New York City radio station, WPLJ, has put together a film montage of scenes from Hurricane Sandy edited to American Idol winner, Phillip Phillip’s “Home” music video. The song, which has recently gone double platinum, continues to resonate with the public, this time in a profound way. I have to admit that I got a little lump in my throat watching the clip, and I’m not a crier.

On Thursday November 15, Phillip will join forces with the Staten Island PS22 choir as he performs a few songs with them LIVE from the school to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Out of the 5 New York City boroughs, Staten Island was hit particularly hard by the storm.

You can buy a ticket to the Sandy fundraiser at Stage It. I’m going to buy a ticket. and I probably will not be able to attend. It’s a worthy cause. If you missed it, check out videos from Friday night’s telethon to benefit the victims of Sandy, featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Sting, Bon Jovi and Mary J. Blige. Also, there is more information there on how you can donate to relief efforts.

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  • OffLeash

    The saga of this song and how it continues to connect so intimately with the public, in times of national pride as well as during terrible disasters, is just mind boggling. I don’t remember any other song in recent years with this kind of impact.

    My prayers go out to all the victims and their families, and all those still suffering from Sandy’s destruction.

  • getaway1

    When all is said and done, this is what is important.  This is what matters.  Not the silly gossip.

  • potatorocks

    So many things strike me as I watch this video—the resolve of the people of NYC, the leadership of Christie, my own respect for our president Barack Obama, and the song.

    You can also donate to Save the Children. They are working with Hurricane Sandy kids in the shelters.

  • http://twitter.com/leilamaurizia2 leilamaurizia

    When I first heard Phillip sing this on Idol, I recognized it as a really, really good song but I had no idea it would be this impactful.  From Olympics to movie theme song to DWTS farewell song to Sandy song, “Home” hasn’t peaked yet more than 5 months after release.  In over-all airplay, it’s already the 15th highest and is still making huge gains (+1.278M AIs in this morning’s update) every day.  It also refuses to go down on iTunes.  Just impressive all around.

    And yes, I got teary-eyed from the video too.  Being from the Philippines, where we’ve also experienced our share of storms and their devastating effect, I sympathize with all those affected and send prayers and warm hugs.

  • sporkle

    It just goes to show that in times of celebration and in times of despair, what we really truly desire is a place to call home.

    Amazing video, amazing impact. What an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Sandy.

  • DB987

    What a moving well done video. It is beyond belief what has happened along the eastern shoreline and then inland from this storm. So many people have lost the very essence of their lives.Sadly the eastern coastline is getting hit with another nor’easter this week to add to the misery. Our thoughts are with everyone effected and our dollars need to be sent so they can start to rebuild their lives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002033520082 Brian Thurman

    The president couldnt stay to long he had more important things… like the campaign trail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000075236182 Diana Adams Tyler

    or maybe visiting other damaged areas.

  • MNSue

    I’m hearing “Home” multiple times a day. I used to have flashes of the our gold medal girls gymnastics during its play. Not any more. Its true meaning has come to light with the tragic conditions faced by those on the east coast. I will now see those images ever time “Home” is played. I will think of my friends who are dealing with their day to day struggles to acquire the basic necessities of life. Friends who haven’t even had the energy to think about their future needs. Prayers are not enough. Wouldn’t it be thoughtful if whenever “Home” was heard it would remind us to act financially to help our friends in need.

  • Junior82165

    It made me pick up my phone and donate.  Funny thing though, at the end of the video it said to text to donate $10 to the Red Cross, but when I did that, it said I was donating $25.  No biggie, but it’s something that’s going to put people off.

    I don’t mind, I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t donate something.

  • elliegrll

    That and running the country.

  • Tess

    Phillip is amazingly lucky to have been given this song for his debut.  It is so well-written, its hook is tremendous, and the words can be used for multiple situations and events.  I also think that Phillip’s vocal styling and his down home voice are totally suited to the music and lyrics.  Great Karma surrounded the coming together of singer and writer for this one.

