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David Archuleta writing a memoir; who’s likely to go home this week?

david archuleta book coverIf Sanjaya can do it, why not David Archuleta? So what if Archuleta is still a teen-ager? He is writing a memoir set to come out June 1.

It’s called “Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance.” You can pre-order his book at amazon.com.

With 16 left and four set to go home Thursday, let’s look at where each candidate stands:

VIRTUALLY GUARANTEED SAFE:

1. Crystal Bowersox. She would have to have a serious medical condition pop up again not to make it to the top 12, even if she has an off week. She is probably the only one who can get away with a bad performance.

2. Lee DeWyze – The guy still hasn’t sold me yet, based on one good performance last week. He still seems deeply uncomfortable on stage and he sounds too much like Chad Kroeger to me, minus the swagger. But the judges love him and he does seem like he could be packaged as a “current” artist. I can’t see him going home even if he has an off week.

REASONABLY SAFE

3. Andrew Garcia – He has sincerity, a unique style and decent chops. But can he change it up? There has been a certain sameness to his performances so far.

4. Siobhan Magnus – She was virtually ignored before the semifinals but has made a reasonably good impression so far. She has a beautiful voice and a quirky personality, but I’m not sure she has picked the right songs yet. I suspect she has the ability to sing virtually anything decently so whatever happens, I think she’ll get the votes.

5. Casey James – After a solid, confident “Heaven,” he fell off the deep end with a lame version of Gavin DeGraw, great guitar playing or not. Which is the real Casey James? Maybe we’ll find out this Wednesday.

6. Michael Lynche – He is Mr. Back Story with decent soul chops. He really stood out last week with the best male performance of the night with “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” I don’t sense him in any real danger but there’s definitely a skeptical contingent out there.

ON THE FENCE

7. Katelyn Epperly – I liked her Coldplay performance last week but I’m not sure what type of artist she is. That could hurt her in the voting department.

8. Katie Stevens – She has a wonderful voice but sings like she’s in a cabaret from 1937. If she’s going to draw votes, she’s going to have to mod it up a bit, maybe enter this century.

9. Paige Miles – She grinned her way through “Walk Away,” not quite capturing the point of the tune. But she has basic vocal talent. With the duller Michelle Delomar out last week, there isn’t another female R&B singer of her ilk left so that will keep her safe if she has a good performance this week.

10. Lilly Scott – She’s quirky but less talented than Siobhan. She is a bit Bjorky that way. I’m not sure that will necessarily draw votes.

IN TROUBLE

11. Aaron Kelly – He doesn’t seem quite ready for primetime, though probably more so than Haeley Vaughn, eliminated last week. He lacks the experience. song selection skills and confidence. He might sneak through simply based on cuteness but I don’t expect him to be around too long.

12. Alex Lambert – Like Tim Urban, he’s got that cute thing going (mullet or not) but has a better voice and stage presence. He improved last week so if he can take it up another notch this week, he might be able to sneak through to the top 12.

13. Didi Benami – Meow! Meow! She could be this year’s Megan Joy mixed with season seven’s Brooke White (at least visually). I liked her more the first week of semifinals but last week, she took a tired song and didn’t add anything interesting to it.

14. Todrick Hall – The man has originality on his side and some passable chops. But he doesn’t seem to know how to re-arrange songs properly. I have a feeling he may be toast this week when he attempts to simply ape a tune, which is what the judges were telling him to do.

15. Tim Urban – He’s really over his head. He has a cute look but mediocre (at best) voice. He was the sub for Chris Golightly. There’s a clear reason why he didn’t make the top 24 in the first place.

16. Lacey Brown – Two subpar performances and she’s still around. She’s going to have to not just pick the right song this week but excel vocally to survive.

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173 comments Add your comment

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
3:20 pm

Thanks Rodney,

So do you think that David’s book will be over 10 pages long? Interesting.

Lots of people in trouble on that list, enough to make sure that the good people don’t get eliminated until well into the top 10.

