‘American Idol’ notes: Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips

Here’s the new edition.

We are hours away from the top 13 performing on “American Idol” … so with that, it only seems appropriate in today’s edition of the notes to look a little bit at the past and at the present, right?

Phillip’s the favorite – We’re going to begin this time with this season before actually working our way back, and this time we’re looking solely at odds. We’ve already said that Phillip Phillips is the one to beat for season 11, and online bidding site Bovada seems to agree. Phillip’s odds are listen as 7-2, while Jessica Sanchez is in second place with a 4-1 chance at walking away with the grand prize.

Meanwhile, E! News is reporting that at the Wynn Las Vegas, Hollie Cavanagh is actually the favorite with 4-1 odds. (Really, though, we have a hard time thinking that America will pick a female winner due to their history.)

Haley’s “Wasted Tears” – We have some more new music from Haley Reinhart! The song is called “Wasted Tears,” and she performed it while making a radio stop in Indiana. This is just an acoustic version and it could sound rather different in the studio, but we’re loving everything that we are hearing so far.

This song has a serious throwback vibe to it that reminds us a bit of Adele and Bruno Mars. The other thing that is almost as important as the song itself? The fact here that Haley seems incredibly relaxed and performs the song well despite spending the entirety of the track on a stool.

Scotty’s staying on tour – Despite still going to high school and even playing a bit of baseball, Scotty McCreery is finding a way to continue being a part of Brad Paisley’s nationwide tour for much of the upcoming year.

You can check out some of the newly-announced tour dates below (via Mjsbigblog)

May 18 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis, MO
May 19 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis, IN
May 20 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
June 1 Nikon Theatre Jones Beach, NY*
June 2 Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT*
June 3 Comcast Center Boston, MA*
June 9 Wrigley Field Chicago, IL**
June 15 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH
June 16 DTE Music Center Detroit, MI
June 22 Country USA Festival Oshkosh, WI
June 23 Chippewa Valley Country Festival Cadott, WI
June 29 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
June 30 Susquehanna Bank Center Philadelphia, PA
July 14 Calgary Stampede Calgary,AB***
July 15 Craven Country Jamboree Craven, SK***
July 20 Red Sky Music Festival Omaha, NE***
July 21 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne, WY***
July 26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA*
July 27 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA*
July 28 Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena Lake Tahoe, NV*
August 10 Bethel Woods Pavilion Bethel Woods, NY
August 11 Darien Center Darien Lakes, NY
August 12 Walter Baker Park Ottawa, ON****
August 16 BOK Center Tulsa, OK*
August 17 TBD
August 18 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX*
August 24 Time Warner Cable Music Center Raleigh, NC*
August 25 Jiffy Lube Live Washington, DC*
September 13 Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, VA
September 14 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
September 15 Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
September 27 Jacksonville Arena Jacksonville, FL
September 28 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
September 29 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL
October 4 Ford Center Evansville, IN
October 5 Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH
October 6 Giant Center Hershey, PA
October 11 Verizon Arena Little Rock, AR
October 12 CenturyTel Arena Bossier City, LA
October 13 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA
October 17 Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
October 18 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre San Diego, CA
October 20 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA

Supporting acts will be The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery – with the following exceptions:

*The Band Perry and Easton Corbin

** Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, The Band Perry and Jerrod Niemann

*** The Band Perry only

****Brad only – festival date

Finally, we’ll close with this — if you haven’t seen Heejun Han’s Facebook “talk show” yet, you must by heading over to this link. You’re welcome.

Photo: Fox

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