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"American Idol" Uproar #1,346

cdaughtry.jpgPeople have been talking about Chris Daughtry's Johnny Cash cover since it first aired Tuesday night. Only this time, viewers aren't exactly praising him like the judges seem to do every week. VH1 says that Daughtry didn't just "Walk the Line" -- he might have crossed it.

While many, including all three judges, gave Daughtry props for making the song "his own," fans are claiming that it was just a carbon-copy of a version that the band Live recorded back in 2001.

The most important question remains: Does it really matter?

If you think about it, many of the performances on "American Idol" can be deemed as a carbon-copy. If you pull it off, you get the praise. If not, it's usually the boot.

The week before, Daughtry performed the Red Hot Chili Peppers' version of "Higher Ground" on Stevie Wonder night. It seems that many gave him a pass because he repeatedly mentioned in his pre-taped interview who he was modeling his performance after. How do we know the same wasn't the case this week, only to be clipped by show producers?

In my opinion, it doesn't change the fact that the guy can sing. And one of the good things about him is that he not only picks the song that is appropriate for him -- but the version of that song. Someone on that show must have known that it was Live's version. I'm sure he did not instruct the band how to perform that night.

So the question remains: Do you care? Has this tarnished your image of the "American Idol" favorite? All I know is that I can't wait to see what he performs next week. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on March 26, 2006 9:21 AM
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WHO CARES! Chris CAN sing and he is doing a fine job on the show.
I doubt the guys from LIVE really care either. They're laid back folks from York PA trust me they don't care!!!!

-- 1. Posted by: DAWN KATE at March 26, 2006 11:49 AM

No one cares. All the haters are just jealous. Chris is still amazing.

-- 2. Posted by: Maria at March 26, 2006 12:49 PM

No one cares. AI IS a cover show. It's the performance and entertainment value that is critical. Chris is the best performer they have ever had. Every song he has sung can be released as a single right now. He's the hottest contestant they have ever had, and the one most ready to take on the music world.

-- 3. Posted by: Rock The Vote at March 26, 2006 12:59 PM

On a personal note, I feel this whole "Live Scandal" is nothing more then a publicity stunt masterminded by the producers of American Idol. Chris's favorite band is Live, it's right there in his BIO for anyone to read. Why would he give credit to RHCP last week but not his FAVORITE BAND? It's obvious to anyone with half a brain that Chris mentioned Live and it was cut out. How do I know this?

Lets look at the facts here. In the pre-interview, Barry said he never heard this rendition. If this was in fact an original thought up by Chris right then and there, why would Barry have said that? Of course he would have never heard that before. Cmon people think about it. Chris gave credit. The fact of the matter is, the producers knew this incident would get attention and create controversy. Look at how quick the media picked up on it...the media feeds off controversy. Also noticed the first news station to pick up on the story was Fox and it was first aired during American Idol Wednesday night. Why hasn't AI said anything about it yet? I'll tell you why. Ratings, that is why. They haven't said anything because millions will be tuning in Tuesday night to see what has happened. Ratings equal money people.

Furthermore, this may also be a way of promoting Chris. Music marketing. They got his name out everywhere with this incident. Curious people who heard or read about it probably went out and listened to both versions of the song. I mean Live's version of I walk the line was at #18 on itunes yesterday. And who is to thank for that one? Look at all the news sites that picked up on the story. All they have to do is clear his name on the next show and voila...instant fame

-- 4. Posted by: paul at March 26, 2006 1:03 PM

Please understand that the basher beat this dead horse for a full week before the media jumped on the bandwagon. No one really cares any more. All it has really done is guarantee that true Chris fans will vote even harder, get AI some higher rating, and possible gain more supporters for Chris.

-- 5. Posted by: Thanatos at March 26, 2006 1:05 PM

Everybody sings covers on this show, and a lot of times they don't give credit. Besides, if you're peforming a remake of a song, you're supposed to credit the original artist first and foremost.

Chris rocks and everyone knows it.

-- 6. Posted by: Patrick at March 26, 2006 1:42 PM

Paul: I'd have to say... it did cross my mind about the whole thing being cooked up by producers.

First of all, as I said in the article -- there is NO WAY that no one on the show knew that this song had been recorded before. While I am sure that Chris is very smart, I find it really hard to believe that everyone else involved with the show would be that dumb, you know?

Also: Is it me, or is there a "scandal" every week? (Hence, the title of my entry.) Sheesh -- we are all already watching. What more do they want?

-- 7. Posted by: Rachel at March 26, 2006 2:37 PM

I heard that Corey Clark and Frenchie told Chris to sing the Live version ;)

-- 8. Posted by: mac at March 26, 2006 5:03 PM

I lost a bit of respect for Chris Daughtry.

