Phillip Phillips

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Shearer’s Spotlight: The Dark Shadow Of American Idol

Phillip Phillips - The Dark Shadow of American Idol

Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown Saturday morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Last week, Phillip Phillips became our new American Idol. As confetti fell and bright lights shone upon his face —one that doesn’t look much different from last year’s winner, Scotty McCreery— a dark, Sasquatch-sized monster peaked through the curtains of the Kodak Theater.

The creature has no name, but is commonly referred to as the American Idol Shadow. Besides a few select performers, the Shadow haunts winners, losers, runners-up and even judges. Read more…

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Is “Home” By Phillip Phillips The Best Original American Idol Song Ever?

We’d like to offer a hearty congratulations to Phillip Phillips today, and not just because he’s recently become the single most famous person in the United States who has the same first and last name since Sirhan Sirhan (though this is certainly an achievement in and of itself). Phillip Phillips won the 11th season of American Idol last night, thanks to his rootsy acoustic guitar fingerplucking, laconic Southern charm and #realwave stylings. When Ryan Seacrest announced that he had defeated Jessica Sanchez, Phillip performed his final song — in Idol lingo, they’re called “coronation songs” — called “Home.” And you know what? It might just be our favorite original Idol song of all-time, and not just because P.P. teared up somethin’ fierce during it.

“Home,” which was written by Drew Pearson and Greg Holden, has a very Mumford & Sons kind of feel to it; whereas most Idol originals are so syrupy that you can contract diabetes just by listening to them, “Home” was not constructed to be a showcase for melisma. The lyrics, while certainly uplifting thanks to their reinforcement of the notion that it’s important for one to stay strong and grounded in the face of adversity, take a back seat to the verbalized melody of the bridge, which are quite beautiful and simple in that they are but a series of soothing “ooohs” and “ahhhs.” It’s a very traditional and safe song, which isn’t to say that it’s boring. Rather, it’s quite comforting, and we wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few high schools around the nation pick this as their Prom Theme this year.

But, is this the BEST Idol song ever? It’s really hard to top Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” and we still have a soft spot in our heart for Fantasia’s “I Believe.” Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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