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Phillip Phillips put his on spin (heh heh) on the classic Christmas song “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” in Magic Kingdom in Orlando FL Saturday (Dec. 1).

The American Idol winner taped his segment for the annual Disney Christmas Day Parade, set to air on ABC December 25. The special is shot inside Walt Disney World.

Check it out. And play nice kids.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QPQ3BY4QAQ2WBIG3EP4JBX2LHY SamC

    i think he sounds really good, i liked his chill version of the song

  • JudyOhio

    Ok, I’m probably too old fashioned, but I prefer my Christmas carols in their traditional versions.  However, this did sound nice (in a sleepy/mellow way), sort of :)

  • certain1

    This was a neat version, I liked it.

    Remembering that this is a song of longing during a time of war, this one has a different kind of yearning to it. 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Well, golly. It’s a P2-ification of a song that shows a new dimension of the song, beyond just transliterating it into P2′s idiom and range.

    The dimension it shows is that the central sentiment of the song is hella depressing, but he does kinda get the tone to exude plaid shirts, freezing rain, and gigging at a dive bar two days before Christmas.

    For hipster re-treads of holiday classics — which is a cottage industry these days — I’ve heard worse.

  • TheOther

    Yes, Phillip sounded really good, considering that he’s been all over the country doing media.  Speaking of that, looking at how well The World From The Side Of The Moon continues to chart, it could very well avoid the 60-65% Idol slump for 2nd week sales. Best case would be that it includes fans outside the AI bubble. 

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I hate to say it, his voice makes my stomach hurt. He does get across sadness in the song well.

  • durbesque

    What a brilliant idea!  Since he has to sing the old songs, he sets this one within the octave, changes the vocal line completely, retains the waltz meter demanded by the words, and delivers something new and interesting.  Hey, Phil, I want more of this for Christmas!

  • lila6089

    I like it!

  • Anny_nanny

    I like it too!

  • Incipit

    For hipster re-treads of holiday classics — which is a cottage industry these days 

    Good grief, is it really, Eilonwy? I’ll take your word for it. 

    IBHFC is already a kinda sad, nostalgic song, even transported from its 1943 WWII era foundation and applied to any wanderer in any era who finds themselves far from home during the Holiday Season…even to those who are simply recalling a Christmas from other days.  IMO, that has been its resonance over the past 70 years…People sing along. Because they get it.

    In theory, it sounded somewhat reasonable, reading the posts…even if I wasn’t buying that at his age, Phillip had yet missed a Christmas at home.  So, I tried the video. In fact, I made it :54 seconds in. The vocal line is gone – You can’t sing along to that.

  • TheOther

    Only in the Idol bubble is a simple holiday song critique as if the performer was still competing on AI.  The crowd seemed to be enjoying it.  It’s not all that serious.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Oh, Google “indie” with assorted Christmas holiday EP/album terms, and you’ll be awash in them!

    See, I’ve always read the original as glurge-y… waaaaayyy OTT wipe-a-tear, smile-a-bittersweet-smile, sing-along material. P2′s version goes for straight-up depressing. It’s not a sing-along version. I can respect the integrity of straight-up depressing.

    Having just found myself defending P2′s artistic vision, I will not be making firm plans for December 22. #EndOfWorldIsClearlyImminent

  • Incipit

    Heh. Serious is in the ear of the listener – and preferences exist, completely independent of any AI competition stuff. But thank you for your opinion, TheOther. (And I’m not being ironic)

    I like Christmas Classics I can sing along with…that doesn’t work for me.

    JMO.

  • IrisandLilies

    Okay, I’m one of those people who likes only Christmas carols – no commercially manufactured, non-religious Christmas songs like White Christmas, The Christmas Song,  or Rudolph for me.  That said, I was somewhat surprised to find that I actually liked Phillip’s rendition of this commercially manufactured, non-religious Christmas song a lot.  Perhaps it’s because it doesn’t sound like a Christmas song. 

