Why Did No Doubt Go On American Idol Last Night?
Rolling Stone had this to say of their appearance, "Jimmy Iovine brought No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal to help mentor the contestants. I have no quibble with Gwen or Tony, but if I must, they were Nineties, right? But who cares! Gwen and Tony should be on this show forever."
The Hollywood Reporter weighed in on the couple's dynamic: " Jimmy Iovine recruited No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal, who barely uttered a word while Stefani did all the talking."
To help coach the final eight to greatness was mentor Gwen Stefani and her No Doubtbandmate, Tony Kanal.
This is Gwen's second time mentoring Idol contestants, her last visit occurred in Season Six. Many were likely surprised that Gwen opted to return to Idol since it was rumored that she regretted her decision to mentor the show in 2007; Gwen was reportedly displeased when contestant Sanjaya Malakar opted to perform her hit song, "Bathwater."
It turned out to become an iconic American Idol performance, characterized by ridiculously bad vocals and Sanjaya's famous faux-hawk.
So, either the rumors were wrong or Gwen Stefani decided to give the whole Idol thing another go. Perhaps she intentionally chose to return on '80s night, significantly reducing the chances that any contestants would butcher her material, since No Doubt was not formed until the late 1980s.