Phillip Phillips – National Anthem – Game 1 World Series 2012 (VIDEO)

Phillip Phillips performed a respectful, low key version of the Star Spangled Banner before Game 1 of the World Series game between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.

Considering it was the first time the American Idol winner performed the National Anthem in public, I was really impressed! With guitar in hand, he stuck to the melody, only added a few minor twists to make it his own. He hit a very nice note at “rockets red glare” that had the fans in the ball park cheering!

You can cross that off your list now, Phillip!

Watch it below.

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  • tucker davis

    Phillip’s NA was very acceptable! He got lots of cheers from the crowd during & after the song. Of course most Giant fans know he’s from the same small town as their catcher, Buster Posey (who’s also their leading hitter) so that doesn’t hurt.
    (bringing this over)

  • curly_yenta

    It was okay. A bit bland and nuthin’ to write home about. He only lost the melody a bit during the song. I’ve heard worse.

  • metrowest100

    Boooring. Zzzzzzzz

  • metrowest100

    Siobhan Magnus should have performed it. Her renditions are awesome!

  • MellyPer1692

    He reminds me a bit of David Cook. Nice job!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “He hit a very nice note at “rockets red glare” that had the fans in the ball park cheering!”

    I notice that at sporting events, for some reason, the crowd always cheers at that point. P2 did an acceptable job and wisely sang the NA in a very low key, unembelished way.

  • YoyoSassy

     Phillip killed it! He kept it simple and respectful to the original and I am so proud of him! I thought the guitar was a nice touch. Always staying true to himself. Love it.

  • getaway1

    This inspite of all the doom and gloom that was predicted, lol.

    The audience cheers is the best response.  I would imagine this large stage would have been nerve ranking for anyone.  Phil more than held is own.

  • justmefornow

    Considering what a trainwreck it could have been, this is a hard song to sing, I think P2 did really well.

  • adriana


  • Incipit

    Aww, Phillip did fine. Started low enough to give himself some room at the top, stuck to the melody for almost all of it (went with a minor note 2X) and didn’t lose any of the words. Heh. All the boxes checked.  

    That was the closest I have ever heard him keep to the melody on a song – it was a perfectly respectable rendition. IMO. Of Course.

  • ladymctech

    I did not like what Philip did to the song. It reminded me too much of his Idol performances where, to me, he sounded like what he was playing on the guitar had nothing to do with what he was singing. His pronunciation of “hailed” sounded like another word to me entirely. 

  • angiedb

    Phil did a great job! I just kept thinking, “This is really sweet.”  As someone else said, it seemed intimate. The NA is hard for a lot of people to sing and I think Phil more than passed the NA test. Remembering all the words is half the battle. lol  I say it probably every day, but I adore Phil. He made his fans proud tonight.

    edited to add: He looked so nervous but near the end his face pretty much beamed with relief and probably happiness. Or maybe just relief. ha ha

  • EmmaCT

    Nice, nice job – and he Phillip Phillipized it, something I’ve come to love!

  • lila6089

    I think Phillip did a great job!  I just love the tone of his voice!

  • Leandro

    He played in G sharp. It’s a very low key. He mumbles the lower notes but at least he doesn’t crack on the higher notes. Exactly what I said here he should do some days ago. Good work. 

  • buffyloverlori

    Awe I thought that was very great for his first time singing it, and for the start of the World Series!!!!! Great job Phillip!!!! and like MJ said he can mark that off his list, he sang the NA and survived!!!!

  • auntmable

    Well, there was no doubt in my mind, but I was nervous for Phillip!!! He did a great job, and I’ll be darned if he didn’t sound sexy, can you believe it on the NA!!!!

  • wordnerdarchie

    He did much better than I expected – started it really low (almost too low) in order to not run out of range on the top end.  My one criticism in a Randy voice “Pitchy, Dawg”.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    P2 has a narrow range so having to start the song so low meant that he had poor volume on his vocals for that part of the song. I agree that there have been much better (and worse) versions, but he sang within his abilities, a couple of slightly off key notes, but nothing horrible. Certainly nothing praiseworthy (and the announcer didn’t make any complimentary comments). Thank goodness that it was nothing like Casey Abrams’ trainwreck. lol

    ETA: I’m not sure how many viewers saw P2 sing the NA. I missed it because I was going by the schedule on the MLB site that said the game would start a little after 8:00 PM. lol

  • Kirsten

    Wise of him to drop the key into the basement. A few wonky notes, but he didn’t embarrass himself which is about the best you can hope from these things.

