Bruce Springsteen Visits ‘American Idol’ Contestants

Rock legend stops by as top seven prepare for 'Songs of the 21st Century.'

It helps to have friends in high places. That’s the lesson the top seven on “American Idol” are learning this week, as the latest high-profile celebrity mentor helps them hone their star skills.

According to E! Online, Bruce Springsteen has been in the studio working with Casey Abrams, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone and Haley Reinhart. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reportedly stopped by the “Idol” set on Friday to lend a hand and give the kids some tips on how to deliver a song with confidence.

“Holy pride of New Jersey….BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in the studio right now listening to the idols sing!!!!” read a post on the show’s official Twitter account on Friday evening. While it might seem odd at first that the Boss would appear on “Idol,” keep in mind that this year’s mentor, Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine, has a long history with the Jersey bard, going back to the 1970s when Iovine helped engineer such landmark albums as Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. A spokesperson for “Idol” would not comment on whether Springsteen would appear on the show this week.

If Bruce does make it to air, he’d follow the cavalcade of big names who’ve popped in so far on season 10, including Gwen Stefani, will.i.am., Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Russell Brand.

The theme this week is “Songs from the 21st Century,” and Thursday’s results show will feature the return of season seven winner David Cook singing his new single “The Last Goodbye,” and Katy Perry beaming in for “E.T.”

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