    Kudos to whomever put this video together…it is amazing and I am super impressed with how the voice overs, the visuals, and the song interface.  “Home” is definitely lightning in a bottle, probably something that may only happen once in someone’s career but I think everyone has been lucky…especially those of us for whom the song just resonates with something you can feel but can’t often express.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The StageIt website indicates that the show will be 20 minutes long and recommend a ticket price (donation) of $50. Currently, there are 4,909 tickets left.

    http://www.stageit.com/phillip_phillips/benefit_for_the_victims_of_hurricane_sandy/15637

  • jpfan2

    The site is a little confusing but the 50 actually translates to $5. That seems like a pretty reasonable contribution for the show (which is only 20 minutes long.) People can actually donate any amount they chose to.

  • elliegrll

    It’s 50 notes, which equals $5.  I don’t know why they do it like that, but Notes are used for tipping the artists.  People can pay as much as they want for a ticket, but the minimum is $5.  You can also tip as much as you want to.

  • elliegrll

    He doesn’t have a lot of online fans, but I wouldn’t say that he doesn’t have a lot of fans period.  I do think that he’s going to get a lot of promotional opportunities when his album is released, and the success of Home will bring him a lot of attention.  

  • durbesque

    Great post, Tess.  “down home voice” is exactly what I was looking for to describe Phillip’s voice.  A true artist with a down-home voice, the best of both worlds.

  • durbesque

    I was glad to find that http://www.redcross.org accepts PayPal.
     
    Made it easy to follow my heart’s desire.

  • durbesque

    I was glad to find that http://www.redcross.org accepts PayPal.
     
    Made it easy to follow my heart’s desire.

  • http://twitter.com/saiq2004 adriana

     Late Show with David Letterman 11-19
     The View 11-19
     Good Day LA 11-8
    phillipphillips.com/events/detail.aspx?eid=77743 …

  • OffLeash

    ITA, Tess. Home’s huge success is the result of the perfect encounter between a great song and a singer. Home isn’t the kind of song that would’ve had the same impact with overblown belted-out vocals. What gives this well-written song its unique appeal is the soothing, intimate quality of P2′s voice, his “down home” vocals.

    As for the StageIt website, Paypal makes it so easy to donate. I hope this fundraiser gets better advertised so they can sell out the tickets.

  • kaylietoo

    There’s been so much going on this past week with the storm and the elections, that most likely many people don’t even know about this show.  Hopefully, it will be advertised well so that all tickets will be sold.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Very well done and this IS a good song. I was OK watching it until the part with the woman calling her father. I lost it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh, OK. I thought that was a bit pricey as a suggested donation.

    Thanks, jpfan2.

    “The fact that there are still plenty of tickets confirms my belief that P2 doesn’t have a big fanbase (from Idol). Again without lots of TV promo I don’t see big numbers for the debut week of the album.”

    How many tickets were initially available?

  • Chris

    Wow, nicely done.  A video like that could help sell another million tracks.  Phillip is extremely lucky to have been given such a great coronation song.

  • Chris

    Actually, republicans including Gov. Christie and independents like Bloomberg, have said the president has been quite responsive.  It shows there is some hope for putting politics aside and everyone doing what’s right – help the people devastated get back on their feet. 

  • chillj

    I suspect this is the most cooperation you will see for four years.  Enjoy it while you can.

  • chillj

    This is the perfect song to remind all of us of the importance of home and the tragedy for those who have lost theirs.  Very nice.

  • WhoDat2012

    NO, he flew out immediately for Vegas.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Maybe Phillip should think about raising some money for his family.   Sounds like they could use some help also.   Of course, you can’t always believe what you read.  Losing one’s business in this day and age is bad.