    By the way, this performance sort of reminds me of his performance of the Star Spangled Banner during the first game of the World Series.

    And, as I’ve mentioned before, I think Phillip could do a very moving rendition of Silent Night and Away in the Manger.

  • kcostell

    Fun fact: For some time this song was banned from being played on the BBC radio stations for being too depressing…the censors felt it could hurt the morale of soldiers serving abroad.

  • Incipit

    For some time this song was banned from being played on the BBC radio stations for being too depressing…the censors felt it could hurt the morale of soldiers serving abroad.

    Interesting, kcostell. That’s such an illustration of how people view music differently, and how one person’s connotation can be 180 degrees from another.

    In WWII –  “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows. Yank, the GI magazine, said Crosby “accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era”

    “In December 1965, astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell while on Gemini 7 requested “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” be played for them by the NASA ground crew.” 

    I actually remember that happening. It seemed very appropriate, at the time.

    IMO.

  • heike hoffmann

    I just heard the Crosby-version on You tube and I didn´t like it- to mellow and sentimental ( o.k. understandable in word-war-2-times.)
    But I loved Phillips version, which sounded more folky and suited his voice.
    And I would like to hear a “Silence night”-version from him too.

  • girlygirltoo

    This is a nice country/folky take on the song. No matter who performs it, because of the lyrics the song is bittersweet at best, if not downright depressing.

  • angiedb

    Great version of a classic! Love Phil’s voice singing anything. 

  • mzbet

    I think he could make Frosty The Snowman sound like a funeral dirge. Sorry. It’s just my opinion.

  • Incipit

    I think he could make Frosty The Snowman sound like a funeral dirge. Sorry. It’s just my opinion.

    Bwahahaha! I can’t disagree, mzbet…but that’s already been done – by The Partridge Family, believe it or not…on their otherwise best-selling Christmas Album of 1971.  My kids, who wanted the album, were totally aghast at the slowed down, somber treatment of Frosty. Took it personal, they did.*snerk* 

    Many Christmas songs are bittersweet, and if you can’t be sentimental at Christmas time – when can you? But ‘depressing’ is one foot over the line – they couldn’t stand that track.

    I can see what Eilonwy is saying about straight-up depressing being an “artistic choice” for Phillip – but no thanks, all the same.

  • journey1

    The person who wrote it might have liked if he had remotely followed the tune.  I didn’t like it at all, but P2 is definitely at a disadvantage as he has a very small range.  Don’t get him at all, but I know lots of people do, so good for him.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    I actually really like the vibe of this… but he needs to work on opening his vocal range. I know his voice is probably tired from all the promotion he’s been doing, but he’s really struggling to hit notes that are not that high.

  • durbesque

    Gotta call you on this one, Journey1.  A musician of any level can easily determine that P2 has a fully functional range of two (2) octaves.  ‘Home for Christmas’ requires only one, in either version. 

    His voice is a gruff baritone with enough tenor gleem to cut through the din on the “settle down” verse.  I don’t consider him an accomplished Singer, but rather a Guitarist who sings. 

  • teacup

    IBHFC is one of my faves. Leave it to this guy to make it tuneless and unrecognizable.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Once I cleared my brain of my expectations, I kind of liked it. Hey, Martin Luther took drinking songs and made them into hymns. Nothing wrong with changing things up now and then, right? 

  • journey1

    Still don’t think he has much range that he is comfortable using compared to most singers.  He seems to change things up so he can use about 5 notes.  I like Home, but it is just a great song.  Liked the Glee version much better than P2′s.

  • heike hoffmann

    For all, who think he rearranged this song ( or others before ) only because he has a very limited vocal range and can´t hit higher notes, should hear “Hold on”, which he wrote all by his own. I would say, this song demands a bigger vocal range.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    He just did a great job of Home on CNN. Might be my favourite to date. Sang it totally straight, with a clear “home” every time.

