David Archuleta Hoping To Show The World That He’s The Chris Brown Of “American Idol”

May 13th, 2008 // 9 Comments

chrisbrownguuuuuts.jpgDavid Archuleta (and not his father) announced today that he’d sing Chris Brown’s “With You” on tonight’s episode of American Idol, during which each contestant will sing three songs–a personal pick, a judge’s pick, and a producers’ pick. This startling foray into 21st-century music should prove something of a test for young David, if only because his previous songs have only solidified his “young Wayne Newton frozen in amber” persona. Anyway! This post is also serving as a reminder that I’ll be liveblogging the East Coast feed of tonight’s show, which starts at 8 p.m. ET and runs for a little longer than an hour, after which I’ll toss my computer aside and eagerly flip the channel to the Bobby Valentine documentary on ESPN2. No guarantees on what happens should the Archuleta/Fogelberg pairing reduce me to a puddle of mellowed-out goo, but at the very least, any melting will likely make for good blog fodder. The full slate of already-announced songs (via MJ) after the jump.

David Cook

* Simon Cowell chose: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack
* David chose: “The World I Know” by Collective Soul
* The producers chose: undetermined

Syesha Mercado

* Randy Jackson chose: “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
* Syesha Chose: undetermined
* The producers chose: undetermined

David Archuleta

* Paula Abdul chose: “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel
* David chose: “With You” by Chris Brown
* The producers chose: “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg

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  1. Al Shipley

    Archie’s got the right idea: if a barely competent, charisma-deficient teenager like Chris Brown can become a pop chart mainstay, so can he.

  2. Anonymous

    OF COURSE David Cook chose “The World I Know”. UGHHHHH. Maybe if I puke before the show even starts, I’ll be saved.

    Maybe I’ll forego watching all together and stick with the liveblog: all the hilarity, no brain damage.

  3. Tauwan

    “David Archuleta Hoping To Show The World That He’s The Chris Brown Of “American Idol”

    For a while now I have been wondering what American Idol would be like if it it had an Usher/Chris Brown like contestant complete with mid-song choreography, background dancers, the whole nine. Unfortunately, this smart little move by Mr. David Archuleta was NOT what I had in mind.

  4. Tauwan

    And, I must say that I am surprised he didn’t pull a few strings in order to nab Jordin Sparks and perform Chris Brown’s part on No Air. Though said idea would have had to been conjured up by Papa Archuleta, and was more than likely nixed when they took away his right to sit in on rehearsals.

  5. Artie Fufkin

    Fogelberg LIVES!!!

  6. Anonymous

    I am a 44 year old male, weaned on every punk,arty,new wave and hard rock band on the planet, and never had any interest in pop music whatsoever. Archuleta has made me listen to pop music for the first time by breathing into it a honest, sensitive, humble soulfulness. He is a real artist, without pretension. So there goes your grandmas and tween girls Archie-fan stereotype! As Simon Cowell likes to say: “Sorry!”

  7. punkybunky

    “Syesha Mercado

    * Randy Jackson chose: “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
    * Syesha Chose: undetermined
    * The producers chose: undetermined”

    Translation: “What d’you mean ‘there’s a third contestant?’” -AI producers

    And yet, I’m kinda hoping she pulls an upset, thus crushing the all-David-finale.

  8. Maura Johnston

    according to some commenter:

    Randy’s Choice: If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
    Personal Choice: Fever by Peggy Lee
    Producers Choice: Hit Me Up by Gia Farrell

    not looking forward to ‘fever’ so much…

  9. Maura Johnston

    Wait, Syesha’s song is from Happy Feet?

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