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
3:22 pm

Excuse me???? Archie is writing a memoir?????? He’s 18!!!!!!! ok, maybe 19…but even so!

Maybe he’ll talk about his dad’s penchant for massages!

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
3:24 pm

The sad part of your “In Trouble” list is that there’s 8 of them and only 4 more will leave.

RxDawg

March 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

“1. Casey Bowersox”

Hehe, I think you mean Crystal

RxDawg

March 8th, 2010
3:37 pm

I’d put Sibohan in the gaurenteed spots. None of the contestants mach her vocaly. I actually love her song selection too. It’s a little bit off the beaten path, but still very good and popular choices. I see her singing songs we have never heard on Idol before and singing them exceptionaly well.

RxDawg

March 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

12. Alex Lambert -

He’s a major wild card for me. I think he’s got some of the biggest potential from all of the guys. His voice is unique. He can sing very well. Does he have the expierence to sing songs he doesn’t know very well is the big question. I still haven’t seen enough of him to make any bold predictions yet, but I will say he’ll make the top 12.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
3:42 pm

Today for my desktop background I selected a picture of Theodore Roosevelt… riding a moose… in a lake. Look at Theodore Roosevelt, now look at David Archuleta, now back to Theodore Roosevelt. David Archuleta really thinks he’s done anything worthy of writing a memoir? Really? Go to Google Images and search “Teddy Roosevelt on a moose” does that look like a man who is thinking I need to write about this event in a memoir or is that a man who says “to hell with you people I’m a real man and I’m riding a moose in a lake!”

Nothing David Archuleta does will ever be as cool as Teddy Roosevelt riding a moose in a lake. However, we’re expected to spend our hard earned cash on the memoirs of a second place finisher on an American reality TV show? I think not. I’m going to stare at this picture and weep a little because I’ll never be half the man that Teddy Roosevelt is, and I will never do anything as cool as riding a moose in a lake, but at least I will wait until I have some real life experiences before I write my memoir.

He’s in a lake on a moose folks.

RxDawg

March 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

“13. Didi Benami – Meow! Meow! She could be this year’s Megan Joy ”

She is more appropiately compared to Megan than Lilly. Still, even Didi can sing circles around Megan. I’m pretty confident in stating Megan is the worst “singer” to ever grace the stage of Idol (besides the obvious joke constestants).

RxDawg

March 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

I’d guess that Lacey, Didi, Todrick, and………….let’s say Tim are going home this week.

I feel more confident about Lacey and Didi then I do about the guys. Well, Todrick is probably a lock to go home. The 2nd guy is a real toss up because there’s a bunch of them that could bomb on stage lol.

RxDawg

March 8th, 2010
3:51 pm

epic post JT

RxDawg

March 8th, 2010
4:02 pm

“Go to Google Images and search “Teddy Roosevelt on a moose” does that look like a man who is thinking I need to write about this event in a memoir or is that a man who says “to hell with you people I’m a real man and I’m riding a moose in a lake!” ”

I’m now weeping with you..

That’s a dieing breed folks.

Mercedes S.

March 8th, 2010
4:16 pm

Maybe Archie will write about his dad…

Rodney, have you done anything on the “Glee” tour yet? Doesn’t look like theyr’re coming to Atlanta, but you have fans in other parts of the country, right?

kelly&carriefan

March 8th, 2010
4:29 pm

Casey Bowersox, who dat, Rodney? All kidding aside, I hope Didi sticks around some more, I think she’s more talented than Megan Joy…needs to conquer her nerves before she gets sent home, tho.

I look at the list of those in danger, and really, at this point, it’s mostly everyone. I really enjoy Crystal, but I’m hoping she doesn’t suffer the Gokey curse…i.e, massive early pimping. I also she hope she doesn’t go the way of Melinda, who because she was consistent, had higher expectations placed on her.

I do think that Katelyn has moved up the ranks with her performances…

Aaron Kelly, well, I’m really hoping he doesn’t turn into this season’s John Stevens….oy.

