American Idol Then & Now

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    In his early days of high school musical theater, there was no sign of the dark hair and "guyliner."

    He's about to compete in the finals on American Idol, but we have pictures of him when he first started his entertainment career, on the stage at Mt. Carmel High School.

    The "Idol" front-runner performed a brief set for adoring fans and screaming teenagers at Mount Carmel High School Friday, May 8.

    His legacy at the school includes more than a few performances with the drama club. These pictures are from the March 1998 performance of "Music Man." Lambert, who was a high school junior at the time, played Marcellus Washburn, the friend of Prof. Harold Hill, in the classic musical. As part of the performance, Lambert sang "Shipoopi."

    We're told Lambert was the understudy for the starring role. The student who nabbed the role of Harold Hill is as far away from "American Idol" as you can get, studying law.

    Lambert joins a few famous alumni from Mt. Carmel High School including Blaine Cotter from "The Biggest Loser" and Eric Chavez who plays professional baseball with the Oakland A's.