‘American Idol’ notes: Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Stefano

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American IdolThe reaction to the “American Idol” premiere is still pouring in, and we’re going to start things off by sharing some thoughts courtesy of someone who was at one point speculated to be joining the judging panel himself in Adam Lambert.

So is the former season 8 star upset in any way that he is not a part of the show anymore? Far from it. As a matter of fact, he announced in a post on Twitter that he was absolutely thrilled for the show after watching the premiere, and seeing what he felt was the best panel of judges they have had in a long time:

“Watching @AmericanIdol - the [judging] panel is PERFECT. credible, entertaining, and balanced! fab! LUV this First episode! #idol13

While there are still some obvious concerns about this panel being too over-the-top for their own good, we tend to agree with most of what Adam is saying. They are far more honest than Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler ever were, and having such people as Lazaro Arbos and Kez Ban trying out for the show definitely helps.

For those of you who do love watching the judges feud and fight over their favorite contestants, you’re probably going to be thrilled with the news that the fighting is far from over. In a new interview with TVLine, Fox executive Mike Darnell proclaimed that the show will feature plenty more drama between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj in Charlotte this coming week. He stopped short of saying that we are for sure going to see that infamous fight that was leaked on TMZ, but the show’s not shying away from the feud between these two superstars at the moment.

Stefano’s new lyric video – We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’ve really liked the post-”American Idol” music from Stefano, and now we have something new to share in his official lyric video for “Yes To Love.” Should he fire whoever did the lighting work in here? Probably, since for a lyric video, you can only read the lyrics about 60% of the time. But the concept is cute, and the song is so catchy that we’re willing to overlook it.

If you want to read some more about this season of “American Idol,” take a look at some of the week’s highlights over at the link here.

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