‘American Idol’ notes: Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Nicki Minaj

American Idol JudgesJessica Sanchez has mostly stayed under-the-radar as of late while she preps her debut album for a release earlier next year, but we do finally have something new courtesy of her to share now: the brand-new commercial featuring Sanchez for RadioShack, just in time for the holiday season.

The commercial itself is rather simple, and an homage to the classic 1989 film “Say Anything”: rather than have someone holding up a radio playing the Peter Gabriel classic “In Your Eyes,” however, we instead have a young man holding up the tiny pill radio by Beats (which is the company in part owned by “American Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine) to a woman listening intently in an above window. Jessica gets the opportunity here to play the lucky lady, and the song being played out of the headlines is none other than “Gone, Gone, Gone” from Phillip Phillips’ debut album. Let’s rejoice someone using a song from Phillip other than “Home”!

It’s a cute ad, and definitely worth checking out below. (Video via pphillipsonline.)

The latest promo – Now, let’s move over to what is a very important message courtesy of Nicki Minaj: she really wants to be taken seriously as an artist as well as an “American Idol” judge. Rather than focusing on some of the sillier parts of her personality, this new promo from Fox showcases her giving honest, real feedback to contestants while being supportive. It’s never fair to judge based solely on audition round performances thanks to editing, but thus far Nicki seems to come across as what Jennifer Lopez tried to be: a nurturing presence that would still not be afraid to deliver hard truths when needed to.

With this being said, someone probably needs to tell Nicki that another show is already coming close to “American Idol” in “The Voice” … so that comparison really does not fly right now.

If you want to read some other recent “American Idol” notes about Phillip Phillips and Scotty McCreery, you can do so over here.

Photo: Fox

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