Australian Idol: Adam Lambert Set to Join Judges Panel

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American Idol alum and Queen frontman Adam Lambert will reportedly join Australian Idol judges panel

Adam Lambert is set to join the revamped Australian Idol judging panel as Meghan Trainor takes a break to focus on her family after welcoming her second child.

According to Daily Mail Australia sources, pop singer Kylie Minogue will also join previously announced judges, Kyle Sandilands and Marcia Hines, replacing Amy Shark. There is no word whether former American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. will be returning to the panel. Ricki Lee Coulter and Scott Tweedie will return as hosts.

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Channel 7 rebooted Australian Idol after many seasons off the air. Season 8, the first since 2009, aired earlier this year. Royston Sagigi-Baira won the season, with Phoebe Stewart coming in second.

Adam teased: “You definitely will see me next year in Australia on television…”

Adam recently teased his return to Australian TV, telling Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie radio show on Monday, “You know, I’m not gonna I’m not going to spoil anything. But you definitely will see me next year in Australia on television. But that’s all I can say.”

The American Idol alum and Queen frontman appeared on an Australian talent show previously when he served as a judge and mentor on X Factor back in 2016. He mentored the eventual winner, Isaiah Firebrace as part of the Boys group.

The singer has made several appearances on American Idol since his 2009 run, as a performer, mentor and guest judge. He served as a panelist on the E! competition, Clash of the Cover Bands in 2021 and on the ITV competition Starstruck for two seasons. He also guested as mentor/judge on the X Factor UK in 2016 and RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2014.

Recently, Australian Idol announced a format change. The upper age limit has been lifted from 28 to 30, while the lower limit will remain at age 15. Hopeful contestants vying for a spot on Australian Idol 2024 will need to keep their schedules free for a minimum period of 40 days between September 1 and March 31. The series will air early next year.

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