Has Adam Lambert Fever Killed 'American Idol' Competition?

"Last year he picked David Cook," MJ said. "He loved Fantasia and Carrie Underwood; he beat the drum for them all the way through."

It's no accident. Lambert clearly has the charisma and talent to do the "American Idol" title proud. No matter what viewers/voters think, if the show's judges and producers are confident Lambert will sell records once he scores his prize -- a contract with "Idol" affiliated label 19 Entertainment -- it's in their best interests to throw all their support behind him.

"They have an idea of who they want," MJ said. "It makes them look smart to pick the winner ahead of time."

Reporting contributed by ABC News Radio's Andrea Dresdale.

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