Will Guest Mentors Nuture a Star Among Idol Contenders?

Finally, American Idol announced the Season 7 guest mentors on the Top 11 results show.  Expect to see Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Neil Diamond mixing it up with the Top 10 over the next few weeks.  No word yet on which show each mentor will appear.

American Idol logoSo what do you think of this year’s guest mentors?  Do you think they are a good match for this year’s contenders? 

Will these mentors bring out top-notch performances like some of the ones we saw during the first Lennon-McCartney night?  Or are we in for more stale, mediocre performances like this week?

Too bad Amanda Overmyer is gone.  Wouldn’t you have liked to see her teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber?  Which musical would you have like to see her chose a number from?  The balladeers – Brooke White, David Archuleta and Ramiele Malubay – will shine Webber night.

Dolly Parton night should be a hoot.  I hope it’s soon before Kristy Lee Cook’s luck finally runs out.  Maybe Dolly can fine tune Kristy Lee’s country influence in her songs.  And what will Dolly do to help Chikeze with his bluegrass arrangements?  Can Dolly trade Carly Smithson’s Irish accent for a country twang?

I am dreading Mariah Carey night.  Not because of the diva herself, but because we will be subjected to everyone trying to belt out her songs.  No one does it as well as she does and we are left with a bunch of subpar performances. 

Weren’t we subjected to enough of these during the auditions and then we had a surge of her songs again during ‘80s week.  Syesha Mercado is probably the only one who has half a chance and succeeding on Carey night.

On the other hand, I think Neil Diamond has the most potential.  Neil has a host of hits that would be great choices for the contenders to customize to their benefit.  I can see Jason Castro doing “I’m a Believer” and David Cook rocking to “America.”  Could Michael Johns finally find a song among Neil’s hits that suits him?  Who will sing “Sweet Caroline?”

So tell me which mentor are you looking forward to?  And what songs do you hope to hear?

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7 Responses to Will Guest Mentors Nuture a Star Among Idol Contenders?

  1. […] Announcement of this season’s mentors. […]

  2. CuriousC says:

    Great post! I agree on your comments about the mentors. Only Mariah Carey can sing her songs… Dolly has so much experience and should be fun in her advice.

  3. vacelts says:

    Curious C. Thanks. I think I’m looking forward to Neil Diamond’s appearance the most because of his extensive library. But Dolly is a close second because she’s just so much fun.

  4. CuriousC says:

    Well, I take back my comment! Mariah Carey’s songs were well done last night! I admit, I only have a limited MC exposure. David Cook was awesome!

  5. vacelts says:

    Curious C. I think David C. is the only one who did anything real impressive on Mariah night. Last night was not my favorite theme/mentor by a long shot.

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