Daily Archives: May 4, 2009
You know you’ve got ODD (Obsessive David Disorder for those of you not in the know) when you actually tune in to watch Hannah Montana on purpose, even though you don’t have any preteens in the house.
Yes, I actually watched for the very first time this extremely popular teen/tween show on the Disney Channel, starring the mega star Miley Cyrus, for no other reason than that David Archuleta was making a cameo appearance. Despite my misgivings – I am not a fan of Miley Cyrus, and since her response to the slant-eyed racial controversy left very little to be desired, I had no reason to give what I consider to be a too-rich-too-early, Britney-Spears-trainwreck-in-the-making the time of day – I actually enjoyed the episode.
First, while I find Miley Cyrus to be a mediocre singer, she is quite the skilled comedian, and I had some genuine laugh out loud moments. And most of them were due to Miley; her sidekicks, on the other hand, I found quite tedious. Second, I couldn’t help myself, but boy was I squeeing like the tween girl I’m so sure I’m channeling since riding the David Archuleta Express when he showed up on my TV screen. So cute and so natural.
While the duet these two performed is certainly not my cup of tea, their voices blended well together. Still, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think this particular Disney route was a waste of David’s precious time when he could be doing something more useful – like working on getting his beautiful voice and musical skills taken seriously for once, no matter how cute and “Disneyesque” he appears to be.
While this appearance is miles superior to his debut on Nickelodeon’s iCarly, at least on the latter show, David got to showcase his current single at the time. How much better the Hannah Montana episode might have been if the storyline concerned David Archuleta performing at Hannah’s junior prom (instead of serving as the conflict when titular character backs out of a prom date to record a song with David).
Many of David’s fans will say this is great exposure, and it probably is, but somehow this all feels like a grand distraction from the music career David is working so hard at cultivating. Besides, if David were going to go the Disney route, I would rather Disney have been the one to sign him on (at least they would guarantee him millions and bonafide megastar success since Disney has been quite adept at turning everything they touch into gold – or at least lots of glitter).
Of course, this is just a short phase (we can only hope). I mean, I’m amazed I’m impatiently counting down the time David grows out of his cuteness so we can start getting some real music and some “Soul David.”
In the meantime, would it have hurt if the song he and Miley recorded was actually listenable?