Adam Lambert Gives Laser-Soaked Performance on 'Idol'

Ă…dam Lambert performs "Whataya Want from Me" on "American Idol."

Adam Lambert was a great "American Idol" mentor this week, but he was an even better performer. The glam-pop singer took a cue from arena Brit-rockers Muse for his big return to "Idol" Wednesday night, putting on a laser-soaked performance of his current single, "Whataya Want from Me."

Video: Adam Lambert Sings 'Whataya Want from Me' on 'Idol'

Through a haze of green smoke and lights, Lambert brought the drama like none of this season's "Idol" contestants -- and probably none before him -- could. He prowled around the Kodak Theatre stage and belted out his glory notes, eliciting giddy screams from the crowd and no doubt people watching from home. Even if Lambert wasn't your favorite "Idol" contestant last year, his performance couldn't help but trigger memories the good old days of season 8 -- and make it pretty clear why this year's batch of contestants pales in comparison.

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