With so much uncertainty at the "American Idol" judges table for the series' upcoming 12th season, one former star of the show, pop maverick Adam Lambert, has been floated out as a replacement for any the (possibly) departing current judges. And Lambert certainly isn't opposed to at least considering the opportunity.
The return of Jennifer Lopez for a third season as an "Idol" judge is not looking likely, according to E!, and the futures of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and "Idol" mainstay Randy Jackson are also up in the air. Executives have reportedly been mulling Lambert as a possible replacement for over a month, but, according to a statement released by Lambert on Monday (July 9), a formal conversation has not yet happened.
"Idol has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the Idol stage play a big part in my career," says Lambert. "IF Idol wants to talk to me about Judging, I'd be more than flattered to have that conversation."
After finishing in second place on the eighth season of "Idol" in 2009, Lambert has turned into a breakout solo star: his second studio album, "Trespassing," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in May, and later this week the singer is performing a string of headlining dates at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. If he were to accept a seat at the judges table, the 30-year-old would become the first "Idol" alum to return to the show as a judge.
In a live Q&A with Billboard.com in May, the openly gay singer discussed his desire to challenge the conventions of a pop artist. "Artists are supposed to be individual … to challenge people and make (them) think," he said. "Artists aren't always supposed to have everybody like everything they do. That's part of it." Click here to watch the full Q&A.