‘American Idol’ notes: Jessica Sanchez, Heejun Han, Lee DeWyze, Allison Iraheta

American IdolHeejun’s video tease – What we’re excited about doing in this “American Idol” notes is casting the focus on two people in particular that we haven’t heard from much, beginning with our season 11 favorite in Heejun Han. We always thought that his personality and dedication would get him pretty far, and it has courtesy of a new single called “Bring the Love Back.”

Heejun is releasing this song under the Polaris label, which is based out of South Korea; however, his goal is to have a career singing American music, and thus we have a track that is English-language and sounds like a good slice of pop radio. We haven’t heard the full song, but what we have is fun and apparently features Kanye West collaborator Pusha T at some point. Watch the teaser for the upcoming music video below (via The Hollywood Reporter), and we’re hoping for some TV gigs so that the guy can show off the song and the personality.

Allison Iraheta – Allison’s now a part of the new pop-rock group Halo Circus, and they just scored a label in Manimal Vinyl and its imprint Badlands. We’ve followed Allison dating back to her days on the show and her touring spot with Adam Lambert, and now hearing that the group’s first single (per Yahoo! Music) will be “Gone.” It’s an exciting time to be an Allison fan, especially given that like with Heejun, it’s nice to see contestants from this show working hard to make this a career, and not just resting on their laurels from TV.

Jessica SanchezJessica Sanchez goes blonde – Now, we turn to Jessica’s new look, which was first shared on Instagram by one of “American Idol’s” music gurus in Michael Orland. It’s definitely a different look, given that dark hair is what we knew her for both on this show and on “America’s Got Talent.”

This has been a much more complicated summer for Jessica than our other two singers that we’ve mentioned. We really dug her lead single “Tonight,” but for whatever reason Interscope never really bothered to push the song, and it hasn’t really gone anywhere because of that. There’s no word yet on if she will have a second single off of her debut “Me, You, & the Music, and what that song would end up being.

A Lee DeWyze reminder – Just a quick note that Lee’s next album “Frames” is now taking pre-orders. Pick up the Deluxe Edition on iTunes, and for a really great price you get acoustic versions of the songs.

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