After appearing as a performer on the finale of American Idol season 21, it’s been revealed that the popular country singer Jelly Roll will appear as a guest mentor in the upcoming season of the series.
Entertainment Tonight reports that Jelly Roll and American Idol alum and successful singer in her own right, Tori Kelly, will be guest mentors on the 22nd season of the reality singing competition. They will also perform.
Jelly Roll and Tori Kelly will accompany host Ryan Seacrest and judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan for Hawaii week, with filming set to take place at Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
In an Instagram post, the American Idol account states: “Back on IDOL & ready to INSPIRE! Breakout star Jelly Roll is here to hype up our hopefuls & deliver all the vibes!”
Oliver Steele, a 2023 Idol contestant who dueted Need A Favor on stage with Jelly Roll during last year’s season, commented, “I can say from experience, this man is an excellent mentor!!!”
Jelly Roll appeared on the finale of last year’s season of American Idol for a duet with Steele, as well as a performance of Save Me with Lainey Wilson. You can watch both performances below.
American Idol returns on 18 February at 8 pm PT/ET on ABC in the US.
Jelly Roll recently won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Best New Artist (which he subsequently dropped) and earned nominations for the 2024 Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Lainey Wilson).
Reacting to the Grammy nominations, Jelly Roll said in an emotional video:
“The greatest honour an artist can ever hear is that they’ve been nominated for a Grammy. I got to hear that this morning. I haven’t cried like this since my daddy died. I tried making this video seven times, y’all. I love y’all, man, so fucking much.”