Idol Worship

Bobby Bones Tapped as 'American Idol' In-House Mentor

Bobby Bones
Katie Kauss

Bobby Bones attends the Billboard Country Power Players event at the WestEnd Kitchen & Bar at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville on June 5, 2018.

Bobby Bones is now a permanent fixture on American Idol. 

The on-air personality and bona-fide country music "power player" is joining the TV talent quest this season as its official in-house mentor. 

It’s an expanded role for the radio DJ, comedian and author, who will offer his knowledge throughout the competition and help Idol contestants develop and be the best they can. Bones is already well-known to Idol fans, having joined the top 24 hopefuls last season as they prepared to perform with their big-name celebrity duet partners.

Bones, who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame as the youngest-ever honoree, hosts the nationally-syndicated radio show “The Bobby Bones Show,” which is broadcast to nearly 140 stations and recently won him a third ACM Award for national on-air personality of the year.

Judge auditions are currently underway for the 2018-2019 season of American Idol, which is returning to the ABC Television Network. Idol's all-star panel of judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are back on board, as is host Ryan Seacrest.

The news of Bones' new Idol position was announced during Monday’s telecast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.