‘American Idol’ notes: Carrie Underwood, Jessica Sanchez, and Phillip Phillips

Could it be true?

Is Carrie Underwood set to work with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith? Since this is the most exciting rumor of the day, it’s the lead-off for our Saturday edition of “American Idol” notes.

According to a well-connected fan source for the band (via Mjsbigblog), Carrie and Steven (who have worked together on a few occasions and TV gigs in the past) have been planning a country duet for the rock band’s upcoming album. Is it true? That is still unclear, and there is a development that has us a little skeptical — mostly that the original post has been deleted. With that in mind, it’s possible that the whole story was untrue — but then again, it’s also possible that the band doesn’t want the word out on it just yet.

So for now, let’s place this firmly in the “rumor” category and move on.

The real Jessica Sanchez – Contrary to what we saw on “Idol” for much of this season, the reigning runner-up is not really that interested in pop music. This is what Sanchez had to say to Rolling Stone in a new interview, one in which she also talks more about some of her musical influences, and what she wants to ultimately get out of her career.

Since it’s not in the interview (which you can see at the bottom of this article), we’ll also add this about Jessica — she’s a video gamer! In a new post on Twitter, she recently announced that she was playing “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” As silly as this sounds, these sort of details may have been what were missing from “Idol” to show the full spectrum of her personality. We think that Phillip Phillips’ sense of humor allowed him to have so many more fans, and Jessica probably also would have benefited from the show allowing her to also showcase that she knows how to laugh and have a good time more than they did.

Phillip hoping to release new music soon – Speaking of Phillip, he has suggested on his own Twitter page that he would like to have some original material out within a few months — which would be right in the middle of the “Idol” tour. While this is a pretty quick turnaround, remember, that both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina last year managed to have their debut albums out in October. With that in mind, anything’s possible — though it is going to be hard for Phillip to work much in the next month following his kidney surgery.

As always, check back soon for more “Idol” news!

Photo: Arista Nashville

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