Thia made it to the top 40 on America's Got Talent. Filipino news stations promoted Idol long before her audition was shown.
Paul McDonald might just be really, really savvy but his band's youtube page released a well-produced video of Paul and Kendra Chantelle singing a duet together. It was a promotional thing, I suppose. He also had his official twitter account up and running sooner than anyone else.
Jacob was in late Singer, Nate Dogg's gospel choir.
I haven't really been keeping up with all the gossip this year. Obviously a lot of people have been suspicious about Lauren Alaina getting so much airtime throughout the season. Maybe the producers love her. Ryan seems to hate her though (on stage). I don't really know who the plant is.