PS What’s with the guys going all Didi? But indeed, riding a moose in a lake does sound pretty freakin’ bada$$. ;)

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
4:43 pm

I hate to say this guys…mostly because it’s not a great as y’all seem to think but, basically, Teddy/D’s hubby..practically the same. As we speak, he is in the back yard running his chainsaw to “trim” the bushes. Yesterday, he was felling trees, and cutting them up for firewood, canoeing over to the dam and replacing the lid on the out-take, riding a horse(true but moose are hard to come by in Georgia) and creating horse trails through heavy brush with a machete.

I’m a hard sell on all this frickin outdoorsy stuff…although I DO like a good campfire! ;-)

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
4:49 pm

Deirdre you just keep getting better and better in my book. Now you tell us you are married to a real man! Although to be honest, I’d be more impressed if he used the chainsaw to “trim” his toenails. Ask him if he plans on writing a memoir or if that is sissy stuff?

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
4:55 pm

Sissy stuff. As is the Oscars, Grey’s Anatomy, any movie that isn’t a western(old fashioned style or Clint Eastwood style) anything that remotely resembles a situation comedy, ….I could go on!

Harriett

March 8th, 2010
4:57 pm

D, you are providing much-needed balance in this relationship! :)

I am gone for the day. Had too much work to contribute much, but it is always fun.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
4:58 pm

david gave a very insightful interview in today’s edition of the la times where he addressed the question of why he’s writing a book now, among other interesting things. shirley halperin is the first journalist in a long while to leave the american idol meme behind, and approach archuleta in a more mature fashion, as a growing singer and artist, and not solely as a teen star. he has some very interesting things to say, once the mind of the reader opens up enough to allow it to sink in… from the la times…
=======================================================
Shirley Halperin – Your book, “Chords of Strength,” is coming out. How do you respond to those
who say you’re too young to write a memoir?

David Archuleta – I agree with them. When the idea was brought to me, I was like, “Huh? I’m only 19, and I don’t think my life has been that interesting.” At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. Except in my liner notes [laughs], I was never good at writing a lot. Even in school, I always stayed after class because I’d never finish my essay in time. So writing has been a challenge but something I’ve been working on. Also, a lot of people ask me questions about my life, and I thought this is a great way for me to finally explain how I managed to get to this point at a young age and why I’m still the way I am. That’s the focus in the book: There were so many times when I thought, “I’m not good enough,” or, “There’s no way this is going to happen,” and then it does happen. I like to share those things with people, which is what music’s all about — having even a small influence by sharing my stories.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2010/03/catching-up-with-david-archuleta.html

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

Thanks ncdafan.

David’s book will be in good company with all the other self help works out there. It seems like everyone these days wants to help people with their own life story. Of course it doesn’t hurt that it helps the story teller with a little change in the old pocket.

David’s not Teddy, and he’s not riding a moose. Therefore, he fails to impress.

Negativo

March 8th, 2010
5:11 pm

Not a bad list at all, Rodney. Neg has only one substantial difference, which we all knows is critical for garnering the respect of your peers and boosting your general Idol Q-rating. Add Katie Stevens to to absolutely safe list.

ABSOLUTELY SAFE
1. Momma Smellysox
2. Lee Dwyze

REASONABLY SAFE

Negativo

March 8th, 2010
5:12 pm

Ooops, added a partial list that I didn’t intend to post.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
5:15 pm

”David’s not Teddy, and he’s not riding a moose. Therefore, he fails to impress”. 5.09 p.m.

i never would have pegged you for a moose lover jtesla, hahahah. we all have our passions, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
5:16 pm

Publisher/Archie/fans/money! The publisher is using Archie to make lots of money. But hey, if his fans want to gain insight from a 19 year old, who am I to stop them. Laugh maybe…but not stop!

