‘American Idol’ notes: Kree Harrison, Adam Lambert, DeAndre Brackensick, and more

Kree HarrisonWe’ve got quite a bit of “American Idol” notes to get to today, but we’re going to kick things off with the enormous news of Kree Harrison’s Grand Ole Opry debut. For any country singer, this is pretty much the one place you spend your entire life hoping to perform at someday. For her to manage to get this gig less than a month after finishing season 12 is a pretty big deal.

Not only that, but we hear that she absolutely killed it last night with a three-song set. The Opry doesn’t allow for videotaping, so there aren’t any clips available from the venue online. However, we know that the reigning runner-up performed her single “All Cried Out,” a hymn in “In the Garden” that she promised her late father that she would sing if she ever made it to the venue. She also did a duet with “American Idol” judge Keith Urban with “Help Me Make It Through the Night.”

Kree’s got all the tools to be huge in the country-music world, and she has another big gig tonight in singing at one of the secondary stages at the CMT Music Awards.

Adam LambertAdam’s campaign – In other news, Adam Lambert continues to be a driving force behind social change. He has joined the ranks of such people as Tim Gunn, Lance Bass, LeAnn Rimes, and others to take part in the Friend Movement, a campaign to encourage friendship and positivity while also giving a very specific finger to anyone who bullies. (Here’s a hint: It is featured in the attached image.)

This campaign was started in part by Elliot Dal Pra London and Ronnie Kroel, and we expect to see much more of it in the weeks ahead.

New music – Now, we have a couple of new tunes to share. The first is “Her Crazy,” a new song from season 11’s DeAndre Brackensick that he is hoping to market following his time on the show last year (he has apparently dropped his last name). Meanwhile, the other is a recording of “Stand Up,” a track from Allison Iraheta’s new band Halo Circus. Adam has been a vocal supporter of Allison’s since the show, and even had her open for him at many Glam Nation Tour dates.

Check out the songs below!

In case you haven’t heard, “American Idol” is also undergoing a major series of changes in the new year. If you want to read a little more news about that, be sure to click here.

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