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

    What is really sad is that an article with no basis put out by TMZ about Phillip and his family generates tons of comments & activity….an article about Phillip or anyone doing something good generates very little interest.  Kind of sad in my book.  Hope the concert raises a good amount of money for all of the displaced families affected by ‘Sandy’.

  • durbesque

    Nov. 15, the album will be streaming, so Phillip could at least sing WWCF.  Give us our $5 worth lol.  I bet he will sing ‘Home’ with the kids…anthem style.

  • durbesque

    Not that any of this has any credibility, but…. I read that Dad expects to raise 200k-250k from the auction.  Doesn’t sound like Mom & Dad will be spending any time in the homeless shelter. 

  • http://twitter.com/saiq2004 adriana

    REALLY, REALLY ??? THIS IS ABOUT RAISING FUNDS FOR A TRAGEDY, I DON’T UNDERSTAND ALL OF YOU PEOPLE

  • kaylietoo

    Obama is no different from any other President who has been in office during a tragedy, and I’m sure any President in the future will be just as cooperative if not more.

  • kaylietoo

    I’m with you – anything to bring P2 down by those that don’t like him.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    This emotional video goes perfect with Phillip’s song and voice.  Prayers to all affected by this horrific tragedy!

  • chillj

    I’m sure they will, too.  I was not referring to presidential cooperation in tragedies; I was referring to cooperation between parties, as we saw with Chris Christie and the President.  It isn’t likely no matter who wins; this is a vitriolic campaign.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Obama is no different from any other President who has been in office during a tragedy, and I’m sure any President in the future will be just as cooperative if not more.

    Anyone who saw President Bush and Michael Brown’s actions and words would definitely disagree with you.  I was very happy to see President Obama’s behavior and words.  What a contrast to Bush.  Then we do see cooperation regardless of political party.

  • abbysee

    I tried to watch but its just too soon. I live in Brooklyn, my spouse is a Sgt. the national guard and has been on Long Island for the past week. My youngest goes to school not far from Coney Island. Our lives and the lives of friends and family have been forever changed by this. I love how relevant idol continues to be. For all the bitching we do, many idols continue to deliver memorable music that can soothe, comfort, and evoke powerful emotions. Kudos all around.

  • quickjessie

     I sincerely doubt the folks in LA and MS will agree with you.  In fact, I know they won’t as I have family there.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    So far Phillip didn’t do anything good himself. He didn’t donate his own money and he didn’t save anybody from the flood. He is just attaching his name to the tragedy to capitalize on it, like many celebrities do. And this is a sad part.

  • jpfan2

    He didn’t attach his name to a tragedy. A radio station used his song as background for scenes from the hurricane. And he’s doing a benefit concert to raise $ just as tons of other Idols have done.

  • http://twitter.com/BuranaBurana Carmina Burana

    I am not a fan of either PP or Home.  Having said that, I find it really mean spirited to criticize or to be sarcastic about a fund raising event.  I am from NY, was not affected, but there are thousands of people out there who can use whatever much or little PP can raise. Any initiative should be lauded and is definitely welcome by the tri-state people.

  • Incipit

    And this is a sad part.

    That’s an odd point of view, Shoriagirl. One you are certainly entitled, to, but still, odd. IMO.

    So you figure that Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel and Mary J. Blige have all ‘attached their names to the tragedy’ because they did a benefit to help people, and that’s a sad thing?  And all those kids at PS22, who didn’t donate their own money or save anyone from the floods - as far as we know - they are also making you sad?

    Benefit performances are ongoing in this country and many others, for all sorts of causes and people who need help on a larger scale than one person can accomplish…if only individual effort counts with you – there will always be plenty of occasions to cause you sadness.

    The tragedies themselves make me sad – but I appreciate the fact that people with a public presence will pitch in to help along with all the individual efforts…and the resulting public awareness for any cause that this creates. YMMV, and obviously does.

