Several former contestants will return to ABC’s “American Idol” for season 20 as Hollywood Week mentors.
Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, Ruben Studdard, Chayce Beckham, Lee DeWyze and Haley Reinhart will each return to the show that helped launch their careers. Each of the former contestants announced their engagement on social media.
During Hollywood Week, contestants compete in two challenges: the Genre Challenge and the Duet Challenge. They are then judged by Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to determine who will make it to the next round.
The mentors include five winners
Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Lee DeWyze and Chayce Beckham have each won their seasons of American Idol.
Beckham announced his Engagement on Instagram.
“Very excited to be back with @AmericanIdol next Monday (March 28) to share my experience with the Season 20 contestants,” he wrote. “It’s been a wild ride for me and maybe I can give a few tips to the next potential winner.”
Alaina eventually finished second behind Scotty McCreery, and Reinhart placed third in the first season.
“I’m FREAKING OUT to return to @americanidol as a guest mentor for #HollywoodWeek,” Alaina wrote her Instagram announcement posT. “I’ll be mentoring the country genre!”
a cook announced that he will mentor the candidates in the rock genre, Reinhart will mentor in the soul genre and DeWyze will mentor in the indie and folk genres.
Sparks didn’t reveal what genre she will be working with.
“SURPRISE,” She wrote. “I kept this secret for a few months… I’m coming back to @AmericanIdol as a mentor for #HollywoodWeek! I’m so happy to be back and had an amazing time guiding some of the talented contestants!! So amazing to be on the other side and sharing what I know. There is so much talent!
There are changing mentors throughout the season
There will be a rotating roster of guest mentors throughout the season of American Idol, as Bobby Bones is no longer the internal mentor.
Bones announced that he would be leaving the show in January 2022.
“Some of you may have noticed that I’m not in the ‘Idol’ promos this season,” Bones shared in a now-defunct Instagram Story. “My contract [with] My new network doesn’t let me do another show at the moment. Love ‘Idol’ by the way. It’s been a great four years.”
Jimmie Allen posted that he is joining American Idol on his Instagram account alongside a video with Minnie Mouse.
“Hey everyone, Jimmie Allen here. I’ll be guest mentoring @americanidol for Legendary Season 20! Tune in and catch me @disneyaulani. I hope you’re as excited as I am about this year’s talents,” Allen wrote in the announcement.
Bebe Rexha too announced their commitment.
“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be a guest mentor on @americanidol in Legendary Season 20!” she wrote in the post.
The mentors will likely speak to each of the contestants before they take to the stage to perform during the Top 24 round, which is the round that takes place right before the live shows begin each season.
“American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on ABC.
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