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

No offense intended, ncdafan but he’s 19. He could put his whole life in a magazine article. But that wouldn’t make enough money for the publisher(I’m not blaming Archie for this…but he needs someone to man-up) so a memoir is in the works!

ugaaccountant

March 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

Good list, but it seems too focused on the past 2 weeks performance and not enough on the psychological aspect of how people get voted out. Nobody’s ever accused this show of being truly on the mark regarding the order of vote outs.

Didi’s small fanbase knows she is in trouble and will move her forward another week or two. But she does have a real fanbase stemming back to her “terrified” performance night 1 of hollywood week. That was good enough to put on pop radio today. Same for Andrew’s Straight Up.

Kaetlyn or Paige will be in serious trouble if they have a quiet week. Both have got by so far on solid performances, but as the numbers dwindle you have to start building a fanbase to keep you moving forward every week. Basically I can’t picture many people actually having downloaded their songs yet, as nothing screamed “buy me” that they’ve done.

Urban/Kelly/Lambert – One or more is going this week. Their voters are all similar ages/demographics and it’s a week where they won’t be able to split it enough anymore to advance them all.

If all the guys manage to pull out a good performance at the same time, I think your #2 Lee Dewyze would actually be in moderate danger. He’s been like Paige/Kaetlyn as far as quiet and solid, but the other guys have been so bad he’s sailed through.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
5:27 pm

Wait, I thought Lee Dewyze left last week? Someone said he was a goner, but he’s still there? Hmm that don’t make no sense.

ncdafan: ;)

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
5:32 pm

i think that’s a rather short sighted way of thinking, but to each his or her own. i’d think a wise person would not see age or someone’s perceived life experiences as being a barrier to gleaning a little wisdom, knowledge or understanding… one’s age doesn’t always signify they will have an abundance of wisdom to impart, though life experiences can help give what one is relaying a touch more depth. none of us really know what david has experienced up to this point – the vocal paralysis and its effect on him personally and professionally is something of interest for many. the bottom line is those who can take something away from his words will, those that can’t won’t. no biggie. but he has the right to put it out there, and let the public decide if what he has to say is something relatable, and useful for them.

RK

March 8th, 2010
5:41 pm

Hey, we listen to 15-year-olds sing about love, so why not a memoir at 19?

ugaaccountant

March 8th, 2010
5:44 pm

I’ve got no problem with Archeletta writing a book. I think it’s bad labeling for them to promote it as a memoir though.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
5:46 pm

yeah, memoir i’m not too sure is the right way to market it, but who knows why that was chosen… they spelled his name right, so that’s a start :D

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

True enough, ncdafan! I’ve read some of his weblogs. Mostly he sounds like a really sweet, albeit, goofy kid. But kid is the operative word. Having seen an example of his writing….I’m not sure “insight” is what the fans will be looking for. Virtual contact with their object of affection is more likely. He’s being used. And, though his fans will appreciate it, and his publisher will get the money he’s looking for, Archie will gain next to nothing from the experience. In 3 years he can write a book about how difficult and frustrating it was to write his memoirs.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
5:57 pm

You know Teddy Roosevelt was considered to be sickly when he was young. He didn’t attend regular schools; he had to sleep sitting up or slouching, and did not participate in sports due to asthma. He was also tone deaf, but that didn’t stop him from excelling… including riding a moose in a lake. Yes a moose in a lake.

Coming in second in a reality TV competition is not excelling. Well maybe it is by today’s standards, but then that points out that there is a problem with today’s standards. The world is full of people who overcame the little challenges that we call life. The fact that he got some attention on a TV show due to a neat backstory is not something that needs to be showcased or memorialized with a memoir. Without AI who would buy his book? Nobody, therefore I question the merits of the book. I find the book silly not because he isn’t a nice guy, because he is, and not because he isn’t wise, because he is, but because it’s a clear ploy to milk the masses for money. There isn’t going to be anything in that book that is more inspirational then some of the millions of other self help – learn from my life – type books.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:00 pm

