Orianthi Talks Comparisons Between Adam Lambert And Michael Jackson

'He's got that showmanship thing,' Lambert tourmate and onetime MJ guitarist tells MTV News.

Among his most dedicated fans — the Super Glamberts of the world — [artist id="3188063"]Adam Lambert[/artist] is readily referred to as the second coming of [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist]. This has a whole lot to do with his style, showmanship and the fact that he covered MJ's "Black or White" during his run on "American Idol." To most of us, it's a comparison that raises eyebrows, but it might not be as off-base as you'd think.

At least not according to singer/guitarist Orianthi. She can see the similarities between the two, and she would know better than anyone. After all, she's about the only artist we can think of who's worked with both Jackson and Lambert — as a guitarist on the late King of Pop's planned This Is It concert series at London's O2 arena and the opening act on Lambert's current Glam Nation Tour.

So when MTV News spoke to the Australian-born guitar goddess before Lambert's two-night Glam Nation stand in New York, we asked her about those comparisons, and this is what she had to say:

"Adam's amazing, he really is. He's got that showmanship thing; he's a real entertainer. And that's what Michael was — he was an incredible entertainer. He's an amazing artist, and it's great to be on this tour with him."

While traveling as a part of Lambert's road show has been rather thrilling, when pressed, Orianthi will admit that it sort of pales in comparison to her experience of working with Michael Jackson. After all, that truly was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And while Lambert is great, he hasn't reached MJ's legendary status just yet.

"Getting to work with him for the three months I did was amazing," she said of Jackson. "He had such spirit. When he walked in the room, he just had this great presence about him and encouraging, really sweet. [He is] definitely very missed."

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MTV will be remembering the life and music of Michael Jackson all weekend. Don't miss the one-hour special "Michael Jackson's Influence on Music," airing Friday at 6:30 p.m. on MTV.