March 21, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
Before American Idol 7 began, American Idol producers revealed that they were going to focus more on the contestants this year, and they have lived up to that promise. Only four mentors have been announced for American Idol this year. During the most recent American Idol results show, Ryan Seacrest revealed that Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and Andrew Lloyd Webber would serve as mentors during American Idol 7.
These four mentors will aid the finalists in preparing for their Tuesday night performances. On the Wednesday night results show, these mentors will take the stage to perform live. FOX has not yet announced which mentors will appear on which specific dates.
One thing that at least three of the mentors share in common is that they have new albums that either have recently been released or will be released soon. Mariah Carey has a new album called “E=MC” that is scheduled for an April 15, 2008 release. “E=MC” will be the eleventh album of Mariah Carey’s career. The first single from the album called “Touch My Body” is already a Top 10 radio hit.
Dolly Parton recently released a new album called “Backwoods Barbie.” The album entered the Billboard pop albums chart at number seventeen and entered both the country and indie album charts at number two. Dolly Parton is going on a world tour in support of “Backwoods Barbie.”
Neil Diamond has a new album called “Home Before Dark,” which is scheduled for a May 6, 2008 release date. Neil Diamond is teaming with acclaimed producer Rick Rubin on the album.
While Andrew Lloyd Webber might not have an album in the works, the world famous composer is producing a sequel to the film version of “The Phantom of the Opera.” The sequel will premiere in 2008 and is being directed by Jack O’Brien.
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