American Idol welcomes back Phil Stacey, Bucky Covington
Monday, March 31, 2008
– American Idol season 6 finalist Phil Stacey and season five finalist Bucky Covington will step into the AI spotlight again this week as the subject of a special segment on Fox Television's top-rated show. Fans can tune into American Idol on the Fox network on Wednesday night, April 2, at 9 p.m. eastern.
The Idol crew caught up with Stacey and his family for a shoot earlier this month on a farm outside of Nashville. He updated the show on his life since Idol, his family and talks all about his self-titled debut CD, set for an April 29th release on Lyric Street Records. The segment also features fellow AI Bo Bice.
Covington's current hit is "It's Good To Be Us." His debut came out in April 2007.
Stacey's debut single, "If You Didn't Love Me," is climbing the country charts. Stacey made his Grand Ole Opry debut this past weekend to perform his single and other songs. The CD pairs him with producer Wayne Kirkpatrick, the songwriter best known for material recorded by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Babyface, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton, whose version of Kirkpatrick's "Change the World" won a Grammy award for Song of The Year. The 11-song CD includes songs by Kirkpatrick, Wendell Mobley ("There Goes My Life," "Take Me There"), Neil Thrasher ("I Melt," "How Forever Feels") and Rivers Rutherford ("Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," "When I Get Where I'm Going").
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