‘American Idol’ notes: Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, and season 12

In kicking off our Monday morning edition of “American Idol” notes, we have some news that has to do with something in season 12 that does not involve the judges for a change — following that, we have have some new stories from the worlds of Adam Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

The Chicago auditions – Ryan Seacrest was recently in the Windy City in order to take part in some brand-new tryouts, and there is some big news courtesy of a few past contestants.

According to a report from Mjsbigblog, a pair of familiar faces from season 11 in Johnny Keyser and Richie Law each auditioned in the city, and they ended up advancing to the next round. Considering that Richie didn’t exactly have the best edit in the world last season, we’re actually a little surprised to see him go through with this again. With that being said, we still don’t think he will end up making the top 24. However, Johnny seems like a pretty strong candidate — he was popular last year, and getting that sort of dismissal could inspire him to get better and actually make it all the way this time around. Considering that he is a pretty good-looking guy, you have to think he’d qualify for the tour right there.

Adam Lambert talks sexuality in music – We have heard artists address the issue of sexuality in music a number of times in the past, but has anyone really taken on the problem in America as well as Adam Lambert has?

Speaking in a new interview with the Independent, here is how Adam related being a gay man to being a recording artist — and while he wants to be an inspiration to the GLBT community, he also wants his music to be listened to and enjoyed by everyone without prejudice:

“[America] is in the midst of this big civil rights movement … It’s beautiful to see how people are powering through and I think the timing of that and my notoriety is a privilege.

“I feel I do have a certain amount of responsibility – because I have a visibility that not a lot of people have in the gay community, especially in the music industry – to be comfortable, to be open … I think for a long time the music industry has been scared of it, of out artists, it’s been more of a niche thing. 

“But music doesn’t have an orientation, a good song is a good song, so if you’re getting hung up on the artist’s sexuality in your enjoyment of the song, then maybe you need to examine your own comfort level a little bit.”

It’s clearly a strong message by Adam, and we hope that somehow his message will translate to American shores and land him some more play on the radio.

Carrie Underwood’s new performance – Just for anyone hoping to check out Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry, here’s some big news coming your way — the season 4 winner will be present at the famed Nashville music hall on August 4. You can find out more information by clicking here.

To check out the list of judges we would like to see on the show in season 12, be sure to head on over to this link.

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