Usher To Appear on American Idol 3/30 and 3/31

According to R&B singer, Usher’s, official website, he’s scheduled to appear on Idol on Tuesday 3/30 and sing live on Wednesday 3/31.

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It looks like Usher will be mentoring Top 10 week. I wonder what the theme is?

Usher’s new album, Raymond vs. Raymond drops on March 30.

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35 Comments

  1. Pretty funny mismatch between Usher and the S9 crew. But Big Mike and Paige (who I like and might still be there) might have good nights.
    Although it’s more likely Big Mike will be the only black contestant left.

  2. As long as the theme isn’t limited to just Usher’s catalog, this could have potential. At this point I’m just ready to see the contestants really push themselves. I’d like to see what some of the current front-runners like Crystal (who I love, but needs to start showing some versatility) can do with something like a contemporary R&B theme.

  3. Yuck. Can this season get any more boring lol.

    What? Is it Usher or R&B music that upsets you?

  4. The irony is, for years I have been hoping they would do a theme based on the last 20 years of R&B (the 90s and 00s) and not just the 70s and 60s. But I have to admit, this is a weird year for it to happen in.

    Somewhere Jermaine Sellers and Anoop and Junot Joyner and many other cast asides are weeping.

    Still, could be interesting. Michael, Crystal & Siobhan, Casey maybe, I can see crafting up something soulful. Lee and Didi, I don’t know, I’d like to believe it but not sure. Andrew, doubtful, he’s so monotone with the “acoustic redo of pop song” approach. Aaron and Katie, if both get through, I think will struggle.

    Oh and Tim, if he’s here, I can’t even. He’ll come out holding a loaf of Wonder Bread and a jar of Miracle Whip and look sheepishly through his bangs at the audience and sing a Maxwell as translated through the Jonas Brothers and get through?

  5. No problem with an R&B theme at all. I just wish they could get someone other than Usher.

  6. what’s wrong with Usher?

    you want Clive Davis? Whitney Houston? Rolling Stones? Clint Eastwood?

    like seriously, this show is about breeding radio ready artists, all of the above i don’t hear on the radio or have seen in the “American” Top 40 for a very long time

    give Usher a chance, he can actually sing versus ‘Jamie Foxx’ who mentored the kids with a hit auto-tune track under his belt at the time.

  7. Oh and Tim, if he’s here, I can’t even. He’ll come out holding a loaf of Wonder Bread and a jar of Miracle Whip and look sheepishly through his bangs at the audience and sing a Maxwell as translated through the Jonas Brothers and get through?

    Oh yeah. Tim could go deep…I mean Kristy Lee Cook deep…with this kind of performance. Brilliant.

  8. what’s wrong with Usher?
    you want Clive Davis? Whitney Houston? Rolling Stones? Clint Eastwood?
    like seriously, this show is about breeding radio ready artists, all of the above i don’t hear on the radio or have seen in the “American” Top 40 for a very long time
    give Usher a chance, he can actually sing versus ‘Jamie Foxx’ who mentored the kids with a hit auto-tune track under his belt at the time.

    Thank you, at least Usher is a modern r&b artist they would rather have Smokie Robinson mentoring these contestants cause he makes such a huge impact on radio these days. What do you ppl want, Broadway Week, Classical Music, or Rock Week all the time cause we all know that was a huge success this week with the Rolling Stones.

    Usher is actually a very good artist and would be interesting seeing him mentoring these contestants. PPL thought having Jamie Foxx mentor the kids last year was a bad idea and that was one of the best weeks. Oh yeah take away all the autotune songs Jamie can really sing, just had to point that out. lol

  9. The thing to remember about idol appearances, is that they are usually either former contestants or someone who is releasing a new CD/single. Usher’s new CD releases 3/30.

    As far as, Usher himself, I like him (way better than Jamie auto-tune Foxx)and I’m a huge fan of R&B/Soul music. It’s Country week that makes me cringe.

