‘American Idol’ notes: Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, and Adam Lambert

Breaking news.

We have quite a few headlines at the moment when it comes to the “American Idol” world, wo we’re going to try to get through some of them in an edition of the “notes” that kicks off with a major Ryan Seacrest announcement.

He’s coming back… – That’s right — the most under-appreciated host in live television has signed a new deal that will keep him on “Idol” presumably until the end of 2014. The contract earns him the same slary of $15 million a season (ironically the same as what Britney Spears is being offered to go on “The X Factor”) that he earns now, and it also ensures that Ryan will remain the busiest person alive thanks to this show, E!, his radio show, and some of the work he is doing for “The Today Show” covering the Olympics in London this summer. Where does one man find the time?

It was really in watching Carson Daly and Steve Jones on the rival singing shoes that we came to appreciate Ryan so much more. Cat Deeley and Tom Bergeron really are the only other live hosts as skilled as he is when it comes to moving the show along, injecting humor here and there, and having the whole ordeal feel natural rather than forced due to a producer shouting from backstage.

Carrie scores CMT Music Awards nominations – It probably should not come as much of a surprise, but Carrie Underwood is getting some more love thrown in her direction. This time, it’s courtesy of the CMT Music Awards.

Carrie is actually nominated twice for Video of the Year — once for her track “Good Girl” and once again for her duet “Remind Me” with Brad Paisley. “Good Girl” is also nominated for Female Video of the Year, and “Remind Me” has a nod for Collaborative Video of the Year. (She also has a nod thrown in for her CMT performance with Steven Tyler in a network-specific category.)

There’s some good news here for fans of Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, as they are each up for USA Weekend Breakthrough Performance of the Year.

The CMT Awards air on Wednesday, June 6 … you can probably guess what network they’ll be airing on.

Request “Never Close Our Eyes” – For all the Adam Lambert fans out there, we thought we’d close with a personal message from the man himself — his new single “Never Close Our Eyes” is ready and waiting for some airplay!

In a new post on Twitter, here is what Adam wrote as a bit of encouragement:

“My dear GLAMBERTS! Have you requested Never Close Our Eyes today!? Make em know you want it… Bad!!! :) #trespassingontheradio

While “Better Than I Know Myself” made an imprint on the Hot AC chart, this song has more potential to hit big on pop-friendly top 40 radio. Stay tuned — we’ll have updates if any chart milestones are achieved.

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