but nothing drastic. however, it will translate to an increase in sales and radio play (for how long and how much, well, nobody can be certain).

  • girlygirl

    Studio57

    That link on the story you posted about the A.M.A.s doesn’t work. But if I recall correctly, the segment on the A.M.A.s where Adam performed was actually one of the lowest-rated parts of the show. So while he occasionally will bring in better ratings, it’s certainly not guaranteed. As I’ve said before, if he was such a ratings bonanza, wouldn’t last year’s finale of AI been much higher rated? I think it was the lowest rated AI finale in the show’s history, wasn’t it? Next week’s shows may (and probably will) get slightly better ratings than this past week’s, but I would be really surprised if there is any kind of huge boost.

  • Q3

    elrok:
    04/08/2010 at 5:47 pm

    Adam is a good choice for Elvis week. They have plenty in common: Born and raised in the South – grew up listening to county, bluegrass, gospel, and Delta blues – sang in church – played small clubs in Arkansas … who was that we were talking about???

    Love it! OK I’m all for Viva Kris!!

    But to be accurate Elvis did not grow up listening to bluegrass — bluegrass was developed in Kentucky in the mid-40’s and not heard in Mississippi until much later. Elvis was born in 1935 and grew up in Tupelo, MS listening to White Gospel Music, “hillbilly” music on his favorite radio program Mississippi Slim’s show on the Tupelo radio station WELO, and Blues — and Elvis heard a lot more than Mississippi Delta Blues, that is just one of the blue traditions that flourished in Mississippi at the time.

    And just a matter of state pride — Arkansas has almost nothing to do with the “Delta Blues” — the Delta Blues came from Mississippi and Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the Crossroads in Mississippi.

    Elvis was a brilliant musician whose celebrity and image overshadowed his musical accomplishment. Elvis created a new musical fusion, could not get radio airplay, had trouble getting signed to a major label but RCA Record took a chance on him, was accused of doing obscene TV performances, was a multi-genre artist and criticized for not focusing on one genre, had an encyclopedic knowledge of music, was hard to classify as a vocalist and musicologists are still debating if he was a bari or a tenor [compromise is high tenor], vocally described as “often brilliant” at the top [upper range], with the capacity for “full-voiced high Gs and As that an opera baritone might envy, was able to duplicate the open, hoarse, ecstatic, screaming, shouting, wailing, reckless sound of the black rhythm-and-blues and gospel singers,demonstrated a remarkable ability to assimilate many other vocal styles, had mostly female fans who found him “sexy’, was universally described as nice, was very loyal to his friends, like sharp close and enjoyed dressing up, was totally unique, and was one hell of a live performer. Sound like anyone we know. Who was that we were talking about???

  • Studio57

    Well, girlygirl, if you have a link stating that his portion of the show was the lowest rated, I’d like to see it.

    Let me try this again. It works for me:

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1627048/20091124/swift__taylor.jhtml

    As far as ratings go, truly- i am not a big believer in Nielsen. There are other things to factor in like youtube and tivo. I was only pointing out to those that KEEP on insisting that Adam cannot pull in viewers that unless the entire media is in on some GIANt conspiracy, he has been credited with pulling in viewers. It really is that simple.

  • Planet Fierce

    Destry, you are on it, thanks!

  • Planet Fierce

    Q3…if the (pretty) shoe fits…..

  • windmills

    I guess if Carrie or Daughtry were anywhere around California on any of their tour stops, they could fly in for a morning and then fly back to perform on Wednesday. They could prerecord their Wed. performance like many of the musical guests have had to do.
    I absolutely think their answers would be “yes” and “when”. “

    I totally disagree because you’re underestimating the priority that something like a headlining tour takes for these people and how much they give to it. It’s a major responsibility to deliver to however many fans have paid money to see you that night. People like Kelly, Chris, and Carrie act accordingly – they have to. Carrie’s tour doesn’t have her near Cali until mid May and she doesn’t like to stray too far from where she’s headlining if she can help it. Her shows are too densely packed together for her to go that far out of the way.

    When you’re a big dog you’ve got big responsibilities that believe it or not will lead to not making something like an AI appearance a priority if it’s not settled WAY in advance. Carrie left room in her schedule for IGB since it was the same week as the ACM Awards and she left room for the AI finale and that’s it.

    Direct quote from this month’s Allure Carrie interview by the way:

    Yet somehow we don’t associate Underwood with the show, even as she vows undying gratitude and loyalty toward it. “People think they have us under lock and key for the rest of our lives,” she says of Idol brass but “if I don’t want to perform on it, I don’t have to ever again. If I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t have to ever again. Of course, I will, because I’m not a little snot, you know?” She doesn’t say it haughtily, but with unnerving composure.

    People don’t part the seas just so they can be on AI and the AI PTB don’t make them either. It’s totally wrongheaded to act like people would immediately make themselves available if asked.

  • zzatrms

    Q3:
    04/08/2010 at 6:46 pm
    elrok:
    04/08/2010 at 5:47 pm

    Adam is a good choice for Elvis week. They have plenty in common: Born and raised in the South – grew up listening to county, bluegrass, gospel, and Delta blues – sang in church – played small clubs in Arkansas … who was that we were talking about???

    Love it! OK I’m all for Viva Kris!!

