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It looks like Jimmy Iovine is hard at work enlisting artist friends to take part in this year’s American Idol. The latest to join as guest mentor: singer, songwriter and Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks, who will guide season 11’s remaining nine finalists on next week’s episode. The theme: songs from the contestants’ Idols.
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Only a couple Idols tweeted that they got to spend time with iconic vocalist, including 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, who expressed her excitement over having met the one and only Stevie. Others, like DeAndre Brackensick were a bit more coy about who was guiding them. “ive [sic] got to say that our mentor this week is amazing,” he wrote.
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Of course, Iovine and Nicks go way back — the Interscope Geffen A&M chairman is not only a decades-long friend, but he (along with Tom Petty) produced her breakout solo album, 1981’s Bella Donna, along with subsequent releases The Wild Heart (1983) and Rock a Little (1985). It’s also fairly well-documented that the two dated for a stretch in the 1980s. More recently, Iovine praised Nicks and her place in his life when he was honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing before last month’s Grammy Awards.
Tune in to Fox on Wednesday to see how the Top 9 fare.
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