Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Chris Daughtry Show

They're finally going to air Season Five on American Idol Rewind. Yay! Taylor Hicks' season! Wait. Who's that dude in the ad? He doesn't have grey hair. Or any hair, for that matter.

I'm not sure what's going on with this show. Are they going to air it straight-forward, the way it happened or are they doing a Daughtry documentary? The documentary thing is fine but don't call it "American Idol Rewind." Just air the damned show the way it went down.

And look at this. Elliot isn't even in the photo though he came in third that season.

I wrote this over a year ago, but feel it may be relevant again:

Those of you enamored with American Idol need to be aware that the competition is meaningless. Don't spend hours voting for your favorite performer because it won't matter in the end. Producers of the show already know who they're going to force into the nation's ears once the show has come to an end.

This was never more obvious than after season five. Taylor Hicks was America's choice, but the contestant who came in fourth received more backing by the record label than Hicks. In the music business it takes more than a quality product to sell millions of CDs. It takes money to bring that product to the attention of the consumer.

From hollyscoop.com 1/07/08:

"American Idol' winner Taylor Hicks is splitting from Arista. Hicks has decided to record his next album on his own. He said he signed his 3-year deal straight out of Idol because it was all he could get, and at that point he had no reason to turn it down. He said he'll continue to hustle to get more gigs, and he'll be releasing another album in 2008, and hopefully go on tour."

And the first comment:

"Mr. Hicks was not dropped by his label, as has been widely reported over the past couple of days. His lawyers were able to get him removed from his contract for a variety of reasons, including breach of contract and failure to comply with promised promotion, among other things. Mr. Hicks has agreed not to reveal the terms of the separation for a specific period of time. In other words, J Records/RCA didn't give Hicks what they promised, he wants more artistic freedom and better promotion, he was able to get out of his contract and he has agreed not to reveal any details at this time. "
Posted by: fromtheinside on 01/08/2008 06:38 AM

Of course, I have no idea whether or not this comment is true, but it certainly seems plausible. So, watch American Idol for entertainment, if you like. But don't delude yourself into believing your vote will have any impact on that performer's career.


  1. how sad having that "nickelback wannbe" highlighted.
    **head shaking back and forth**

  2. This "Rewind" is ridiculous. Talk about a slap in the face for Taylor and his fans who voted him the WINNER of season five. Also a slap to Elliott as you mentioned!
    Why am I surprised? Grrrrrrr.


  3. I am not surprised in the least. The show will focus, as the ads show, on which contestants reflect the most positively back on it. The success of the contestants in today's music industry provides A.I. with bragging rights to help propel this next season's new show, sort of a 'look what we can do for you' self-promotion.

    Regarding Taylor's lack of backing from the show that's no surprise either; they never (they being the producers, and of course, Simon Cowell) wanted him to win. He was simply this guy who was savvy enough to maneuver himself into a runaway train they could not stop. We, who watched the show, saw Cowell repeatedly do what ever he could to put the cabosh on Hicks.

    Regarding the details on the show and management not fully promoting Hicks, there are a few different stories behind that which to date, we're not privy to. I'm thinking too, Taylor's shadow tours that year lead to some issues as well.

    Blaming the lack of fiscal investment in his eponymous CD and absence of promotion fully on 19E's shoulders might not be the fair and accurate path to take, but certainly did not aide him in any way whatsoever. He was basically on his own during that 'unscripted reality' show and has been ever since.

    What has always held my interest in Hicks is his ability to dust himself off, pick himself back up and get back on that horse. Certainly some fans have disagreed with the current sparkley horse he's riding, but man it's the horse I think he needed to mount to ride further up the road to his goals. He's certainly inspiring.

  4. Great post caryl, and great reply Spin! (Inspiring, indeed. Just watch the videos from his shadow concerts of The Distance!)

    I'll add only this - I don't believe in bashing Chris Daughtry any more than the other way around. I liked Chris on the show and voted for him more than once. I bought his 1st CD and like at least half of it. But Taylor was my pick to win and I was thrilled that he did. I'm a huge fan now.

    Having said that, I think Caryl really nailed it with her title: The Chris Daughtry Show. These promotional ads are a total insult to Taylor Hicks, the winner of season five. AI ought to be ashamed for expressing their blatant, greedy bias so overtly. To them I say "Sure, you make money off of Chris and not Taylor, but good grief, show some respect people!" (But I would use a stronger word than "people." "Assholes" comes to mind.) I had already vowed to never watch the show or go to one of their tour shows again before this latest jab. Not that anything I say or do would matter to them anyway.

  5. Caryl, Great blog post you have made many good points. Only time will tell how they acutally run the rewind, will it be shown as it happened or will it be a Chris should have won.

    I have nothing against Chris either, always wish him well in all he does, but geez the guy came in 4th there were 3 ahead of him, like mentioned Elliot completely left out of the picture.

    Not that this is the same scenario but we had a case here in NJ where a young lady was home schooled, senior year took her SAT's had a perfect scores. The end of the school year she was the valedictorian of the class had the highest gpa. The school choose not to recognize her as the valedictorian since she was home schooled. Her family got a lawyer, the school lost all the way up to the state supreme court level. The verdict she was the valedictorian she earned the right whether she attened the school in person or was home schooled and the district was wrong to promote another as they did. Young lady got quite a settlement from that.


  6. I want to know if the blog post was true about Taylor having to wait a certain amount of time before revealing the legal stuff! I find that VERY interesting.... "Breach of contract and failing to comply with promised promotion."

    I bet Elliot Yamin's fans are in even more of an uproar than Taylor's, and I wouldn't blame them.

  7. I can't even imagine what Taylor thinks if he has seen these promos. Perhaps he won't even bother doing the comments for the rewind show unless he has a plan to one up them. While I'd like for him to say screw you and be a no show, he may as well just strut his handsome charming self and go for it. rosie

  8. I am very disappointed by those stupid AI ads but I will at least begin to watch the rewind to see if they do show behind the scenes Tay goodies.

  9. I had to laugh outloud when I saw Chris front and center. I like Chris and wish him well, but give me a break!! Taylor is the man, the unique talent that AI had no idea what to do with...lucky for us that he was even on the show and good for Taylor for being savy enough to actually WIN!!

  10. LOL. They pimp Chris and he's the one who cringes the most about it. He'd just as soon everyone forget he was ever on AI. LOL.

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