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Adam Lambert likes what is happening these days on American Idol

Season 8 runner-up returns this week as mentor and says 'show is doing a really good job this year of revamping'
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Adam Lambert may not have won the American Idol crown but the season 8 runner-up returns to the show this week a superstar.

The Grammy nominee, the first openly gay artist to ever have an album reach the number one spot on the Billboard sales charts, likes what is happening to the singing competition this season.

'I think the show is doing a really good job this year of kind of revamping a little bit and keeping up with the times,' Lambert says.

This week's episodes have the field narrowed down to semifinalists who will be going through a boot camp to help with styling, stage presence and other performance tips.

'I think this round of contestants is really going to wow America,' Lambert says.

Lambert joins former judge Randy Jackson - he is now the show's mentor - and fellow former contender Chris Daughtry at the boot camp this week.

'I sat with the producers and they have all these new ideas and they are really exciting ideas,' Lambert says.

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