In an interview by Jeff Winbush in 2007, Jane Monheit was asked about American Idol (Operación triunfo in Spain) and the advice she would give to the contestants, should she be invited as a celebrity judge. Her answer:
I'd tell them to learn music if they didn't already. Don't sing by ear and don't let their pianist do it for them. Learn music and have the same exact knowledge as all the instrumentalists have. You need it. It's absolutely necessary and there are so many singers who don't operate from that place. I don't understand how they're making it. Whenever people ask me for advice for singers that's the first thing that I say.