Jimmie Allen, Bebe Rexha To Join ‘American Idol’ As Celebrity Guest Mentors

Jimmie Allen; Photo by ABC/Paula Lobo
Jimmie Allen; Photo by ABC/Paula Lobo
Jimmie Allen; Photo by ABC/Paula Lobo

Jimmie Allen and Bebe Rexha are joining American Idol.

Allen and Rexha will serve as this season’s celebrity mentors, according to Talent Recap. The pair will be replacing country radio host Bobby Bones who mentored Idol contestants for the past four years. The opportunity arose due to a conflict with another show Bones is working on.

Allen shared the news that he’d be serving as a guest mentor on his Instagram page, posting a video he filmed at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

“Hey y’all, Jimmie Allen here,” he wrote. “I’ll be a guest mentor on @americanidol for the iconic 20th season! Tune in and catch me at @disneyaulani. Hope y’all are as pumped as I am for this year’s talent.” Allen captioned the post with a shaka emoji and the hashtags #disneyaulani and #americanidol.

Rexha also shared a photo of herself at Disney’s Aulani Resort with a similar reaction.

“Excited to announce that I’ll be a guest mentor on @AmericanIdok for the iconic 20th season!” Rexha captioned her post. “Tune in and catch me @DisneyAulani. #DisneyAulani #AmericanIdol”

Neither Allen nor Rexha are strangers to the American Idol franchise.

Allen was a contestant on season 10 of the show. While he earned a golden ticket for his audition, he was eliminated from the competition following Hollywood Week. At the time, Allen admitted that his elimination “hurt,” but that “[he] had to keep going.”

In addition, Allen returned to the Idol stage in 2021 to perform Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s song, “Shallow” with contestant Alanis Sophia during the Top 24 Solos and All-Star Duets episode. Allen also performed Brad Paisley’s “Freedom Was A Highway” with contestant Cecil Ray during the All-Star Duets episode.

Meanwhile, Rexha appeared on season 18 of Idol during the Top 24 rounds, performing her song “Meant to Be” with Caleb Lee Hutchinson and her G-Eazy collaboration “Me, Myself, & I” with Amelia Hammer Harris.

The new season of American Idol will air on Feb. 27. Allen and Rexha are set to split the guest mentoring gig.

Besides American Idol, Jimmie Allen also competed on season 30 of Dancing With The Stars. He will co-host the 2022 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards with Gabby Barrett alongside Dolly Parton.

Rexha appeared on a recent episode of NBC’s That’s My Jam and hinted at the possibility of new music with an Instagram post of her in the studio back in December.