    Not too often you see an instrument being dragged out for the NA, but I guess he needs his little security blanket. Better keep Snoopy away from it.

  • angiedb

    You and I are on the same page, auntmable! :)

  • getaway1

    BTW, glad they got a plug in for Home and it selling 2M copies:)

    Now looking forward to Letterman!

  • hayes

    Not bad, not bad. I know a lot have been anxious to see him sing the National Anthem.

    Now that that’s out of the way, let’s go Giants!

  • CanadianLady

    I thought he did really well. It seemed very low key but as someone said, in an intimate, not boring, way. He sounded as if he meant every word. I’d much rather have that than trills and what-not.

  • girlygirltoo

    Phillip did an ok job on the NA. Was smart to not try and hit any big notes. Sounded a little pitchy a couple of times, but overall, nothing to get excited about or to complain about

  • girlygirltoo

    What was with the bed head, though? :)

  • EH

    Pretty good, Phillip! “Home” seems to be up a few spots on iTunes, too (at #11 right now)

  • kaylietoo

    He was very nervous, and I think he did exceptionally well for singing it the first time in public and for such a large audience:

    Phillip Phillips @PhillipsGaaaaaaahhhhh leeeeeeeee that was nerve racking!!

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    he is a very smart guy, i have to give him that credit. Musically speaking, he knows what is better for his voice.

  • shell29

    Very respectable job by Phillip-nicely done.

  • jpfan2

    Low key and decent! It could have been much worse.

  • adriana


  • Lori

    Ha! I think I love this guy. Who brings their guitar onto the baseball field to sing the NA?!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The reaction to P2’s NA on twitter is interesting. Quite diverse, with a very wide range of opinions – some loved it, some hated it (“worst version ever”, “boring”, “stoner” lol ). I’m surprised to see so many very negative tweets.

  • lovesickheroine

    nice arrangement Phillips! I love every nuance of his voice. Some parts are a bit shaky, but not bad since it’s his first time

  • Leandro

    Actually, most of tweets I’m seeing are nothing about his performance but something like “why the hell his parents chose that name”? lol

  • getaway1

    In regards to prior comments that singing the SA is a no win situation for Phil.

    What a proud moment it is for someone like Phil, who is just starting his career to be put on the world stage.  Performing at the World Series.  And then to have the crowds cheering him.  IMO, it is a huge deal.  He should be very proud.

  • Claude Dee

    I liked Jessica Sanchez’s version better, but you still gave justice to the NA. Great job Phillip Phillips!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I noticed a few of those tweets, but most were about his NA. I only paid attention to the tweets at the time of P2 singing, not the later ones of fans who were watching their video recording/youtube. lol

  • jpfan2

    How did you see the tweets about P2 and the anthem? I searched for anthem and saw two negative tweets (one from Micheal Moore ;0) but that was it.

  • getaway1

    with a very wide range of opinions – some loved it

    What are examples of some of the positive opinions? 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “And then to have the crowds cheering him.  IMO, it is a huge deal.  He should be very proud.”

    No matter who sings the NA at this kind of sporting event, the cheering is mostly for the start of the game, not the singer. lol

  • wordnerdarchie

     Taylor Swift did. ;)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I searched twitter for “national anthem”, then tons of tweets came up.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Go to this link, then scroll back to those tweets that were made at shortly before 8:00 PM, when P2 was singing the NA.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So did Javier Colon, a few times.

  • getaway1

    No matter who sings the NA at this kind of sporting event, the cheering is mostly for the start of the game, not the singer.

    He was cheered 4 times by the crowd during his performance. 

    As MJ noted, he hit a very nice note at “rockets red glare” that had the fans in the ball park cheering!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    And as I said, if you watch the NA at other sporting events, the crowd always cheers after “rockets red glare”.

  • James M.

    As someone who got so mad that I deleted my account and denounced American Idol after Phillip won instead of Jessica Sanchez only to come back, I have to say it wasn’t bad. The guitar work was weird and it seemed to be a little like an entirely different song, but everything I hated about him on American Idol (his inability to sing primarily) was gone, so that’s a good thing. Good for him!

