‘American Idol’ season 17: Bobby Bones returning in expanded role as ‘official full-time mentor’

Bobby Bones has confirmed that he will be back on “American Idol” when it returns to the ABC schedule this winter. The country music DJ revealed his new role on the November 5 episode of “Dancing With the Stars.” And there was more good news for his fans on Country Night as Bones made the cut and is now in the final six on “DWTS.”

Bones announced, “I will be the official full-time mentor on ‘American Idol’ coming up in the next season. I’m super-excited and I can’t wait to work with everyone and hopefully make a brand-new superstar.” In its first season on the alphabet network, we saw Bones work with the Top 24 and the final five.

We already knew that Ryan Seacrest was returning to emcee this reboot of the reality competition series as were the trio of talents who served as judges for its first season on ABC: Luke BryanKaty Perry and Lionel Richie.

Bones, who hosts a self-titled nationally syndicated radio show, is the youngest honoree ever inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Forbes dubbed him “the most powerful man in country music” and he is the reigning recipient of both the ACM award for National On-Air Personality of the Year and the CMA award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year.

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