‘American Idol’ notes: Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Phillip Phillips

American IdolBefore you take off and enjoy the weekend, why not chill for a few more minutes with some former “American Idol” contestants? We’ll kick things off with Jennifer Hudson, mostly because there is an interesting debate to be had with what the Oscar-winning actress has to say about the new panel.

J-Hud was on “Live! with Kelly and Michael” this week to promote the new season of “Smash” (sadly bombing in the ratings despite being better this year), and she said that it was of course very difficult for her to really relate to a new panel since she partial to the one that she had on the show. However, she also made the suggestion that Mariah Carey is especially worth noting just because of her talent:

“I’m happy that Mariah is there because she’s a singer … So she knows what to expect, how to judge, even the position the kids are in when they’re auditioning.”

Crazy as it may seem, we’re actually not that thrilled to see Mariah there. Despite her $18 million payday, she’s not really doing much save for the side-eyes that she is making at Nicki Minaj. Plus, Simon Cowell was a great judge without having any great singing experience at all. We do get Hudson’s point, though, and maybe she is trying to say that she is glad that Carey is there to give that perspective to the panel as a whole.

Phillip Phillips news – Phillip has now landed himself yet another venue in which to perform “Home”: during NBA All-Star Saturday night on February 16. He joins a lineup of performers that also includes Fall Out Boy and Ellie Goulding.

While we’re sure that Phillip at this point would prefer to perform new single “Gone, Gone, Gone,” any publicity is good.

Adam’s subtle recognition – The following is not so much an enormous Adam Lambert story, but it’s something worth noting when it comes to his impact on fashion. As you may have realized when watching last night’s “Glee,” Darren Criss’ “Diva” outfit is almost identical to something that Adam wore during a show last year.

While Adam did not directly comment on Criss’ outfit, he did retweet a message from After Elton saying that the original is still very much the best.

For those curious, Adam also established himself firmly as a Papa Peachez fan from this season of “Idol,” even though the man with the unique name (and voice) was sent home this week.

Do you think that singers are automatically better candidates to be judges? We want to hear some of your thoughts here below! Meanwhile, be sure to read our full review of Thursday’s “American Idol” over here.

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