hi diedre – he’s no different from any other artist signed to a major label, out in the grind during these treacherous times… artists have to diversify their income streams in order to stay afloat and survive these days, they must generate revenue in other ways apart from cd or singles sales to feed the bottom line. it’s called the music business for a reason. touring, sales of merchandise, branding are basically the means of survival nowadays for any artist or singer, so i can’t quite buy totally into the notion of him being used. i’m not so altruistic as to believe anyone does anything solely to impart insight, or empower anyone – no human being anyway, and least of all david. we also cannot say with certainty what he, nor any fan or casual reader will gain or not from what he has to say until they read it and digest it for themselves. i like to keep an open mind about these things, but that open mind doesn’t mean i have a hole in my head, lol.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:04 pm

hi jtesla – then i guess his fans will have to make up the difference in you not purchasing it by buying 10 copies, lol… it’s cool – if it doesn’t trip your trigger, it’s all good. the sun will rise in the east, and set in the west, just like always, lol. you’re entitled to your opinion.

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
6:07 pm

I to thought memoir? Maybe the title should be different but I do believe that he has a story to share, I for one have never had vocal paralysis, which must have been traumatic, not to mention when the dream was to be come a singer. My teen granddaughter wants to read the book and I thought this would be a good read for todays youth with the shortage of youth role models and all. I’m a David Archuleta fan, love his voice, performances, and his strong character, a good guy who I would rather see as a role model to my grandchildren than some of the so called teen celebrities out now.

So kudos to David.

RK

March 8th, 2010
6:11 pm

Is his dad going to write a memoir on parenting? Or stage parenting?

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

idol is just a nice platform and springboard into the music industry for these contestants and alums – it gets you further along than you may have been had you not competed, but it’s no guarantee that stardom or success is a given. that’s where hard work and a lot of other variables come into play. once the idol patina and buzz fades, you got to work for everything you get, so i ain’t mad at nobody out there in the bizz who is hustling and taking advantage of opportunities they think will be beneficial to them. david didn’t ask for, nor do i think he deserves any special consideration for what he’s lived and experienced up to this point, but i’m sure there will be a market out there to satisfy a demand for something he’ll be saying. i like teddy roosevelt jtesla, and would read most books written detailing his story. me and you gotta part ways with the moose though – they are scary to me, so i’d probably not be inclined to delve any deeper into them, lol…

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

hahahha rk – now that may just be a blockbuster, lol… i’ve no interest in him at all. matter of fact, the less he says, the better.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

And ncdafan, you are entitled to your opinion, and I thank you for coming and blogging with us.

At the end of the day what have we learned? We’ve learned that nothing we do in our life will ever be as cool as Theodore Roosevelt riding a moose in a lake. We’ll just have to settle for liking/disliking a certain person’s book. Kind of a let down for me. I guess I could always go and single handedly dig a canal through a central American nation.

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

Well, isn’t that the point? No one will see anything to gain by reading this memoir except his fans. And he doesn’t have that many…or enough… to keep a viable career going. No, seriously, he does not have a viable career at the moment. What he has is devotion from thousands of American Idol watchers. And folks, that’s NOT enough! That’s been proven time after time. Unless an Idol contestant can add new fans on top of his Idol fans…he’s going NOWHERE!

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:17 pm

jtesla, i must say i’ve enjoyed these conversations w/you today, lolol… i know you’re not a da fan, and that’s cool – there is a wit residing in your comments that i can relate to, and i hope going forward we can agree to disagree on some matters with the humor and civility we’ve shown today… jtesla, moose lover – who would have thunk :D

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

Forbes listed him in their top ten breakout artist and wage earner, must be doing something right.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:28 pm

hi diedre – i wish i could be as absolute in my assertions as you regarding who his fans are, or their numbers, lol… i am a fan, and would never make any kind of absolute assertion regarding any of those things, but it’s your perogative.