  • WhoDat2012

    I lived through Katrina.  We were on the Northshore of New Orleans.  We had food, water and ice the next day after Katrina.  This was Bush’s FEMA.  They would have gotten supplies to downtown; but the choppers were being shot upon at the time.  I wonder why it’s taking Obama’s FEMA so damn long in responding.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Yes, it is very annoying when extremely rich people like Christina, Aerosmith, Bruce etc. are asking other people who are not rich, to donate money.  They could have just give their own money without making spectacle out of it. The same people would, probably, file restraining order if one of these affected people would come to  their mansion and ask for a glass of water.  I understand that this is American way, but I still find all this fundraising by wealthy celebrities very tacky. 

  • Axxxel

    I think a rich lady who can still sing well like Christina, will attract more attention to a good cause than a simple unknown false singing woman like me….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    if it was so dangerous at the stadium, how did Anderson Cooper and Oprah walk around and film from there before Bush’s Fema ever got there? Bush left the poor to die by showing up a week later. Lucky for you that you were on the right side of New Orleans.

  • Incipit

    Shoriagirl, If public personalities and celebrities speaking up for causes is exclusively “The American Way” – that would be news to me. I always figured it was just a Human thing to do.

    And we do not know how much of their own money anyone gives, independent of any charity work they may do …but I see that is not your point. I get it – all that Tacky Money that is raised by celebrity appeals for Clean Water, Cancer Research, Children’s Services, Make-a-Wish Foundations, Overseas Orphanages, Non-profit hospitals, even Animal shelters, etc, all of it is questionable. As if somehow people were forced to donate just because a celebrity made them aware of a need, or a health concern, or a natural disaster.

    So the fundraisers should do what? Refuse the millions in Tacky Money? Because the celebrities gave up the right to be humans who care about others, and use their public platform to give back? IDK. What do you suggest?

    I see that you have an axe to grind…but I have yet to figure out what your grudge is with the school children of PS22. They are just as guilty, under your indictment.

    And that is still odd. IMO. Of Course. 

  • roarpen

     “So far Phillip didn’t do anything good himself. He didn’t donate his own
    money and he didn’t save anybody from the flood. He is just attaching
    his name to the tragedy to capitalize on it, like many celebrities do.
    And this is a sad part.*”
    Oh puleeeeeez…….*facepalm*

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Few years ago our area was affected by a strong wind and was without electricity for almost 2 weeks. I didn’t see any celebrity helping anyone here.

    Are you seriously comparing loss of electricity in an area due to some “strong winds” to people losing their loved ones and their homes due to a hurricane, massive flooding and out of control fires?  Unreal.

  • TheOther

    What is really sad is that an article with no basis put out by TMZ about Phillip and his family generates tons of comments & activity….an article about Phillip or anyone doing something good generates very little interest. Kind of sad in my book. Hope the concert raises a good amount of money for all of the displaced families affected by ‘Sandy’

    Very well said. 

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    You think that money is going to bring the loved ones back? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Where did I say that?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    That does seem to be the way it is for everyone and in society as a whole, and that is indeed sad.

    I appreciate P2 for giving his time and his voice in any way to help those who are struggling and hurting in this part of the country.

  • Incipit

    By the way, there is, probably, a neighbor or a family member who needs your help right now, why don’t you help them?

    Bwahaha! Shoriagirl, How do you know I don’t already do that? Is it OK, because I’m not rich? (As far as you know) Is it OK for the PS22 kids because they are not rich? Is that what makes the difference to you?

    I’m asking uncomfortable questions, obviously – and you don’t have to answer, certainly…in fact, you haven’t. That’s cool.

    See, I’m not a Phillip Phan, and I don’t even like the song “Home” – but I was a long time East Coast resident – South Jersey, to be specific – and I hope it raises $$ that help people do good work where good is desperately needed to be done – plus, I’m gonna disagree with your POV strictly on principle. No one ‘makes’ people respond to appeals – and I like celebrities to “Give Back”.

