‘American Idol’ notes: David Archuleta and Carrie Underwood

In some shape or form, traveling plays a role in everyone one of our new “American Idol” notes — whether we are talking about a season 4 winner heading home, a season 10 runner-up heading north, or a season 7 star continuing his travels on a mission.

With that … let’s start with some new music.

Previews from BEGIN – David Archuleta may be in Chile for the next year and a half, but his team is still putting out some music that he recorded prior to his exit.  The album in full covers out on August 7, but you can hear snippets of some of the covers now!

Personally, our highlights include still his stellar version of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” and of course an angelic cover of “Arms of An Angel” — a version that we may even like better than the original.

Carrie’s back home – Carrie Underwood has finally returned home herself from a lengthy trip (though not nearly as lengthy as David’s) to England and Australia, and she is celebrating with some home time with husband Mike Fisher — which apparently includes taking part in some baking.

In a post on Twitter, here is what Carrie had to say about the creation to the left of this article:

“This is my attempt at a cobbler with my fresh picked blackberries…looks funny but tastes great”

 If nothing else, you can never accuse Carrie of being such a big star that she hates doing day-to-day activities — she has already professed to being a fan of laundry and grocery shopping, and you can now add picking berries to the list of hobbies.

Lauren’s in Canada – While Carrie is heading home, Lauren Alaina’s been up north of the border in order to perform as a part of some shows — and while her idol is tweeting about cobblers, she’s instead talking about an 18-year old pop singer who’s got himself in some trouble thanks to the paparazzi:

“Since I’ve been in Canada, everywhere I’ve been I’ve heard@justinbieber#loveit‬!!!”

With Lauren still a minor and Scotty McCreery heading off to college, these two “American Idol” alum in particular are doing their best to make the most out of their summer, especially since they will at least be occupied with some other duties the rest of the fall.

If you want to check out some news from David Cook earlier in the day, be sure to check out this story! We’d also love to hear what you have to say about this edition of the “notes” below.

Photo: Fox, Carrie Underwood

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