what i do see, and know, is that he has picked up more fan support across a larger and more diverse demographic since the release of the 1st cd… because he is dormant now due to the process of creating the 2nd cd doesn’t mean he is not viable. there are many artists who may not be burning mediabase up at the moment, for whatever reason, but it in no way signifies a decline or stagnancy in their appeal, or popularity. sade is one good example of this. not in any way comparing them, not at all, but she was gone for 10 years, and came back strong with her cd, though she currently has no presence on top 40 or hac.

he has done a great job keeping himself immersed in projects to give him continued visibility to both younger and adult audiences, vis a vis the lovato tour, and the christmas cd. that cd, along with a stellar performance on the alma awards, as well as the recent somos el mundo project has made significant inroads in broadening his appeal to the adult audience, as well as the spanish speaking market. they have been exposed to him not as archuleta, idol star, but david archuleta, new singer and artist, and the response has been remarkable. i say let the future decide the future, relative to what successes he garners going forward. we won’t know until we get there, and isn’t that half the fun? :D

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
6:33 pm

fanofdja: Fact Check time, thanks to Wikipedia “Archuleta placed second on Forbes’ list of “Breakout Stars of 2008″

Forbes picked him as a breakout star the same year he was on Idol. Smart choice, proven to be a not so smart in 2009. Hopefully 2010 is better for him, but it isn’t looking that way.

Just looking at the facts.

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
6:34 pm

ncdafan… I like your open mindedness in the way you reply to some of these commentors, something which some here don’t have at all.

Thanks.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:36 pm

now to be fair jtesla, forbes hasn’t published their rankings for the alums for 2009, so we don’t know where any of them that made it in 2008 will fall. i expect they’ll do that like they did last year, in may or june…

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
6:37 pm

JTesla….you can’t be a breakout star for consecutive years…??? That is only once I don’t know what his earnings were for 2009 but he’s been mighty busy touring and selling albums and I’ve heard him say he doesn’t want to be a mega superstar he wants to be able to make a living singing, which is his passion. I think that’s admirable.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:39 pm

i believe in agreeing to disagree as long as there is some baseline civility and respect shown. i give it, and hope to get it back. not everyone will see things the same way – but we don’t have to tear each other’s throats out in the process of relaying our opinions, or devolve into ugliness or cheap shots in relaying a point. i try not to do that anyway, lol.

Mercedes S.

March 8th, 2010
6:39 pm

Someone who had to stay after school to finish his essays… I wouldn’t expect too much from this guy’s “memoir”. Obviously they will be ghosted.

Btw, saw my first blooming daffodil in my yard today! Spring is here!

Mercedes S.

March 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

Obviously IT, his memoir, will be ghosted. An adult person whould have memoirs.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:42 pm

that is very much possible mercedes… not an uncommon or unique occurrence in the publishing biz, so we’ll see how it turns out.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:43 pm

my daffodils are being very slow in coming up – i can’t wait for some color in my yard… this winter has sucked.

lessha

March 8th, 2010
6:45 pm

David has a lot to say. One thing I know is how shy he is and how hard it was for him to even get in from of people to perform. There is a story in that, of him overcoming his shyness in order to do something he loved. He still strugles with the insecurities that he has always had and he fights these today. To me, I am also a shy insecure person and I know I will find this book very inspirational. David has said he decided to write the book because so many people want to know why he is the way he is. He thought this would be a great way to explain that. I admire David so much. There are millions out there that feel the same as me too. Kudos to David!!!!!!!!!!

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
6:50 pm

Do you really think he will be a Breakout Star for 2009? Last I checked you can only be a Breakout Star once, unless you are Aerosmith, Steve Winwood or that Meatloaf guy. Maybe Forbes created a new definition of breakout.

I’ve had daffodils for weeks, tulips will be in bloom soon. Thank you el Niño.

