Kimberley Locke Defends Adam Lambert as Idol Mentor

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Kimberley Locke came in third place on second season of American Idol (behind Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard). Since then, she's appeared on Celebrity Fit Club, and released a new single, Strobe Light, a collaboration with Randy Jackson, on April 6.

I am excited they allowed a past Idol — Adam Lambert — to come back and mentor, especially so soon after his run last season. I loved his honesty. Job well done!

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The contestants had a challenge making Elvis songs their own this week. He has great, memorable, fun songs that resonate with the audience, but they're so familiar. Some of the contestants did this, some didn't.

I love that Siobhan stood up for herself to the judges because she is not a cookie-cut singer who fits perfectly into the genre. She can sing whatever you present her with in her own way and I think that is amazing.

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I am so happy that Big Mike got saved last week, and I think he stole back the hearts of America. I find myself so engaged in his performances. He shows his soul, and that's what I like in a singer.

My top three performances of Tuesday night: Big Mike, Lee and Crystal. But at this point in the competition, I feel that it's still anybody's game. I have my favorites, but I think that on any given week, the playing field could shift and I could have a new favorite. That's the beauty of the show — if you make it to the next week, you get another chance to blow us away!

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