    Also, I heard Home for the first time (I turned it off in the All-Star Game out of rage). I gotta download that song. 

  • kyukool

    he did great? i don’t think so, i think his voice doesn’t suit with this song. no offense to his fans , i didn’t hate him but i think it’s horrible

  • maymay

    Very touched. I almost cried. And first time I learn The Star Spangled Banner is so beautiful.

  • ZsusK

    It started off a little shaky, but I liked it! Dare I say it? It was actually “current.” Ha!

  • getaway1

    And as I said, if you watch the NA at other sporting events, the crowd always cheers after “rockets red glare”.

    Always?  Not true.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Some tweets at the time that P2 sang the NA from oldest to newest (omitting tweets @@Phillips:disqus from fans):

    Are you kidding me?! Fake Dave Matthews is singing the National Anthem? #MUTE

    Three seconds into his rendition of the National Anthem, I already hated Phillip Phillips.

    Can they ever get anyone decent to sing the national anthem?

    Is this the national anthem or a folk song?

    Phillip Phillips singing the National Anthem in Game 1….NICE!!!! 

    The National Anthem wasn’t meant to be a serenade, it sounds really really stupid

    Dudes version of the national anthem is putting me to sleep. The worst shit. 

    who is this bearded hippie singing the national anthem. can’t they get
    someone recognizable to sing? is beyonce too busy for patriotism?

    What an awful rendition of the National Anthem!

    Phillip Phillips singing the national anthem. #NotBad #AmericanIdolWinner

    That’s not the correct tune of the national Anthem #DoItRight

    Worst national anthem since Roseanne.

    I always used the National Anthem to get pumped up before games. WTF is this acoustic stuff? No likey 

    Hippies should be banned from singing the National Anthem, especially before the World Series 

    I think @g_rigo coulda sang the national anthem better than Phillip Phillips haha 

    Phillip Phillips did a nice job with the national anthem. Is he the best American Idol? My favorite was Sanjaya. #WorldSeries #Game1

    I’ll give Phil Phillips ??½? on his national anthem.

    Phillip Phillips blew national anthem. Maybe we should have chosen a winner from #TheVoice to sing at the World Series Opener! 

    One of the coolest versions of the National Anthem I’ve ever heard. #phillipphillips #worldseries

    Don’t usually trust a person with two first names, but Phillip Phillips National Anthem was pretty good. #hemustbefromwallawalla

    That National Anthem by Philip Phillips was SOO GREAT! #WorldSeries

    Twitter is not pleased with the rendition of the National Anthem. Was it really that bad?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Go to youtube and watch NAs. Yes, it’s true.

  • FromAway
  • lila6089
  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not sure if you saw my response, but I searched twitter with “national anthem”, then lots of tweets came up.

  • facebook-677275924

    Good job! 

  • OffLeash

    Definitely not the train wreck many were expecting. He did a good job. Nothing exceptional, but he got the job done without embarrassing himself. I’m glad it’s all over.

    I agree with whoever said the guitar was/is his security blanket, but tonight sure wasn’t the time to wean him off of it lol. I’m glad it helped him through what must have been a majorly stressful appearance, knowing how nervous he must have been. :)

  • gigglesmo3

    I didn’t watch Idol Season 11, so I’m neutral on P2, but I thought this version of the NA was very pretty. Well done, Phil! :)

  • IrisandLilies

    I loved Phillip’s intimate and heartfelt version of the National Anthem.  It made  me think of all the men and women of this country who have given their lives to protect our values and freedoms and made me proud to be an American.  I’ve never had that reaction before when it’s been sung because I am somewhat uncomfortable having a national anthem that has war as its primary theme.  However, Phillip’s version made me re-evaluate the lyrics.

    I loved his version so much that I would buy it as a single.  

  • Donne

    US is the “land of the free”, you can sing the NA in anyway you want it So IMO there is no good or bad version of it. Unlike in other countries you can be in big trouble if you mess it up.

  • iluvai

    That was really sweet. He knows his voice and his strengths. Very nice!!! 

  • iluvai

    lol, well it certainly wasn’t the power house versions that we’ve heard a lot. But it was heartfelt.  :) 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree that anyone is free to sing the NA in any way that they want in the “land of the free”, but I disagree that there are no good or bad versions of it. Some are great and some are horrible, and everything in between.