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
6:53 pm

This is the first time reading this site and I go to many to read and I hate to say that the comments here by some don’t allow for a difference of opinion without being insulting.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
6:54 pm

i have never been able to grow tulips jtesla… the soil around here is just the pits… i stick to things i can’t kill easily, like impatiens, petunias, dahlias for the pretty ornamentals, and buy lots of shrubs and ferns to fill in the gap.

tationa machelle

March 8th, 2010
7:03 pm

~REMEMBER MY NAME I WILL WINN AMERICAN IDOL~~~ OH AND I LOVE KARA I DO BUT PAULA IS MY GURL

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

Fanofdja: I get around the internet quite a bit, from the first to the last page and everywhere in between. You are doing something wrong if you can’t see the beauty of this blog. Trust me; there is a whole lot of ugly out there, and our belief that there is a bit of greed at play and that David is too young is NICE compared to some of the other things that are being said out there. Stay in your sheltered portion of the web, because outside your ivory tower it gets ugly.

When it boils down to it we are fans of AI not of one former contestant. So we will say nice things – as both Deirdre and I have about Archie, but at the same time this isn’t his fan club. For that you need to go ten pages to the left and two down, it’s just behind the page on building an underground bunker.

ncdafan: I want to grow dahlias, but it gets too cold where I’m at (Oregon). Well they can be grown, but as I understand it you have to dig them up in the fall. Too much work for me now, maybe when I retire I’ll give them a try.

ncdafan

March 8th, 2010
7:18 pm

i have dahlias that grow as tall as 6 feet, lol… i need to switch over to the dwarf variety, as i don’t have the patience any longer to deal with the monster variety. i love planting flowers, and don’t spend half as much time in my yard in spring and summer as i would like. gardening is a big passion and stress reducer, as well as music and reading. i love commenting on anything music or gardening based, as those two take up most of my free time :D

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
7:21 pm

JTesla….my observation was on the type of “responses” given here to an opinion, and in my opinion pretty closed minded with no room for another perspective…and you just proved it by the type attack on me who you know nothing about “Stay in your sheltered portion of the web, because outside your ivory tower it gets ugly.” You don’t have to be an Archie fan to be polite and agree to disagree.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
7:41 pm

fanofdja, I guess we’ll have to come to a conclusion like ncdafan and I came to: we’ll have to agree to disagree.

I don’t see that you have many examples of us being closed minded, attacking, or being mean to our fellow bloggers… except I’ll give you that one jab I took which came after your original statement. Otherwise, I feel that you are reading too much into what is being said.

I’ll stand by my point that this is a very nice portion of the web when it comes to comments. That is a point I’ll make to fans of DA and the people who post here regularly. However, to expect to come here and have everyone agree and nobody voice an opinion that might be critical of Archuleta is frankly silly. We all have opinions – share them or don’t, but don’t start bashing us just because we don’t agree with you. Talk about closed minded with no room for another perspective… tsk tsk.

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
7:45 pm

JTesla I see that you may also be reading to much in my comment I was not bashing and you weren’t event one of the some in my original statement which maybe I should have just addressed… so tsk tsk back at you….but I agree that we surely can agree to disagree.

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
7:50 pm

Oh and by the way I know nothing about flowers….lol

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
7:54 pm

Flowers are your friends.

oldie

March 8th, 2010
7:58 pm

People simply cannot stand successful people under 20. Nothing wrong with David Archuleta’s 2009 and 2010. He’s been working hard, just like everyone else wishing to have a long career in music. “Crush” is close to double platinum now and one of the most successful songs to ever come out of Idol. His album is doing better than anything from Season 8, even though the promotional budget for Season 8 is astronomical, by far the largest in the history of Idol. Of course, he’s not one of those artists whose albums and singles chart nonstop for a couple of years, so let’s wait for some new music. As for the non-sheltered portion of the web, the Internet is full of ugliness about all artists.

fanofdja

March 8th, 2010
8:00 pm

Hmmmm….Can I substitute flowers with basil, mint, oregano, rosemary? These I grow and are pretty friendly.

oldie

March 8th, 2010
8:02 pm

Does Rodney think that David’s book will be over 10 pages long? No, he doesn’t. He hates David, but he lets the commenters do the dirty work.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
8:06 pm

