“American Idol’s” Michael Johns has kept uber busy performing, auditioning and recording music for his upcoming sophomore album. But one thing Johns is never too busy to do: Lend a helping hand to the “Idol” up and comers.
]]><![CDATA[Zap2it caught up with Johns at the Reality Rocks Expo, where he filled us in on the status of his new music, an upcoming return to his old FOX reality show stomping ground and what project he has most recently been pursuing. Johns confirms that he returned to his the old stage that turned him into a household during Season 7 just a few weeks ago. “We shot a segment for them. It was myself, Elliott Yamin, Carly Smithson and Mikalah [Gordon],” he says. The “Idol” alum stopped by to the give the new crop of contestants a little advice which only a fellow “Idol” hopeful kind that only they are capable of giving. “All of the sudden you’re playing in front of thousands of people, you got money in the bank,” he says of “Idol’s” overnight fame. “We give them a little advice on what to expect. How to protect yourself. Because the biggest word that comes into the next year is tax — So you better be careful.” So what kind of advice does the Season 7 vet pass along? “It’s like, just realize this is the greatest time of your life. I mean, the chances of getting back to that kind of arena level is rare,” he tells us. “So just to really live in the moment and have a blast and work your butt off, because this is the greatest chance you’ll have in your life to get a career out of it. Stuff like that.” The Aussie singer reveals that he’s “about 15 songs deep” into his next album, which is aiming for an October release. Johns also tells Zap2it exclusively that he’s recently auditioned for a role in the upcoming film version of “Rock of Ages.” “It’s one of those things I didn’t plan on,” he tells us. “So if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.” We got the scoop on his reaction to Pia Toscano‘s shocking elimination and how he reached out to the songstress, as well. Watch the video below for more deets.