    But to be accurate Elvis did not grow up listening to bluegrass — bluegrass was developed in Kentucky in the mid-40’s and not heard in Mississippi until much later. Elvis was born in 1935 and grew up in Tupelo, MS listening to White Gospel Music, “hillbilly” music on his favorite radio program Mississippi Slim’s show on the Tupelo radio station WELO, and Blues — and Elvis heard a lot more than Mississippi Delta Blues, that is just one of the blue traditions that flourished in Mississippi at the time.

    And just a matter of state pride — Arkansas has almost nothing to do with the “Delta Blues” — the Delta Blues came from Mississippi and Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the Crossroads in Mississippi.

    Elvis was a brilliant musician whose celebrity and image overshadowed his musical accomplishment. Elvis created a new musical fusion, could not get radio airplay, had trouble getting signed to a major label but RCA Record took a chance on him, was accused of doing obscene TV performances, was a multi-genre artist and criticized for not focusing on one genre, had an encyclopedic knowledge of music, was hard to classify as a vocalist and musicologists are still debating if he was a bari or a tenor [compromise is high tenor], vocally described as “often brilliant” at the top [upper range], with the capacity for “full-voiced high Gs and As that an opera baritone might envy, was able to duplicate the open, hoarse, ecstatic, screaming, shouting, wailing, reckless sound of the black rhythm-and-blues and gospel singers,demonstrated a remarkable ability to assimilate many other vocal styles, had mostly female fans who found him “sexy’, was universally described as nice, was very loyal to his friends, like sharp close and enjoyed dressing up, was totally unique, and was one hell of a live performer. Sound like anyone we know. Who was that we were talking about???

    ….and she scoressssss :)

  • LoveContinuum

    I’m not wild about hearing the contestants butcher Elvis, but if anyone can give them guidance it’s Adam, who is an excellent pick for their mentor.

    1. It benefits him. (And that’s what is most important.) He’ll be able to help the contestants (and god knows, they need it)… have face-time with his original fan base… and remind those who are stuck in the 20th century that he’s a normal, down-to-earth guy with mad talent.

    2. It benefits Fox. I don’t expect to see a huge spike in ratings, but I have no doubt there will be a significant bump.

    3. It benefits his record company. It’ll give a nice sales bump.

    4. They have the opportunity to set the record straight about his accomplishments. I don’t think they’ll go into great detail (they won’t have time) but there may be a mention of all the gold and platinum certifications he’s racking up.

    5. Even the sour grapes types will tune in, if only to pick holes in every breath, gesture, and giggle (don’t you love his giggle?). But that’s ok… because on Wednesday night when he performs, they’ll be sitting with a mouth full of teeth. Deafening silence. Because love him or hate him, that boy can SANG.

  • Caden

    All accolades aside, Elvis was always frustrated that he could not sing the high notes in Unchained Melody.

  • wand3rful

    As that an opera baritone might envy, was able to duplicate the open, hoarse, ecstatic, screaming, shouting, wailing, reckless sound of the black rhythm-and-blues and gospel singers,demonstrated a remarkable ability to assimilate many other vocal styles, had mostly female fans who found him “sexy’, was universally described as nice, was very loyal to his friends, like sharp close and enjoyed dressing up, was totally unique, and was one hell of a live performer. Sound like anyone we know. Who was that we were talking about???

    Clay Aiken?

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Please let it be Songs From The Idols?! Pretty please!? It makes sense, it’s current, it spreads the idol love. Pleeeeeease.

    I second this.
    Yes,planet fierce they did. And Adam was wearing a green shirt.He was hot *overinvested*
    The theme is OK for me
    FOr the theme though,I think adam’s perfect
    Then again,I think he’s perfct at anything
    The idea of Kris or somebody mentoring Elvis week is hilaious
    poor Vancouver fans
    I just realized other than the finale this is gonna be the most Ive EVER seen him on tv–10 minutes! SQUEEEE!!!!!!!
    I can’t wait for Adammmmmmmmmm…,,,
    and those that can’t stand him,easy solution..don’t watch.Then,you can snark on Adam for not bringing in higher ratings.See,everybody wins :p

  • Q3

    That link on the story you posted about the A.M.A.s doesn’t work. But if I recall correctly, the segment on the A.M.A.s where Adam performed was actually one of the lowest-rated parts of the show. So while he occasionally will bring in better ratings, it’s certainly not guaranteed. As I’ve said before, if he was such a ratings bonanza, wouldn’t last year’s finale of AI been much higher rated? I think it was the lowest rated AI finale in the show’s history, wasn’t it? Next week’s shows may (and probably will) get slightly better ratings than this past week’s, but I would be really surprised if there is any kind of huge boost.

    I doubt that the ratings will go up substantially next week no matter what they do. The goal for Idol right now must be to stop the fall.

    Regarding the AMA’s the rating for the last 30 minutes [Adam’s segment] were down from the show’s peak but substantially higher then the previous year. Was that due to the large audience coming into the last half hour? Who knows. TV ratings are never based on one factor.

    Idol lost last week because it had stiff competition, it lacked a strong lead in, it didn’t have a strong show behind it, because the show is getting boring and the audience is tuning out, the judges are bad and boring, and because the have abused the audience in a million ways [for example: more product placements than NASCAR].

