‘American Idol’ notes: Randy Jackson, Adam Lambert, Paul McDonald

When it comes to the world of “American Idol,” it’s no understatement that there is not exactly much happening in the world of the show … at least with the exception of Randy Jackson. With that in mind, it only seems appropriate to start things off with some news there.

In a new interview with ABC News Radio, Randy said what was probably his most important comment of the entire judging search in that it’s really not about the people at the panel at the end of the day:

“It really comes down to the contestants because that’s who’s gonna be doing most of the work … The competition is really between them.  It’s not between the judges.  So, I just hate that people take the focus off the meat of it, you know.  That’s the eye of the whole thing.  That’s what makes it go.  You gotta find — and you gotta have — great talent in order to have a successful show.”

As for why Randy is back on the show, it does seem to be in part financially-based. Some sources claimed that Enrique wanted at least $10 million for his services, and was too big of a pill for the producers to swallow given how much money they’ve already spent on Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Adam Lambert, Phillip Phillips land same concert gig – The reigning champ is not only going to be performing away from the rest of the season 11 crowd later this year, but he will be singing at the same event as the most successful star of the show to come out since season 8: Adam Lambert. Phillip, Adam, Gavin DeGraw, and Alanis Morrissette are all going to be a part of the Texas Tango on October 29 put on by local Dallas station NOW 102.9, and you can check out some more information here.

Paul McDonald’s new song – Remember Paul from season 10? We now have a new song from his worth “Counting Stars” that you can hear below.

The first thing that we have to point out here is that Paul’s orchestration on the song is beautiful. We wish that there was a little bit more of a melody here, but the song is incredibly haunting. We could totally see this on a movie trailer in the future. We’re not sure if Paul would want the comparison, but this song really reminds us of a few songs from James Blunt’s first two albums: if’s powerful, emotional, and has a similar sort of narrative. The only thing we’re missing is the sort of acoustic vibe of someone of Paul’s other original music that we have heard over the years. We do like this song more every time we hear it.

Check out the song below via Yahoo! Music.

If you want more news about Randy’s return to the show, you can find it over at the link here.

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