  • OffLeash

    It was a respectful intimate version. Very different from the belting out we’re used to, and can I say refreshing for those of us who aren’t into belters? :)

  • Bug Menot

    The national anthem is about successfully repelling an attack in 1814 on Baltimore over land and sea by the British after they had burned and looted Washington DC, largely destroying the White House and US Capitol. The British fleet sailed off to regroup before its next assault on the United States, the Battle of New Orleans.

    There, American forces defeated an invading British Army intent on seizing New Orleans and the territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase.

    That should make you proud to be an American.

  • springboard2

    Overall, I was impressed, and I have to admit that I expected a car crash! Very nice.

  • Lovesyesha

    Sorry Phillip fans, still quite pitchy, and honestly the rendition was not very patriotic. In my opinion it sounded like a C rate Dave Matthews impersonator singing a Dave Matthew’s version of the national anthem. Sorry, just my opinion, don’t get the appeal at all.

    At least he got all of the words right…

  • Jonins

    Uh, it’s ok. Not bad but kinda boring. Made me wish that he speed up a little so the game can start. And, can’t he sing without his guitar? Singing the NA still with his guitar doesn’t appeal to me. Sorry.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Definitely a Phillip fan, but the off-key moments were like chalk on a blackboard.  Chops for trying – it’s a killer song. 

  • teekee

    While I love a good belter(the ones who can hit the notes,and stay on key), I also like to give credit when it’s due. Phillip did just fine. He did exactly what he needed to do. It worked.

    His smile at the end, made me smile. No train wreck here.

  • iluvai

    ha ha… I am a fan of the “big” voices, but I like P2. P2 did a great job. :)

  • mchcat

    I thought he did very well – personally I can’t stand the belting with all the high notes- I liked it

  • thirdtime

    I thought he did a pretty good job.  I was really nervous when he first started singing because he sounded way off key to me at first, and I thought the guitar wasn’t going to work at all, but I was pleasantly surprised on how he did by the end.

  • durbesque

    Phillip surprised me with a folksong version of the NA.  The low key, folk guitar, and absence of fancy stuff, made it comfortable for every man in the stadium to sing along, or hum, or mumble, or experience it any way he felt like.  Phil relates to people.

  • Steppen

    Hmmm…people here must have very low expectations. I thought that was terrible. On first listening, I thought to myself, “American Idol must’ve lost its edge. This guy cannot sing”. I’m sorry.

  • Wui Zhuan Lim

    It’s not that people are having low expectations.
    The moment when he’s announced to sing NA,
    we are pretty sure he won’t go for belting vocals and stuffs,
    he did it his way, like how he did on AI.
    So, to say P2 can’t sing? Well, whatever..cuz some people still can’t get over his AI win. lol!

  • overthetop1

    The best part was his smile on “the” before “brave” when he knew he was going to get through it.

    Personally, I disliked the rhythm of the guitar for most of it.

  • Taylor

    Looks like “Home” got a sales bump to #11 now after his NA performance!

    And Z100 in NYC has upgraded “Home” to power rotation today (I was shocked to hear “Home” being played every hour on the biggest radio station in America!)

  • roarpen

    Not bad. And just a tiny audience for your first NA!

  • Keyera Mullins

    Does he ever play without his Guitar? Good performance though. 

  • Taylor

    Yikes, that was a mediocre vocal performance. Idol winners and even the second place finishers usually have such strong impressive vocals, even if they are from country, pop, rock, alt. rock, R&B, folk rock, gospel, etc. backgrounds. I can’t think of another Idol top two finalist who is this weak vocally.

    P2 had some very low expectations to start out with, and that in and of itself is not what is expected from Idols.

  • John S

    I can’t think of another Idol top two finalist who is this weak vocally.

    Lee Dewyze and Blake Lewis.

  • James M.

    Well, Phillip Phillips is a fan of Buster Posey (Both from Leesburg, GA). I’m sold on his album >_>. 

    I’m a Giants fan and Posey’s my favorite player. And I just heard Home for the first time today, not my kind of music but a good catchy song that’s better than a lot of the crap on the radio today.

  • abbysee

    Not bad.

