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Miley Cyrus this week's mentor on "American Idol"

OMG! America's-favorite-teen-pole-dancer-who-just-happens-to-have-a-movie-opening-next-week Miley Cyrus is going to mentor the 11 remaining Idolettes on "American Idol" Tuesday night!

That's right, Miley Cyrus is going to try and give singing advice to Crystal Bowersox, who is going to reveal she has no idea who Miley Cyrus is, which is going to cause Miley's head to explode in a hail of sparkles and ponies and rainbows.

And, the next night, Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato -- who are totally dating! - are going to perform during the Whack-An-Idol episode the next night.

Like Miley, Joe and Demi are Disney Frankensteins. Joe and his brothers, Nick and Kevin - aka The Jonas Brothers -- star in Disney Channel's "Jonas"; Demi stars in "Sonny with a Chance." And Jemi - as the world's most-adorable couple is called - also will star in Disney Channel's "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" which is coming out some time this year.

Joe Jonas - he's the one with the "blow-dried" hair -- has already appeared on "American Idol" this season. He was one of the singers who filled in for departed judge Paula Abdul during the auditions phase of the show, before Ellen The Generous joined the cast.

Joe Jonas helped regular "Idol" judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, and Simon Cowell when they went to Dallas. By "helped" we mean sitting at the judges's table, looking like a student-body representative who has been invited to a Board of Education meeting but is not quite sure what the grown-ups are talking about. His contributions were mostly confined to saying "yes" and "that was great."

In one of those incredible coincidences which make covering the TV industry so uplifting, Miley's movie, "The Last Song" is opening next Wednesday, March 31. Based on the previews, it appears Miley plays a rebellious teen whose mom is sick of her attitude and sends her to spend the summer with her estranged father in a small town. It's there she learns the true meaning of love, family, and blah, blah, blah when she reconnects with her dad and falls in love with a dreamy local guy.

But there's so much more to Miley than playing rebellious teens finding true love with Dreamy Local Guy in some one-intersection town. She's also the youngest-ever multi-platinum recording artist to have four No. 1 albums in less than three years.

The teen sensation is also the bestselling author of "Miles To Go," in which she shares her inspiring story of how a small-town girl from Tennessee overcame being the daughter of a pop-country singing sensation to score her own record-setting triumphs in TV, music, film and, most recently, a Walmart clothing line.

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By Lisa de Moraes  |  March 22, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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Don't care how many accolades you can come up with for Miley Cyrus, she has absolutely no place on American Idol. If they keep this kind of stuff up, I'll be another quitter.

Posted by: mbrumble | March 22, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

What kind of advice is Miley going to give them. She can't sing -- Honestly, most of the idolettes (as sub-par as many of them are) could give Miley a pointer or two.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | March 22, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Miley can't sing. Period. Every time I have the misfortune to hear her "singing," I cringe. Unfortunately, because I have a young daughter, that is far too often.

Demi Lovato, on the other hand, has a good set of pipes.

Posted by: plawrimore1 | March 22, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

*claps* Now THAT is some well done snark.

When did Disney get so involved with idol? And seriously, if they want advice from anyone it should have been Mick Jagger. Ya know things like.."Always use condoms" and "Don't sign away anything ever" and "Drugs are bad m'kay?"

Posted by: EricS2 | March 22, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow - glad Lisa will watch so I don't have to. That is the official tipping point for me: I would be too embarassed as an adult over the age of 14 to watch the show, and embarassed for the contestants to have to listen to a Disney adolescent critique.

Posted by: kirstenpaulson | March 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Miley Cyrus is spot-on as the person to speak for the young girls who make up such a big chunk of Idol's voters. Whatever she says, whether smart or stupid, ought to be treated by the contestants as the ticket to Idol success.

Posted by: tomtildrum | March 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This article appears in the dictionary as the definition of "snark". Excellent article, Pookie!

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | March 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

that's it - my 'they-are-at-the-age-where-they-should-be-miley-fans-but-their-taste-in-music-is-too-good' daughters will now officially stop watching AI with dear old mom.

*Sigh* it's not been the same without paula anyway - the only reason I watch anymore is so I can fully appreciate pookie's columns the next day.

Posted by: jersey407 | March 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"Don't care how many accolades you can come up with for Miley Cyrus, she has absolutely no place on American Idol. If they keep this kind of stuff up, I'll be another quitter.
Posted by: mbrumble"

Don't be so purest and stupid. AI is NOT about the technical purity of the kid's singing - at least it shouldn't be for any contestant with a brain.

