‘American Idol’ notes: Haley Reinhart, Kris Allen, James Durbin, and more

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We are right in the middle of a rather busy weekend, and with that we actually have quite a bit to cover at the moment when it comes to “American Idol” notes.

Haley Reinhart talks B.o.B collaboration – We haven’t heard much about it yet, but it turns out that Haley actually worked with the Atlanta-based rapper for an upcoming track on “Listen Up!” (which, as some of you know, hits stores on May 22). The man has some big hits on his resume already(in “Airplanes” or Jessie J’s “Price Tag”), so this could work out well for our season 10 fan favorite.

Speaking to PopCrush, she explained how this collaboration came about without ever even meeting the the man:

“I actually haven’t met him yet, but we put down that track and we were looking at what we might want and filled him in on it and he was all about it. It sounds great! I love it, it has a very rompy kind of Motown sound again. And I just needed somebody so cool and slick to fill that little spot, and he did such a great job.”

National Anthems from James Durbin and David Cook; “God Bless America” from Erika Van Pelt – With baseball season kicking off and with the NHL and the NBA still playing games, we are really getting the opportunity to hear plenty of “Idol” stars singing at various events. The good news? All of them are currently nailing it.

In the videos below, you can see James Durbin singing the National Anthem at a San Jose Sharks game, David Cook doing the same thing for the Angels in Anaheim, and recently-eliminated contestant Erika Van Pelt singing “God Bless America” for her local minor-league team the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Kris Allen explains “Thank You Camellia” meaning – For those of you wondering why exactly Kris named his sophomore release “Thank You Camellia,” we now have an answer for you — it’s a tribute to the house in Los Angeles that he relaxed in following some recording sessions for the album.

The always-charismatic Kris sat down with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Idol Hangover” show, and talked about this along with such other topics as the dog on the cover — and of course his music in general.

For those of you looking forward to the weekly “Idol” rankings, stay tuned — they’ll be up a little later in the day.

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