‘American Idol’ notes: Casey Abrams, Lauren Alaina, and Stefano Langone

Casey's album comes out on June 26.

With most of the top 10 from this past season of “American Idol” busy rehearsing for the live tour, we’re going back to season 10 talk about some of the best singers — and even have a new video to show for it!

A new version of “Midnight Girl” – If you’ve been following our coverage of Casey Abrams’ upcoming self-titled debut, then you probably already know how excited we are for it. The music is easily the most personal out of anyone from his season, and we’ve yet to find a single song from the album that is subpar.

One of the best tracks off of the album is the intimate ballad “Midnight Girl,” and we have a new video featuring Casey performing the song in the middle of a sidewalk (even though the video is marked “porch”). It’s a bit more active than his performance of “A Simple Life” on a street corner — after all, somebody honks their horn in the middle of it.

We hope that somewhere, Hot AC radio manages to find a place for some of these songs. It’s already a pretty busy format when it comes to “American Idol” alumni (as Haley Reinhart, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson all have songs on the chart already), but isn’t there room for one more?

Lauren Alaina heads home – For those of you who are in the Chattanooga area, here’s some big news for you — Lauren Alaina is set to headline Riverbend on Saturday night. It’s a bit of a homecoming for her in many ways — especially since she first participated in a local talent show there when she was nine years old.

This is turning out to be a rather busy week for Lauren, as she is just arriving in the area after spending a few days in New York City.

Stefano’s song stars to rise – For those of you who doubted whether or not Stefano Langone (or “Stefano,” as he prefers to be called now) could have a hit with his catchy “I’m On a Roll,” you may be surprised to know that the song is on the cusp of the top 40.

While the song is not picking up spins at a rapid rate, it does continue to be on the upswing at #49 on the top 40 chart. Could this be a summer anthem? It’s certainly fun enough, but it still needs to expand to a wider audience of radio stations.

As always, stay tuned for more of the latest “American Idol” news!

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