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Nashville’s been crawling with former Idols this week, and, while Alexis Grace and I never got together after a brief game of phone tag, I did get to sit down with David Archuleta for a few minutes Friday. If you haven’t read jdesab’s “Risk” thread in the Forum, you’ll want to do that before I post the interview this weekend: There, I wrote about why I considered David’s Imagine a good example of risk-taking by an Idol contestant, and, during our interview, David went into some detail about that performance and why he chose to sing it the way he did. Also in the Forum, I’ve posted a new Five for Friday listening list.
The quote from the “Risk” forums:
I’ve always thought David Archuleta’s “Imagine” was one of the riskiest choices I’ve seen on Idol. It’s an iconic song with a simple melody and a message that is considered both sacred and profane by different groups of people. There were so many ways that performance could’ve backfired on David. Beatles fans could have turned on him for having the audacity to change the melody so much — or to simply be 17 and sing it. If he’d sung the first verse about imagining there’s no Heaven, he probably never would have won back large segments of the show’s more conservative watchers. But starting it on the second verse send the message that he wasn’t willing to sing that first verse — even though he had time constraints as an excuse — and that could have caused problems, too. The judges might have thought it was too old — or too weighty — for him. There were so many reasons that performance might not hae worked — and the fact that David sang and smiled his way right past every last one of them made him one of that season’s instant favorites.