Kate Ward
April 14, 2011 AT 10:23 PM EDT

Bad news for those of you who found yourselves well.i.am.converted over the past couple weeks: Fox reps have told EW that Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am’s stint mentoring this season’s crop of Idols alongside Jimmy Iovine is short-lived. Though he provided some welcome color commentary over the past couple weeks, Fox claims that “it was just an occurrence,” and that will.i.am would not be a full-time mentor.

Sad, really, as it was nice to see a second opinion become available for season 10’s contestants. Clearly, based on the risk Casey and James took last night — choosing not to follow Iovine’s advice — the Idols would welcome advice from other artists. And as much as I hated watching Idol stroll ho-hum mentors in front of the cameras in seasons past to increase the series’ star power, diverse musical opinions could go a long way during a season when contestants are all too comfortable staying in their, well, comfort zone. (Here’s looking at you, Scotty!) And so far, during these past few weeks, will.i.am has proven to be quite a voice of reason — without him, we might have ended up with a beat-box in Paul McDonald’s performance of “Old Time of Rock and Roll.” Who knew such wisdom came from a man who writes lyrics like, “What you gon’ do with all that junk?/All that junk inside your trunk?/Imma get, get, get, get you drunk/Get you love drunk off my hump.”

With will.i.am gone, PopWatchers, I gotta feeling that Idol nights are going to be more boring nights. So let’s get it started: Who wants to petition that will.i.am become permanent mentor alongside Iovine with me?

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