‘American Idol’ notes: Colton Dixon, David Cook, and Joshua Ledet

For our second Thursday edition of “American Idol” notes, we have a good bit of subject matter to cover when it comes to not just the tour, but surprisingly the large number of former contestants who are going to be present at the MLB All-Star Game next week.

Colton to debut new song – While it’s a rarity to see former contestants get the opportunity to perform original music on tour, Colton Dixon is going to get exactly that opportunity with a track called “Never Gone.”

Speaking in a new interview with Yahoo! Music (which has also provided the clip from the song below), Colton exaplains how he reacted when he first ended up hearing the news:

“I honestly don’t know why I was allowed to do an original song on tour; I’m just so appreciative to have people believe in my music enough to give me this opportunity, and I’m stoked to be able to give my fans a glimpse of what I have been working so hard on in the studio.”

The song is set firmly within what is Colton’s wheelhouse — rock / pop music with a message that appeals to both Christian and secular audiences. Somewhere, Switchfoot is smiling at him.

David Cook, Kellie Pickler to shine for MLB All-Star Game – Fox is certainly doing just about everything it can to promote its upcoming broadcast of baseball’s all-star game. According to the Associated Press, Phillip Phillips is set to perform his coronation song “Home” in a special performance before the game, and Kellie Pickler is going to take on “God Bless America” during the Seventh-Inning Stretch.

That’s not it, though — David Cook is going to be taking on the National Anthem for the Home Run Derby, which airs on ESPN July 9. All in all, it’s not a bad night for former “American Idol” singers.

Joshua Ledet makes a change – This is not big news, but it’s still important for those of you looking for Joshua Ledet online — he has now changed his handle from @JLedetAI11 to something a bit less associated with the show in @JoshLedet.

Joshua is hardly the first person to change his username on the popular social-media site, as both Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine have each also changed their names since season 11 wrapped up.

As always, be sure to check back for more “American Idol” news — including some 4th of July performances from the likes of Phillip and more.

Photo: Fox

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