    JMO. Of Course.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    I don’t see any uncomfortable questions… PS22 kids are not trying to become famous and they are from the area, so their intentions are not in question here.  I have a problem with celebrities jumping on the bandwagon, that’s all.  

  • standtotheright

    PS22 kids are not trying to become famous and they are from the area, so their intentions are not in question here. 

    If we’re going to question the intention of celebrities who spend large amounts of time and/or live in the NJ/NYC area because they also have careers to promote, then we can question the intention of kids who have joined a famous choir with the hope of getting scholarships and goodwill trips later. 

    That’s the logical conclusion at the end of that slippery slope. And naturally, I reject it.

    The simple truth, as would be recounted by any aid worker who spends time in the field, is that the best aid is generally money: entirely fungible and flexible. Any tactic that encourages people to give that money to worthy causes is not something I will deride. Period.

  • Incipit

    PS22 kids are not trying to become famous and they are from the area, 

    They already are famous, perhaps you didn’t know?
    “The best known Elementary School Chorus on the Planet” – NY Magazine

    Good to know the unanswered questions didn’t make you uncomfortable, especially the one about ‘what would you suggest fundraisers do about the millions in Tacky Money that is raised because of celebrity appeals – give it back?’

    And there is a basic inconsistency in that ‘from the area’ qualifier you would like to use – the world has become much more inclusive than just what happens in your own backyard. IMO. I can name many celebrities who use their names and give their time to raise money for areas that they are not from, and in countries they are not native to – not gonna list them, just telling you that I could. 

    Many have said in interviews that being able to make a difference is extremely gratifying…I wish more people would ‘jump on bandwagons’ to help their fellow humans.

    So we are fated to disagree about that forever, Shoriagirl. Way it goes.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I have a problem with celebrities jumping on the bandwagon, that’s all.

    Did you have a problem when Kris Allen sang Let it Be on AI for Haiti?

  • MellyPer1692

    David Cook, Kris Allen, Carrie Underwood, Elliot Yamin and other idols all were part of Idol Gives Back. Kris went to Haiti and Cook to Ethiopia and their journeys were filmed and shown on Idol. I didn’t think it was opportunistic then and I don’t see what Phillip is doing now that way either. More power to any celebrity who can make a difference.

  • sitijulaiha

    Shoriagirl, how do you know none of the celebrities donated something? Just because you don’t hear about it doesn’t mean they didn’t do it. It just wasn’t news.

  • sitijulaiha

    [i]Few years ago our area was affected by a strong wind and was without
    electricity for almost 2 weeks. I didn’t see any celebrity helping
    anyone here.[/i]

    LOLLLLLL Our area had it for three weeks and I can say that it wasn’t a situation that needed donation.

  • suenigma

    “Yes, it is very annoying when extremely rich people like Christina,
    Aerosmith, Bruce etc. are asking other people who are not rich, to
    donate money.  They could have just give their own money without making
    spectacle out of it. The same people would, probably, file restraining
    order if one of these affected people would come to  their mansion and
    ask for a glass of water.  I understand that this is American way, but I
    still find all this fundraising by wealthy celebrities very tacky.”

    I’m Canadian and I have never really thought of it as the “American Way” myself, I have always thought of it as the “Human Way”.

    The way I look at it, “the end justifies the means” here. I am confident that the recipients of this charity could care less whether or not the money was  raised for PURELY altruistic reasons (is anything ever PURELY altruistic, really?). In the end that seems kind of  irrelevant – tacky money buys just as much food and medical supplies as noble money.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think people are grateful for the donations regardless how or who raised the money.  Celebrities do attract donors.  Thank goodness they do this.

  • Incipit

    Celebrities do attract donors.  Thank goodness they do this.

    Yes, they do Kariann Hart – and I’m glad they will contribute their time and their talents – that is the whole point – no matter what they may give privately, “celebrities attract donors”- in any country…that’s WHY organizations make a spectacle of it enlist them to do benefit shows and concerts. 

