Any true fan of David Archuleta knows that tomorrow is the day. The day that David returns to the stage of American Idol to show this years contestants and the rest of the world how it is done. David will be one of the guests performing on the elimination show this week. If the Idol powers had been really smart, they would have asked David to mentor the kids this week. With the exception of actually getting Sir Paul McCartney to mentor during Lennon/ McCartney songbook week, David would have been the perfect choice to tell them how to sing and connect with a song. Someone needs to explain that to this season's crop of not very enthused contestants.
According to reports, David will be singing John Lennon's "Imagine". David sang this song twice during Season 7 of Idol, first during the Top 20 and again in the finale. Many people were shocked that David would sing an "untouchable" song like this, especially so early in the season, but fans later learned that David had been singing it for many years before his run on American Idol. Randy Jackson, one of the judges, said after the Top 20 performance "That's one of the best vocals I've ever heard on this show.... That was brilliant!" Paula Abdul said that "was one of the most moving performances I've ever heard. You're destined for super-stardom." Many viewers of American Idol fell in love with David that day.
Randy had questioned why David sang the last verse not the first that night and David told him that "I only had time for one verse and that the third is my favorite and I think that it has a great message." Recently, in an interview with Brian Mansfield of USA Today's Idol Chatter, David was asked this question again. Here's his answer:
"Some people were, like, 'Why didn't he sing the first verse?' You know what? The third verse is my favorite one. Not everybody focuses on what the song's about -- they just focus on those first words and obsess about 'how bad it is.' I'm a religious person. I felt like this song meant more than that, and I wasn't going to let that distraction get in the way.
"People were upset that I wouldn't do the first verse -- 'That's the verse everyone knows!' You know what? People need to listen to the song. I didn't want people to think they already knew the song. I wanted people to listen, because there's more meaning, and it captures a substance in music that is so meaningful to me."
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David has sung Imagine several times since American Idol but this might just be the most important time of all. Millions of people will be watching this performance. Viewers who have not kept up with David since season 7 will be reminded just how incredible he is. New viewers will be introduced to David for the first time. David performed on a results show last year but was very ill at the time and the performance did not go as well as David or his fanbase had hoped. It is time for David to redeem himself. David has grown by leaps and bounds as a performer since leaving the Idol stage. He has a biography scheduled to be released on June 1 and a new single and new album in the not too distant future.
It is time for David to break through the hideous cacophony of today's so-called "pop music" and restore harmony to our lives through his voice and actions and soul. I can't wait for David's next album to be released especially since he has had a hand in writing many songs for it. If these songs are anything like David, they should be quite incredible.
David, thank you for caring so much about us that you give up so much of yourself in order to bring joy to those that take the time to HEAR you.