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American Idol Announces The First Mentor For Season Nine

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Disney star Miley Cyrus would be a mentor for the American Idol contestants this week.

That clicking sound you just heard was Idol viewers switching channels over to Dancing With the Stars.

C'mon, American Idol, you have to have someone else, anyone else that is more qualified than Miley Cyrus to give advice to this year's contestants. Maybe even an artist that can sing on key.

As a legit fan of American Idol, this seems like obvious pandering to the teenage demographic. I get that she has a huge following from Hannah Montana and that she had a huge hit last summer with "Party in the U.S.A." Not gonna lie, that song is very catchy. But does playing a pop star on TV and having a couple of songs on the charts make her the right person to give advice to upcoming singers who are working hard to make a career for themselves? I don't think so.

In my opinion, Miley Cyrus doesn't have the singing talent that would allow her to give actual advice on singing well. And on a show that is first and foremost a singing competition, that's kind of important.

Now that this week's theme has been changed from "Teen Idols" to "Billboard No. 1 Songs," I would have hoped for Idol to have a mentor for the contestants who has had multiple number one hits, like maybe one of their own past contestants like Kelly Clarkson or Chris Daughtry. I think Idol really should utilize from within and bring back the contestants that have been able to use the show as a springboard and turn out a successful career.

I am disappointed that Idol changed the theme this week. I think that the "Teen Idols" theme would have been fun and interesting to watch. Also, it was a theme that has never been done before. I was more excited about that aspect than I was for the actual theme itself.

"Billboard No.1 Songs" has technically been done. Last season, the contestants did "Top iTunes Downloads", which give or take a couple performances, was really bad. In past seasons, today's music is always sung better by the artist, not the Idol contestant.

Is anyone else bummed about the theme being changed this week? What themes would you like to see the Idol contestants take on this season? Also, who do you think would have been a better mentor than Miley Cyrus this week?

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  • Victor & JillieP — I am glad there are people who feel the same way. I definitely feel like Idol has more of an adult demographic, and that using a “star” like Miley to reach a younger demo alienates the audience that Idol already has.

    Jordan — I think if you look back at the past few seasons of Idol, it really has not been a popularity contest or I think the results would have been a lot different. David Archuleta and Adam Lambert were both seemingly front runners during their turn on Idol, but both wound up in 2nd, when everyone thought that they would both win in their respective seasons. I think the Idol audience nowadays prefers talent over anything else.

    El Bicho — Idol isn’t all pop music, the contestants peform from all different genres. The point I was trying to make in my article was that I don’t think that Miley has as much experience as a “singer” and I think that Idol should use more established, talented singers as the contestant’s mentors.

  • JillieP

    I couldn’t agree more! Miley is just a ridiculous choice, let’s be honest. It’s an obvious aim to add a demographic audience. Not that you can blame a TV show for trying to get ratings, but it’s just a total disappointment for most of us who are not in the Miley demo. Also, Teen Idol week would have been fantastic!

  • This a much better choice than Ellen as a judge. Miley is certainly qualified as a pop star and don’t forget this is a TV show. “American Idol” and pop music is for teens so what demo would you expect them to cater to?

    Dakota has been acting over 10 years and has been in a number of successful projects. I would listen to her advice on the profession.

  • Jordan Richardson

    It’s like saying Dakota Fanning is going to mentor actors.

    I don’t really see the problem with this or with Miley mentoring the singers on Idol. Both are young and have already dealt with many of the rigours of the fame game. While it is a little weird to consider Miley as a singing coach of any kind, I don’t see her as being all that inappropriate for the contestants (remember, they are contestants in a popularity contest) to take a few notes from. She’s probably already reached heights that most of them will never even dream of.

  • Kirsten, no one can deny Miley has had success, but this is ridiculous. It’s like saying Dakota Fanning is going to mentor actors.

    The concept of mentoring usually involves a seasoned professional person. I can see Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and those types who have been a big success and have years of valid experience.

    One day Miley will be able to mentor people no doubt, but for now let’s leave mentoring to those who have enough experience under their belts.