    IMO at the end of the day, Idol get ratings because people are interested in the competition drama — this rest of the stuff is just another variety show. If people loose interest in the competition drama then it is a real problem that no guest appearance will fix.

  • wand3rful

    But that’s ok… because on Wednesday night when he performs, they’ll be sitting with a mouth full of teeth. Deafening silence. Because love him or hate him, that boy can SANG.

    LOL, some people actually dont like the WAY he sings. so those mouths wont be necessarly shut. plus, lets not jinx the guy, he did mess up at the AMAs with bad vocals.

  • Kanadie Bonttell

    Elvis was a brilliant musician whose celebrity and image overshadowed his musical accomplishment. Elvis created a new musical fusion, could not get radio airplay, had trouble getting signed to a major label but RCA Record took a chance on him, was accused of doing obscene TV performances, was a multi-genre artist and criticized for not focusing on one genre, had an encyclopedic knowledge of music, was hard to classify as a vocalist and musicologists are still debating if he was a bari or a tenor [compromise is high tenor], vocally described as “often brilliant” at the top [upper range], with the capacity for “full-voiced high Gs and As that an opera baritone might envy, was able to duplicate the open, hoarse, ecstatic, screaming, shouting, wailing, reckless sound of the black rhythm-and-blues and gospel singers,demonstrated a remarkable ability to assimilate many other vocal styles, had mostly female fans who found him “sexy’, was universally described as nice, was very loyal to his friends, like sharp close and enjoyed dressing up, was totally unique, and was one hell of a live performer. Sound like anyone we know. Who was that we were talking about???

    Q3 – this is awesome!

  • wand3rful

    I doubt that the ratings will go up substantially next week no matter what they do.

    maybe they can sacrifice kara on the staircase :)

  • lorismile

    It feels like last year. Waiting for Tuesday to see what Adam will do.

  • pattycake

    Maybe he will put Big Mike’s face in his croutch

  • lorismile

    Interview with Adam in Vancouver. He gives a little mentoring advice…. not too shabby:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n14_yJsdFTQ

    I meant about telling the guy to try it a little lower.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    maybe they can sacrifice kara on the staircase

    HOLY SHIT YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!

    LMAO

    this is kinda o/t- I just got back from the library (I ran to the back to make sure now I knew saw me at the librarylol).I saw Adam’s RS for the 1sr time in RL! it was magical..haha :p

    So is the concert gonna happen tonightor not?

  • Planet Fierce

    luvadamlambert, what did you mean by poor vancouver fans?

  • Studio57

    Maybe he will put Big Mike’s face in his croutch

    Awww, sorry- someone beat you to that already. And also teaching Siobahn how to scream, and flirting with all the guys, and tonguing Lee, and doing their makeup.

  • pattycake

    Since two will get the boot next week, I hope its Katie and Adam. Yes, Adam. He is still getting pimped and he had his shot last year.

  • elrok

    And just a matter of state pride — Arkansas has almost nothing to do with the “Delta Blues” — the Delta Blues came from Mississippi and Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the Crossroads in Mississippi.

    Q3
    Thanks for the extensive history lesson. My little blurb wasn’t quite meant to be all inclusive. But before you claim Arkansas had little to do with Delta Blues, you might want to visit the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. Home of the Delta Blues Museum and the King Biscuit Time radio show – broadcasting Delta blues since 1941.

    And for the record, Elvis also listened to Black Gospel music around Tupelo. Hillbilly music is probably a better term than Bluegrass – we still play it in the Ozarks.

    I only meant to point out similarities in background and influences – not performance styles.If you’re comfortable claiming that Adam is the next Elvis – I certainly wouldn’t want to stand in your way.

  • Caden

    Q3:
    04/08/2010 at 6:58 pm

    Regarding the AMA’s the rating for the last 30 minutes [Adam’s segment] were down from the show’s peak but substantially higher then the previous year. Was that due to the large audience coming into the last half hour?

    If the last 30 minutes was down it could not have been due to the large audience coming into the last 30 minutes.

  • tiger92

    Maybe he will put Big Mike’s face in his croutch

    Awww, sorry- someone beat you to that already. And also teaching Siobahn how to scream, and flirting with all the guys, and tonguing Lee, and doing their makeup.

    Yep! I think dhunken gave the best response when people were making these types of comments last night:

    dhunken:
    Let me just say as a gay man……..We know how to be professional and don’t hit on every guy that walks by. OH and we walk and chew gum at the same time too…..not all of us like show tunes….. and many of us wear sweats and don’t know how to decorate….I personally can’t cut hair….. I just wanted to put that out there to squelch the stereotype that Adam will be a sex starved predator waiting to prance on the first guy he can. He is there to do a job. One I believe he will be stellar at doing. I hope this clears up some confusion.

  • Valentin432

    I love rock and classic rock but Elvis after The Beatles and The RS is a little overkill. I don’t mind because there’s a lot of great songs for the 9 contestants but I doubt they know them well enough to pick the right one.

    Despite all the arguments that I read on this thread, don’t see any similarities in vocal style or the type of music Adam and Elvis record, but I guess they don’t really care about bringing mentors relevant to the theme anymore.

