Bebe Rexha And Jimmie Allen On Being ‘american Idol’ Mentors


Bebe Rexha and Jimmie Allen are returning to their roots. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke to the musicians at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Kapolei, Hawaii, in which the pair have been serving as mentors on American Idol, years after they every auditioned for the making a song opposition collection.

“It’s hard, ’cause I sense like we truely care approximately the future generations of tune of all genres,” Allen said of their mentoring gig. “I experience just like the time we installed now ,can really help form them because the artist they wanna be at some point, to in which they keep the legacy of making remarkable song, irrespective of what genre it’s far.”

Both Rexha and Allen understand what it is want to be on the display, with Allen making it to the pinnacle forty the yr he auditioned.

“2000. Season 10, the yr Scotty McCreery gained. I made it to the pinnacle forty that yr,” Allen stated of his season 10 enjoy. 

“Oh, I didn’t even make something,” Rexha brought with a snigger.

As a long way as what Allen said he could tell this 12 months’s contestants approximately navigating the American Idol system? “Enjoy it.”

“I might simply inform ’em to enjoy it,” he shared. “Don’t truly take a look at it as a competition.”

Allen endured, “It’s a mastering revel in, you recognize what I mean. Make the first-class out of this opportunity, ’cause I informed her [Rexha], I stated appearance, you’ve been given this platform that millions of people are looking and that they made it to the pinnacle 24, in order that they really made it to perform stay, so it’s no longer really about impressing me, it’s now not definitely even approximately impressing the judges, it’s approximately you slowly making fans with every overall performance you have got and gaining knowledge of you as someone in interviews, however gaining knowledge of you as an artist via your performance.”

Rexha on the other hand, said desires to supply the contestants pointers they can take with them lengthy after the signing opposition is over.

“It relies upon on who the contestant is, some contestants are running on self-self belief, some of the songs are a little too high, so, we’re running on some of the keys,” Rexha explained. “Some of them want help with level presence. It depends on each contestant, but my most important aspect, is I want to present them hints if they win the opposition and they pass ahead, or don’t pass ahead. I need them so one can take those guidelines with them outside.”

Allen agreed, telling ET that what separates the singer from the artist is the plan they have got for their destiny as a musician, that is some thing he’s working to assist this year’s pinnacle 24 create.

“Have a plan, because there’s a distinction between being a singer and being an artist. There’s quite a few first-rate singers,” the “Down Home” singer  defined. “An artist kind of has a plan, has a direction carved out, in which you want to move. You’ve got this opportunity and you must at least already have 4, five songs written, ready to go, like whilst you knew you had been coming to this opposition, you should have already got had songs on inventory ready to move, so, that way when your building this fanbase, you understand mainly in case you — say you get despatched home top 24, pinnacle 10, whatever — you’ve got songs ready to go, geared up to release, to put out.”

Allen brought, “Use your social media platform to retain to interact with humans that you met on this display, due to the fact that’s the trouble. Once this display’s over you have off season until the following season starts.” 

It’s no longer all work for the pair in Hawaii, in addition to acting, Allen and Rexha will get the chance to grasp with the judges — a welcome reunion for the “Meant to Be” songstress who opened for Katy Perry again in 2018.

“I opened for her in Brazil and that was an insane enjoy,” Rexha gushed. “She turned into so kind, and he or she like took me on excursion. She took me and my complete squad out to dinner. We went to an first rate steak restaurant, and I notion it changed into so sweet.”

“So, that was truely a really amusing time,” she added. “So, I’m excited to peer her once more and talk to her.”

See Rexha and Allen while American Idol airs from Aulani Resort this night Sunday at eight p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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