‘American Idol’ notes: Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips

For our special Labor Day edition of “American Idol” notes, we are going country … and talking about Christmas. Make sense? It probably doesn’t, but we are going to kick things off with some more news from Scotty McCreery.

The image to the left is the just-released album cover from “Christmas with Scotty McCreery,” which is going to be in stores a little bit early for the holiday season on October 16. Obviously, the goal here with this disc is rather simple, and similar to what David Archuleta did a few years ago — get some more music out there for everyone to enjoy while he works on something new for 2013. Christmas albums are traditionally strong sellers, and are especially popular in the south — which is where much of his country base lies.

With Scotty’s distinctive voice, we have a feeling this will be a big seller for him … though we do wonder when he is going to lock this door and turn the lights inside down low. (Rim shot.)

A Carrie Underwood performance – Last night the MDA Telethon was made into more of a concert event than in years past, and the season 4 winner give it a distinct “American Idol” presence with a performance of “Nobody Ever Told You.” In some other interesting news here, the performance was actually introduced by another former “American Idol” judge in Paula Abdul!

This event was set at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and of course Carrie’s vocals did not disappoint at all.

Phillip Phillips airplay – In drifting away slightly from country, we’ll close with the latest in airplay information from season 11 champion Phillip Phillips. How is “Home” doing now? Let’s just say that he is slowly closing in on the top 10 of the Hot AC chart. He is up one spot from last week to #11, but the one piece of bad news here is that his spin count increased by only 184 from this time last week, which is a little bit of a decline. We do expect him to hit #10 within the next two days, but we don’t know how much higher than that he will get.

Meanwhile, on the top 40 chart Phillip has made it up to #33 — an especially impressive feat given how few contestants since Adam Lambert have had any success on this chart at all.

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Photo: Mercury Nashville

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