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Slash 'Reluctant' to Mentor 'Idol' Contestants

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May 04, 2009 | 7:21am EDT

American Idol producers convinced reluctant rocker Slash to mentor contestants on the TV singing competition by handing over complete control of their upcoming rock-themed week.

The former Guns 'N' Roses star will advise the final four hopefuls on this week's Rock Week.

And Slash admits he was a skeptic even after other high-profile entertainers -- including filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and actor/singer Jamie Foxx -- served as mentors this season.

He writes on his MySpace blog: "I was reluctant at 1st, but they offered me the freedom to do it however I wanted. More importantly, there are a few singers this year who are really impressive. It's the 1st time any AI line-up has really caught my attention... Those AI kids can sing their a**es off."

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