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Adam Lambert to Return to 'American Idol' on May 17

May 1, 2012 (2:18 am) GMT
The 2009 runner-up of 'Idol' will perform 'Never Close Our Eyes', a latest single from his upcoming album 'Trespassing'.

confirms an upcoming performance on "". The runner-up of season 8 is set to return to the singing competition, which helped launch his singing career, on May 17, just a week before the grand finale.

The singer will perform the second single from his second studio album "", which is due in the U.S. on May 15. He wrote on Twitter, "Exciting news! I will be returning to American Idol on May 17 to perform my new single 'Never Close Our Eyes'!"

Lambert picked and Joshua Ledet as his favorites this season. Though so, he praised all the contestants as tweeting, "The talent IS really good this year. They all have great chops. It will be interesting to see who can make the tricky transition to radio."

This week, the five remaining "Idol" participants, Jessica, Joshua, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine and are required to cover British music. and will visit the show as musical guests on the elimination night.

Lambert and Underwood follow other "Idol" alums like , , Stefano Langone, , , and who have returned to the show earlier this season.

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