    As for being an AI mentor not being a big deal, just because I like to repeat myself: Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Slash, Barry Gibb, Tommy Mottola, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Botticelli, Dolly Parton…
    These are some legendary recording artists or personalities and most of them didn’t have anything to promote.

    And say all you want about current artists they invited like Miley, JLo, Usher, Gwen Stefani, etc. They all sold more albums than any idol contestant ever.

    I think they are really pushing it by inviting Adam to be a mentor of a theme that doesn’t really has anything to do with him or his music but I guess that if it gives idol a ratings boost and FYE a sales boost, then It’s worth diminishing the standards of the show.

    Hey everyone, let’s backup to S8. Didn’t the top 10 go to Graceland?

    They visited motown records not Graceland.

  • luval

    They visited both Motown and Graceland

  • koshka

    They went to graceland during tour I believe

  • Valentin432

    They visited both Motown and Graceland

    Yes, you’re right I think I remember some photos but it wasn’t for top 10 week I guess and it wasn’t for any particular theme that year so I don’t really know why they went there in the first place.

  • luval

    The best part of the Vancouver interview was the snipet where he said he went for a jog! Has to build up his stamina for the tour. I really think at some point he’ll get a trainer if he hasn’t already. It’s hard work on that stage!

  • lorismile

    If Adam is friendly, smiles, and is nice to one of the guys, someone will be saying he’s flirting.

  • Studio57

    I know that Carly and Michael ended up on the cutting room floor last year when they mentored the idols, but does anyone remember people being so up in arms about it? I remember thinking it was a cool idea. I tried to look in the archives- maybe someone can give me the date when they appeared?

  • Caden

    Isn’t Idol Boot Camp a summer thing for 12 year olds? Mentoring there is a whole different thing.

  • Organic

    Well, I am very excited about this. I’m a huge Elvis fan and Adam reminds me so much of him. The charisma and magnetism Adam has is exactly what Elvis had. Elvis was a presence in a room, and it’s been said the same of Adam by those who know him. Not looking forward to his songs being butchered, but hoping Adam can help these kids to perform with confidence and a little swagger.

  • Mainegal

    pattycake:
    04/08/2010 at 7:16 pm
    Since two will get the boot next week, I hope its Katie and Adam. Yes, Adam. He is still getting pimped and he had his shot last year.

    what???? ..Adam is a mentor, not a contestant.

  • iluvai

    I love the Elvis ads on MJ’s. Such a handsome man! :)

    It’s great that Adam will be on AI next week, but it seems to me the point is promotion for Cirque de Soleil and “Viva Elvis”. With a bit of cross promo for Adam. I’m glad it worked out for Adam!

    I also thought S8 people went to both Motown and Graceland.

  • Planet Fierce

    Thanks luval.

    I think they are really pushing it by inviting Adam to be a mentor of a theme that doesn’t really has anything to do with him or his music but I guess that if it give idol a ratings boost and FYE a sales boost, than It’s worth diminishing the standards.

    Adam was runner up on the same show he is being asked to mentor…operating under the same standards now as he did when he was a contestant. He was expert as a contestant on Idol, at taking a song that we have heard a million times and making it new and fresh and HIS OWN. This is what the contestants are supposed to be doing with their Elvis song choice. Make the song their own and try to have a “moment” vocally. I don’t really care how many albums a mentor may have sold, they aren’t going to do any better job at this than Adam. He has 18 years in the business on stage singing, dancing, and entertaining LIVE. I think that alone qualifies him. Yes, he just started selling albums, but that is just another phase of his long standing musical career. That being said, look at how he is being accepted internationally, he’s a rising star, which is exactly what these S9 contestants aspire to be…..Adam is perfect for this. I am so excited to see this happen…it’s going to be awesome!!!

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “”I think they are really pushing it by inviting Adam to be a mentor of a theme that doesn’t really has anything to do with him or his music but I guess that if it gives idol a ratings boost and FYE a sales boost, then It’s worth diminishing the standards of the show.”””

    This show has standards? that lolz worthy to say the least. Its happening, he is going to be there no matter how much you hate it, Adam – not Carrie,Cook,Kris,Taylor – Adam, for now, maybe they will have the honor later but for now it is Adams and I cannot wait. Two days of Adam, once again, that is wonderful and I cannot wait. Idol was a platform for Adam to be heard on and he used it wisely and to his advantage.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    I was telling my hubby about next week being Elvis week. And he said isn’t that the week Adam is on. And I said yes,and he said at least he has the hair for it.

  • TwigLA

    If they’re going to Cirque du’Soleil, I’ll watch. Those shows are fantastic.

    Maybe they’re going to have Adam teach them how to add dancers and smoke and mirrors to their performances. Do it up Vegas style.

  • Studio57

    Tiger- I was going to post that vid but every time I play it ( and believe it or not, I play it almost every time siobahn sings on idol) my dog runs and hides under the counch. And he just did it again, lolol.

  • iluvai

    I was telling my hubby about next week being Elvis week. And he said isn’t that the week Adam is on. And I said yes,and he said at least he has the hair for it.

    That’s the cutest thing I’ve read in a while. I think your husband is right! :)

  • smeggingnuts

    PF
    Luv was talking about wind storms in Vancouver causing power outages. As of yet this hasn’t effected Adams conert tonight.

