‘American Idol’ notes: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Colton Dixon

After going back and looking at many “American Idol” stars from many seasons ago as of late, we’re going to focus our Wednesday edition of the show notes on some people who are a little bit more current; in other words, we’re putting the focus back on some singers who are literally just now getting out into the world as solo artists following the season 11 tour.

Phillip covers “Crazy” – Phillip Phillips recently had the opportunity to perform at a Mix 94.1 show recently in Las Vegas, and in the process ended up showing up one of his signature covers that are completely a flip on what you would expect from the song. Really, he’s the best former contestant since Kris Allen at coming up innovative guitar-heavy versions of classic songs.

The song below is of the Gnarls Barkley song “Crazy,” and we love that he didn’t even both trying to make the same melody or hit some of the high notes made famous by Cee Lo Green. He instead stuck with what he shines at, which is playing some pretty great acoustic music.

More from Jessica and Deandre – In speaking of the tour, we have another new video that showcases what the top 10 were up to at times while traveling around the country, and it includes find out some behind-the-scenes gossip.

In this video, we learned that Colton Dixon is a diva (jokingly, of course) in Phillip Phillip’s eyes, that Heejun can (also jokingly) be annoying, and that Jessica Sanchez and Deandre Brackensick are not trying to force anything in their young relationship. Instead, they are just trying to enjoy their lives and will take on whatever challenges they can as they come.

Colton says… – In turning to Colton, the Christian rocker told Ryan Seacrest recently that out of all of the judges on the new season, he would be most intimidated by trying to wrap his head around Nicki Minaj and what she would end up wanting from him:

“For me, I think Nicki Minaj would be the hardest judge…just because I don’t understand her. You’re intimidated by things you don’t understand. So, I would be sure to try to win her over first.”

After seeing that video of the Mariah Carey – Nicki Minaj verbal war this week, we are really starting to understand just what Colton may be talking about here.

Photo: Fox

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