Adam Lambert to mentor "American Idol" finalists

Wed Apr 7, 2010 1:27am EDT
 
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By Monica Herrera

NEW YORK (Billboard) - "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert will mentor the show's current crop of contestants next Tuesday, and will perform his single "Whataya Want from Me" on the following night's results show.

"It's true!" the glam-pop singer wrote on his Twitter page Tuesday. "In addition to performing on Idol April 14th, I will be mentoring the top 8 on the 13th. I feel honored to be asked."

While the theme for next week's performance show has not yet been announced, Tuesday's top nine contestants tackled the John Lennon/Paul McCartney songbook.

Though "American Idol" mentors typically have decades of success under their belts, the show has been using younger artists this season. Miley Cyrus and Usher mentored the contestants through their Billboard No. 1s and R&B/soul-themed performances, while Katy Perry, Joe Jonas and Avril Lavigne served as guest judges during the early audition rounds.

Lambert was confident that he would have useful advice for those hoping to follow in his footsteps. "Even though I'm just at the start of my recording career, I hope to lend some insight as one who's been thru the Idol adventure." Lambert said on Twitter. "Excited!!"

Lambert also announced that he will release a new EP containing remixes of his first two singles -- "For Your Entertainment" and "Whataya Want from Me" -- and a third track from his debut album entitled "Voodo." The "Remixes" EP will be released on Lambert's Web site adamofficial.com on Friday and to digital retailers next Tuesday.

Evidently alluding to his controversial performance at the American Music Awards last November, when the openly gay singer kissed a male keyboardist, Lambert promised fans he would keep next week's "Idol" appearance PG-rated. "Don't worry America," Lambert tweeted. "I will be beyond family friendly. Relax and enjoy. For Your Entertainment."