Credit: Michael Becker/FOX Broadcasting Co. Photo: Out: Adam Lambert — American Idol Season 8

What do you think about former runner-up Adam Lambert on the American Idol 2014 judges panel? Well, we love the idea about as much as he does! In a press interview after the American Idol 2013 finale, Adam said he’d be thrilled to sign up as a judge for Season 13 — if he’s invited!

Are you going to be a judge on the show?

You tell me. I don’t know. I wish I had that information. I don’t know.

Would you consider that?

Dude if they called me, “I’d be like yeah. Where do I sign?” It would be very cool. It would be exciting. It would be a really cool opportunity to help people coming into the show and to help them keep their vision focused. Because it does become overwhelming when you get in there and there’s so many people telling you what they think you should do and your family, the producer, the judges, and all the other contestants that might be screwing with your head. I think it might be nice as a judge to help people stay focused. It gets crazy and to help them reach their dreams. It would be such a reward.

What are you working on now?

I am working on music. I’m back in the studio, feeling it out, seeing what works, seeing what flips the lid. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling this year. I went overseas — both seas and I sang with Queen this year so I’ve had a lot to inspire me… met a lot of new fans in different countries. I feel like there’s a lot of ideas so getting in the studio and putting them down.

What was it like having Idol as a platform and how has it helped you with your career?

I mean it’s definitely like a boot camp. You get up there every week and they work you to the bone. You have a lot to do and all sorts of things that train you. You’re in the studio…that was training for me.. really working fast and getting your ideas out. Doing all the on camera stuff – the commercials, all the interviews and that stuff that I hadn’t really done before so that is a skill within itself. And of course, being on stage in front of a big audience, millions of people behind the cameras, getting used to your nerves and how to conquer those…that’s a trip. So yeah it sets you up for a lot. It prepares you and I think it does a really good job.

How was the whole Queen experience?

Queen was awesome! I had so much fun. I couldn’t believe they asked me first of all. I was like, “Me. You want me to do it? Really?” And I was really flattered and terrified because I thought there is no one else but Freddie Mercury. No one else can compare and I thought, “Oh God everybody’s gonna hate me because I’m try to do what Freddie did” and when I went in the first rehearsal with Roger and Brian, they immediately made me feel really comfortable and they reassured me and I thought, “OK I can do this and I’m going to try to honor his memory and the legacy that he left behind as a lead singer and as the most amazing vocalist in the world” and I had a blast. It was really fun.

Do you see it happening again?

I don’t know. It might. I mean we definitely stay in touch. We had a great time and we’ve left it very open ended. I email with Brian and Roger and we say “Hello” and “Happy Birthday” and “Merry Christmas” and reminisce about our amazing summer last summer — the shows that we did in Europe and yeah. I mean something could happen in the future.

Are there any collaborators you can talk about on the new album?

I can’t even talk about the new album. All I can talk about is that I’m recording. That’s all I can say. I learned my lesson last time. I’m keeping it all under wraps.

Do you have any plans to return to Broadway?

Maybe. I don’t have anything planned. I have a lot of friends that work on Broadway. I love that community so much. It’s definitely where I came up and it was early family for me. I’m going back to New York in a couple of weeks. I’m going to catch some shows that friends are in and I don’t know. If the right thing came along at the right time and it was a project that made sense yeah maybe.

What would your ideal role be?

I don’t know something edgy, something kind of weird and out there. Why not?