Jimmie Allen to Mentor Contestants on Season 20 of ‘American Idol’
Jimmie Allen will be a mentor on the upcoming new season of American Idol. He shared the news on Tuesday (Feb. 15) from Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii, where he filmed a video with Minnie Mouse waving from the background.
"Cannot wait for you guys to see the talent they have in store for you," Allen says in the clip.
The role has previously been filled by country radio DJ Bobby Bones for the past four seasons, but Bones revealed in January that he won't return to Idol this season because of a conflict with another show that he's involved in.
Season 20 of American Idol will premiere on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7 PM CT. The show will return to ABC, its network home for the past four seasons, the entirety of Idol's new era. Ryan Seacrest – a mainstay of the show since Season 1 — will return this year, as well. Also on deck for Season 20 are the show's celebrity judges: Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie.
Last year's American Idol winner was the country-leaning singer-songwriter, Chayce Beckham. He's since released a duet with Lindsay Ell called "Can't Do Without Me."