Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow is gonna have some fun as a guest mentor on this week's American Idol.

E! News has learned that Crow will join previous season 10 celebrity mentors Will.I.Am and Miley Cyrus (and "style mentor" Gwen Stefani) when she sits beside Interscope Records honcho Jimmy Lovine on Wednesday's show as the final five contestants prepare for their performances. "The show wanted Sheryl because she is a true singer-songwriter and she wanted to help them develop as artists," says an Idol insider.

There was no immediate comment from Fox on the Grammy winner's appearance.

But Crow, 49, wasn't always a fan of the hit competition show.

"Let's face it, it undermines art in every way and promotes commercialism," Crow said in a March 2007 interview on MSNBC. "I am sad people love it so."

Sounds like someone's changing her tune.

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