  10. Somewhere Jermaine Sellers and Anoop and Junot Joyner and many other cast asides are weeping.

    I would take Anoop out of this sentence because he’s NOT a cast memeber tossed aside. He was TOP 6 and will be releasing an EP soon. :smile:

    I think the R&B theme is fine. I hope Usher handles the contestants with care.

  11. Usher would be a good mentor for an R&B themed week. He’s been mega-successful, he’s young — and, like him or loathe Justin Bieber, Usher is the one who “discovered”/mentored him — and no one can deny that Bieber is a phenomenon. He also has his own label.

    Don’t know how many of these contestants could pull off an R&B theme though

  12. I don’t know what the theme is but there is no denying Usher is really talented. Also, he’s pretty young, 32, so he can relate to the contestants, I think, much better, then some of the mentors in the past. I’m looking forward to him being on the show. I also would love if they did an R&B week.

  13. Oh and Tim, if he’s here, I can’t even. He’ll come out holding a loaf of Wonder Bread and a jar of Miracle Whip and look sheepishly through his bangs at the audience and sing a Maxwell as translated through the Jonas Brothers and get through?

    Heh heh. At least there’s the potential for entertainment. Tim can willfully ignore the lyrics of his song again and manage to sanitize, spay, & neuter something sexxed up.

    Or, perhaps Usher will teach Tim about the fine art of on-stage shirtlessness. Bring on the baby oil and pelvic rolls!

    I’m glad to see mentors back again. Last year it seemed like they were flying by the seat of their pants in terms of theme week planning. Hope they step it up this year.

  14. I would take Anoop out of this sentence because he’s NOT a cast memeber tossed aside. He was TOP 6 and will be releasing an EP soon

    .

    Pretty sure they were just listing R&B artists that were on Idol in the past, not trying to diss Anoop… LOL

    As for R&B night, I figure they haven’t had one till now because that style of music is not popular with the Idol audience. Seems like it might be a bad idea.

  15. Yuck. Can this season get any more boring lol.

    Quite frankly, I’m bored with the same old tired rock & country music (and Bo/Cook retread WGsWG like Lee & Casey) so Usher and a “modern” R&B theme week would be a nice change of pace for me. R&B might be a weird fit for most of these finalists (including Paige-yeah, she’s Black, but how many R&B songs have we heard her sing while on show) but I’d like to see them stretch outside of their comfort zones.

    I’m looking forward to Usher.

  16. Oh yeah. Tim could go deep…I mean Kristy Lee Cook deep…with this kind of performance. Brilliant.

    I’m predicting that Tim will end up on the 7th slot for this season, reserved for unworthy contestants (Sanjaya, Kristy Lee Cook, Lil Rounds).

    As for the theme, I’m looking forward to anything that hasn’t been done before.

  17. I love Smoky robinson. He really does try to help the contestants and he is very kind. Yup he is old, but he still knows R&B well.

    Usher will do very well. give him a chance. He made a star out of a
    unlikely kid, so we know he has skills. I think he will be more honest. Do you think he could make a star of Tim. GOL!!!
    Here is a thought. Paige might realllly try hard to do her bestest,.
    She is a pretty dolly,and he might try harder to help her find her groove!

  18. idol finally has an artist and mentor that is relevant in today’s music business, and one who is very entertaining, as well as possessing some real honest to goodness singing ability – imagine that.

    imo, the majority of these contestants need to come out of their comfort zones, and perhaps the idol viewing audience does as well. the disconnect between the relevancy of the music sung on the show, and the music that is sung and sells in the current industry is wide, grand canyon wide. these contestants need to segue into the relevant a little more if they want to have a better shot at making it outside the idol bubble – in the real music world, where it really counts. i say it’s about time the contestants are challenged with singing songs in a style that is very much relevant to today’s industry.

    singing rnb and singing it well [for some of them, maybe not] should pose no more a challenge for them than any contestant singing songs not in their home genre. if you can sing, you should be able to adapt to the theme and deliver. can’t wait to see how they handle it.