    Successful Fundraising 101.

  • chillj

    I understand what you are saying and it is hard to sort sincerity from public relations in a world where American Idol veterans throw benefits for the exposure before they ever gain fame.  I also understand that this election has caused considerable anger at the very wealthy.  Also, I must admit I initially thought Stephen Tyler joined the Sandy benefit the other night because he is promoting a new cd; however, he never sang anything from it, so I have less reason now to doubt his sincerity.

    These people may well donate themselves; we don’t know and we would pulverize them for their bad taste if they spoke of it.  Some celebrities quietly donate enormous amounts of money:  Will I Am comes to mind; he astonishes me.  Whether they donate or not, they do use their privileged position to make us aware.  And they should; they ennoble themselves and us.  Are they hypocrites?  I’m sure some are, not all, but does it really matter to the starving who generates their bread?  These people have resources, connections, and a platform:  if they do not work for great causes, who will?  And who could do it as well?  Most of us can not; that is why we need them.  

    These are not Koch brothers donating to their own lavish room in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; these are musicians donating time to generate money to help people.  Big difference.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree with everything that you wrote. There are some celebs who do donate large amounts of money to a cause and publicize it as a way to challenge other celebs to do likewise (e.g. Sandra Bullock), but I do believe that lots of celebs donate generous to these causes without any public announcement.

    “I must admit I initially thought Stephen Tyler joined the Sandy benefit
    the other night because he is promoting a new cd; however, he never sang
    anything from it, so I have no reason now to doubt his sincerity.”

    I think that this touches on the issue of celeb “sincerity” when it comes to appearing/performing on behalf of a cause. For example, I remember Kelly refusing to sing the first single from her upcoming CD at Idols Give Back, because she didn’t agree with the idea of using such an appearance to promote herself, and I respect that. Similarly, none of the stars on the NBC benefit show did that (Christina could have easily sung a song from her upcoming CD). They all sang songs appropriately uplifting/inspiring for the occasion.

    WRT P2, I think that singing “Home” obviously would be a good choice for his mini-show, but I’m not sure if singing new songs from his upcoming CD would be such a good idea, as it could be perceived as opportunistic (although I have a feeling that he will do this). In any situation where raising donations for a cause is paramount, I think that it’s important that the celeb is of sufficiently large notoriety and “fame” to attract viewers/donors, and that their appearance/endorsement is detached from any (blatant) self-promotion. JMO.

  • potatorocks

    I think when you do these things you are asking yourself what will generate the most donations.   Usually that would be inspiring songs or songs that people know very well.  In Philip’s case, he only has one song.  I would not be surprised if he played  his new songs some of which  from their descriptions sound like they have messages of strength and staying the course.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that is what will probably happen with P2′s StageIt mini-concert. The creation of the “Home” video with a montage of clips from the devastation due to hurricane Sandy, the PS22 chorus having covered “Home” and the timing of this event wrt to the upcoming release of P2′s CD indicate that this event is designed for both charity and self-promotion reasons.

  • potatorocks

    No.  I wasn’t implying he was doing it for self promotion.  Only that many of his new songs seem like they could be inspirational as well as Home.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I realize that, but just because P2 only has one “well-known” song of his own that is inspiring doesn’t mean that he necessarily has to sing only his own songs, if others would be more appropriate for the circumstances. I can understand P2 and his people having this event serve both charitable and promotional purposes.  JMO

  • jpfan2

    Isn’t Stageit a pretty small venue to get music out? I’m not really sure how it works but it certainly won’t generate the promo of the Letterman appearance, etc.
    Usually Idol winners get a performance at the Rockefeller tree lighting and sometimes the Thanksgiving Day parade.

    I think P2′s people should also work hard to get him some Jingle Ball appearances. I’m surprised they haven’t done that yet.

