LOS ANGELES, CA – Film director Quentin Tarantino is the guest celebrity mentor on American Idol this week, and contestants are upping their game to impress him.
During this season of American Idol, singer Randy Travis mentored during the country music week, and Smokey Robinson helped out for the Motown competition. Tarantino will spend Tuesday counseling the remaining seven singers while they rehearse movie songs.
The show’s producers stated that Tarantino only agreed to appear if he was allowed to add a twist. During the actual competition, contestants will be paired up and forced to sing while battling onstage!
“I just think, you know, if these kids want to make it in Hollywood, they need to be able to do all kinds of stuff, okay? Singing, dancing, acting, groin attacks. You can’t just get by on, you know, one skill anymore, right? Okay? Just look at, you know, Lindsay Lohan. She’s doing whatever she can to get by, right? Right. Right?”
The show will begin with Allison Iraheta and Lil Rounds acting out the climactic “House of Blue Leaves” fight of Kill Bill 1, while singing “Staying Alive” by The Bee Gees. Matt Giraud and Kris Allen will take on Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s duel from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. Giraud will lose a fake right hand during the climax of “My Heart Will Go On.”
Danny Gokey, and Anoop Desai will then stage Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Robert’s swordfight from The Princess Bride, choreographed to the famous tune “Footloose”. Finally, favored-to-win Adam Lambert will act alone, portraying Edward Norton vs. Himself in “Fight Club”. He will attempt to sing “Stand By Me” while repeatedly punching himself in the mouth.