‘American Idol’ notes: Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler, and Phillip Phillips

Adam Lambert leads the way.

We have some great news and some sad news in our Thursday edition of “American Idol” notes, and we’re going to be kicking things off by putting the focus on Adam Lambert back in London to do some more publicity — this time for both himself and his upcoming tour with Queen.

The interview – On BBC One’s “Breakfast” show this week, Adam started things off by saying that he really is enjoying the rehearsal process with the legendary band — who he first met on the Fox reality show years ago:

“It’s surprisingly comfortable … it could have been an incredibly intimidating situation, but Brian May and Roger Taylor are total class acts, they’re very down to earth, and we’re having a good time playing great music.”

This actually was one of the better interviews we’ve seen with Adam since starting his “Trespassing” promotional tour overseas, as he also did his best to analyze why some former show stars like Kelly Clarkson do well in the United Kingdom, while others such as Carrie Underwood have struggled to make a name for themselves:

“I suppose part of it is the type of music you’re making — something that will resonate here … Carrie’s working on crossing over here. Country music’s not as popular here.”


Kellie Pickler dropped from label – Speaking of country music, Kellie’s “100 Proof” was one of the better female-driven country albums to come out in a while, but even this was not enough for her to break through on a chart mostly dominated by men (which a few exceptions, including Carrie).

Speaking to ABC News Radio, the manager for the season 5 star confirmed that her label Sony Music Nashville and her made the decision to part ways after several years together:

“Kellie’s contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew.”

The sad news here is that Kellie’s not the only contestant who is currently in danger of losing their record deal. Kris Allen is likely going to be dropped from RCA thanks to poor sales of his disc “Thank You Camellia,” and the writing on the wall is currently not the greatest, either, for Haley Reinhart and Interscope (though they may be more patient with this being her first album).

Happy news for Phillip Phillips – After that downer of a story, let’s close with a quote from Phillip Phillips about how he is pushing along quickly in his recovery from kidney surgery — which is great news for anyone wanting to see him on the “American Idol” tour starting next month:

“I’m surprised myself … Even the doctors are surprised how well it’s coming along. They’ve been helping me—I just need to keep pushing myself.”

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Photo: RCA Press / Lee Cherry

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