Ex Beatle Paul McCartney and besieged former pop idol Michael Jackson are the two biggest names in negotiations to appear on Fox's powerhouse American Idol
, but a huge list of confirmed celebrities has already started making its rounds. Some of those appearing will be taking on mentor roles, overseeing the American Idol
contestants efforts through a themed week. For instance, it is rumored that Jon Bon Jovi will be the guiding force through American Idol'
s hard rock week that Chris Daughtry would have loved. Read on for more big names.
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In addition to Bon Jovi, American Idol will be paying host to performers including Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross. Others set to appear as celebrity coaches or guests of the hit show will include former Bee Gee Barry Gibb, country singer Martina McBride, Scottish singer Lulu and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits.
Of the entire list, Tony Bennet and Gwen Stefani are thought to be taking mentoring roles as well. Bennet, I can understand, I’m trying to figure out what genre Stefani will be taking them through since she totally rocks at everything she does.
If a McCartney or Jackson announcement is coming, expect it to be closer to the finale when contestants get to perform a duet with their idols. I can see Chris Sligh laying the glove down on Beat It now... yeah, like American Idol needs that.
Celebrity appearances are just one part of the equation when it comes to American Idol guests, however. The next segment to service is the former contestants themselves, the stars that American Idol itself forged, and this year has no shortage of those appearances either.
As far as former idols slated to appear in the sixth season, look for Carrie Underwood (naturally) and Kellie Pickler to appear as well as Chris Daughtry and Taylor Hicks. Doesn't Ruben get invited to these things any more? What does an American Idol have to do to get some respect?