Daily Archives: August 31, 2009

Rewind

david-audition

I cannot believe the Fox syndicated show, American Idol Rewind, is already set to feature Season 5 next month.  Wasn’t it just this past season that they had shown Season 4?  Hmmm.  You know what that means?

If they’re planning to showcase Season 6 next spring (Yay!  Melinda Doolittle!  Jordin Sparks!), then September of next year is… Season 7!!!!

Wow.  Now I’ve got real high hopes that, by the time AI Rewind features David’s season, he’ll really have moved above and beyond his Idol journey. Where would David be by this time next year?  And what would Season 7 AI Rewind possibly reveal?  This season, more than any other seasons of the show, is a time I would really like to revisit.  Not just because it’s the magical season of my discovery of David Archuleta but also because of the behind-the-scenes drama.  There seemed to have been so much going on.  

Of course, it would also be quite the spectacle of the extraordinary journey David has already taken.  Consider, for Season 5, the only thing I really remember is Paris Bennett’s awesome audition (still my favorite AI audition of all time – keep in mind that I had missed David’s audition and didn’t see him until his Hollywood performance of “Heaven”):

This is also the season of Elliot Yamin, Chris Daughtry (who obviously is being pimped to the max in the Rewind promos), Kelly Pickler, Taylor Hicks, and Katherine McPhee.  As memorable as each of these contestants were during their season, none of them hold a candle to David, who I believe transformed the show by simply forcing other contestants (like David Cook) to up their game.  I don’t think anyone would have predicted the ODD that had fallen upon so many of us, just by watching his audition:

If you put the two auditions together, sung by then teenaged contestants, it’s curious how their journeys on the show ended up so differently.  Paris, whose vocals definitely sound richer here, showed through her youth her inability to pick songs that matched her talent and her lack of emotional connections.  She mimicked the emotions in songs while David, during his performances, made real heart connections.  Needless to say, Paris made it to 5th place her season, while David became runner-up his season.  Still, I’m very grateful my first introduction to David was “Heaven” and not “Waiting on the World to Change.” I’m not sure I would have fallen in love at first sight – especially with that big flub on the lyrics. Yikes!  Neither was his vocal paralysis nearly as touchingly portrayed as I’ve read on different occasions.

I must say, though, that just by having this “rewind” moment and seeing where David began, I’m awestruck by the leaps and bounds he has made so early on this “long and winding road.”  By next fall season, I hope his “Rewind” reflections will seem like a very distant memory.