American Idol Scoop: Aretha Franklin Set to Mentor Season 14 Top 16

American Idol‘s current crop of contestants had better learn the meaning of R-E-S-P-E-C-T — or else prepare to get read like 10-cent paperbacks at a rainy-day yard sale.

TVLine has learned that Aretha Franklin will mentor Season 14’s Top 16 as they prepare for a pair of Motown-themed episodes — to be filmed for the second consecutive week at The Filmore in Detroit and airing next Wednesday and Thursday (8/7c on Fox).

The Queen of Soul will also perform on the Idol stage for the first time since appearing via satellite during the Season 12 finale.

Idol kicked off the Season 14 voting rounds this week — with the Top 12 guys airing Wednesday, and the Top 12 women airing tonight.

Next week, Ryan Seacrest will announce the eight singers of each gender who will remain in the competition based on America’s votes. That number will be winnowed down to a Top 12 who will be revealed on a live telecast on Wednesday, March 11.

Excited about Aretha imparting her wisdom (and shade) on the next generation of Daughtrys and J.Huds? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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28 Comments
  1. Catina says:

    Aretha is my all time favorite singer, American Idol is my favorite show, so perfect!

  2. Runner says:

    Ooooo… nice one.

  3. kcostell says:

    Blech…after seeing this week’s song list I was hoping they had realized what a horrible and dated idea motown week was and just cancelled it. No such luck.

  4. Larc says:

    I honestly can’t see how she’s going to help them a lot.

    • Joe Bostick says:

      She’s The Queen That still wears the True Crown of Soul Jazz Pop Gospel any thing she does she does well and The Beyounces and Taylor Swifts could never and won’t ever be as successful in this status Aretha is those ladies Whitney fantasia Jennifer Hudson of all time no better teacher or mentor or real vocalist and musician like Aretha she is what every female hopes to achieve like those busted ladies trying to be Tina Turner these are Legends and women who paved the way and voice and talent will always be a life present so those who don’t know better do the research or Sit Down if you put the legends in concert with today’s females this new crop of females would not stand a chance especially holding a note legends don’t wear air plugs on stage they are raw and real need no enhancements Gods gift to the real musicworld

  5. Rip Tide says:

    WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO?

    • Jill Moy says:

      BECCA,

      We think alike! That Mali Music was one of my all-time favorites ever. Loved it! When the public votes, the show doesn’t need judges. Then, 1 hr. would be perfect! Well this year is better than last…a lot less weirdos and better talent! It still amazes me that Jena Irene came in second last year….A TRUE JOKE!

      • Yes Jill I agree about Mali Music. I had that on my DVR and rewound it and watched that performance again and again! It was just the best. You know that was a group that J-Lo picked to come on the show? She has fantastic taste!

    • Jill Moy says:

      BECCA,

      I sent you triple strength cleaner with bleach and 40.5 wire hangers! You’re all set!

  6. Brendan says:

    Why are they skipping a semifinals week and getting rid of eight after this week and only four next week? Why not go from 24 to 20 to 16 instead…

  7. Louis Coleman says:

    Contestants should be honored to have Aretha for mentor! Having paved the way for so many artist, who better to be coached by? Being a fan of her’s I’m Thrilled !!

  8. marie says:

    We’ll see. Great performers do not always make great mentors or judges. Aretha was one of the best singers back in the day (like many older performers, her voice has aged and is past its prime, if we’re being honest). But can she mentor? Was Mariah Carey a good judge? Was Adam Lambert a good mentor? It could definitely go either way.

    • Jill Moy says:

      Please don’t compare these singers to Aretha Franklin! Adam??????? Like apples and oranges! Aretha will be fine as a mentor! I won’t explain but I KNOW….BELIEVE ME! She offers good advice and she will have a lasting influence on everyone!

      • Louis says:

        Yes Adam Um sure U didn’t mean any DisRespect (Hope not) But few artist have survived as well as Aretha without falling prey to drugs or the like. Give her , her Props 😘

  9. Jenna says:

    Oof. I’m not worried about Aretha as a mentor really, but I am horrified at the thought of contestants like Daniel or Trevor singing motown. Not their wheelhouse. Of course, that’s assuming they make it through next week. Not sure they will.

  10. Joe Bostick says:

    Larc and for all these lost generation music lovers whom are actually still enjoying the real music flavor of the 60s 70s 90s even 50s it makes me feel good to see folks Pharell Miguel remember those roots in song and style they are respectful to Legends contributions in fashion and music alike if your 15to40 and you think you know real music and you diss the Legends or creators then just SIT DOWN and if your in school and on your test you are asked about Aretha James Brown Ray Charles Johnny Cash Tina Turner Diana Ross Motown Philly Soul Patti Labelle you would fail for not knowing out of ignorance it’s ad because the Europeans outshine USA when it comes to music this is why we love Sam Smith and the British and Irish soul sounding singers Adele ask yourself why because they did their homework and stayed true to the legends hopefully our Americans will adhere