‘American Idol’ Guest Judge Shania Twain: Where Has She Been?

The singer makes her first television appearance in nearly two years on Tuesday.

[artist id="50102"]Shania Twain[/artist] sat at the judges’ table Tuesday night (January 19) to help Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell pick the best talent in Chicago for “American Idol.” She joins a long list of celebrity panelists, including Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige, as well as upcoming guests Katy Perry, Joe Jonas and Neil Patrick Harris.

Her guest spot on the show marks her first high-profile public appearance in more than a year. Her last album, 2002′s Up!, spawned a few smaller hits in the title track and “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” She also toured in support of the album and launched two perfumes, Shania by Stetson and Shania Starlight.

During that time off she divorced Mutt Lange, officially ending their marriage in 2008. At the time, the singer released a statement on her Web site about the split, saying, “I need some time to heal this broken heart but make no mistake; I will be back and hopefully stronger than ever.”

The five-time Grammy winner first broke on the scene in mid-’90s with radio hits like “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” She hit the big time with her 1997 release, Come on Over, containing such megahits as “You’re Still the One,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”

Now with eight years of distance between her last release and her appearance on “American Idol,” fans are wondering when the country-crossover queen plans to return to the studio. As of January 2009, a rep for the singer said that she had no immediate plans to release new music.

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