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'American Idol': Adam Lambert, James Durbin, Daughtry Among Alums Slated to Perform This Season (Exclusive)

Joining the trifecta of rockers on the season 11 schedule: last year's runner-up and newly minted country star Lauren Alaina.

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In a tradition that goes back almost as long as American Idol has been on the air, several fan favorites from seasons past will perform on the show this year as a new group of hopefuls look on and marvel at their potential future. 

Among the alums slated to appear are season 8's Adam Lambert, season 10 runner-up and newly minted country star Lauren Alaina and fourth place finalist James Durbin and season 5's Chris Daughtry, who will debut his new single from the album Break The Spell, "Outta My Head," on the March 15 episode.

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Other than Daughtry, no word yet on dates or specific songs but each of the beloved Idol grads have albums to promote -- Alaina is still working her debut, Wildflower, which has sold 248,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan; Durbin's Memories of a Beautiful Disaster is also performing well, having moved 92,000 albums since its November release. 

Lambert is gearing up for his highly anticipated second album, Trespassing, currently slated for a Spring release.

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Which alum are you most excited about and who else from Idol past should make a return visit? Let us know below.

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