“Organic” Video vs. “Stealth” Video
Interesting conversation we’re having here (and thanks, DR, for that Christian Science Monitor article).
It made me revisit what I consider to be a very “organic” video of David Archuleta, before he appeared on American Idol. This is an example of David singing “Angels” at BYU in Utah (I believe) for a youth conference. (Isn’t he cute with his “Beatles” hair and Mormon Sunday clothes? heehee!)
Now, compare that video to this Greyson Chance video:
Two things strike me about the GC video:
1. There are only “tween” girls in the background (where are the boys if this is, indeed, a “sixth grade festival”?)
2. They are eerily “quiet” and totally not engaged. Come on! Not even any looks of amazement from the girls looking on that he’s doing such a good job at his age, not to mention no involuntary squeals? (This, actually, would concern me as a record label exec because, if your so-called “sensation” can’t get the girls to scream, that’s a problem as far as I’m concerned. But then, if they are a “controlled” audience, which is to say, a planted one, this might explain why they’re not behaving as they “should.”)
Compare the audience in this video to the various reactions coming from David’s audience (whooping and hollering and yelling his name). Not to mention the difference in video quality.
Edited to add:
I have nothing against GC and only paid attention to him because David himself tweeted about him (even when news media had discussed the “viral video” sensation surrounding him, I didn’t bother because I did not care. Until my beloved said something about it). I think GC is very talented and miles better than the fetus. I just don’t appreciate somebody trying to create a so-called “You Tube discovery” when it’s obvious he probably was already signed by his label. If you’ve got somebody new to unleash to the pop music world, just do it upfront is all I’m saying.