'American Idol' Roundup: Watch Jennifer Hudson Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston
'American Idol' Roundup: Watch Jennifer Hudson Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston
This morning's American Idol roundup, inevitably, kicks off with Whitney Houston, who passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles. It's mostly about her, really. Just goes to prove what former Idol judge Simon Cowell was talking about hours after her death: many female singers looked up to her. Anyway. Let's begin.

And the privileges goes to Jennifer Hudson: the Idol finalist's rendition of Houston's "I Will Always Love You" during the Grammys last night was, for me, a fitting tribute to the fallen singer. Missed it? Here goes:

However I can't say I was too excited for Carrie Underwood's duet with Tony Bennett, nor Kelly Clarkson's duet with Jason Aldean, at the Grammys.

Sparkle will still push through: Despite Houston's death, her last movie -- Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 movie which also features Idol winner Jordin Sparks in the title role -- will still be released as planned, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Representatives for Sony Pictures say that she has completed filming her parts on the film; she plays Sparks' character's mother.

And finally, Nigel Lythgoe tweeted that Houston was "responding positively" to plans to have her mentor on Idol this season. Coincidentally, she was also talking about appearing on The X Factor.

Elsewhere in the Idol-sphere...

Haley Reinhart reveals details of her next single: she tweets that the song will be called "Free". Bad news for us Haliens though: looks like there will be a delay in that song's release. Originally scheduled for March 1, Haley said the release will now happen later in the month.

Randy Jackson thinks The Voice's Adam Levine misunderstood him: in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, the Idol judge defended his statements on the NBC singing competition. "Their show is a different show then what we do.," he said. "We go out and we search for the next would-be superstar. We're looking for the person that no one knows about... Respectfully, Adam Levine we can all exist together and do it big... Adam, I think you misunderstood me, dawg." Me? He really could've phrased things better.

Finally, back to David Archuleta and his adventures in the Philippines: after a television show there, he's recording an album of Filipino songs (in English). He announced that on Twitter. Hmm. Don't forget about your Mormon mission, Archie.

(Image courtesy of TV Guide/WireImage)