Jon Bon Jovi Named Guest Mentor for 'American Idol' Season 22 Finale

Discover the raw, unseen archives of a rock icon.

by Nouman Rasool
Jon Bon Jovi Named Guest Mentor for 'American Idol' Season 22 Finale
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Rock icon Jon Bon Jovi will lend his music expertise as an advisor for "American Idol" Season 22. The show made the big announcement tonight of the hit singing show, which will crown its big winner on Sunday, May 19. Bon Jovi will mentor the top three contestants in preparation for their final performances, guiding them using insights from his storied music business career.

That mentorship should not only be sparking a gleam in the eyes of the contestants but also to the millions of fans that Bon Jovi's wizardry should have let loose on the proceedings. Beyond a "American Idol" guest appearance, Jon Bon Jovi toplines the April 26th-debuting Hulu docuseries "Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story." The four-parter, documenting the band at the center of its storied past and on the precipice of an unsure future, catches Bon Jovi wrestling with a vocal injury.

Bon Jovi's Journey Unveiled

Debuting in February 2022, "Thank You, Goodnight" goes behind the music and into the hearts of this band, in real-time, through what is simply a rollercoaster of a year. It weaves together the dramatic live-action ascent from Jersey Shore clubs to global rock 'n roll superstars with all its triumphs, lows, and moments of public tension, and this through unique access to Bon Jovi’s personal archives: four decades of never-before-seen photos, original lyrics, unreleased demos, and never-before-seen personal videos.

Directed and executive produced by Gotham Chopra, creatively guided by Giselle Parets and Ameeth Sankaran of ROS, with Alex Trudeau Viriato on key roles as the producer and editor, he's also the creative vision behind the series, which ensures the band's story will come to life with artistic flair and authenticity.

Earlier this year, Bon Jovi described the ordeal of dealing with vocal cord surgery and how deeply seeded the doubt had become about being able to perform again. He even wrote, "From a surgery back to the 'American Idol' stage, proving his determination and devotion to his passion.".

As Bon Jovi gets set to mentor on "American Idol" and to tell his story on Hulu, fans will come to learn more about the man behind the music and the struggles that go along with life in rock 'n' roll.