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'American Idol': Alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry to Return as Mentors

The former finalists will appear on the Fox show for the new Randy Jackson "Boot Camp" phase.

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The live shows on American Idol are inching closer, but before the top contestants go before an audience, they have to get through a new competition phase called Randy Jackson’s "Boot Camp." Helping with the crash course in pop stardom? Two exciting camp counselors: season eight’s Adam Lambert and season five’s Chris Daughtry.

The shows will air beginning Feb. 18 for a special three-night run, according to Daughtry, who tweeted the reveal. Daughtry first let the cat out of the bag with a picture of the two that included a simple message: “Hanging with @Adamlambert at the #idol workshop. Glad to be back! Stay tuned...”

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As previously reported, Jackson, a judge for 12 seasons on the Fox series, will return to the show as a mentor during the live shows.

Jackson's “Boot Camp” will be a two-day workshop designed to allow America “to get to know the contestants before they vote for the first time,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter last month.

Asked if having a greater alumni presence is part of the plan for season 13, new executive producers Den of Thieves, comprised of Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager, told THR in January, "We’re always open to that -- we collectively love the idea of bring previous Idols back to the show.

Twitter: @MicheleAmabile