Bobby Bones has been on American Idol for a few a seasons now acting as the first ever full, in-house mentor for the contestants. He started out as a guest mentor for the Top 24 contestants and then moved into the first in-house mentor for all contestants last season.
The new season airing on ABC in the Spring of 2020 will bring back it's three judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry. Bones was also asked back to continue as the in-house mentor for all of the contestants. This time, he will even be attending some of the auditions.
We expect to see Bones back in full mentor mode, opening up with contestants about his life to share unique perspectives and advice on the industry.
The all-new nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off with open call auditions in Brooklyn, New York, and will advance on to 21 additional cities across the country. In addition to auditioning in person, hopefuls can also submit audition videos online or show off their talent via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #TheNextIdol. Visit americanidol.com/auditions for more details.