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Adam Lambert to Judge 'American Idol' New York Auditions

The season-eight alum is filling in for Keith Urban, who's grieving the death of wife Nicole Kidman's father

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It wasn't all that long ago — the American Idol season-12 finale in 2013 to be exact — when Adam Lambert told The Hollywood Reporter how he would love to serve as a judge one day.

"Where do I sign?" he cracked on the red carpet. Now just over a year later, Lambert will get his chance filling in for Keith Urban at Wednesday's season-14 auditions being held in New York.

Lambert is stepping in due to unfortunate circumstances, as Urban is grieving with his wife, Nicole Kidman, who tragically lost her father, Dr. Antony Kidman, last week.

American Idol shared the news through the show's Twitter account  Sept. 15, writing, "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time."

Lambert is judging the callback auditions alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. He previously mentored the season-13 contestants alongside season-five alum Chris Daughtry.

Sept. 16, 1:11 p.m. Updated with the correction about the venue. 

Twitter: @MicheleAmabile, @Idol_Worship