'American Idol' Winner Bobby Bones Returns for Season 4 as in-House Mentor

"Dancing With The Stars" champ Bobby Bones is returning as an in-house mentor for the fourth season of the popular singing competition show "American Idol." This news comes shortly after the judges and host for the upcoming season were announced.

It has been confirmed that Bobby Bones is returning for the fourth season of "American Idol" as the show's in-house mentor. Like the immediate previous season, he will offer industry expertise to help contestants improve their performances.

While speaking to Deadline about his return, Bones explained that he was proud to be coming back on the show as they begin a season searching for new talent. The television personality will be joining the previously announced judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest.

Bobby Bones at the iHeartRadio Theater on August 28, 2014 in New York City, for Brad Paisley's album release party . | Photo: Lisa Gansky ,CC BY-SA 2.0 / WikiMedia

Bobby Bones at the iHeartRadio Theater on August 28, 2014 in New York City, for Brad Paisley's album release party . | Photo: Lisa Gansky ,CC BY-SA 2.0 / WikiMedia

Before the announcement, Bryan opened up on how he would love to be on the judges' table. The singer explained that he loved seeing how the show helped many bring their dreams into reality.

It appears he is not the only one that shares those sentiments. While speaking about the new season, Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, explained that she was excited about the impact the competition has on people.

Burke added that the network was confident that the judges and host were perfect for the upcoming season. Though it remains uncertain when exactly the show will begin to air, filming has reportedly commenced with strict adherence to the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

As part of the safety measures, the judges must stay six feet apart from one another. Consequently, they will be sitting at separate tables instead of the usual long desk seen in previous seasons. 

When not on camera, the show's cast and crew are required to always wear protective face masks and observe social distancing. Season 4 of "American Idol" is slated to return in 2021.

Currently, virtual auditions for season four are set to take place across the country on October 20, 13, and 28.

Currently, virtual auditions for season four are set to take place across the country on October 20, 13, and 28. The at-home auditions allow more singers and performers to show their singing abilities.

In previous seasons, contestants were required to travel for a live audition. "American Idol" made its debut as the first reality singing competition show in the United States. It was first aired on Fox television in the summer of 2002.

The first season was won by Kelly Clarkson and had Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman as hosts. Ever since, the show has gone on to produce some of America's finest musicians while also making dreams come true.

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