Chris Daughtry’s “Home” selected as Idol 6’s exit song

Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day,” the exit song used last season, has been replaced for American Idol 6 by a single from one of the show’s own singers. Chris Daughtry’s “Home,” a song from the American Idol 5 finalist’s double platinum debut record, sent the first four contestants home last night, and will be used throughout this season.

Why the change, besides the fact that “Bad Day” has been so overplayed it’s barely entertaining any more? 19 Entertainment’s Iain Pirie told Variety that, last October, “I brought a rough version of ‘Home’ and played it for [executive producer] Nigel [Lythgoe]. He called up Simon Fuller right away, and they both agreed right away that the song had the sentiment to be the perfect ‘Idol’ exit song. It seemed to fit perfectly.”

That the song also is inside the Idol family–meaning producers profit if it and the album do well–couldn’t have hurt, either, although Pirie says that wasn’t the reason it was chosen.

Variety reports that “[i]t’s unclear if or when ‘Home’ will be released as a single. First track off the disc, ‘It’s Not Over,’ is still climbing the charts, and there’s been talk that the song ‘Over You’ will be the next single.”

Inside Move: ‘Idol’ stays close to ‘Home’ [Variety]
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