  • Taylor

    Justin? No way!
    Even Lee has more range, vocal power, pitch control and better diction.
    Blake is a possibility. Not sure which one would win out for the weakest overall vocalist award. At least Blake didn’t win his year.

  • John S


    Even Lee has more range, vocal power, pitch control and better diction.

    I don’t think so.

  • nyc57

    It’s gone.My husband had the game on but I forgot about it.MLB takes everything off. Kris sang God Bless America this year at a Boston game and they took it off.too.Glad it wasn’t a disaster.Nothing wrong with using a guitar.I remember when Jose Feliciano did it and how controversial it was at the time.I loved it. 

  • Kariann Hart

    I can’t compare Phillip’s version to others because his style of singing makes it difficult to sing the NA.  However, I give him credit for doing a pretty good job.  Jessica is simply a better singer.

  • CB40

    I’m not the biggest P2 fan ever but I’ve grown to really like his style and his approach. It’s just very real and authentic, and I enjoyed this rendition.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “P2 had some very low expectations to start out with, and that in and of itself is not what is expected from Idols.”

    I agree, it’s unusual that an Idol winner is such a mediocre singer. I think that even P2’s fans are more relieved than anything else that he sang an acceptable version of the NA and wasn’t a trainwreck.

  • stargazed

     I missed it!  The link is no longer active.

    I am a P2 fan so I’m sure I would like it.

  • Jcasa12

    This guy, this guy is going to be a huge success when his album comes out.

  • angiedb

    Once again, I am intrigued by all the different ways people heard one song. I kind of love how diverse everyone’s tastes are. I’ve listened to this several times now and still really enjoy Phil doing the NA. The guitar was so understated, I am surprised anyone is commenting on that at all. Oh, wait. Not really. ZOMG! WGWG! Phil’s smile is contagious and after seeing him live last weekend, I will always be a fan. I’m truly excited to hear his album. 11/19 can’t come soon enough. 

  • SaSa8

    I have to say for me that was not very impressive.  Such an underwhelming performance and I watched it several times last night trying to be fair.  People had such low expectations of him being able to sing this song, that now everyone thinks he did amazing.  Really?  I don’t get that.  America should have HIGH EXPECTATIONS of the American Idol to be able to SING the National Anthem.  It was too low key, pitchy on some of it and his eyes were closed for most of it. 

  • Lovesyesha

    Why are my comments not showing up?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “America should have HIGH EXPECTATIONS of the American Idol to be able to SING the National Anthem.”

    I feel the same way, but Idol has changed in that sense.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m having problems that way too (or my posts are being deleted?).

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I’m not a fan of P2, but I don’t wish him ill.  Just curious…so I went looking for media attention.  As far as attention goes, he didn’t trend anywhere, and only 93 comments on that Yahoo article. 

    I really don’t know…if it’s all about the music and many people love “Home,” obviously, those sales are incredible.  But only six months out from Idol, I haven’t followed–has he been in any magazines?  It might have been better if he had messed up…

    On the other hand, all he may need is Home.

  • TheOther

    It was a very powerful performance because it was a very heartfelt performance. Can’t get any better than that.

    Lyndsey Parker’s “knock it out of the park” review says it all.

    Congrats to Phillip & Buster Posey of the Giants. 2 hometown guys from Leesburg, GA.

  • mjsbigblog


    Please be careful not to put words in poster’s mouths, or tell them how they should feel.

  • Anny_nanny

    The Worst National Anthem Renditions:
    I was crying. And I thought that there is nothing worse than Aguilera? I’m sorry, Christina! lol

  • justmefornow

    LOL, Thanks. Those were epically awful!

  • TheOther

    Nice review from E!

    Pressure much?

    Well, yes, but Phillips handled it like a pro, and gave a very sweet rendition of the National Anthem that the crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy (judging by their roars).

  • kaylietoo

    Jessica may be a better singer, but she’s not who America wants to hear.  Her sales a low, and Phillip has taken off like a rocket with Home.

  • maymay

    1.After singing the National Anthem, PP`s Home and Compilation sales increased on iTunes. His albim preorder increased on Amazon. He gained a thousand of twitter followers.

    2.PP appeared in People, US, In Touch, Cosmopolitan.