I have no problem with the fact that he sang a cover. Everyone sings covers on AI -- that's not the point.

I didn't like that he stood there and accepted praise for the rendition being "his own" when it was not.

-- 9. Posted by: Sally at March 26, 2006 5:58 PM

I feel that appropriate clarification has been addressed regarding other aspects of this issue. I will address the matter of Chris speaking up when Simon praised him for performing an original rendition. I am certain that most of the public, if they were in Chris’s position would not have spoken up during Simon’s critique, including those people who say he should have denied the praise given to him. The judges give that type of praise so frequently how was Chris to know, that at that given moment, America would interpret the praise differently from himself. The vocals and arrangement are not EXACTLY the same as Live’s, even though it was obviously inspired by Live. Chris may have read Simon’s comment to mean that he liked what Chris brought to the song. Everyone who knows Chris personally or by mere acquaintance have only kind words for the man. He rocked that song and he will have no shortage of votes.

-- 10. Posted by: Lisa at March 26, 2006 7:07 PM

Chris rules. And he's my boyfriend.
Can we focus on the real controversy.


Now that deserves some outrage and indignation.

-- 11. Posted by: jlou at March 26, 2006 9:45 PM

Was Chris even given a chance to respond to Simon who was the last judge to speak to him, before Ryan cut in and the show then went to a commercial?

-- 12. Posted by: response to lisa at March 26, 2006 9:52 PM

No one should be outraging this. Chris along with everyone else is sing cover band songs. So leave it alone. He is one of best singers on the show, if not the BEST....

Chris should not be getting all of this negative attention. People just want to stir trouble.

I love Chris and So does America.

-- 13. Posted by: Anonymous at March 27, 2006 12:42 PM

i think it's lame that people are making such a big deal out of this. bottom line: chris is AMAZING and deserves to win. he's doing exactly what everyone else on the show is doing, the only difference is that he can pull it off EVERY week. people who think what he did was "wrong" are the people who don't know what they're talking about.

-- 14. Posted by: natalie at March 27, 2006 2:41 PM

i think it's lame that people are making such a big deal out of this. bottom line: chris is AMAZING and deserves to win. he's doing exactly what everyone else on the show is doing, the only difference is that he can pull it off EVERY week. people who think what he did was "wrong" are the people who don't know what they're talking about.

-- 15. Posted by: natalie at March 27, 2006 2:42 PM


-- 16. Posted by: joe at March 27, 2006 3:04 PM

"you made it your own" is a very common comment made by the judges. It does not mean you created that version. It means that the singer has taken the song and put something differnt "a twist" to it. Chris's version, though similar to both Johnny Cash and Live's, sang it differnt in some ways to make it his own, which he did it well Go Chris.

-- 17. Posted by: Chris at March 27, 2006 9:25 PM

Chris Daughtry .. is the best, and .. i think people are just looking for ANY excuse to make trouble!!
they seriously need to build a bridge.. and get over it.. go on with the show.. stop tryin to make everything a SCANDAL! gaaad!

Chris sings the way he knows he can! and he even admited on tonight's AI that it was more of a LIVE performance ... so.. there..


I LOVE CHRIS DAUGHTRY- just thought you should know if you couldnt tell already...

-- 18. Posted by: Ashley at March 28, 2006 11:40 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEEEE Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I think he is soooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!

-- 19. Posted by: Anonymous at March 29, 2006 11:47 PM

Chris is the best and i want him to win soooooo badly. He is the best singer i have ever heard. im voting for him every night when american idol is on.

-- 20. Posted by: Anonymous at April 13, 2006 9:56 PM

Granted that in the heat of the moment, Chris has not the presence of mind to speak up and clarify what Simon has mistakenly thought was his originality.

But it's IRKSOME how he got together the very next night on the results show, to brush us off. THAT'S TRULY CONNIVING. It is the afterthought, the calculated move and the second chance he had that he blew off his credibility.

By his own design and calculation, this is CRAP,even less so a role model for the American youths and population..that which the dad 2 months into this incident had to push it on national tv. Dad is proud as HELL..of this CHIP of the old block. It's low, so we know..he's got back up.

Further speculation of those of his kind that this is the way of creating controversy for marketing Chris, is plain LAME. Second, the organisers must have seen in Chris the nature & ability to MOCK at the American People's call for credibility.

What's left of an artiste if his essence is ZILCH!


-- 21. Posted by: Daphne at April 21, 2006 12:39 PM


-- 22. Posted by: JENNIFER BARNETT at May 10, 2006 10:34 PM

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