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Fall behind keeping up with headlines on Twitter? Never fear, has your round-up of this week’s biggest American Idol news.

J-Hud Loves J-San

After Jessica Sanchez earned a standing ovation for her powerhouse rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” Wednesday night, she got a special Twitter shout out from season 3 alum and Oscar winner, Jennifer Hudson! “Yes Jessica! That’s it!!” Jennifer tweeted. Jessica told Access Hollywood, “Me and my uncle were in the same room when we saw the tweet and we were, like, crying and freaking out.” Hudson recently sang the song at the Grammys as a tribute to the late singer.

Idol‘s Big Kahuna

Deandre Brackensick not only knows his way around a pop tune, but employs that lovely falsetto singing traditional Hawaiian music — hence his nickname “Kamele — and has a passion for hula! Deandre has been hula dancing since the age of 10, and has competed (and won!) in many competitions, according to SF Gate.

Paul McDonald to sink his teeth into Twilight?

Season 9 Idol alum, Paul McDonald tells MTV News that he hopes to pen a song for the last installment of the Twilight series Breaking Dawn — Part 2. “Paul has been speaking with them about potentially attempting to write something,” reveals McDonld’s wife, Nikki Reed. In the meantime, the newlyweds just released a music video of a duet they recorded together called “Now That I Found You”.

Chi-Town homecoming for Jennifer Hudson

Idol alum Jennifer Hudson surprised a Chicago crowd when she jumped on stage at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire last Saturday to join jazz singer/songwriter Rachelle Ferrell for an impromptu duet.

  • Season 2 Idol winner, Ruben Studdard talked to NPR about the personal ups and downs of the past few years, including the end of his marriage. These days he’s putting the finishing touches on a new album, “Letters From Birmingham.” Listen to the interview at National Public Radio.
  • Last year’s Idol winner, Scotty McCreery, is one of the acts recently added to the CMA Festival nightly lineup at Nashville’s LP Field. The event, the biggest annual country music festival in the country, takes place June 7-10 in Music City. More information at The Boot.
  • Eliminated American Idol Top 24 contestant, Reed Grimm, tells his hometown paper, The Hudson Star-Observer that he had some “ups and downs” the night he was eliminated from American Idol. “I got Aaron [Marcellus] and Creighton [Fraker] in my group,” Grimm says of standing on stage with Ryan Seacrest waiting to learn his fate, “and when they didn’t make it, I thought for half a second that I did but then…”
  • Have you noticed that Hollie Cavanagh speaks with a slight British accent? That’s because the songstress was born in Liverpool, England. Her aunt, Linda Gaston, tells the Liverpool Echo that family members were “ecstatic” to learn that Cavanagh earned a spot in the Top 13. “I always think people who do something like this have a musical background or come from a private school,” says Gaston, “but we’re just a normal family from Liverpool.”
  • Season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze, tells the Chicago-area newspaper Daily Herald that since he’s parted ways with RCA records — the label that released his post-Idol debut, “Live it Up” — things are great. “Being able to do music that I want without somebody over my shoulder,” is “great” says DeWyze. “I got out of a bad situation at a good time.” The Idol alum has been writing and recording music — some of it in Nashville — for his next album. DeWyze’s personal life is looking up too — he’s planning to marry his fiancé, Jonna Walsh (whom he met on the set of his “Sweet Serendipity” music video) in the fall.
  • David Cook is running in his first marathon ever. The season 7 champ will participate in the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon, with the goal to raise $100,000 on behalf of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2). Cook talks to 104.3 My FM about the cause he supports in tribute to his brother Adam Cook who died from a brain tumor. Listen to the interview at MyFM.

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