  • Trina

    I think P2 is in a VERY good place right now. More important than media buzz (which doesnt always translate to sales), he just became a double platinum artist and has a hit song. I cant imagine embarrassing himself by messing up the NA and getting bad press would actually help him at all, especially a month away from now when he’ll have to sell albums.  Come album drop week I suspect he wont have any problem getting buzz. And the boost Home got on iTunes last night even though he didnt sing it is IMO a good sign that he does a good job selling himself when he gets out there and performs even if hes a low key guy and the whole internet isnt a buzz over him..

  • maymay

    People felt PP`s performance was fine not because of low expection but because of different and intimate version for the National Anthem. PP always isn`t a great singer but a good performer. People sometimes would rather like a good performer than a great singer.

  • IrisandLilies

    You summed up my reaction to Phillip’s performance perfectly. 

  • sdmama

    I was joking when I said “let him bring the guitar”, but wow, that was different in a good way! I loved it.
    This was the first time I heard this song emotional and touching, rather than ready to beat up your enemy. He put his stamp on it. Good job!I understand some baseball fans thought it wasn’t much of a battle cry to start a game, and alright I see that, too.   But, other than the day one of the World Series, what else would Phillip agree to sing NA? So, thank you for making him do it :)

  • isb77

    It is still up on Lyndsey Parker’s site (she didn’t use YouTube, so M LB hasn’t found it yet). Search for “Reality Rocks”

  • Celeste

    I think Phil has an interestin tone of voice, doesn´t matter if he can hit really high notes, what´s matter the most if the quality of the songs… hope he has lot´s of sucess… Idol really needs a hit, spcially a hit from it´s winner

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that some people may have felt that way, but other people felt differently for different reasons. Personally, I thought that P2’s version was acceptable largely because of his limited abilities (low expectations), whereas I would regard the same version from someone who was a far better singer as pretty poor. It’s all relative and context.

  • Tommyo2000

    It was alright and certianly did not embarrass himself … original, but forgetable … he did what he could with it as the NA is not really in his wheelhouse …

  • wkstrack

    Lee actually has a good voice IMO. For a singer-songwirter. He hits some bum notes sometimes but he can sing.

    Anyways, as for P2 and the NA. I think he did a good job.. I mean it’s the NA people weren’t really expecting bit notes and melisma with him. I wasn’t that surprised that he had his guitar with him. So did Javier Colon when he performed the NA.

  • CanadianLady

    Okay, I’m not American. But I’ve still heard the US national anthem a billion times, so I do have an opinion. :)

    I heard it live – okay, I’m a huge sports fan, esp. baseball, and I just listened to it again at Reality Rocks.

    I didn’t start out as a Phillip fan. I was one of those who wondered how he made the top 24. But he won me over during the show. And I think he killed this.

    I honestly think this is the first time I’ve ever really appreciated the depth of the meaning behind the words to this song. That’s what Phillip does for me – he makes the meaning behind the words the most important part.

    The singers I’ve loved over the years include Johnny Cash and others who’ve had this same quality. As a writer (not songs!) myself, that’s key to me. As much as I love the music, and I know the huge role the music plays in amplifying or diluting the song – the words – including the meaning or lack thereof behind the words – are always more important for me.

    I think he more than makes songs his own – he makes me appreciate them more than I have before.

    Not sure you can teach that.

  • J SanchezFan Kaylo™

    Jessica Just tweeted she’s headed for Detroit. Game 3 of the world series is in Detroit, so Jessica might  be singing in Detroit. Just Fans speculating on twitter

  • J SanchezFan Kaylo™

     It’s more of her singing the wrong songs, and having bad luck! People want to hear her. They just dont want to hear her singing the stuff she did on Idol, especially that coronation song. Phillip’s coronation song was a million times better than Jessica’s. when she’s in her wheel house and with the right marketing, she’ll surprise people.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It could also be a private corporate event for Ford. I think that Jessica would do a marvelous job on the NA though.

  • J SanchezFan Kaylo™

     Could be that too. Would love to see Jay do the NA though, just hope people don’t start comparing her and Phillip’s performances if she actually got to do it.

  • justmefornow

    It’s not for singing the NA, probably some other private event as mentioned.

