‘American Idol’ notes: Lee DeWyze, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery

Since this is the week of the 4th of July, why don’t we start out this Monday morning edition of “American Idol” notes by getting a little bit patriotic?

Lee performs “God Bless America” – As a way of paying tribute to this fine country, Lee DeWyze had the opportunity this weekend to perform “God Bless America” at a Los Angeles Dodgers game — and he did a pretty incredible job with the track.

Without even delving even more into the fantastic vocals here, shouldn’t someone commend Lee on how great he looks? The guy has seriously upped his style game lately, and he also seems to be more confident than ever with his vocals. We’ve felt for years that season 9 is unfairly treated as the bad egg of the show, especially since some of the show’s problems (Ellen DeGeneres as a judge, Simon Cowell with one foot out the door) were not really the contestants’ fault.

Check out a video of the performance below.

Adam Lambert looks back at Queen gig – Two days after Adam Lambert performed in Kiev with Queen, we’re still reveling in the aftermath — especially now that Adam has posted a picture showing just how many people he was really performing to in the Ukrainian city.

Along with this image, the season 8 alum also posted the following caption along with a lengthy video showing off some of his performance:

“What an amaaaazing evening! I’m humbled and honored. The energy in the crowd was beyond! Thank you Kiev!”

The reviews for Adam’s performance were pretty positive across the board — not only did he do Freddie Mercury’s songs justice, but he brought enough of himself to the gig that it did not feel as though he was just up there doing cover songs for fans as far as the eye could see.

Scotty McCreery talks album #2 – We are going to close things off with some comments from season 10 champ Scotty McCreery, who realizes that for his upcoming sophomore release, he needs to mix it up when it comes to his themes. Two out of his first three singles have been love ballads, and he wants to ensure that the focus also remains on other topics.

Speaking to Billboard in a new interview, he did his best to elaborate on the subject:

“I’m definitely seeing for this second album that people are really excited when they’re sending me songs … I’m enjoying the songs I’ve been hearing. I just want people to really see me this time.”

Scotty also admits that he felt “rushed” making the first album, which is something that any past winner can relate to, but he also said that he is looking forward to taking his time now to try and make the next disc perfect.

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Photos: Fox, Adam Lambert

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