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"Idol" Reveals This Year's Mentors

Is your favorite singer among the celebrities asked to be a mentor on this season of "American Idol?" Well, with a list this eclectic, it's quite possible.

During last Wednesday's results show, Ryan Seacrest revealed which four people would be guiding the contestants during specific theme weeks this season. Heading to the "Idol" stage in the coming weeks are Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and Andrew Lloyd Webber. I can only speculate on the themes these people might bring with them, but I'm hopeful for at least a Country night or Broadway week. And it would certainly be interesting to hear Ramiele and Syesha tackle Mariah's songs, or see what David Cook can do with a Neil Diamond ditty.

Not coincidentally, each mentor has new music either out in stores or arriving soon, according to the American Idol website. Carey's new record "E=MC2" hits music stores on April 15, and her new single "Touch My Body" has quickly become a radio hit. Dolly Parton already released a new CD titled "Backwoods Barbie" and is finishing writing music for the Broadway adaptation of "9 to 5." Diamond is also releasing a new album, called "Home Before Dark," which comes out May 6. Finally, Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has composed the scores for several musicals including "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," is casting the musical "Oliver!" and will premiere a sequel to "Phantom" next year.

Previous mentors on the show have included Billy Joel, J. Lo, Gwen Stefani and Martina McBride. –Chris Sardelli


Posted by Chris on March 24, 2008 3:18 PM
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