Adam Lambert Predicts Crystal Bowersox Will Win 'American Idol'

'I like her anti-establishment rebelliousness,' the 'American Idol' runner-up says of MamaSox.

Back in April, after a mentoring gig on [url id="http://www.mtv.com/news/topic/american_idol/index.jhtml"]"American Idol"[/url] had people buzzing that he should replace Simon Cowell behind the judges' table next season, Adam Lambert revealedto MTV News which contestants he thought the most promising: Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, Lee DeWyze and Michael Lynche.

[T]hose four really stand out as authentic, pure, amazing vocals," Lambert said at the time.

A month later, with Big Mike now out of the picture and Bowersox, James and DeWyze comprising this season's top three, Lambert has come out in support of Bowersox to win the competition.

"If I had to pick one out of those three, I'd probably lean more toward Crystal at this point," he told us. "I like her anti-establishment rebelliousness."

In that choice, he's echoing the consensus opinion that this season is Bowersox's to lose. But, in fact, Lambert hasn't had a chance to see what's been going down on "Idol" in recent weeks. After a short, Icelandic volcano-induced delay in his travel plans, the season eight runner-up jetted off to Europe, where he performed in England, Holland and Finland. "I've been gone," he said. "I haven't been able to watch it."

Though he singled out MamaSox for special recognition, Lambert made sure to pay respects to all the remaining contestants, who face off again on Tuesday night (May 18), after enjoying hometown visits late last week. "All three of them are excellent singers," he said. "They're all really organic and kind of authentic in what they do. They're all likeable. They were all really nice when I met them on set."

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