  • Ronnie D

    I watched this before reading anyone’s opinions lol.  I must say, this was pretty good! I’m not really a big fan of his music, just not my thing, and I was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to pull this off. Of course, he wasn’t going to go into a melisma overload like some other singers have done, but he held his own. The more I think about it, he does have the Americana old folk/country type vibe going on. And my ears are pretty good, so I think he was actually on key! Way to go Phillip.

  • auntmable

    I love this kid, he’s got something that no one else has!!! He did a great job on the NA, so proud of him!!!!I think he is turning me into a cougar!!!!!!

  • sheila g.

    nothing special about it…the only difference its the NA he’s singing..

  • sheila g.

    “Jessica may be a better singer, but she’s not who America wants to hear.  Her sales a low, and Phillip has taken off like a rocket with Home.”

    maybe because HOME is the best idol coronation song of all time and lets not forget the olympics boosted its sales by a mile… but now that PP will release his own album let us see if any of his songs will also reach platinum on itunes or will he be only riding the idol bubble throughout his career thru his coronation song…anyway good luck to him.

  • chillj

    He gave it a little Philip twist!  Very nice.  Plain and nice.  More people should probably do it that way and stay out of trouble.

  • IrisandLilies

    That is the best explanation I’ve read about Phillip’s appeal as a singer.

    BTW, I love Johnny Cash for the reason you stated in your post.  For example, both he and Joan Baez have done covers of the song “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream.”  While Joan’s voice sounds gorgeous on the version I have on my iPod, it is Johnny’s version with his raspy, cracking voice that moves me when I hear it. 

  • tucker davis

    “he didn’t trend anywhere”

    Actually, over on his AI forum, someone posted a pic of the 
    Worldwide Twitter feed & his name was included just after the NA was completed.
    Also, the Yahoo article now has almost 150 comments with most of them very positive. Almost all of the positive ones say they appreciated how heartfelt it sounded, and he sung it the way ‘it’s suppose to be sung’…whatever that means. If fact, all the reviews I’ve read so far (including MJs) have been pretty supportive. It seems most people don’t like singers who take liberties with the NA.

  • tucker davis

    I know this is off P2 topic, but what you’re saying about someone’s voice touching you is so true. I absolutely love Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” sung by Bob Dylan (weird voice and all), and everyone else thinks it’s a great song when done by anyone BUT Dylan!  lol

  • tucker davis

    I know this is off P2 topic, but what you’re saying about someone’s voice touching you is so true. I absolutely love Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” sung by Bob Dylan (weird voice and all), and everyone else thinks it’s a great song when done by anyone BUT Dylan!  lol

  • newinNM

    Anyone and I mean ANYONE who can get in front of that many people, plus be on national television, and can get through our national anthem without any major problems gets a gold star in my book.  P2 did fine, no, not the most amazing rendition ever, but nowhere near the worst.  I thought the guitar was a nice touch, something a little different.  And of course the people cheered, it was the national anthem sang at the opening game of the world series, peeps are excited so they’re gonna cheer at just about anything. Nice job P2.

  • CanadianLady

     Thanks, IrisandLilies.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I really enjoyed this! What was bad about it? It’s Phillip Phillips. We all know how his voice sounds and know he may not have huge range, but he definitely made this work. He made it his own, didn’t try to hit any crazy notes, he didn’t mess up any words… the guitar added something extra to it that it may not have had if done acapella.

    A job well done, I think. Way to go, Phil!

  • guinness 416

    Some funny comments …. “acceptable”, “respectable”, “considering the trainwreck it could have been” …. talk about damning with faint praise!  I like PP’s recent radio gigs a great deal, but thought this was pretty poor.  Not unlistenable poor, but tedious and unremarkable and nothing they couldn’t have dragged any number of amateur singers up there to do at least as well.  But I don’t generally enjoy national anthems at sporting events anyway, unless the performer gets it going and lets a big crowd take over, get on with the game.

  • TheOther

    Another good review.  This time from EW:

    Phillips delivered a solid, laid-back version of the Anthem, complete with the trademark gravelly vocal style he maintained on Idol. Though he threw a few brooding notes into the arrangement, Phillips kept things straightforward, pretty, and nicely tuneful.

  • Jordana33

    Geez. Maybe if I hadn’t read so many positive comments, I would have been pleasantly surprised too. However, I thought it was pretty lackluster. His voice is still painful to listen to and the guitar didn’t help him as much as it usually does.  

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    it doesnt sound bad from the audience…