Adam Lambert ditches the eurodance vibes that made “Ghost Town” a smash for more subdued, mid-tempo balladry on his new single, “Welcome to the Show.”
The song, Lambert’s first original release since dropping his third LP, 2015’s The Original High, features vocals from singer Laleh, who co-wrote the standout track “Lost and Found” from Ellie Goulding’s latest album, Delirium. “I wrote this song with Laleh that’s probably the most empowering song I’ve done as a woman. When I listen to it, I feel invincible,” Goulding said during an interview last year.
“Welcome to the Show” similarly touches on themes of self-empowerment, with Lambert belting, “I’m gonna let them stare/ They feel like me out there/ So welcome to the show/ Bring on all the lights/ Let it shine on you/ We’re together here tonight” over electronic whirs and a pulsing drum.
Lambert is set to return to the show that introduced him to the world, with a scheduled performance of “Welcome to the Show” airing on Fox’s American Idol at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
Hear Lambert’s full duet with Laleh on “Welcome to the Show” below.