‘American Idol’ alumni notes: Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler, and more

The album comes out March 20.

With us currently smack-dab in the middle of three “American Idol” shows in the span of a week (plus a repeat airing Tuesday night to make up for those who didn’t set their DVRs right following the NFC Championship Game), this seems like as great of an opportunity as any to play some catch-up with what a few popular alums from the past are currently up to.

-First things first, Adam Lambert has just released the new album cover for “Trespassing,” which hits stores on March 20. It’s a mature, powerful cover from a guy who has become one of the series’ breakout male stars, and the font for the title works perfectly with the image even if it reminds us a little bit of the “Fear Factor” logo.

-Kellie Pickler has just released her new album “100 Proof,” which really represents the sort of music she should have been making all along — mature country that doesn’t try to be anything else. Carrie Underwood has always had the perfect mindset here — focus on your own genre first, and then let other formats pick you up if they want. (This is how “Before He Cheats” became a hit.)

As for the reviews, they’ve been overwhelming positive — and may actually be the most positive ones we’ve seen since the ones for Crystal Bowersox’s “Farmer’s Daughter” debut.

-Speaking of Crystal, another season 9 alum in Siobhan Magnus has just released a new album entitled “Moonbaby.” We haven’t had much of an opportunity to get into much of her post-“Idol” music just yet, largely just because it’s been mostly populating the indie scene.

Siobhan has always been a great talent, and we’re still baffled to this day about how she managed to go home before High School Student Aaron Kelly, Michael Lynche, and Casey James.

-Last year’s champion in Scotty McCreery is set to appear on “Hart of Dixie” later this season … but he is playing himself and performing his new song “The Trouble with Girls.” In other words, it’s largely a PR appearance that won’t do too much to test the guy’s acting chops.

-Meanwhile, last year’s runner-up Lauren Alaina is going to host the Teddy Awards on CMT airing February 14 — mostly because there’s nothing more awkward than having a 17-year old girl announce the winner of “Best Cheating Video.”

Just for kicks, we’ll leave you with a rather funny video of Jimmy Kimmel roasting Steven Tyler for his botched National Anthem from this weekend’s AFC Championship Game.

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