According toEntertainment Weekly, the song was chosen when an American Idol supervising producer Megan Michaels, who just so happens to be related to Olympics producer David Michaels, introduced the song to her connected relatives.
After testing “Home” out with some home footage, David Michaels decided to go ahead and present it to his team. “We just knew with the right pictures, we could really make this thing explode… Everybody I played it for went, ‘Wow, what is that?’ and I go, ‘It was the American Idol winner.’ And they were like, ‘Really?’”
Noting that the song was “perfect” for the purposes of the Olympics, David explained that the reason producers paired it with the women’s gymnastics team lead-in is it “has got a team feeling to it — it doesn’t really work as well for an individual. So, it fit perfectly for the team concept.”
While the team is done with their competition portions, David said NBC is not quite done with the song just yet. “We’ll use it on the piece we’re doing on the team championship for the closing ceremony day,” he said.
Cool story, right? Well, according to a recent interview Phillip Phillips did withAccess Hollywood, it would’ve been even cooler for him if all this attention were for his own song.
Noting that he had no creative control over choosing his Idol finale song, he said that he tried to perform a song he’d written with his brother-in-law, “Drive Me,” “but it just wasn’t happening.”
So, the success of “Home” is both a blessing and a curse.
“It was hard for me at first because I didn’t really have any input with the song," he explained. "I just want to give my all on the songs on the album... I’d rather sell 10,000 copies of something I’m proud of than 20 million copies of something that’s not really me.”