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'American Idol' 13: Adam Lambert mentors the Top 31

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For your entertainment, Adam Lambert returned to "American Idol" for Season 13, taking part in The Randy Jackson Workshop and lending his knowledge and experience in the music industry to help the 31 remaining hopefuls in this season's batch of contestants. Along with Chris Daughtry, Lambert helped critique and mold the latest group of "Idol" semi-finalists, hoping to give them that extra edge needed to convince the judges they were ready for the live shows. He says the fundamentals "boot camp" is something the show has needed.

"I think this Randy Jackson Workshop is… it's high time something like this came around for this show," Lambert said in a behind-the-scenes interview posted to YouTube Feb. 18. This gives all of the contestants and advantage on the first round, so they're as prepared as they possibly can be. They're ready mentally. They're ready with their song. They're ready on stage. "

For those who watched the show on Tuesday evening, where the Top 10 girls were named one-by-one, Adam Lambert's prediction of preparedness may have been a bit premature. But it wasn't for lack of trying. And Lambert and Daughtry may not have foreseen the adrenaline-charged excitement and the introduction run to the stage before each contestant was required to launch into their chosen song. It made for a nerves-distorting, somewhat breathless set of performances for most of the young women.

Not that those same girls weren't ready to perform. They were. But when nervous anticipation, pent-up anxiety, and sudden relief all make a power play on one's emotions at the same time that surprise and joy hitch a ride on a runaway bloodstream and overloading minds trying to be as professional as possible, the results sometimes may not present as planned.

"I think when they hit the stage for the first episode -- this week -- will really show. I think this round of contestants are really gonna wow America this year. Right away. First week."

The Season 8 runner-up was partially correct. On Tuesday night, nearly all the Top 10 girls gained control of their emotions and at least part-way through their songs. A few, like Jena Irene and Emily Piriz and Majesty Rose, seemed to take the advice of their particular mentor and their coaches to heart, giving excellent performances.

Majesty Rose's number, Pharrell Williams' "Happy," was a rousing success in more ways than one. Not only was she mentored by Adam Lambert, her all-time favorite "Idol" finalist, but she was the first of the Top 10 girls to hit the stage -- a brand new stage and set that seems a bit more enclosed, the audience -- and the "American Idol" judges -- quite a bit closer to the singer. Rose's poise and presence was noticeable as she delivered a well-defined acoustic rendition of the song from the "Despicable Me 2" Soundtrack.

The Top 10 guys will be announced and will perform on Wednesday night's show. Hopefully, they will learn from the girls' performances to take their time getting to the stage, perhaps also giving themselves just enough time to gain a little control over that whirlwind of emotions by which they'll be assaulted once their names are called.

Back in 2009, Adam Lambert made it to the "American Idol" Season 8 finale without the Randy Jackson Workshop, losing the title to Kris Allen (who also made it without the benefit of a fundamentals boot camp experience). He has become not only one of the most memorable "Idol" contestants in history but a successful recording star in his own right as well. His sophomore album, "Trespassing," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. His first release, "For Your Entertainment," has sold nearly a million copies in the United States alone. His Top 10 Hot 100 song, "Whataya Want From Me," which appeared on the debut release, was nominated for a Grammy.


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