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Adam Lambert talks ‘Glee,’ new music project, Freddie Mercury

 

Adam Lambert has a whole lot shaking with his career these days.

But first up: the 31-year-old American Idol standout is taking some care of business close to his heart. The Grammy nominee will perform at the 19th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish ball.

In its 18-year history, the event has raised more than $12.3 million, enough to grant wishes for 2,620 children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“I’ve been aware of Make-A-Wish for a long time and have granted a few wishes myself,” said Lambert by phone from Los Angeles. “I love the organization, it’s so hopeful. So I jumped at the chance.”

Not that it’s a hardship visiting Miami.

“I love, love it there,” he says. “First of all, the atmosphere, the vibe, the beautiful scenery. And the humidity. I don’t know — it keeps me moisturized! I always feel really rejuvenated when I’m there.”

Also rejuvenating Lambert is a guest spot on Glee, set to air Thursday. He plays an aspiring singer and says the cast welcomed him “with open arms.”

“They all know each other so well and the show so well that it’s like a family,” he explains. “They are all really talented, and I’ve gone through a lot of on-the-spot learning about being in front of the camera.”

Dreams do come true, even for Idol runner-ups. Lambert just collaborated on a song, called Lay Me Down with EDM hot stuff Swedish DJ Avicii.

And he’s performed with Queen, most recently at the iHeartRadio festival in LasVegas. Though he realizes the great Freddie Mercury can never be replaced.

“Freddie’s voice was like one in a million. He had so much power and range,” Lambert says of his own idol. “He made you feel what he was singing and that can never be matched. He’s inspired me a lot.”

Info: www.makeawishball.com. Tickets to the ball are sold out, but there is space at the after party, starting at $100. https://hotelballafterparty2013.eventbrite.com

Barely legal

Spotted around town after her concert at the BB&T Center: Selena Gomez. The 21-year-old was seen sporting a frisky zebra bikini and a new vertical tattoo on her thigh in a picture on her Instagram account. It’s some kind of writing, though unclear what. Maybe we don’t want to know.

Casting alert

A “major” Hollywood production company is searching for “vivacious and colorful Cuban/Jewban (Jewish Cubans) sisters in their 20s who have strong ties to their family and Cuban heritage.” A casting agent ominously told us, “We’re looking for the next Cuban Kardashians.” Those who are eager and willing should email cubanfamilyshow@gmail.com and explain why they fit the bill. Video clips are a plus.

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