‘American Idol’ notes: Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Taylor Hicks

We try and stay away from politics here, but we’ll be touching on both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions on our Friday edition of “American Idol” notes — at least in terms of who is going to be performing at each of them.

First … Jessica Sanchez – According to local reports out of Charlotte, the reigning runner-up is set to join a crowded lineup of performers for the DNC beginning early next week. She will specifically be performing on September 5 (a Wednesday), and the week features such artists as Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, and “Glee” star Amber Riley. It’s a little bit of something for everyone in North Carolina, at least if you have the same political views as President Barack Obama.

Now … Taylor Hicks – The season 5 champ is fresh off a performance of his own at the Republican National Convention, where he performed a song in “Taking It to the Streets” that he made famous during the fifth season of the hit show. The thing that we enjoyed about this performance (at least almost as much as the singing) was seeing some of these politicians dance. We haven’t seen a political figure move around ever since a certain former President.

Check out the video below via Mjsbigblog — and yes, we’ve also included the Bush video for good measure.

Phillip’s debut album pushed back? – Finally, we’re going to close here with some tough news if you are a major fan of the reigning champ — he may be the first winner in quite some time to not put out an album before the Christmas holiday.

In a new radio interview, Phillip proclaimed that his debut is probably not going to come until at least January or February, with the major reason for that being that he wants to ensure that the songs that are included are of the highest quality:

“They really want to give me some time to make an album that represents me … Hopefully people will stick around to check it out.”

Hopefully, Phillip is going to be right in doing so — but releasing an album out of the holiday season is tough, and now we have to hope it will be released early enough so people can use their iTunes gift cards on it.

If you haven’t heard the major news of the day yet pertaining to Randy Jackson reportedly leaving the judging panel, you can do so by paying a visit over to the link here.

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