  • dcglam

    Top 10/Season 8 at Graceland……

    http://www.etonline.com/news/2009/07/76883/

  • Studio57

    Jamie Foxx was mentor on Rat Pack night. He played Ray Charles who was….not in the Rat Pack, lol.

    where was the outrage??????

    Did I mention Jamie Foxx is the king of autotune?

  • lorismile

    And I said yes,and he said at least he has the hair for it.

    He certainly does!!!

  • bridgeymah

    Hey this is Idol – they can connect anything to anything, kind of like the musical equivalent of six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Come to think of it… there must be way to connect Adam to Elvis. BRB gotta go work on that.

  • luval

    Love love love Adam’s hair…What I would give for a head of hair like that! Elvis hair!! Didn’t look like there was blue or other colors in it in that Vancouver interview. But he can put colored extensions in it. Am real curious as to what his look will be tonight and tomorrow and of course next week.

  • Studio57
  • Valentin432

    Jamie Foxx was mentor on Rat Pack night. He played Ray Charles who was….not in the Rat Pack, lol.

    where was the outrage??????

    Jamie Foxx:

    Eric Marlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), professionally known as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and R&B singer. As an actor, his work in the film Ray earned him the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a musical/comedy. He is also a Grammy Award winning musician, producing two albums which have charted highly on the Billboard 200: Unpredictable, which topped the chart, and Intuition.

    I think the Grammy award and Oscar puts him in the category of current celibrity that AI can’t really say no to.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I think the Grammy award and Oscar puts him in the category of current celibrity that AI can’t really say no to.

    I think you missed the point of their post.

  • TwigLA

    Maybe they can all go check out Kris performing in Vegas on Saturday.

    http://www.petapaloozalv.com/

  • Organic

    This group really looks beaten down. Makes me wonder what the producers are saying to them. Hell at this point, I just think they need a confidence boost, someone to say everything is going to be ok at the end. Be yourself and hang in there.

    koshka – I agree with this. And Adam is such a positive person that I’m hoping he can boost their confidence. I know that at least he won’t confuse them like the judges do every week.

  • Valentin432

    I think you missed the point of their post.

    I thought the post was about why they would invite Jamie Foxx to mentor a rat pack week.

    I believe they invited him because he’s a multi faceted talent that won major awards and had success in acting, singing and stand up comedy thus putting him in a category of current celibrities that can’t be really denied a spot on Idol.
    Don’t think you can really compare the achievements of Adam and Jamie Foxx

  • Organic

    Studio57:
    04/08/2010 at 12:23 pm
    How bout a little Elvis tribute?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWWB8-1wJJY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJzVLy6Wt6A

    I am also trying to find a couple of things. One is a clip of Pricilla Presley on one of those show like ET talking about how Elvis would have loved Adam and how much alike they were. Another is an old black and white interview after Elvis was banned from being filmed below the waste after he got in trouble for swiveling his hips. The similarities are uncanny.

    Thanks so much for this Studio57 !! Did I say how much I love Elvis!! Adam & Elvis – perfect combination to me. Here’s another good one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLqOxu2trh0&feature=related

  • iluvai

    Thanks so much for this Studio57 !! Did I say how much I love Elvis!! Adam & Elvis – perfect combination to me.

    Me too. I can’t wait for Tuesday.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I thought the post was about why they would invite Jamie Foxx to mentor a rat pack week.
    I believe they invited him because he’s a multi faceted talent that won major awards and had success in acting, singing and stand up comedy thus putting him in a category of current celibrities that can’t be really denied a spot on Idol.
    Don’t think you can really compare the achievements of Adam and Jamie Foxx

    So a Young Hollywood Award counts for nothing?

    :p

  • bean99

    I know that Carly and Michael ended up on the cutting room floor last year when they mentored the idols, but does anyone remember people being so up in arms about it? I remember thinking it was a cool idea. I tried to look in the archives- maybe someone can give me the date when they appeared?

    That was different because they were really just talking to the kids in Hollywood and not as mentors on performance night. I would have liked to have seen it but at least they made an appearance on the show. I have a problem with Adam being a mentor because there are so many others who have actually accomplished something since Idol. It’s too soon for anyone in season 8 to be a mentor. I could see someone like Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Carrie Underwood, or even Chris Daughtry doing it because they’ve done a lot of touring and had hit records as well as their idol experience. I’m very disappointed that the producers are doing this and will be the 1st episode this season that I’m not looking forward to.

  • KTINTN

    Season 5 did Elvis week as well & visited Graceland ..

  • sr4mjc

    t’s worth diminishing the standards.

    When were there standards? It’s a reality tv show. Standards went out when the Coke cups came in.

  • Valentin432

    When were there standards? It’s a reality tv show. Standards went out when the Coke cups came in.

    AI is the number one tv show in America for the past, I don’t know, 7 or 8 years, and television is the number one pastime in america.
    So IMO it has become a little mroe than a simple reality tv show, it’s part of american pop culture.

    Mentors on this show have been for the most part legendary personalities from the music industry/entertainment world, I don’t need to repeat the list of mentors a third time to make this point. Adam hasn’t achieved in any way shape or form the kind of success any of the previous mentors did. That’s what I mean by lowering the standards, I’m not questioning his talent, or his capacity to mentor contestants which I believe is nowhere near the top of the priorities for TPTB.

