Bobby Bones makes his voice heard about music on a daily basis with his morning talk show on radio, but he’s about to become even more of a vocalizer when he takes on the role of mentor for the new season of American Idol.
After weeks of secret meetings and frequent trips back and forth to Los Angeles, the radio host and comedian confirmed that he will indeed give advice to contestants on the show that make it into the Top 24. Thanking his listeners and all that supported him to get to this point in his career, Bones felt relieved to finally spread the news after trying to keep the whole project under wraps.
“Finally . I get to say something . Im joining American Idol this season. I will be the mentor to all the top 24 contestants. And I appreciate you guys for letting it happen. 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻,” Bones captioned his announcement post.
Bones will join judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and country music’s own Luke Bryan as they all seek out the next big singing talent in the country. Searching in cities all across the United States, they’ll find those bright shining stars to carry on into performances to later be crowned as the next American Idol.
As the series transitioned from Fox to ABC after its brief cancellation, there will also be a couple changes on the production side. One major difference that fans of the show will notice is the lack of bad auditions, as the producers wanted to take the focus off sensationalizing the average singers and giving all the attention toward those who plan to succeed and go far in the competition.
The new season of American Idol premieres Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m. EST and Monday, March 12, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.