‘American Idol’ notes: Jessica Sanchez, Kris Allen, Haley Reinhart

We have some more “American Idol” highlights for you on this fine Thursday, and the plan now is going to be to kick things off with some of the latest news pertaining to Jessica Sanchez.

Watching Jessica Sanchez’s stream – If you are a diehard Jessica fan, then you probably already know that the reigning runner-up has been doing some live stream videos throughout much of the summer tour so far. Since we were lucky enough to catch part of one Thursday afternoon, we thought we’d put our impressions here.

It was really one of the stranger chats we’ve ever seen, mostly because it really wasn’t much of a chat at all. Instead, the video consisted largely of Jessica siting in front of the camera in silence while a number of users sent various messages her way in the Ustream chat. The positive from this, as unusual a chat as it was, was that it did at least present another opportunity for Jessica to interact with some of her fans … at least in that she could see what they were saying about her without any problems. As for why she muted it, someone on the chat said that Hollie Cavanagh was sleeping nearby — though another good reason may have been that she was trying to rest up her voice.

By the time we had signed off of the video, she did make a few nice gestures to her fans — including blowing a kiss a giving a wave.

Kris Allen covers Ellie Goulding – Now, we are starting off sharing a couple of videos with none other than season 8 star Kris Allen — who performed the performance below of “Lights” as a part of a revolutionary new medium called “Stage It” — which gives artists an opportunity to raise money or charity via some impromptu live performances.

Kris had a “concert” in his house in order to benefit the Music Empowers Foundation, and over the course of the hour-long event over $15,000 was raised. If more artists chose to do something this intimate, just imagine how much great money could be raised for various causes around the world.

A new Haley Reinhart interview – ¬†Finally, we’re going to close with some words from Haley Reinhart as a part of some work that she has been doing with the Grammy foundation to help young people. It’s short and fairly to the point, but it is successful in showing off a soft, sweet side to the season 10 alum.

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