American Idol had many mentors this season, and all had a previous connection to the show.
Former contestants came back to help mentor the young singers, with former winners like Ruben Studdard and David Cook and even those who didn’t even make it to live voting like Jimmie Allen and Bebe Rexha.
However, the last announced mentor had nothing to do with American Idol, although he’s no stranger to reality singing competitions.
Will.i.am is coming to American Idol
Will.i.am, the Grammy Award-winning singer from Black Eyed Peas, comes as a mentor to the American Idol contestants for their Monday episode.
He has a lot of experience in singing competitions, having been a judge on Alter Ego on the last season of FOX and also having worked on NBC’s Songland. He also served as a mentor on X-Factor and The Voice UK.
As for American Idol this weekend, the singer will be mentoring the Top 7 as they prepare to sing songs dedicated to their mothers or the mother figure in their lives. They will also sing their renditions of viral TikTok songs.
This comes a week after American Idol took a break from the competition to bring back some previous winners to sing duets for fans.
Returning to sing duets were Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, David Cook, Kris Allen, Jordin Parks, Ruben Studdard, Laci Kaye Booth, Laine Hardy, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe, Willie Spence and Grace Kinstler.
Laine Hardy showed up despite his recent arrestas this was a pre-taped episode.
Also in attendance were season one runner-up Justin Guarini, internet sensation William Hung and David Archuleta, who was unable to sing due to a recent throat problem.
Who is left on American Idol this season?
American Idol Top 7 includes the two remaining Platinum ticket holders, Jay Copeland and HunterGirl. Joining HunterGirl as the only country singer is feel-good story builder Noah Thompson.
The largest remaining vote in the competition belongs to Nicolina.
Inspirational story Christian Guardino is also still there, as is self-proclaimed weird girl Leah Marlene.
Finally, the current leader Fritz Hager rounds off the top 7.
If things continue as they have in the past, two more singers will head home on Sunday night, with the top 5 moving on from there.
American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8:7c on ABC.
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