Anne Marie Chandy of the Star paper is an avid fan of American Idol and, bless her heart, seems to think very highly of David. In her latest article on the present season she has come up with a hall of fame list on the best vocal performances on Idol from past seasons:
A scan of the article thanks to Jie Xin!
Best of the best
By Anne Marie Chandy
I HAVE a whole bank of memories when it comes to American Idol performances over the last few years. And I revisit them from time to time thanks to YouTube, which is why I find it so hard to like this season’s contestants – they just fall short of expectations as compared to my favourites from previous years.
For the longest time, I thought I’d never survive not being able to watch Bo Bice strut his stuff every Wednesday night. Then I found myself all hung up over Elliott Yamin. Once David Archuleta came along, I was convinced he was the true American Idol I’d been waiting for. But then Adam Lambert surfaced.
Sadly, the streak seems to have discontinued this year and I’m finding it hard to even remember one noteworthy performance … okay, I’ll give Crystal Bowersox props for her People Get Ready performance last week but apart from that, nothing really tickled my fancy too much.
Here are five performances of all time which I rate the best of the best (in no particular order). I’d rather watch reruns of these any day of the week than face this year’s final:
David Archuleta – Imagine, 2008: Until Archuleta emerged, I would have loathed the idea of anyone other than John Lennon singing Imagine, let alone changing it up and trying to make it their own. But little Archuleta came, he sang, he conquered. He owned the stage and there was no way anyone watching that performance could have not been touched by it. Another vocal masterclass.
I won’t bother to post the rest of her list here. But if you’re interested you can go to her article, Best of the best , to see if your favourite is on the list. I would also add the following performances by David, during and after Idol, to his impressive resume of vocal masterclasses:
Somebody Out There, Columbus Ohio – this song is my absolute favourite, so far, of David’s original material so every time he sings it, it’s a vocal masterclass 🙂
My Hands, Madison Wisconsin – I may be wrong but i think this was the first time that David sang this song with an a capella ending in concert.
I\’ll Be, Rockford Illinois – I added this to the list because I love this song by Edwin McCain and to hear David sing it is just amazing.
Did I leave out any from my list? I’m sure some of you may have your own favourite performance. Let us know in the comment section 🙂
RSO’s David Charity Stickers
An email from Larissa regarding the charity stickers for RSO!Thanks Larissa!Read on for more info:
“DAVID ARCHULETA INSPIRES US”
For a LIMITED TIME only, while stocks last!
What DAVID ARCHULETA GOODIE is this?
This beautiful vinyl “David Archuleta Inspires Us” sticker (4 by 10 in / 10 by 25 cm) is now ON SALE to benefit David’s beloved Rising Star Outreach. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Rising Star to purchase books for the new school library in India!
The names and countries of the “inspired fans” who buy the stickers will be printed on a certificate to be presented to David himself! Show David how much your country loves him and his heart for charity!
Of what use is this sticker to me?
The sticker can be pasted on:
– A study desk to motivate you in your studies or take a study break by gazing on his lovely face
– A school locker to show your handsome idol to friends
– A school binder/ folder to daydream over during a boring lesson in class
– A bedroom wall to serenade you into sweet dreams of David when you go to sleep every night
– A giant bookmark for David’s new book “Chords of Strength”
– A car bumper to pledge your allegiance to David Archuleta and “educate” ignorant drivers and road users who don’t know about him, and MANY MORE! The only limit is your imagination!
Price is $6.00 (in U.S. dollars) to order 1 bumper sticker, $10.00 (in U.S. dollars) to order 2 bumper stickers. Add $5.00 in U.S. dollars for each additional bumper sticker. Stickers are shipped out from the United States.
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1. Go to www.paypal.com (We are PayPal verified)
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“David Archuleta Inspires Us” sticker promo video:
David talking about charities that mean a lot to him, including Rising Star Outreach, and David inspiring all of us to help others before singing Prayer of the Children:
Rising Star Outreach homepage with the sticker information and purchase button with link to PayPal; click on the sticker picture on the left:
Larissa in partnership with Stephanie & Danielle Bagley and Angels For A Cause
Sticker design: Juan Morales
Pictures of David in sticker: Nancy (Muldur), Shelley & Jennifer Barry
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Thanks also to Rising Star Outreach and most of all, thanks especially to DAVID for truly being a wonderful inspiration to all of us! ~Stephanie & Danielle