  • Teri63

    Mentors on this show have been for the most part legendary personalities from the music industry/entertainment world, I don’t need to repeat the list of mentors a third time to make this point. Adam hasn’t achieved in any way shape or form the kind of success any of the previous mentors did. That’s what I mean by lowering the standards, I’m not questioning his talent, or his capacity to mentor contestants which I believe is nowhere near the top of the priorities for TPTB.

    To me, a show is lowering its standards when, even after having all those esteemed mentors, it still begins slipping in the weekly ratings and makes absolutely no changes in an attempt to turn things back around.

  • aiam

    He was expert as a contestant on Idol, at taking a song that we have heard a million times and making it new and fresh and HIS OWN.

    Sounds like David Cook – who did this before Adam.

    I don’t really care how many albums a mentor may have sold, they aren’t going to do any better job at this than Adam. He has 18 years in the business on stage singing, dancing, and entertaining LIVE. I think that alone qualifies him. Yes, he just started selling albums, but that is just another phase of his long standing musical career. That being said, look at how he is being accepted internationally, he’s a rising star, which is exactly what these S9 contestants aspire to be…..Adam is perfect for this.

    Had anyone on this blog heard of him before idol? There are MANY people who have performed for 18 years or more on stage who will never be invited to mentor on idol. The reality is that he is being asked not based on his talent, but on the fact that he is tabloid fodder in the news.

  • http://MJO judes

    “This group really looks beaten down. Makes me wonder what the producers are saying to them. Hell at this point, I just think they need a confidence boost, someone to say everything is going to be ok at the end. Be yourself and hang in there.

    koshka – I agree with this. And Adam is such a positive person that I’m hoping he can boost their confidence. I know that at least he won’t confuse them like the judges do every week.

    See to me Adam is confusing . If he says just be yourself- then he would be saying to the idols “do as I say not as I do”- as Adam was not “being himself” the whole time he was on idol – as he has proved many times since!! So if he does go down this track – then I don’t think they can take him too seriously!!

    Oh & yes – to me there is a way I compare Adam & Elvis- neither of them I can look at whilst performing – just find it offputting the way both of them sing, although I have always liked Elvis’s music.

  • cwm

    For anyone interested in tonight’s Vancouver concert–

    twitter list for tonight: http://bit.ly/aXRigP 23 minutes ago via TweetDeck
    another twitter list for tonight: http://bit.ly/d337Vs 27 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    A pic: http://twitpic.com/1e7f2o
    http://twitpic.com/1e7g2i

    The concert started about 15-20 minutes ago.

  • lach1

    Adam mentoring is good Adam Lambert PR. AI is a popularity contest @ best the voting for the best talent has left the building.

    The AI’ers criticize every Pop artist who cross the AI stage. Autone(which I am not a fan) Pop(fan) & Rap(fan) dominate in sales. AI put these poor kids thru the ringer only to produce a Pop album after AI in the first place. ALLISON -FIBOU is a perfect example!!! Take a look @ BB Top 100 really what do you see.

    So yes Adam is perfect in playing the AI game, he played it well enough to reach the finals, then he did what he wanted to do, and really that’s what S9 needs help with right now, how to play the AI game b/c really after the show the record companies make the real decisions. That’s why many believe it’s better not to win ala Daughtry.

  • Lera

    You are all assuming that it is Elvis week when MJ in her post stated “The theme could be something else entirely.”

  • elrok

    Surely you are not suggesting that Kris is comparable to Elvis?

    I believe I’m saying that Kris Allen has more in common with Elvis than does Adam Lambert. Here’s a revised list.
    Born and raised in the South in a state bordering the Mississippi River. Influenced by Country music, bluegrass/hillbilly music, Gospel music(Black and White), Blues(primarily Delta), sang in churches, performed in small clubs in Arkansas when starting their music careers, played acoustic guitar and piano, most popular with young females, widely considered good-looking and sexy, both married in their twenties (to women), broad appeal across several genres (Kris is currently charting in 6 different Billboard charts), love to pick up a guitar or sit at the piano and jam with friends, exceptional talent for “connecting” with an audience, universally described as “nice” and “courteous”, and give consistently “great” live performances. There may be more, but that’s a start.

  • tiger92

    Born and raised in the South in a state bordering the Mississippi River. Influenced by Country music, bluegrass/hillbilly music, Gospel music(Black and White), Blues(primarily Delta), sang in churches, performed in small clubs in Arkansas when starting their music careers, played acoustic guitar and piano, most popular with young females, widely considered good-looking and sexy, both married in their twenties (to women), broad appeal across several genres (Kris is currently charting in 6 different Billboard charts), love to pick up a guitar or sit at the piano and jam with friends, exceptional talent for “connecting” with an audience, universally described as “nice” and “courteous”, and give consistently “great” live performances. There may be more, but that’s a start.

    Except for the “married” part, I guess Elvis is comparable to Timmy. LOL Elvis is almost Casey’s twin- because they were both married AND divorced. Andrew and Elvis are very much alike- they even have the same hair. Are people who are born in the South the only artists who can be compared with Elvis?

  • smeggingnuts

    broad appeal across several genres (Kris is currently charting in 6 different Billboard charts)

    Um not really the same thing.
    def: genre-a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music.