It's what do you want to do after Idol, and what sort of person do you want to network with. I submit that since Cyrus has done brilliantly - movies/TV showbiz, monster concerts, platinum albums - there are contestants that will see Miley as an inspiration.
You have a couple of good-looking gals and guys in the mix - Casey, Didi, Aaron, Urban, cute Katie. You have Siobhan as the pretty, talented oddball.
All would not mind life after Idol having just a whiff of Miley Cyrus's success "outside vocal purity".
Kind of funny with Siobhan and Cyrus. Both started in shows at age 7, though on vastly different scales. Both have musician fathers..Nothing alike, but sometimes a similar background means you stay in contact with such people after you meet..
I imagine Crystal will be standoffish, though.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | March 22, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

And Miley's best advice for the contestants - "It doesn't matter if you have talent or not. Having the right last name is what will get you far! It's almost like politics."

Posted by: osiuerer | March 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Seriously though, has any idol contestant ever gone on to do something significant afterward? And by significant I mean having more than one fluke album that sold well and consistently touring - in real arenas not casinos, or anything in Branson, MO or as part of a group of former idol performers? The funniest thing is the person made most "famous" by AI is the "Pants on the Ground" guy - and he didn't even make it past the first round!

Posted by: osiuerer | March 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

2 Things....

1) gotta agree - what a GREAT article, from the sarcastic humor standpoint. I lol'ed a few times. Nice work Lisa.

2) while Miley may not be a great singer, what she is IS a "product" (hell, an industry) and very savvy when it comes to the entertainment business. No one said mentor had to refer to singing, and I bet when those cameras are off she will actually be mentoring them about how to handle agents, press, marketing, bad publicity when you make "jokes" gone awry, etc. - because Miley DOES know a bit a bout all of that :) Say what you will about her singing talent, but the chick has the business part down in spades.

Posted by: Snowdog | March 22, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

NOW they have jumped the shark.

Posted by: poppysue85 | March 22, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Very good points all. I just hope that they don't have to sing her songs...that would be more torture than I could bear!

Posted by: palermo1 | March 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

American Idol is, and has always been, one step up from a mix between middle school band class and an air guitar competition, so I think Miley actually rises above the Idol clowns. Every winner I've heard on American Idol is the most non-musician singer I've heard, every sorry-a pop tune they've sung is nothing more than sorry-a pop tunes, every judge and everyone involved are hype, no-talent, weak. Yes, some idol winners have gone on to so-called music "careers" and have made money. In the words of Miles Davis, So what. I'll take true musicianship over a big-money, propped-up star any day. Two notes from any serious musician outshine the zillion lackluster ones Idol has released like so much foul smoke--and, yeah, that older lady was very nice and sang sweet, but what's missing in her and the others is always that "thing" you hear but can't quite put into words--maybe it's innovation, which Idol couldn't cough up if Simon sat on a spear. Miley's at least young; she has the chance to grow and do something serious. Idol folks, judges in particular, are just sad.

Posted by: cadyllic | March 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! Can I watch when Miley's head explodes!

Posted by: keetz44 | March 22, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

To think that this little twit would be called a 'Mentor' is disheartening and cheapens this show. Miley is a horrible singer (I saw her live with her dad at the CMT awards last year). I've heard others say the same thing.

I would like to see her compete against any of the current contestants-she would get completely schooled.

Posted by: teknurd | March 22, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Crystal----Miley. Miley--Crystal. This should be great.

Posted by: dovelevine | March 22, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Miley Cyrus can't sing, but some of the better mentors have been folks who aren't great singers. Jennifer Lopez was really good a few years ago. She's not a great singer at all, but her advice seemed to really help the contestants.

Posted by: irby | March 22, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Miley Cyrus is giving singing advice on American Idol? Now I know I'll never watch the show again.

Who's giving advice next on AI . . . Britney Spears? Ugh . . . .

Posted by: momof20yo | March 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's no be bigots now that health care has been signed into law. All the Latino's should be given the same rights as Americans. All 16 million should be on health care because it is a right. Amnesty for all.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 22, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I have to disagree with most of the comments here - Miley can definitely sing. Maybe country isn't their thing, but that doesn't mean that country singers aren't talented.

It's true that it didn't hurt her to have a famous dad, but the girl is talented.

Plus, it's American Idol, for crying out loud. It's designed for entertainment, not to choose the most talented singer.

What does Ellen Degeneres know about music?


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