For our Friday morning edition of “American Idol” notes, we’re starting off with some big news courtesy of our reigning champ — and then, we’re going to transition into some kindness courtesy of one David Cook.
Phillip goes gold – It only took less than two months for Phillip Phillips to have his first Certified Gold single, and he now has it courtesy of “Home.” The Drew Pearson-penned single has now sold over 520,000 copies, including the largest sales frame ever for a coronation song — beating David Cook’s “The Time of My Life” from season 7. Most impressive is the fact that the song is continuing to sell singles thanks to some public appearances and radio airplay — it may be one of the first songs of its kind to actually be a success commercially in a field of coronation songs typically focused on solely the “Idol” experience.
How many copies will “Home” end up selling at the end of the day? While it needs to pick up more airplay still in order for it to happen, we would not necessarily be stunned if it manages to cross the 1 million mark.
Speaking of David Cook … – Even though he is currently in Manila performing a string of shows, his family actually helped take care of Phillip and the season 11 stars following their recent concert tour stop in Kansas City — feeding many of them one of the region’s trademark foods in barbecue.
We don’t know about you, but the sole thought of this is making us hungry.
Jessica Sanchez – While in Manila, Cook held a press conference — and was course asked again what he thought about the singing sensation, who is half-Filipino and has already become a major star in the country.
Cook’s response? At first, he joked that he is asked the question all the time — but then, he proceeded to say some rather great things about Jessica’s talent and even compared her to a guy he knows rather well with a similar heritage in David Archuleta:
“She’s so good and what’s scary about it is she’s young! And that’s Archie [David Archuleta] territory. Honestly! He’s [David] so good at such a young age … How good is this person going to get? I look at Jessica the same way.”
To check out some of the latest rumors pertaining to the season 12 judging panel, be sure to check out our story on the subject over at this link.