  • durbesque

    I hope he had his helpers with him.  Makes a huge difference.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Nope. Him and his guitar. But I thought he did great. 

  • durbesque

    ‘Hold On’ is one of my pet peeves.  The key is too high, which makes him strain for the highest notes, which makes him sound like he has no range.  On AOL, he did lower the key by a half tone, but it was still too high. 

    I’d bet a quarter that somebody picked his keys on Idol and on Tour.  If he had done it, he would have gone home early, there would be no Home, there would still be a pawn shop, and he would be in it.  That’s how important keys are. 

  • Pippygirl

    Hold On is positively painful to listen to. This song I actually didn’t mind as long as I thought of it as a completely different song than what PP was trying to sing. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I can’t even really process this. It was okay. I prefer him on songs that have a melody he has to follow, or else it all just starts sounding like the same 4 notes over and over to my ear. I think he’s the type of “re-imaginer of songs” where you really like his style of remix or you just don’t. Doesn’t seem to be a lot of in between.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

     I personally love ‘Hold On’….exactly how it is…I’m sure some people don’t like it, but I would guess they are the same people that don’t usually like or never have cared for Phillip.  Some people like him…some people don’t..that is what makes the world go around.  But, it seems when he performs that song live…the crowds really enjoy it & in the end that is all that matters.

  • getaway1

    What also matters is that TWFTSOTM wrapped up the week and continued it’s reign as #1 on the Itunes Pop Album Chart.  It is #5 on the overall album chart.

    I love Hold On.  It is one of my favorite cuts on the album.

  • onslow2

    Unfortunately it seems he strips every song of its melody.
    I might fall in the group of those who don’t like his style!

  • marmom07

    Wow that was just not my cuppa tea. He has a very choppy way of singing (at least on this song) that is not pleasant to listen too. Some of his notes seem flat or off but maybe it’s just that recording that makes it hard to hear. 

  • maymay

    It`s weird that PP wrote a song like Hold On which didn`t suit his range. He sang We`ve Got Tonight because he was forced to do it. But why did he write Hold On? This song is his music genre but it isn`t his vocal style. Hold On is a good song but it can`t become his single because its life version sounds weak unless PP would lower its key like AOL performance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I see P2 is back to his Idol self again with this rendition. There is nothing at all recognizable about this song as IBHFC (except the lyrics, ;) ), so another excellent job of mangling the melogy of a song far beyond recognition. I think that this is P2′s best job of that thus far. lol

    Seriously, if P2 is going to sing an entirely different melody with the lyrics to IBHFC, then for me, this is a real slap in the face to the original composers.

  • heike hoffmann

    Yes his version is completely different to the original. But I have no problem with that, because I hate generally such kind of songs – “White christmas” for example – ugh!!
    I prefer the religious christmas songs, but I also like some ironic takes of christmas like “Rudolph” or “Frosty”.
    But If Phillip is doing a rendition of “Silence night” some day, I hope he stays true to the melody like he did it with the national anthem.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Even if I “hate” a song, it still shouldn’t be mangled beyond recognition, so that’s not the point to me. To me, it’s the principle of respecting the songwriters. I wonder how P2 would feel if one of his songs were mangled beyond recognition? I have a feeling that he might not like it, or then again, since he does it, he may think that it’s fine. lol

  • durbesque

    I have realized that analyzing Phillip’s singing is futile.  He doesn’t care about singing.  He doesn’t care that he sounds like he’s being tortured in ‘Hold On’.

    I’ve been saying all along that he’s a Guitarist who sings.  But I didn’t fully realize what it means.  His model is Johnny Lang, an inspired Guitarist who kinda sings a little on the side.  I’m paying more attention to Phil’s guitar work now.  It’s really good.   

