‘American Idol’ notes: Colton Dixon, Adam Lambert, and Haley Reinhart

Colton performed on "Leno."

We have quite a bit going on at the moment when it comes to “American Idol” news, but for this Saturday morning edition of the “notes” we have three of the top stories from the past day as a whole.

Colton and Elise perform on “Leno” – Thanks in part to “The Tonight Show” being off this past week, Colton Dixon was unable to perform. With that in mind, but he and this week’s eliminated contestant Elise Testone took to the stage Friday night for a brief performance that NBC was not kind enough to actually let us watch in full.

There is at least something a little bit different about this performance than some of the past ones. For one, the two actually did a song together — and it was also a track (in “Come Together” by The Beatles) that they did not perform on “Idol” itself.

The only other thing we find particularly entertaining about this video is how Elise jokingly blamed Leno not voting as the reason for her elimination — and then went in for the hug while Jay went in for the handshake.

Adam a slight boost for Kimmel’s ratings – We’re going to stay in the world of late-night for another story here, mostly so that we can take a look at whether or not Adam Lambert’s performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” actually produced some big numbers for ABC.

The verdict? Based on the numbers in the 18-49 demographic, Adam earned Kimmel a tiny boost for his show versus the week before as it rose from a 0.5 rating to a 0.6. (A 1.0 in the demo is around 1.28 million viewers.) However, when comparing it to the 18-49 numbers throughout the week the ratings were about the same — but this could actually be considered impressive once you remember that there was all-new TV across the board Thursday night, and many other programs were down thanks to both competition from the networks along with the NFL draft dominating cable.

On another note, has anyone taken a look at Justin Bieber’s new album cover for “Believe” yet? Take a look at it side by side with the “Trespassing” cover — we don’t think that Bieber ripped Adam off by any measure of the word (these covers are designed for months), but there are some coincidental similarities.

Exhibit A
Exhibit B

Haley Reinhart hints at Casey Abrams collaboration – Based on what we are hearing at the moment from Haley Reinhart, it does look as though she will be teaming up with her longtime pal again after their memorable “Idol” duets coupled with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” this past holiday season.

Speaking to HitFix, Haley delicately danced around the topic of what she and Casey do have planned coming up for his upcoming record with the Concord label::

 “Yes, we actually just had something in the mix and I’ll let him talk about that; it’s nothing that I’ll give away … We are getting together and doing more stuff…We could never leave each other in that way. We have to continue to do stuff together.”

Casey has hinted at his album coming out in late summer — so stay tuned, as we’ll have more news on that once it becomes available. (He will not be featured on Haley’s “Listen Up!” when it is released May 22.)

As always, check back for more of the latest “Idol” news!

Photos: Fox / RCA / Island Def Jam

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