  19. I like Usher and I love R&B music. He has a great voice, is a very polished performer, and he’s contemporary. I think he’d make a great mentor. I just hope he leaves the vocoder aside and sings straight up (no, not Paula’s song).

  20. I think Usher is a good choice; he seems like a kind person. I also think Justin Timberlake would be a good mentor, and although it’s unlikely they could get her, Beyonce would be awesome with them.

  21. I love r&b. But I just find Usher boring.

    Me too. I guess I’m just an old fart because Smoky Robinson is more to my tastes. Having said that, Usher sounds more promising as a “current” artist mentor than Gwen Stefani.

    While I appreciate the desire to have some more current artists mentor the kids, the demographic for American Idol is older and I’m not sure how familiar Usher’s music is to the AI audience… it’s a general R&B theme rather than an Usher theme then that would could be really good.

    Or, perhaps Usher will teach Tim about the fine art of on-stage shirtlessness. Bring on the baby oil and pelvic rolls!

    There is THAT. Usher is a beautiful man, no doubt about it.

  22. While I appreciate the desire to have some more current artists mentor the kids, the demographic for American Idol is older and I’m not sure how familiar Usher’s music is to the AI audience… it’s a general R&B theme rather than an Usher theme then that would could be really good.

    …. idol is to relevant music in the 2000’s what the lawrence welk show was to relevant music in the 1970’s... that thought has run through my head about idol, its audience, it’s future for some time. i guess it comes down to whether you are invested as fan of music, or a fan of the show. i think i’m a music fan 1st, and an idol fan 2nd, so i have always been confuzzled by a lot of the song choices, themes, mentors, etc the show has subjected us to, after keeping an eye firmly glued on pop culture, the music industry, billboard, and all the other real music world stuff i used to think the show cared about… silly me, lolol… i’ve disabused myself of the notion that this show will ever be remotely relevant, or mirror the trends in the business their ”graduates” soon enter.

  23. I would take Anoop out of this sentence because he’s NOT a cast memeber tossed aside. He was TOP 6 and will be releasing an EP soon.

    Aww, I wasn’t bashing Anoop, just meant to say the show didn’t treat him all that well, and it has not, historically, given much of a shot to young guys who want to sing *current* R&B. I would have liked to have Anoop bust out more Ne Yo! I’m sick of the endless retreads of 1965-1975 R&B oldies.

  24. ggdoorsfan,

    …. idol is to relevant music in the 2000’s what the lawrence welk show was to relevant music in the 1970’s…

    I’m not sure what your point is. Those of us who prefer non “relevant” music are fans of old-fogie music? What?

    We were just “treated” to relevant (i.e. sells boatloads of singles) sensation Ke$ha on Wednesday. If that’s relevant then I’m irrelevant because I think her music sucks. Most of the current musicians I listen to, whose music I buy and get invested in wouldn’t get played on “current” Top 40 radio but the older songs are more familiar and “well-loved” by the masses which is why they still work 30, 40 years later.

  25. With the barrage of singer/songwriter/indie/guitar playing contestants on Idol this season, I also think Dave Matthews would be a good mentor.

  26. hi marys-nj – i was drawing a comparison, something that’s been in my head for awhile, between how disconnected idol seems from the current music industry, including certain parts of it’s audience… much like lawrence welk in the 70’s, which was a pretty popular variety type show that featured singing acts, but they weren’t too relevant with what was going on in the music scene. didn’t stop it from getting good ratings, but it wasn’t always the coolest thing to be known as a welk watcher – much like some are now about idol, lolol…

