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Fans can’t contain their excitement on Twitter about the newest “Idol” Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

It’s always a treat to see those in the country music industry experience unexpected success or recognition in other areas of entertainment. That’s true whether they find themselves acting in movie roles, or perhaps developing television programs based on hobbies like Craig Morgan’s hunting show, and even when they are acknowledged for their expertise like Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan have been on their respective shows “The Voice” and “American Idol.”

Another country music expert and icon is now joining the cast of “American Idol,” but not as a judge. And he isn’t a performer. Well, he isn’t a singer anyway.

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Comedian Bobby Bones, host of the nationally distributed iHeartRadio morning show, “The Bobby Bones Show,” has been announced as a mentor for the upcoming season of “American Idol.” Only, in a surprise twist, Bobby isn’t working solely with his pal Luke Bryan, he’s working with all of the judges.

In a post on his Instagram page, Bobby broke the news, saying, “Finally. I get to say something. I’m joining ‘American Idol’ this season. I will be the mentor to all the top 24 contestants. And I appreciate you guys for letting it happen. 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻.”

The fine folks at “Idol” also shared the news with their own Twitter followers, saying, “Secret’s out! 👀Mr. Bobby Bones is joining #AmericanIdol to work with our Top 24 contestants this season! 🙌”

Fans were quick to jump on the big news to offer their congratulations.

In fact, the reactions were overwhelmingly in support of Bobby’s participation in the show.

Bobby, whose real name is Bobby Estell, is from the tiny community of Mountain Pine, Arkansas. His life and rise to fame is a true success story, and one he frequently speaks of on the air. Raised by his mother and grandmother, the family grew up poor in a trailer park, but a fortunate break while he was in college got him started on his dream career path on the air. And in 2017, Forbes called Bobby the most powerful man in country music.

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This won’t be Bobby’s first time on television. The dynamic personality who doesn’t have the typical radio voice, has also guest hosted “Live with Regis and Kelly” and has appeared on the CMT series “Nashville.”

Bobby also has a recording contract with Black River Entertainment (home to Kelsea Ballerini) under the name Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots. Considered “musical comedy,” the Raging Idiots have released one studio album and one children’s project.

In addition, in 2016 Bobby released the New York Times bestseller about his life, “Bare Bones, I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book.”

Congratulations on this latest career achievement Bobby!

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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