Ruben Studdard, Graham Colton, Ferras performing American Idol 7 multiple exit songs

Instead of just overplaying one song throughout the season, American Idol 7‘s producers have decided to go with multiple songs. First there was Ferras’ “Hollywood’s Not America”, which was used during the Hollywood round, and now Graham Colton’s “Best Days” is being used to kick off the top 24 losers.

For the top 12, though, the series is turning to one of its alumni: Ruben Studdard, whose new single “Celebrate Me Home” will be the one played over allegedly teary montages.

It makes good business sense for the producers to use one of their own, as during the fifth season exit song, “Daniel Powter’s ‘Bad Day,’ went on to sell 1.9 million copies and was the top digital download of 2006,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Ruben is “still managed by ‘Idol’s’ 19 Entertainment and under contract to subsidiary 19 Recordings.”

The paper says “the idea to have Studdard record the track came after the warm reception he received after appearing on the finale of ‘Idol’ last season.”

Graham Colton’s Single “Best Days” New Goodbye Song [FOX]

Studdard to sing ‘Idol’ farewell
[Hollywood Reporter]

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