'American Idol' mag: Susan Lucci's fave is Adam Lambert, Miley Cyrus' is Allison Iraheta

american-idol-mag-cover-320.jpgThe "American Idol" magazine is back on newsstands Friday, March 26 and it is chock full o' backstage pictures and dish.

The magazine is returning after a three-season hiatus.

"We decided to take a break after the last magazine because we just didn't have the bandwidth and wanted to concentrate our efforts on other areas of licensing and producing the TV show," Fremantle Media tells Zap2it

"Now we are in a better position internally and also have found a great partner in Soap Opera Digest who can carry out our vision of the magazine so it's perfect timing to bring this product back."

Among the great new features include asking the season 9 Idols who their inspirations are:
Crystal Bowersox
: Melissa Ethridge, Janis Joplin, Ray LaMontagne, Bobby May, Frankie May, Brian Walker and Ray Charles.

Siobhan Magnus
: Hanson, Hole and anything that comes from the heart

Michael Lynche: Maxwell, Al Green, Lauryn Hill

Casey James
: Anything real

Other famous stars were asked who their all-time favorite Idols are.

Miley Cyrus: Allison Iraheta

Susan Lucci: Adam Lambert, he's a born entertainer, comfortable in his own skin at an early age.

Gavin DeGraw
: General Larry Platt

There is also a section that includes classic Simon Cowell quips and insults. The magazine will have four issues this season. Our buddy Shirley Halperin at the LA Times contributed to this first issue, on newsstands March 26.

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Photo credit: American Idol Magazine