     

     

     

  • potatorocks

    I’m not a songwriter but I have heard many interviews in which they really appreciate different takes and different versions of songs they have written—  often saying another artist did it better.  
    This happens to be a very sappy christmas song that Phillip made worth taking another listen to.  It is a good thing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks. That’s really interesting. Another Christmas song that can be regarded as “depressing” is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, except that I’ve noticed that the lyrics, “Until then, we’ll have to muddle through some how” have been replaced in a lot of recordings with “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough”, which really takes the “depressing” edge off of this song. lol According to wiki, that change in lyrics was done by Frank Sinatra in 1957:

    In 1957, Frank Sinatra asked Martin to revise the line “Until then we’ll
    have to muddle through somehow”. He told Martin, “The name of my album
    is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?”[1]
    Martin’s new line was “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough”.
    Martin made several other alterations, changing the song’s focus to a
    celebration of present happiness, rather than anticipation of a better
    future.

    I still love the original version by the incomparable Judy Garland though, “depressing” and all:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo

    Related to this this blog, I notice that Clay recorded/sang this song with the revised lyrics and Carrie sang it at a Toys for Tots event with the revised lyrics also.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hRpN1ke6Nc&playnext=1&list=PLF848FF0C66915FA6&feature=results_video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYEfSmKt8UY&playnext=1&list=PLF848FF0C66915FA6&feature=results_video

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I think it’s a cool version of a song that I don’t really care about. The Civil Wars have a new version of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which would also have to be considered “mangled,” but it still sounds good, imo. 

    Hopefully Phillip won’t completely ruin Christmas for all the Disney parade fans, heh.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I’m not a songwriter but I have heard many interviews in which they
    really appreciate different takes and different versions of songs they
    have written—  often saying another artist did it better.”

    Sure, but I’m certain that those songwriters did not include versions which bore no audio resemblance to their songs. lol
      
    “This happens to be a very sappy christmas song that Phillip made worth taking another listen to.  It is a good thing.”

    Not a “good thing” to those people who like to recognize songs as advertised. lol

  • jpfan2

    I prefer the original without the P2 treatment. However I appreciate that P2 does bring his own style to whatever he does. I think songwriters appreciate different takes on their music. Obviously some will sound better to their ears than others.

  • heike hoffmann

    Only because he has to struggle with one or two high notes on “Hold on” doesn´t mean he don´t care for singing. He may be a little limited in his vocal range, but he takes the singing seriuosly and tries to give the best with his given voice. And overall I would say, that his singing work with higher notes is been better ( look at his performances of “Imagine” or the “National Anthem”).
    And for the quality of his “Hold on” life performances – don´t forget the  recording of the videos wasn´t the best, that make his voice sounding weaker then it really is. The recording quality of the videos for the AOL session was pretty good and his voice sounded great there.

  • Incipit

    I have realized that analyzing Phillip’s singing is futile.  He doesn’t care about singing…I’ve been saying all along that he’s a Guitarist who sings.  

    You could be correct, durbesque. And there’s not much more to say about the vocals anyway – Although, that begs the question, what was he doing on a show about singing? – a moot point. There isn’t a show about guitar playing…is there? I think there used to be a National competition though, I’ve lost track.

    But my idea of an AI “Guitarist who sings” is Casey James. The man can sing nicely – but his guitar playing is Simply Outstanding, in several genres. 

    If the guitar playing is the first consideration, I’d much rather skip Phillip’s vocal efforts altogether – and hear that. I’ve said ever since Phillip talked about his ‘different tunings’ that I would like to hear some examples, but I never have, is there any on the album? …I can appreciate some good guitar work. Like Neil Zaza, for instance…a truly Primo player who writes music as if his guitar were the vocalist…and is best known for his instrumental melodic rock compositions. He’s all about the guitar.

  • Incipit

    The Civil Wars have a new version of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which would also have to be considered “mangled,”

    I’m not a Civil Wars fan, but No way is that “mangled”, by any definition of the word, EH, it’s done in a different tempo than the original and some of the end notes use a minor key – but the melody is completely intact, I can recognize the song – and they sing on key, all the way through it.

