Adam Lambert returned to where it all began for him and made a lasting impression. The “American Idol” alum returned to the show’s stage and debuted his newest single “Welcome to the Show.”
Lambert opened Thursday’s “American Idol” show with a stunning rendition of “Mad World” and went back to the stage again during the second half to perform his latest single.
Entertainment Online notes that Lambert nearly took away all the attention from the current “American Idol” contestants with his stunning performances.
Aside from Adam’s compelling performance, fans couldn’t help but notice the other powerhouse voice in the song.
The electronic-tinged song partnered with an emotional lyric is part of Lambert’s studio album “The Original High,” which became available last summer.
Speaking to Billboard earlier, the 34-year-old singer teased that the song will give people strength to be exactly who they are. Earlier this week, he also released a short video clip of himself singing a snippet of the song.
The lady who joined Lambert on stage was Laleh Pourakim, a Swedish singer-songwriter who helped Lambert write his single. ET notes that Pourakim’s retro-futuristic style and dominant stage presence brought another force to Lambert’s performance.
After their duet, Lambert couldn’t help but credit her singing partner telling the audience that Laleh is an incredible singer and that they met through her friend in Sweden.
He obviously couldn’t contain his excitement after performing the song as it was the first time that he and Laleh performed the song live and on stage.
After his performance on the FOX singing competition, “Welcome to the Show” was immediately available on streaming services for purchase.
The reality singing competition is currently in its 15th and final season with Ryan Seacrest continuing his hosting duties and judges from Season 14 Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban making comebacks as well.
Lambert, who was the runner-up in the competition’s 8th season, is the second alum to perform and be a guest judge for the season.
Lambert lost to Kris Allen back in 2009 and became one of the most successful non-winners in the history of the show, along with Jennifer Hudson and Daughtry.
Since his stint on the Fox singing competition, Adam has released three studio albums, with last year’s “The Original High” peaking at No. 3 on Billboard charts.
He also collaborated with rock band Queen as lead vocalist since 2011, culminating in a successful worldwide tour from 2014-2015.
Other “American Idol” alums who returned was the very first show winner, Kelly Clarkson, who returned to be a guest judge earlier in the season and made a stellar performance of her single “Piece by Piece.”
It is expected that more alums will be returning to the “American Idol” stage now that there are only five contestants remaining in the competition.
It remains to be seen if Adam will be at the “American Idol” farewell season finale next month as he is currently in the middle of his “The Original High” world tour as part of his album’s promotion.
“American Idol” is expected to close its stage on April 7 and it is expected that the three original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson will be making an appearance.
Speaking of “American Idol” contestants, finalist Trent Harmon delivered an emotional rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”
Harmon used the soulful song to show off his vocal range and even hit an impressively high register and got the thumbs up of judge Harry Connick Jr.
His performance even made judge Jennifer Lopez teary eyed and said that a performance like that is what makes her sad that “American Idol” is ending.
Connick even offered that Harmon and Lambert should do a duet to which Harmon replied that it would be really crazy, but a dream come true.