Adam Lambert Picks His 'American Idol' Favorites, Plans Another Visit

'I hope to come back for the finale,' he tells MTV News.

After spending a week as a guest mentor on "American Idol," Adam Lambert learned a few things about this year's crop of contestants. First and foremost, he wasn't all that shocked to see Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia get the boot after the pair turned in "sleepy" performances.

"You know, I think at this point in the competition, it comes down to 'Do you want to be there, or do you not want to be there?' " Lambert told MTV News on the red carpet of the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles. "You've got to step it up, get some caffeine going. They were a little sleepy."

Secondly, he already has a favorite to win the season-nine crown — or, more specifically, four favorites. He also thinks everyone should start packing lasers, like he did for his performance of "Whataya Want From Me" on "Idol."

"There's some amazing voices this year. I think Crystal [Bowersox], Casey [James], Lee [Dewyze] and Michael [Lynche], for me, those four really stand out as authentic, pure, amazing vocals," he said. "But everyone was really sweet and really friendly and really receptive. I had a great time mentoring, and I had a really good time putting on my laser show. I got lasers! I was so excited. I was like a little kid."

And since he had such a great time on the show, Lambert said he hopes he can make another appearance during the season-nine finale. He wanted to show up for this week's "Idol Gives Back" event, but his schedule won't allow it.

"I hope to come back for the finale. Unfortunately, I'm going to be gone for 'Idol Gives Back,' " he said. "I leave this Sunday. I'm going to be in Europe for three weeks, promoting my album. ... It comes out in the U.K. at the end of the month, and I'm so excited to see how it does over there."

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