    JMO.

  • Liteasy

    Scratches head – why do people listen to P2 if they don’t even like him?

  • durbesque

    Good question…What was Phil doing on a show that purports to be a singing contest?  Obviously, it isn’t.  It’s a talent contest.  Phil happens to be so multi-talented, singing being one of them, that he got by on the total…guitar, creativity, interpretations, looks, charm. 

    As for ‘different tunings’, I know nothing about guitar.  I’ll have to start learning, though, if I expect to keep up with Phillip.  I like Casey James and Jonny Lang….I’ll look up Neil Zaza. 

         

  • getaway1

    Scratches head – why do people listen to P2 if they don’t even like him?

    This. 
      

  • wordnerdarchie

    Although, that begs the question, what was he
    doing on a show about singing? – a moot point. There isn’t a show about
    guitar playing…is there? I think there used to be a National
    competition though, I’ve lost track.

    My view of why he was on this show?  Because Interscope wanted him there – probably had him on their “scouting radar” and thought this was a great way to “launch” a new artist.  The fact that any & almost all prior performances prior to his appearance on idol are MIA is kind of a tip-off to me, lol. *removing tin foil hat now and going back to the grassy knoll*

    But eh, makes no difference to me.  I like some of his songs.  His singing style on this song – not so much..

  • Eriko

    If that being the case, AI sure has a strange way of auditioning, that is, having people sing a capella 

  • journey1

    David A. sings the “Hang a shining star” version, too.  It is on his Christmas album and he has sung it on tour.

  • Incipit

     I like Casey James and Jonny Lang….I’ll look up Neil Zaza. 

    You like rock music, I have gathered from your posts, durbesque – and not just one kind of rock, I think? If you like the sound of an electric axe doing melodic rock I think you will enjoy Zaza. Check his WIKI – He’s kinda unique. He writes great stuff, and he’s also got a version of “Take On Me” that just won’t quit. But he does Neo Classical music and a Christmas Cover Concert too.

    end/OT. *snerk*

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    Unless you’re Phillip, and then you get to play your guitar, too. 

    Phillip doesn’t consider himself to be a particularly good vocalist, but he is a singer-songwriter. Since he has lyrics, he might as well sing them. He seems to be viable as a recording artist so far. Perfect can be boring. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “And despite all the doom and gloom, it was Phillip Phillips that ended revitalizing the AI franchise.”

    That’s a matter of opinion. If one only looks at commercial success, then perhaps that’s true. However from the point of view of regarding Idol as a singing competition, then P2′s win was a black armband day for all previous winners (except for Lee). It’s clear now that Idol winners no longer have to sing well live, so in that sense, they join the ranks of so many of today’s current recording stars and Idol cannot claim to be a singing competition any more.

  • maymay

    PP isn`t a great singer like he has said. But he isn`t an amateur singer anymore. That means he should take singing serious, and not make excuse for it. He doesn`t need to sing great but should do his best.

    When PP sang Hold On, he stood up to touch the high note. That made him look awkward. I think he needs to figure out how to sing Hold On well.
     

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Oh my. I actually think Phillip has a nice voice for the style of music he want to pursue. It’s not perfect but where he’s headed, perfect is not a necessity, character is more valuable. His voice has personality and warmth, especially recorded.

    I just don’t like his atonal remixes. LOL. But on his actual songs it works for the most part IMO.

    As far as him being on Idol, I liked him more than Lee at least. Heh. It’s possible I would have liked him more if we hadn’t already had a Lee win, or if he wasn’t number 5 in a parade of “nice white guy” winners. He just seemed redundant. But the show is over now so whatevs. The album’s good and he’s breaking some new ground, his launch has turned into fun chart watching so I’m good with that.

