Fox has announced that Miley Cyrus, the ‘Hannah Montana‘ star whose movie ‘The Last Song‘ opens on March 31, will serve as the mentor for the Top 11 during this week’s performance episode of ‘American Idol.’ According to MJ’s Big Blog, the theme of this week’s show will be Billboard No. 1 hits, and music-chart guru Fred Bronson will appear on the broadcast.
The Billboard-centric theme might sound familiar to those people who watched the semifinal episodes of this season’s ‘Idol,’ all of which claimed to feature songs that had reached the music publication’s singles chart. (Certain tracks, such as Lilly Scott’s Beatles pick “Fixing A Hole,” never actually made said chart.)
Last week, rumors circulated that this week’s episode of ‘Idol’ would have the Top 11 giving songs by teen idols a spin, and the 17-year-old Cyrus’ involvement with the show would seem to fit that particular theme. So would the appearances of the similarly Disney-bred Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato, who will perform their new single “Make A Wave” on Wednesday night’s results show.
Instead, though, the theme of this week will be Billboard No. 1 hits. The press release announcing the theme and mentor notes that Cyrus has four records that have reached the album chart’s summit, although it does not note that she has no songs that have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which charts individual singles. (Her highest-charting single, “Party In The U.S.A.,” peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 last year.)
When the teen-idol theme was announced, some ‘Idol’ watchers wondered how certain singers, particularly the folky front-runner Crystal Bowersox, would handle such a pop-centric song list. But with this slight shift in theme, those concerns are a thing of the past, and now viewers are left to idly wonder just how awkward things will get when 27-year-old Casey James gets “mentored” by someone 10 years his junior.