‘American Idol’ notes: Nick Jonas, Phillip Phillips, and Kris Allen

For our second “American Idol” notes of the day, we are again kicking things off with a new judging rumor for season 12 — and this one definitely is coming out of left field.

According to Us Weekly, the two rumored frontrunners to replace Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson (who may be moved to a mentoring role) on the show are Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers along with rapper and producer Pharrell Williams. They are both surprising choices, but they could work very well alongside Mariah Carey and could be cost-effective options.

When it comes to Nick, the benefit first of all is that he would draw in some of the younger viewers in the 12-34 crowd, which is a demographic that the show has strayed from in recent years as their median age has surged into the mid-50s. Plus, he has over a decade’s worth of experience performing on the stage, the small screen, and in the recording studio. He also understands all facets of the business better than anyone his age. Meanwhile, Williams brings that producing angle to the show that Randy also possesses, and he is a little bit of a younger name that could draw interest from the hip-hop community.

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Phillip Phillips finds success – It’s crazy to think that the Olympics could be what gives Phillip Phillips a second life with the song “Home,” but that is what appears to be happening at the moment.

Thanks in part to his song being played for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, “Home” has climbed into the top 10 on iTunes for the first time since the final week of season 11 earlier this season. Really, this makes him the first contestant on the show in some time to get this much play out of a song for an event that had little to nothing to do with the show. Even though Scotty McCreery has sold more than a million albums, none of his singles have managed much mainstream success.

Check out the video of the routine below.

A new Kris Allen performance – Just to end this story with a band, here’s a rather fun performance Kris Allen gave alongside Meiko in his home state of Arkansas. The two did a duet for the song “Love Me Not” on Allen’s recent album “Thank You Camellia,” and they had the opportunity to perform it together at one of her concert events.

Enjoy.

If you want to check out some more judging rumors regarding Brad Paisley, be sure to check out the story over at this link.

Photo: Fox

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