  • maymay

    PP is used to supporting charity. He isn`t the kind of guy who always intends to promote himself. He is too laidback or lazy to promote himself.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Don’t the AI winners usually appear on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (I know that they used to)? I think that 19/Interscope will be assessing the response to P2′s StageIt performance to get a handle on his online fanbase and the level of their interest.

  • getaway1

    Phil recorded his whole CD at the Quad Studio in NYC.
    They also did a bunch of the promos on the streets of NY. Almost all of the musicians
    that played on the CD are from the surrounding area, including his producer.
    Phil had said in interviews (prior to Sandy) how much he loves NY. And the
    twist of fate is that he literally finished recording like 1.5 weeks prior to
    Sandy.

  • Tess

    We all know that those who perform for charity are finely balancing a coin on edge.  And, the charity circuit that many AI alumni are associated with does pay and also promote said Idolette in most instances.  That is the economic truth and can’t be denied.  Conversely it is a “proven” that fund raisers that have any kind of celebrity, from local Joe Blow comedian to the elite superstars are much more successful than the “common folk” just out begging for money for their “cause”.

    If ALL people opened up their pocketbooks when someone else needs assistance without being prodded into doing so then there would be no need for these “causes” to back door into our consciousness.  

    Kudos, from me, to everyone that helps, donates, sings, dances, tells jokes (whatever) to get others to sit up and take notice of a problem.  And I have absolutely no problem (though I like to bring it up when fans insinuate that there little snowflake is always doing it for all the right reasons) with peeps getting paid or being able to promote while providing entertainment for these causes.  The world is a pretty damn tragic place and the only resource that is available is often the generosity or the kindness of human kind to keep it up and running.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, Scotty performed TTWG at last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, so I expect that P2 will perform there too.

    http://www.mjsbigblog.com/scotty-mccreery-thanksgiving-day-parade-video.htm 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I think that this touches on the issue of celeb “sincerity” when it comes to appearing/performing on behalf of a cause.

    Y’know, whether my (hypothetical) donation actually helps people who are suffering has little to do with whether a celebrity spokesperson is sincere and much to do with how the charity is actually run (which is why 1099 forms are public).

    The charities getting the money from P2′s Stage-It are established and have solid reputations. The deal is that they get all profits from the show to use for Sandy relief. This will happen whether P2 is (a) deeply devastated by the fate of Staten Island and aching to help, (b) unconcerned because he has an album to promote, (c) secretly giggly because he has a “thing” for scrap lumber, (d) surprised he’s doing this concert as his management forgot to cc: him on the email, or (e) some of each of the above.

  • mjsbigblog

    The winners don’t always perform at the Macy’s parade. For instance, in Season 7, David A took that gig instead of David C.  Pretty sure that neither Kris A or Adam L were dancing with turkeys on Thanksgiving.  Taylor Hicks didn’t do Macys. 

    It’s not a gig that’s set in stone for the winner. In fact, there are no gigs that are mandatory, except maybe the Disney stuff they are contractually obligated to do.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Y’know, whether my (hypothetical) donation actually helps people who are
    suffering has little to do with whether a celebrity spokesperson is
    sincere and much to do with how the charity is actually run (which is
    why 1099 forms are public).”

    I agree, but your point is separate from the topic of celebs and their appearances/performances for charity. Personally, I donate to causes on my own initiative and don’t need a telecast with ‘stars’ to coax me into doing so, but I also don’t diminish how effectively these kind of benefit shows can boost donations at times of extreme need.

    “The charities getting the money from P2′s Stage-It are established and
    have solid reputations. The deal is that they get all profits from the
    show to use for Sandy relief. This will happen whether P2 is (a) deeply
    devastated by the fate of Staten Island and aching to help, (b)
    unconcerned because he has an album to promote, (c) secretly giggly
    because he has a “thing” for scrap lumber, (d) surprised he’s doing this
    concert as his management forgot to cc: him on the email, or (e) some
    of each of the above.”

