Syndicated iHeartRadio host Bobby Bones announced this morning that he’ll be joining American Idol as a mentor to the Top 24.
The announcement was made on the DJ’s iHeartRadio page:
Bobby Bones is widely recognized for the nationally syndicated country radio show ‘Bobby Bones Show” reaching millions of listeners on 100+ stations. He was recently voted for induction into the National Radio Hall Of Fame as the youngest inductee ever, Bobby Bones has been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” (Forbes).
Now Bobby Bones is making another huge career move. Bones is joining the American Idol team this season, working directly with the Top 24 contestants to share his expertise and advice on all areas of being an artist — covering stage presence, dealing with media, posting on social media, remaining focused and being authentic and original.
And also how to schmooze radio execs when out on a station tour? Heh. It sounds like he’s taking over the role Scott Borchetta’s media guy, Rick Barker played for the contestants, but in a limited fashion for the cameras. It would be nice if the kids had somebody with media expertise to work with them on a week to week basis like Rick did.
? @mrBobbyBones HUGE announcement ?
he’s joining @AmericanIdol ???
— Bobby Bones Show (@bobbybonesshow) February 21, 2018
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. ??????. pic.twitter.com/O16wWYxx4n
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) February 21, 2018
American Idol made the announcement on twitter. The show returns to television Sunday March 11 on ABC.
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) February 21, 2018