‘American Idol’ notes: Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, and Phillip Phillips

Haley’s came back Thursday night.

Following her fantastic performance of “Free” during the “American Idol” performance show Thursday night, it only sees to be appropriate to focus on this edition of the “notes” by talking about her.

Before Haley even took to the stage Thursday night, she sat down with “Idol’s” official site to give a little bit of context about her upcoming album “Listen Up” coming on May 22 — including how “Free” was the first song she recorded and it was the only one she did during the tour this past summer.

It’s always entertaining to see contestants one year later, mostly because so many of them comment on fast time flies. At one moment, you are singing for your future on a reality show; then, you are touring around the country, recording an album, and then performing it back on the show that first made you a star. It’s a whirlwind, but we do like that Haley took a bit more time to get this right rather than rushing something out to buyers that she wasn’t comfortable with.

James Durbin advances – In turning to a completely different past contestant from season 10, there’s some big news for James Durbin fans — the man has managed to do something as a #16 seed in MTV’s Musical March Madness that no team #16 seed has done in the real March Madness in take down a #1.

Following his victory against the Foo Fighters, James now has to take on a #8 seed in Best Coast. You can vote for him by heading over to this link, and we’ll see if his underdog streak lives on.

Phillip Phillips explains not listening to Tommy Hilfiger, Jimmy Iovine – While we loved the whole Heejun Han / Phillip Phillips friendship in the beginning, the one thing that is starting to irk us about these two is that they seemingly don’t appear willing or excited to take suggestions. We don’t know if it’s ego or something else; we just know that if the main behind Interscope Records offers up a suggestion, we would probably be inclined to take it.

Speaking to TV Guide, Phillip tried to defend his attitude by saying the following:

“If there’s something I don’t agree with, I’m going to say it. That’s just what I did tonight. They suggest things. They don’t tell you what to do. You can take it or leave it, and I guess this week I kind of left it. Like I said, it’s not just about the image for me.”

Even though Phillip may feel this way, image does matter — and the judges are steering him in the wrong direction. He needs to do something else to stand out if he wants to be a superstar after the show; otherwise, he’s going to be placed in the same box as hundreds of other artists.

Do you think that Phillip should be more inclined to listen and take suggestions?

Photo: Fox

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