Adam Lambert joining 'Glee' season 5, Ryan Murphy says (Poll)
Adam Lambert will join the FOX musical series "Glee" this fall, co-creator Ryan Murphy says, adding that the glam rocker and "American Idol" alum is "super talented."
The news comes weeks after TVLine reported that original stars Amber Riley (Mercedes), Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike) won't return as regulars for the upcoming fifth season, marking another casting shakeup following several years of declining ratings.
"I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of 'Glee' this fall," Murphy said on Twitter late on Wednesday.
He did not reveal details about Lambert's role. The singer has not commented about the casting.
Lambert, who has more than 2 million Twitter followers, has no official TV or movie acting experience, although he did play himself on an episode of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" last year.
He rose to fame as a glam rocker after finishing in second place on season 8 of "American Idol," which also airs on FOX. In May, he said backstage at the season 12 finale that he was open to the idea of becoming a judge on the show, whose ratings have dropped over the past few years.
"Dude, if they called me, I'd be like, 'Yeah, sign me up. Where do I sign?'" he said.(Check out a VIDEO of Adam Lambert speaking after the "American Idol" season 12 finale.)
Last summer, he performed with legendary rock band Queen. He also has theatre experience -- Lambert starred in a Los Angeles production of "Wicked," now one of the most popular Broadway shows, as well as the musicals "Hair" and "The Ten Commandments: The Musical," which also starred Val Kilmer.
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