May 22, 2007 07:53 PM by Joe Blackmon
After over 25,000 submissions and almost 500,000 votes, “This Is My
Now” was selected by AMERICAN IDOL fans as their top choice for the
final two Idols to perform live tonight, and for the winner to record
as his/her first single, it was announced today by AMERICAN IDOL
creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. For penning the winning
single in the American Idol Songwriter Competition, Seattle songwriters
Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody earn a publishing deal with 19
“This song clearly resonated with the American Idol fans and was the clear winner of the Songwriter competition,” said Fuller. “Scott and Jeff wrote a song that speaks to why ‘American Idol’ is so popular – the pursuit and achievement of dreams and taking advantage of the moment.”
The goal of the “American Idol Songwriter Competition” was to elevate the songwriter craft and to let America choose the finale song this season’s winner would record. After the competition was announced, over 25,000 songs were submitted through the contest’s website.
Once the submission date was closed, Fuller and his 19 Entertainment music staff in London, Los Angeles and Nashville personally listened to each entry and narrowed the field to the final 20 songs based on their merits. During the process, the 19 Entertainment staff was impressed by the number of serious songwriters and the investment they made in their production of the song and their time in furthering their art, which showed in the overall quality of their work.
Winners Krippayne and Peabody will appear tonight on the “American Idol” finale to watch as their song is performed live by the final two Idols for the first time. A father of two, Scott Krippayne is an accomplished singer-songwriter who aspires to write songs that reflect life, resonate with people and touch the heart. In addition to being a songwriter, Krippayne’s songwriting partner Jeff Peabody is also an advertising consultant, graphic designer and full time pastor. Both reside in the Seattle area of Washington.
Twenty-two-time Emmy-nominated AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.