Chayce Beckham Among Mentors Set for ‘American Idol’s Hollywood Week
Producers on American Idol are pulling out all the stops to make Season 20 one of the best seasons in recent years. Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, Ruben Studdard, Chayce Beckham, Lee DeWyze, and Haley Reinhart will all return for Idol’s iconic Hollywood Week as mentors. This week, Idol will not air during its normal time on Sunday night to make room for The Oscars. Instead, fans can watch the final auditions at 11:30 p.m. ET after the awards.
The lineup brings back some of the most popular American Idol winners to help Season 20 contestants advance to the next round. On the sixth episode aspiring singers will participate in the Genre Challenge. For the challenge each contestant will select which genre they best fit into. Their options are pop, country, soul, rock, r&b, and indie-folk. The contestants will then perform a solo head-to-head with others in that genre.
Chayce Beckham will reunite with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. This marks the singer’s first time back on Idol since winning Season 19. The crooner joined the country genre and sang “Hard Times” by Tyler Childers during his season. Chayce became a fan favorite after his Genre Challenge performance.
The singer’s appearance comes just in time as his latest single “Tell Me Twice” is set to premiere this Friday. Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze will also drop new music this week. The singer took to instagram to announce his single “Bridges.”
Hollywood Week on ‘American Idol’
It is make or break time for hopeful contestants. During Hollywood Week the competition always intensifies. As the aspiring singers with a Golden Ticket compete for a spot in the next stage of the competition, the Platinum Ticket recipients are able to skip the first round of Hollywood Week this season.
Contestant Jay Copeland snagged the third and final Platinum Ticket on the most recent episode of Idol. The singer joined HunterGirl and Kenedi Anderson as the first batch of performers to benefit from the new twist. The three ticket holders will be back on the Idol stage when Hollywood Week continues with their popular Duets Challenge.
Besides the Hollywood Week mentors, fans can expect to see celebrity mentors Jimmie Allen and Bebe Rexha. The singers will replace country radio host Bobby Bones, who mentored Idol contestants for the past four years.