  • Incipit

    Because Interscope wanted him there – probably had him on their “scouting radar” and thought this was a great way to “launch” a new artist.  The fact that any & almost all prior performances prior to his appearance on idol are MIA is kind of a tip-off to me, lol. *removing tin foil hat now and going back to the grassy knoll*

    Heh. I spent many years on the Grassy Knoll, wordnerdarchie, and there were times last season I thought the same thing – Idol is slow to react, and tends to a few trial runs before they commit to backing a winner – and they’ve been playing around with the Folk/Rock/Americana thing since Jason Castro caught the audience’s attention…Sony couldn’t pull it off, even when they got the winner they wanted (Lee) –  Interscope had a better handle on the marketplace.

    With the style of songs that are being played on radio now, I thought, this was the year, and Iovine had plans for Phillip that included Mumfordization – no matter what Phillip would prefer to play – and did Not include any of the judges dwelling on melody, pitch, breath control, timbre, or range…all things that they have danced on other contestant’s heads for in the past – (except for Lee.)

    Actually, Steven was the only one who even touched the elephant in the room a few times – and very, very slightly.

    Yeah, the tin foil hat wasn’t even needed…I agree – the lack of any background was the first clue – the judges and Iovine provided the rest of the fodder for the Grassy Knoll…and the money is rolling in. But not any of mine.

    Eh – That’s the Music Business…

    IMO. Of Course.

  • wkstrack

    I think Interscope/19 has done a good job PROMOTING P2 but IMO I think they will have a hard time MARKETING Phillip in the long haul. Idk.  

  • Incipit

    David A. sings the “Hang a shining star” version, too. 

    DC sang the amended verse on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting and the Disney thing in 2008 too.

    I think that’s the preferred lyric now, journey1 – been a long time since I heard anyone do the original.  That’s cool – Frank had a point – bittersweet needs a balance.

    IMO.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Wow!!  Way too many conspiracy theories on this thread for me…lol!  I’m surprised Mel Gibson’s movie character ‘Conspiracy Theory’ hasn’t joined in on the conversation! lol!!  Grassy Knoll, tin foil hats, area 51 anybody?

  • Incipit

    Heh. That’s OK, Mike. The Grassy Knoll and tin foil hats are time honored Idol institutions.  Though Area 51 is OTT, just a touch. *snerk*

    Once Upon a Time, people found it hard to believe that contestants got bussed on these shows either…although “Happy Feet” opened a lot of eyes…there aren’t many doubters left who have watched more than one season…

    IMO. Of Course.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    James Taylor performed/recorded the original version on the old Early Show on CBS back in 2006:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqYGtYunJus

    I think that you’re right though, that most singers sing/record the revised lyrics now.

    For anyone who wants an alternative take on Christmas songs, James’ album is great.

  • mjsbigblog

    I just don’t like his atonal remixes. LOL. But on his actual songs it works for the most part IMO.

     I agree. This performance reminded me why I didn’t care for many of his Idol performances. But I love the album.

  • heike hoffmann

     I would say, Jimmy saw potential in Phillip, but he also critized him a lot harder than the judges. And he knew, that Phillip had something to sing, what got him away from his comfort zone. Thats why he gave him “We´ve got Tonight”, what brought him in the finale. Then he gave him “Home” as one of the choices, because Lovine knew, this kind of music is popular and fits Phillips voice a lot.
    That and the successfull promo, he and Interscope  are doing now with him, only show what a genius Jimmy is. There is nothing wrong with that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Sorry…didn’t think I posted anything defensive…just having some fun with the ‘Incipit’ person…I thought they were joking back too based on their reply.  I am assuming it is because I replied directly to them…just confused because I see many people go back and forth within ‘threads’?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “This performance reminded me why I didn’t care for many of his Idol performances.”