    anyhoo… rnb music gets a lot of stick, and what i think is disrespect by lots of people on this board, and i can’t see why – rnb is a broad genre, many different artists and styles to suit any taste, but if you’ve never been exposed to anything in it past a certain decade, or if one looks no further than what idol has presented to be rnb, [or what they consider to be relevant music], then i guess i’d look at the new wave of rnb artists in the industry and go ”huh”… kesha and her ilk don’t count – she is one example of what’s wrong with the current music business… style over real substance… rnb still requires its artists to be able to really sing, and emotionally connect and sell the song… that’s as old school as they come, but the good ones out there now have updated their sound, and made it relevant for today… … idol has just never gotten the memo that there is more to rnb than those ”comfort food”- like classics everyone is most familiar with. i love them as much as anyone, love hearing them sung, but there’s some real good rnb out there now – on the airwaves, on the charts, and it’s selling… maybe the perception some have of the genre would have been different if artists like usher, robin thicke and others had been given equal time on to mentor and sing in seasons gone by…

  27. Usher is a multi-faceted guy — he was on Broadway in “Chicago” and has some acting chops, and he has a great and pliant voice that could work in a number of genres. If he’s an articulate and perceptive person too (who knows?), he could be a good mentor.

  28. rnb still requires its artists to be able to really sing, and emotionally connect and sell the song… that’s as old school as they come, but the good ones out there now have updated their sound, and made it relevant for today… … idol has just never gotten the memo that there is more to rnb than those ”comfort food”- like classics everyone is most familiar with. i love them as much as anyone, love hearing them sung, but there’s some real good rnb out there now – on the airwaves, on the charts, and it’s selling… maybe the perception some have of the genre would have been different if artists like usher, robin thicke and others had been given equal time on to mentor and sing in seasons gone by…

    Okay, I can agree with some of this, but it may more of a rights issue. I get the impression that (a) some artists won’t license their music for use on AI for any reason, and (b) AI wants the broadest rights to the music for the least (or no) cost. I remember reading something about how one of the singer/songwriters from Gnarles Barkley refuses to grant rights to AI to use “Crazy” so they can never show any of the contestants singing it, even though apparently there have been some notable performances of it during auditions (Adam Lambert) or Hollywood week (Jason Castro).

    Of course, there is a real value to the artists who do allow their music to be used on American Idol, and the are starting to understand how an audience of 30 million is a good way to get their music out there. It wasn’t until Dolly Parton had a new record out that she agreed to mentor the contestants, allow her music to used on American Idol and perform on the show herself. Before that she famously said something like “I’d love the work with the kids, but you don’t get something for nothing.”

  29. I remember reading something about how one of the singer/songwriters from Gnarles Barkley refuses to grant rights to AI to use “Crazy” so they can never show any of the contestants singing it, even though apparently there have been some notable performances of it during auditions (Adam Lambert) or Hollywood week (Jason Castro).

    side note… there is also a david a performance of “Crazy” done during hollywood week in s7 that’s never seen the light of day… what we’ve gleaned over the years is that it was fan-tastic, though it’s doubtful we will see it if gnarl barkley refuses to grant ai those rights… closest we’ve got is this version taped on the sly during his vip session with fans during his tour last summer w/demi lovato.. i want to hear the ai hollywood version too :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qED-zCBWao&feature=related

  30. Great, I get here once the conversation is dead. I never get this collective yawn when idol viewers talk about r^b music as being boring. I mean I have sat through Barry Mannilow Week, and Big Band Week, and if the contestants could come up with gems during those times, I don’t know why R&B would be an exception. i also don’t get this crap that it’s some foreign concept. It’s American music, sung, produced, written by American performers….some Swedish, and British too, lol. My point is that music is music. If Idol can have a fucking Andrew Lloyd Webber week, why not R&B, or I forget, it’s boring.

    FTR, Usher is a multi-talented singer/dancer/actor. He has been in the business for more than a decade, loads of mainstream hits on American radio. No, he’s not Smokey or Stevie, but maybe that’s the point. Oh and yes, he has something to sell, but then isn’t that the point of idol anyway?

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