    I don’t think that you can separate HAC, AC, POP, CAC and oh I forget the other christian chart. Those are all variations of a genres of music. I can probably separate out the Christian charts from the contempary/pop chart though they play the same music just more selective of a larger group. But that is the content part so I ok with that. So that is 2 genres.
    Adam is also charting is 2 genres as well. The HAC/POP/AC and Dance charts.

    But most of what you are saying makes Kris Elvis like can alse be applied to Adam and alot of other artist.

    most popular with young females

    Not sure why you felt the need to say younger. But yes its true Adam has alot of fans in the US that are older. But if you watched any of the promo stuff from Australia, Singapore, Japan and the UK he attracts ALOT of younger audiances as well.

    widely considered good-looking and sexy

    Once again applies to Adam as well

    Influenced by Country music, bluegrass/hillbilly music, Gospel music(Black and White), Blues(primarily Delta)

    Adam was also influance by multiple genres music

    sang in churches

    Or perhaps musicals since he was 10

    performed in small clubs in Arkansas when starting their music careers

    Maybe not in Arkansas but boy howdy has Adam performed in small clubs. There is some great video on YT of that.

    both married in their twenties (to women)

    Not really sure why this is significate, or why (to women) was put in there. You could also say that Adam has more incommon cuz they both dye their hair black.

    love to pick up a guitar or sit at the piano and jam with friends, exceptional talent for “connecting” with an audience, universally described as “nice” and “courteous”, and give consistently “great” live performances. There may be more, but that’s a start

    Outside of the fact that yes Kris plays piano and guitar, both he and Adam have been describes as such as well.

    I am sure that anyone with time can find 1,000 varing things that Adam or Kris have incommon with Elvis. Hell I am sure I could find 1,000 things I have incommon with Elvis.

  • cookcricket

    “His voice is second to none,” Fuller says. “It’s up there with the all–time great singers I’ve come across. Many millions of people have already fallen in love with him.” This is a quote from Simon Fuller, about Adam, in an interview in Details mag. Simon Cowell said Adam has “it.” If Fuller feels this way about Adam, why is anyone surprised that they invited him to mentor???? The guy runs a multimillion dollar entertainment business, so maybe he knows something.

    I guess he knows how to spin and make things look better than they actually are. The bolded quote alone proves this since you know…the millions that have already fallen in love with him have made his album multi-platinum and all. TPTB are simply standing behind their OTT proclamations by having him be the mentor.

    As I said earlier, I think he’ll do fine. He certainly knew that Kris was/is on his level of talent albeit different. I think that fact bodes well for the better S9 contestants who already know who they are and can use some kind words and “I’ve been there, done that” pointers. That is, unless he’s completely bought into what the media says about him.

  • smeggingnuts

    So I had this most awesome thought about what they might do for his mentor package. What if they showed video and photos from his promo tour. Cuz we know that Lane was taking pictures like crazy and hopefully some unseen video footage.

  • zzatrms
  • smeggingnuts

    lol from Adam’s concert tonight

    Queen_of_Swords @adamlambert Brought a friend who had never seen U B4, and he said you reminded him so much of a young Elvis. Bet U never heard that B4, LOL

  • musikken

    <blockquoteSee to me Adam is confusing . If he says just be yourself- then he would be saying to the idols “do as I say not as I do”- as Adam was not “being himself” the whole time he was on idol – as he has proved many times since!! So if he does go down this track – then I don’t think they can take him too seriously!!

    I disagree. Adam was the version of himself that he needed to be to fit the arena with which he was working, but he was still Adam. We all have versions of ourselves that we tailor to our surroundings. You probably aren’t the same person with your best friend as you are with your boss, but that doesn’t have to mean you’re not yourself in either instance. This idea that to “be yourself” means you have to act the same at all times with all people is absurd.

  • smeggingnuts

    I disagree. Adam was the version of himself that he needed to be to fit the arena with which he was working, but he was still Adam. We all have versions of ourselves that we tailor to our surroundings. You probably aren’t the same person with your best friend as you are with your boss, but that doesn’t have to mean you’re not yourself in either instance. This idea that to “be yourself” means you have to act the same at all times with all people is absurd.

    ITA, if Adam wasn’t himself I am sure there would have been alot less accesories involved. lol

  • Lov3ly

    Just be honest, Adam chosen as mentor merely to raise the rating. I don’t know why he is so pampered by AI. Does he have paid his dues so that he deserves as a mentor? A mentor is someone whose success and has proved in his/her career that worth to be proud of and worthy of respect. Isn’t Adam is a guy who has just starting to build his career ? Ok, let’s see if he can prove that he can be a good mentor or this is just for the commercial sake

    Hopefully he does not give the advice to the contestants as to how to make a disgusting controversy like he did at AMA just to gain popularity. I don’t know if the tactic that Adam used to gain his popularity can be respected.

  • Q3

    I believe I’m saying that Kris Allen has more in common with Elvis than does Adam Lambert. Here’s a revised list.
    Born and raised in the South in a state bordering the Mississippi River. …..

    Elvis was raised in Tupelo, MS which is not on the Mississippi River — it is not in the Delta — it is in Northeast Mississippi’s hill country.

    On the bigger point….Kris and Adam have much more in common with each other than EITHER have with Elvis Presley. And that is a good thing because for all of Elvis fame and fortune, if you take the time to learn about his life, you would not wish it on anyone.

