‘American Idol’ notes: Phillip Phillips, David Archuleta, Haley Reinhart

In the midst of what has been a pretty eventful day in regards to “American Idol” — especially when it comes to Mariah Carey joining the show as the newest judge — there actually has been some news coming out when it comes to some past contestants.

With that in mind, let’s start off with a reaction from a recent contestant about the judging rumors that have been floating around out there.

Haley speaks out – Haley Reinhart was just one of many singers in attendance for the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday — and even though the Mariah booking was not announced yet, she still spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how Carey and Adam Lambert would be great choices for the show:

“It’s sad to see them go, but if they’re gonna pick a new bath of judges, I think that it’s a really great opportunity to find some people that really can give some great, great advice … I know there’s names thrown out there, like I just heard Gwen Stefani and Mariah Carey and even Adam Lambert, a past Idol. I think all these ideas are wonderful.”

We know that Lambert is still a candidate to appear as a replacement for Steven Tyler, but we can pretty much rule out Stefani thanks to her recent comeback with No Doubt.

Phillip Phillips celebrates Gold release – We posted in the past about Phillip Phillips’ coronation song “Home” passing the 500,000 sales mark, and he’s now getting the opportunity to actually celebrate the honor while on the show’s live tour.

The photo to the left was posted on the @Idol_Insider Twitter account, and we don’t know what is cooler about it — Phillip looking like he just opened a Christmas gift, or Heejun Han accidentally finding a way to photo-bomb the picture. Either way, massive congratulations are in order!

David Archuleta talks “BEGIN” – Just because we love all things David Archuleta, we have a new video featuring him talking about everything from his music to his decision to leave for two years on a Mormon mission. As bummed as we are to see him gone, isn’t it nice that he planned out releasing so much content in advance of his departure?

“BEGIN” comes out on August 7 — and if you want to check out previews for some of the tracks, be sure to visit the story over at this link.

Photo: Fox

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