Once he was mentored, now season-seven American Idol is the mentor, as he spent Monday working with the season 13 top eight on the songs they were preparing to perform. “I was honored to be asked,” David Cook told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday afternoon from a recording studio in Nashville, where he is cutting 18 songs, of which 11 or 12 will be on his next album.
AmericanIdol season seven winner David Cook will return to the show on Wednesday as a guest mentor, as the top 8 finalists tackle the songs of the '80s -- a perfect pick, as his championship run on the competition featured more than a few successfully-tackled '80s anthems by the 31-year old Texas native.
GAINING NEW GROUND: Released in advance of his sophomore album, Phillip Phillips' single "Raging Fire" continues to heat up, with improved rankings on three Billboard charts and one international survey.
"Raging Fire" ranks highest on Adult Top 40, where the single advances from No. 17 to No. 14 and earns Billboard's "Greatest Gainer" designation. That means "Raging Fire" makes the biggest gain in airplay of any song on the chart.
American Idol prepared to send another contestant packing this week, but an exciting turn of events left all eight finalists in the game for another week.
After Chris Daughtry took the stage to perform his band's latest hit, "Waiting For Superman," Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban decided to finally use their judges' save on Thursday night, keeping Sam Woolf in the game for another week.
'PAPI' CAN YOU HEAR ME?: Last week's charts were compiled before Jennifer Lopez sang "I Luh Ya Papi" on American Idol, so this is the first week that her performance with French Montana could impact the Hot 100. And "impact" is the right word, since the single jumps from 98 to 77 on that main chart. "Papi" also travels from 28 to 19 on Pop Digital Songs and debuts at No. 78 on the Canadian Hot 100.
Most eliminated American Idol contestants don't feel so calm and positive about being sent home from the singing show, but Majesty Rose told reporters on Friday that she was overwhelmed by "peace" when she was not saved on Thursday night, even after jumping around onstage while performing Pharrell Williams' "Happy."