    I’m sure that it’s probably (d). lol j/k I actually was unfamiliar with the Siller Foundation and learned about it after googling.

  • getaway1

    Phil’s
    team has no problem what so ever booking him for very high profile appearances.
    4th of Jul at the Capitol, MLB All Stars, the big Dalai Lama concert, the World
    Series, premiere weeks for Kelly, Ellen. He got his platinum record presented
    on the Today Show.

    Letterman
    & The View are scheduled for 11/19, the day “The World From The Side
    Of The Moon” drops. He also will be on Good Day LA this week and has GMA
    planned. I’m sure he will be touring for the CD.

    But that
    doesn’t mean the Season 12 winner will be expected to get the same gigs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks, MJ. Is it true that the Idol winner/runner-up performs at the Disney Christmas Day Parade each year?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Actually, I notice that the promotion for P2′s show indicates that he will be singing with the PS22 chorus, so maybe other than “Home”, the other songs may be well-known covers.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that P2 is special in the extent of promotion that he’s received so far as an Idol winner. Over the years, 19/label has also been effective in promoting the Idol winner for their debut album.

  • getaway1

    I don’t think that P2 is special in the extent of promotion that he’s received so far as an Idol winner. Over the years, 19/label has also been effective in promoting the Idol winner for their debut album.

    I am very, very pleased with what his team has done, considering that unlike any other Idol winner, Phil had a good 6 weeks after the finale where he was out of the public eye due to his surgery. 

    And I would not say that 19/label has been effective in promoting ALL the Idol winners.  I don’t think it helped with the public statements that TPTB made against Taylor Hicks and Kris Allen.  And then there is Lee Dewyze.  He was basically doomed before he got started.

  • mjsbigblog

    They usually do, but not always. Somebody from Idol performs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “And I would not say that 19/label has been effective in promoting ALL
    the Idol winners.  I don’t think it helped with the public statements
    that TPTB made against Taylor Hicks and Kris Allen.  And then there is
    Lee Dewyze.  He was basically doomed before he got started.”

    Perhaps I’m mistaken, but didn’t all of the Idol winners get pretty much the same kind of appearances when their debut albums were released? A late night show, a morning news magazine show, Regis/Michael & Kelly, Ellen, etc. That’s what I meant by pretty much all of the winners getting the same extent of promotional appearances.

    Also, what did TPTB publicly say about Taylor, Kris and Lee that was negative? I confess that I didn’t follow any of these guys beyond seeing that their promotional appearances all appeared to be very similar.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks, MJ. I looked it up and here are the Idols who have performed at the WDW Christmas Parade over the years. Since 2008, the Idol winner has performed:

    2003: Clay Aiken
    2004: Kelly Clarkson and Diana DeGarmo
    2005: Fantasia
    2006: Ace Young, Kevin Covais, Paris Bennett, and Mandisa
    2007: Katharine McPhee
    2008: David Archuleta and David Cook
    2009: Kris Allen
    2010: Lee DeWyze
    2011: Scotty McCreery and Jennifer Hudson
    2012: ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_Parks_Christmas_Day_Parade

  • elliegrll

    I wouldn’t say that 19 has been effective, since that word to me would mean that they have done the most that they can, and achieved the maximum results possible.  Since the management has pretty much been cookie cutter, everyone almost being marketed in the same way, I’d say that that alone shows that 19 hasn’t done all that they could, or addressed the specific needs of each artist.

  • fuzzywuzzy
  • sitijulaiha

    “If ALL people opened up their pocketbooks when someone else needs
    assistance without being prodded into doing so then there would be no
    need for these “causes” to back door into our consciousness.”

    Even so these celebrity shows are still gonna help a lot. Many people who have already donated do buy these tickets because they just want to see the shows and that means even more money for the causes

  • sitijulaiha

    I thought Kris’s debut got less promotion than Adam’s.