Radio DJ, comedian, author, and current Dancing with the Stars contestant, Bobby Bones will be sticking around ABC at least for a while. Bones has been announced as the in-house mentor for American Idol.

Bobby Bones

What’s happening:

  • Multimedia personality, Bobby Bones, has been announced as the American Idol in-house mentor.
  • Bones will expand his role beginning this season where he’ll coach the contestants as they prepare for each week’s performances.
  • Bones is no stranger to American Idol. Last season, he coached the Top 24 prior to taking the stage for their celebrity duets.
  • In his expanded role this season, the award-winning personality will offer his industry expertise throughout the competition, helping contenders reach the next level of their artistry and performances. 

About Bobby Bones:

  • Inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame as the youngest honoree ever, Bobby Bones has been dubbed by Forbes as, “the most powerful man in country music.” 
  • His nationally syndicated radio show “The Bobby Bones Show” reaches millions of listeners on nearly 140 stations.
  • His show recently garnered its third ACM Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year, also earning a 2017 Country Music Association award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year.
  • His popular podcast, “BobbyCast,” recently surpassed 100 episodes and has been downloaded more than 6 million times. 
  • Bobby is also a two-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author, touring stand-up comedian, philanthropist and chart-topping comedy artist – a true “jack of all trades” (ESPN).

About American Idol:

  • American Idol is returning to The ABC Television Network for the 2018-2019 season, after first making its return to airwaves as the No. 1 reality show launch for its inaugural season on the network last year.
  • Helping to find the next singing sensation is music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie and Ryan Seacrest will also return as host.
  • The beloved singing competition series recently completed its open call bus tour auditions, visiting 24 cities across the country in a nationwide search for the next superstar.
  • Judge auditions are currently underway in select cities across the country.