simon cowell getty images Simon Cowell grants wishes, Matt Giraud's new single, no judges test run and moreAll the latest “American Idol” news in easy bite-sized form.

Prickly departing judge Simon Cowell showed his teddy bear side when he heard of a 12-year-old cancer patient named Megan Kershaw. Her wish list includes meeting him and going to Disney World, so he made that happen. [Daily Mirror]

Matt Giraud has a new single out. It’s titled “Thank You” and is a collaboration with songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman, who has previously worked with artists like Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum. [MJ’s Big Blog]

Sources inside the “Idol” camp are reporting that the new choice of judges is pretty reckless — there will be no test-runs to see if the judges have good chemistry. This runs contrary to how much Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell were vetted in order to see if they got along. [TMZ]

Casey James, Tim Urban and Lee DeWyze talk about “Idol” Season 9 tour stop in Dallas. ““That was the most
rejuvenating thing for my spirit that I could possibly imagine. I pet my
dogs for a couple of hours, hung out with my brother and cousin
at my house, bought doughnuts, went to El Taquito Caf�,” says James. [Dallas Morning News]

Check out this sneak peek of Chris Sligh‘s new album “The Anatomy of Broken” at his Facebook page. The album drops Sept. 14. [Facebook]

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."