‘American Idol’ notes: Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Carrie Underwood

For our Monday evening edition of “American Idol” notes, we’re going to kick things off with a brief announcement for all Jessica Sanchez fans out there — she’s going to be getting some pretty great publicity later this week.

According to 19 Entertainment (who helps to manage all of the former contestants from the show), Sanchez will be appearing on the August 22 edition of “Access Hollywood.” While there, we have a feeling that she will be asked about the show’s summer tour, her plans for her new album, and probably even her relationship with fellow contestant Deandre Brackensick.

Phillip Phillips hits a new peak – It’s been a while since we talked about the performance of Phillip Phillips’ “Home” on the radio charts, and when it comes to the Hot AC format there’s some great news — it’s closing in on the top 10.

Overall, the song is up three positions versus last week and is at #14. Really, it needs to gain another 450 spins or so in order to really make it comfortably into this¬†prestigious¬†grouping, and this is possible even though the Olympics hype is dying down (mostly because non-viewers are experiencing the song now). Meanwhile, the song has actually cracked the top 40 of the chart of the same name for the first time — but we don’t really see it getting any higher than this unless it somehow starts to pick up spins at a more rapid rate.

Carrie Underwood behind the scenes – Finally, we’re going to close things off with a brief and rather fun video featuring Carrie Underwood — one where she talks a little bit about the experience about being at the show, and touring around the country. It’s funny, and it’s classic Carrie in many ways.

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