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.

Posted on August 31, 2009, in American Idol. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. What a sweet new post to come back to. Thanks, HG.
    I loved Paris – was sad when she was eliminated – and loved David since the audition. I had to go online to find out more about him and some of the others and was happy to find videos on the official site for AI since Brazil is usually a week or two behind. My ODD struck immediately but I’m glad to say I’m more ‘in control’ of my time and thoughts currently. I’m looking forward to becoming a normal, healthy fan whithin the next two years.

    Paris was vocally incredible, but she failed to come across as relevant today, while David, though also criticised for not being current enough, responded with undeniable soul, irresistible tone, and masterful interpretations of untouchable classics. I’d love to hear these two in a jazz song together, if AI was creative enough to allow the audience to hear such amazing performers again, from time to time.

  2. HG, thanks for bringing up Paris; I had forgotten all about her. I would be more excited if David were doing a duet w/her rather than Charice (though I like Charice).

    David tweeted that he’s recording w/Eman. Speculation on my part but I bet they’re working on an inspirational, uplifting, mid tempo song for David’s Christmas album. Something that can be released as a single. After all, he has to be singing more than Christmas songs at those Jingle Ball Jams mentioned on TDC.

    • That would be great. I would love a contemporary Christmas track that could get some Top 40 / Hot AC airplay.

  3. Desertrat, now that you and Valbraz mentioned it, David and Paris would sound fabulous on a duet.

    BTW, who is Eman that David mentioned recording with? Are you familiar with his work, Desertrat?

    • HG – Eman wrote and produced “Crush” (wrote it with Dave Hodges), and also produced “My Hands” and “To Be With You.” His other big hit is Nick Lachey’s “What’s Left of Me.”

      He seems to really get David from a pop standpoint so I’m excited he’s involved with the Christmas album. 🙂

      • oops just re-read your message HG…didn’t mean to respond for you Desertrat…how rude of me! Sorry 😦

      • You’re not rude LittleM. 🙂 You know much more about Eman than me; I only knew him from “Crush”.

  4. Thanks for that info! I forgot about his work with David on these songs. So now I’m excited about a pop type ballad with a Christmas theme, or something a bit more universal? 🙂

    • Wouldn’t that be great? I bet that is thanks to Jive’s influence. To tell you the truth, if it is…I am with them on this one.

      Desertrat, thanks 🙂

  5. Paris is still alive! After the not-so-good debut album she published a beautiful holiday album, and we the fans are waiting for her to release the sophomore this fall =)

    For more info, go to !

  6. Off topic but funny…

    “When working with some Kindergarten students this summer, …

    I was talking to the boys about how God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites. I was hoping they would be able to tell me that it was Moses that God used. I gave them prompts such as “He’s a famous man from the Old Testament…”. One boy replied, “David?”. Before I could respond, another boy blurted out, ‘David Archuletta?’.”

  7. Off Topic. “Every year, Thrill the World hosts a global event, inviting the world to dance to Thriller at the same time . . . This year’s Thrill The World will be taking place on: Sunday, October 25th 2009, 12:30 am UTC/GMT (midnight of what we consider to be Saturday but is technically Sunday)
    which will be Saturday, October 24th for some parts of the world. ” This year’s event will be held as a tribute to this talented and prolific artist. There are instructional videos on their website. There will be local ‘events’ all over the world.

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