‘American Idol’ notes: Jessica Sanchez, Carrie Underwood, and Casey James

She took on the anthem for the game.

With the tour weeks away, we are admittedly in a bit of a lull when it comes to “American Idol” news. However, the good news is that we have a pair of single announcements to share to go along with another National Anthem performance from Jessica Sanchez.

Jessica hits up the NBA Finals – Is there anyone who is getting more opportunities to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” than Jessica Sanchez? Just three days after performing the anthem in Las Vegas for a pay-per-view boxing match, Jessica was in Oklahoma City belting it out for Game 1 of the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat.

While Jessica does not seemingly have an allegiance to one team or the other (which is pretty rare for games like these), she does do a pretty stellar job with one of the hardest songs in music. The Finals is one of the best platforms she can have at this point in her career — not only does she continue to promote herself to her fans, viewers who have never even heard of her had an opportunity to do so before the start of the game.

You can check out a video of her performance below:

New singles – The following story is probably going to come across as no surprise at all, but “Blown Away” is officially the next new single from Carrie Underwood! She has been promoting it ever since her “American Idol” performance of the song last month, and she also recently released a teaser for its upcoming music video.

Meanwhile, Casey James recently told the show’s official site that “Crying on a Suitcase” will be his next single — and he describes the track by saying the following:

“I’m excited that ‘Crying On A Suitcase’ is my new single … This song is so intense and emotional. The idea of someone right on the verge of losing their loved one, and doing everything to keep it from happening. Who hasn’t been there?”

In case you’ve never heard the song before, you can check it out below — it’s rather good, and is yet another example of how much producers shafted Casey when they didn’t get him on the show this past season to promote his album. While “American Idol” may not want you to realize this, season 9 did exist — can’t we at least recognize it?

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

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