    Elvis was born and raised in poverty that no one on this thread can comprehend. He was born in 1935 and raised in the heart of the depression in the poorest county in the entire United States [We are no longer the poorest county in the US]. His family lived in slums, boarding houses and public housing. He grew up listening to “hillbilly” music [not bluegrass] and “race records” on the radio [spirituals, blues, and R&B.] Elvis loved Gospel and his favorite gospel was Jake Hess:

    Jake Hess: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoKI3KO1xD0

    Elvis also knew the blues — and adopted many blues vocal and musical techniques in his music. Many of his hit songs were written by and credited to black songwriters.

    Elvis was raised as a Pentecostal Christian but during the 1960s, Elvis explored exotic Eastern religions and experimented with drugs while reading Timothy Leary’s Psychedelic Experience. He was, by all accounts, an eccentric religious seeker with an insatiable intellectual and spiritual hunger for the mystical and supernatural.

    Kris and Adam were both raised in upper middle class suburbs in functional families. They had opportunities and experiences that Elvis never dreamed of. They both have been exposed to a world of music — far more that someone growing up in rural Mississippi could hear on broadcast radio.

    Looking at music, life experience, and almost everything except appearance, Adam and Elvis have little in common. However, there is one connection between Elvis and Adam that is unavoidable. Elvis was controversial — and it was more his overtly sexual performance style. From wiki:

    Presley expressed respect for African American performers and their music and disregard for the norms of segregation and racial prejudice then prevalent in the South. …The Memphis World, an African American newspaper, reported that Presley, “the rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon”, “cracked Memphis’s segregation laws” by attending the local amusement park on what was designated as its “colored night.” Such statements and actions led Presley to be generally hailed in the black community during the early days of his stardom. By contrast, many white adults, according to Billboard’s Arnold Shaw, “did not like him, and condemned him as depraved. Anti-negro prejudice doubtless figured in adult antagonism. Regardless of whether parents were aware of the Negro sexual origins of the phrase ‘rock ‘n’ roll’, Presley impressed them as the visual and aural embodiment of sex.”

    In the mid-50’s Elvis challenged by sexual attitudes and racial segregation, he refused to confirm to the existing social standards and he worked hard to shatter stereotypes. Elvis never set out to be an agent of change, he just wanted to perform and entertain people.

    Adam also did not set out to be an agent of change, he also just wanted to perform and entertain people.

  • iluvai

    Q3:

    Great post! Thanks for that! :)

  • Studio57

    So to sum up the thread:

    1. It was okay that Jamie Foxx had nothing whatsoever to do with the Rat Pack when he mentored that week because he won an Oscar.
    2. It was okay that Carly and Michael mentored the idols last year because it was never aired and instead called “boot camp”
    3. Kris Allen has more in common with Elvis because he is from the South, sang in church and was married TO A WOMAN! ( We’ll just forget about all the articles comparing Adam to Elvis, being considered too controversial for TV, and all those youtube and google images too).
    4. Adam has nothing in common with Elvis because he never sat on the back of a pickup truck and sang.( But there is a pic of him in overalls holding a pig- does that count for something?)
    5. David Cook invented the art of finding covers on the internet. ( Daughtry WHO?)

    Did I miss anything? ;)

  • sr4mjc

    Is TopIdol the only one with ‘confirmation’ of the theme? After all these comments, are we sure it’s Elvis?

  • uglyduck

    Studio57 can you add this

    – it was okay that Quentin Tarantino was a mentor eventhough he’s not even a singer.

  • Valentin432

    Did I miss anything? ;)

    Any convincing arguments that Adam compares to Jamie Foxx in terms of success in either acting, singing or stand up comedy.
    And no, google trend do not = oscars and grammys.

    2. It was okay that Carly and Michael mentored the idols last year because it was never aired and instead called “boot camp”

    Are you a fan of AI? Because trying to convince us that having a 30 second segment on a hollywood week episode (that wasn’t even sure to air) equals being a mentor during one theme week with the pimp package and interview with Seacrest is kind of ridiculous IMO.

    3. Kris Allen has more in common with Elvis because he is from the South, sang in church and was married TO A WOMAN! ( We’ll just forget about all the articles comparing Adam to Elvis, being considered too controversial for TV, and all those youtube and google images too).
    4. Adam has nothing in common with Elvis because he never sat on the back of a pickup truck and sang.( But there is a pic of him in overalls holding a pig- does that count for something?)

    I too think those arguments for Kris having things in comon with Elvis ridiculous, doesn’t make Adam mentoring any more relevant. There’s more to the music world than just Kris, Adam or the other AI alumnis.
    I’ve seen countless interviews with Adam where he talks about his musical influences, don’t remember even one where he says that Elvis has an important role, and it would be hard to find any in his music.
    At first I wasn’t opposed to Adam mentoring, it was a stretch but they could turn this week into a special theme like past AI alumnis, show tunes or David Bowie week (one can dream) it would still made some sense, I’m not so sure anymore.

    I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be happy for Adam, it’s definetly a great opportunity and shows once more that his label is 100% behind him, just not thrilled with what this means for the show.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    And Now? I’m just closing this thread for good. Some of you will also end up in moderation. Congrats!