    I agree and I didn’t like the “reminder”. lol

  • Incipit

    That and the successfull promo, he and Interscope  are doing now with him, only show what a genius Jimmy is

    heike hoffman, I think, if Jimmy were a genius, his genius is confined to Phillip – or Jessica wouldn’t have been singing that awful “Change Nothing” – especially when we are told it was the better of her choices, or been given those other “too old for her” retread songs to sing. Unless Jimmy did that on purpose – which I find easier to believe than random strokes of genius. I figure that was Nothing Personal, just Good Business.

    It was Good Business to give his personal attention for appropriate song selections to the contestant who was the most marketable, too – pre-selected or not.

    But sure, Iovine and Interscope and Phillip’s Management are doing right by their winner so far, PR and Promo – why wouldn’t they?  The Coronation song was in a popular niche, radio ready and close enough to Phillip’s preferred genre that he could do a good job delivering it, and I understand from people here who like the song that he does fine. It’s what Clueless Sony ought to have been doing all along…they left SO much money on the table!

    And I will wait to see what sort of treatment the next winner gets before I heap praises on Jimmy for that one – will they also get a good song, if they are in a highly marketable genre, or not. At the moment, he’s doing his job, and doing it well…and making money from Phillip’s win – which is, I will imagine, what he signed up with Idol to do.

    IMO. Of Course.

    Post script: (Mike, I thought we were kidding around too – I guess it’s hard to tell, sometimes.)

  • heike hoffmann

     While I agree, that “Change nothing” isn´t a good song, I generally didn´t like Jessicas on-stage personality. She always presented herself with the attitude of a  mature 26th year old singer with her clothes, her way to walk on stage, her face while singing, her voice-handling and her choosen songs. Thats why she didn´t came across very authentic.

  • Incipit

     While I agree, that “Change nothing” isn´t a good song,

    And that’s my point, it was either – not chosen by a genius, or not offered to Jessica simply because Jimmy thought it was a good, authentic song for her…not with a straight face, anyway. Heh.

    IMO, Likeability doesn’t enter into this discussion of Jimmy’s selective acumen in picking songs and giving advice or critiques…personally, I wasn’t interested in either contestant, but I could see which way the wind was blowing. And I will contend that Jimmy put his chips on Phillip from the beginning – because Interscope could market him successfully…

    And he has…so from a business POV, it was the right call. But it’s not genius. If anyone expects that Jimmy was giving equal consideration to all the competitors…I don’t buy it. 

    I’m not saying it’s good or bad – it just is.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • iani

    Maybe the audience had for some seconds a “WTF is that?” moment, P2 turning that classical carol, that I don’t particularly like it, into a carol-lullaby song, but it seems to me that people liked it and responded positively to his version though.

  • IrisandLilies

    My recollection is that Jessica said that Change Nothing did not reflect the type of she wants to sing as an artist but that she picked the song because she thought it would appeal to Idol viewers.  There could have been a really good R&B song among the three offered to her, but she didn’t pick it because of her bad experience in almost being eliminated after singing an R&B song.  Sometimes artists make the mistake of rejecting good songs.  For example, Pink didn’t include Whatya Want from Me on her album, but it turned out to be a big hit for Adam Lambert.

  • Incipit

    There could have been a really good R&B song among the three offered to her,

    Could have been anything in there, we can’t know.  But we do know Jimmy was advising her to do “Performance Songs”…so were they both clueless as to what would appeal to the Idol audience?  Jimmy, at least, ought to have known better. And really, why weren’t all three songs good songs? What was that clunker doing in there in the first place?

    Perhaps there is someone who has ever mentioned it with more than lukewarm praise – but I’ve never read it. I don’t even know when was the last time Jessica sang that turkey in public…maybe it was the Top Two Finale? Lucky girl.

    Phillip’s song worked for him, as it was intended to do – Jessica’s song may have worked for her too – it just had a different purpose.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Thanks for the post script Incipit…glad you realized I was joking…was never trying to insult you.  I enjoy your posts.