American Idol Hollywood Week begins airing next Monday March 28. The Season 20 twist will be that several alums and the current winner are returning to the show. The seven alums will be on board to help the contestants navigate the tricky waters of the gruelling Hollywood Round.
We previously reported that David Cook (s7 winner), Ruben Studdard (S2 winner), Jordin Sparks (s6 winner) and Lauren Alaina (s10 runner up) were on board to mentor. But now Haley Reinhart (S10 2nd runner up), Lee Dewyze (S9 winner) and Chayce Beckham, the reigning champ have announced their involvement as well.
Hollywood Week kicks off with the “Genre Challenge” and each American Idol alum will coach the contestants in their particular genre. For this crucial first round, each contestant chooses a song that reflects their personal genre. Later, the judges–Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan–bring each contestant on stage, grouped according to genre, to reveal if the singers stay for the next round (Duets Challenge) or are sent home.
During today’s official announcements on social media, the alums revealed which genre they are mentoring. David Cook mentors the Rock genre, Lauren Alaina mentors Country, Lee DeWyze mentors Indie/Folk, Haley Reinhart will be mentoring Soul, Ruben Studdard will be mentoring R&B. Jordin Sparks doesn’t mention her genre in her announcement, but it’s probably Pop.
Chayce Beckham is probably on hand to offer advice and moral support. By the time the Genre Challenge airs on Monday, Chayce will have released his first post-Idol solo single titled “Tell Me Twice.”
Check out the announcements below:
I’m really excited to be back on @AmericanIdol this Monday to talk about my experience with the Season 20 contestants. It was a wild ride for me & maybe I can offer a little bit of advice to the next potential winner. Tune in Monday at 8/7c on @abc. #AmericanIdol #HollywoodWeek pic.twitter.com/FoQrUVVNWR
— Chayce Beckham (@ChayceBeckham) March 21, 2022
The slayer’s back, hehe!!! I’m pleased to announce I'm returning to @AmericanIdol as a guest mentor for #HollywoodWeek!!! I'll be mentoring the soul genre. ???? Tune in next Monday, March 28th at 8/7c on @ABCNetwork!!!#SoulGenre #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/mgb9FzTm6r
— Haley Reinhart (@HaleyReinhart) March 21, 2022
Super excited to announce that I will be a guest mentor on @AmericanIdol during #Hollywoodweek for the indie / folk genre!! Be sure to check it out March 28th at 8/7c on ABC !!! pic.twitter.com/RoJaTxLY5y
— Lee DeWyze (@LeeDeWyze) March 21, 2022
Hey everyone, I'm returning to @AmericanIdol as a guest mentor for #HollywoodWeek! I'll be mentoring the rock genre! Tune in to Idol tonight to see who else joins us in Hollywood and I'll see you next week on Monday, March 28 at 8/7c on @ABCNetwork. #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/028HPNF0yg
— David Cook (@thedavidcook) March 21, 2022
I am FLIPPING OUT to return to @AmericanIdol as a guest mentor for #HollywoodWeek! I'll be mentoring the country genre! Tune in to Idol tonight to see who else joins us in Hollywood and I'll see you next week on Monday, March 28 at 8/7c on ABC. #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/qcxqE5D7K7
— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) March 21, 2022
Hey everyone, I'm returning to @AmericanIdol as a guest mentor for #HollywoodWeek! I'll be mentoring the R&B genre! Tune in to Idol tonight to see who else joins us in Hollywood and I'll see you next week on Monday, March 28 at 8/7c on @ABCNetwork. #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/rTKNWIyBNy
— Ruben Studdard (@RubenStuddard) March 21, 2022
SURPRISE! I’ve kept this secret for a few months…I’m coming back to @AmericanIdol as a mentor for #HollywoodWeek!??I’m so glad to be back and I had an incredible time guiding some of the talented contestants!! Tune in next Monday on @ABC! ? pic.twitter.com/CZ62xExUXh
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) March 21, 2022