‘American Idol’ notes: Jessica Sanchez, James Durbin, and David Archuleta

Jessica has a smart idea.

It’s been a mostly quiet day on the “American Idol” front at the moment, with most of the hit show’s current contestants trying to prepare their Billy Joel songs for the live shows in just over 24 hours. With that being said, though, we still have some important things worth bringing up concerning one current star — plus two big names from the past.

Jessica’s smart Twitter strategy – It may seem trivial at first glance, but you really can’t underestimate how important communicating with your fans is to becoming a star. This is one of the reasons why Justin Bieber has become the sensation that he is, as he has been active speaking with supporters (and even following them on Twitter) since the very beginning.

Now, Jessica Sanchez is doing her best to follow the Bieber path better than any other contestant this season. She tweets regularly — though not so regularly that you have to sort through dozens of pages — and also does her best to make sure people know that she does try to answer their questions and follow a few select people from time to time.

The biggest mistake contestants make? When they either don’t interact with the fans at all or simply rattle off the same “thanks for the support” over and over again. Fans are smart, and they know when they are getting a canned response. So hats off Jessica!

Also, hats off to James Durbin – For all the James Durbin fans, you will be pleased to know that the singer has been nominated for the 2012 Golden Gods Awards recognizing the best in rock and heavy metal. Specifically, the season 10 alum is up for Best Vocalist alongside the likes of Amy Lee and Jonathan Davis (Korn).

You can vote for James by hitting up this link, and remember that the winners will be announced during a concert event on April 11 at Club Nokia.

A David Archuleta blog – We’ll close things off with the newest video blog from David Archuleta, who talks about his family life and trying to get in as much time at home as possible while working on an album of covers. The season 7 runner-up is in final preparations before embarking on a lengthy Mormon mission.

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