Now it’s a conspiracy. I love conspiracies. Rodney employs voice to skull weapons to hide his secret chem trail tests.

oldie

March 8th, 2010
8:11 pm

No, it’s not a conspiracy. He has been very vocal about his dislike, for which reason a nice little hint every now and then works just fine.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
8:20 pm

That’s what a conspiracy is. And it must be true, because there is no way… No way that you’d find more than one person who disliked or was indiffirent to Archie. Would never happen.

oldie

March 8th, 2010
8:29 pm

People who are indifferent to him would simply shut up.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
8:32 pm

You should come back and visit us sometime… I never shut up. Besides, I’m educating the masses. Did you Google Teddy Roosevelt on a moose?

oldie

March 8th, 2010
8:40 pm

Then again, you’re not indifferent to him.

No, I googled Jeff Archuleta on a massage table.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
8:45 pm

LOL now that’s awesome. Poor guy.

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
8:45 pm

See, what y’all don’t seem to understand is a twofold problem. One, this site is NOT a fan site for anything or anybody other than the show itself. We do not worship any former Idol, winner or loser. We admire and are proud of all the Idols but are not very forgiving to the fandom belief that one Idol…be it Archie or Taylor or Sanjaya…is somehow the be all and end all of society.

Two, we have never had anything that remotely resembles a “civil” conversation with “fans”. We have found that daring to mock, laugh at or disparage ANYTHING that their “Hero/heroine” does leads to animosity and ugliness. A “civil” conversation is not possible if we happen to disagree with their opinion.

Now, y’all may be different. That remains to be seen. However, as stated before, we here on this particular site are fans of the show. NOT the specific individual. So if you can’t take hearing unpleasant things…or even pleasant things that don’t meet you high standards…about your particular favorite, then beware. We don’t hold back…even with our personal favorites.

That being said…welcome to American Idol Buzz!

Harm

March 8th, 2010
9:06 pm

I am totally bored out of my mind!
Mike S, how the heck did you eddure 2 weeks of pain with your misdiagnosed wrist?
I will not be reading Archuletta’s Memoir. I don’t dislike him, but I don’t like him either.
The stupid Bachelor wedding is on and Jason Castro is going to be singing at their stup[id wedding.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
9:08 pm

Typos galore in my previous post.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

March 8th, 2010
9:13 pm

If you constantly have to defend the blog against newcomers saying the blog isn’t friendly… well, if it walks like a duck/talks like a duck/it ain’t riding a moose. Maybe there is some legitimate criticism being offered, and it might be worth taking a breath, stepping back, and asking if the blog community here–no matter how much ya love it–could be improved. fanofdja seems to me to be rather polite.

Riding a moose is not cool to the moose. Poor moose.

I should think there’s a book-worthy story in doing well in Star Search as a kid and then enduring/overcoming long-term vocal paralysis to place second in a nationwide singing competition. Okay, calling it a memoir is silly–but the book concept itself isn’t. At 19, he overcame a huge obstacle to reclaim what he loved to do. It’s a story of persistence that could be, yes, inspirational. I wouldn’t read it, but I imagine the audience is out there.

oldie

March 8th, 2010
9:13 pm

Thank you for the welcome. I like David Archuleta’s voice, but I don’t think he is “the be all and end all of society.” However, Season 7 ended two years ago, so some of the cheap shots are getting old.

David Archuleta doesn’t think he’s done anything worthy of writing a memoir. The publisher, Penguin, does. The book will be published as part of a series about successful people of Hispanic origin. The project was initiated by the publisher, like book projects tend to be, so Jeff Archuleta did not call the publisher, telling them that he needs more money. It’s extremely difficult to get any kind of book published by a legitimate publisher, let alone a major house like Penguin.

And, yes, I assume all parties are hoping to make a profit, because that’s how business generally works. If that, for some reason, is a crime in David’s case, then so be it.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

March 8th, 2010
9:15 pm

Harm, when you’re suffering from fall-related injuries AND probably hepped up on pain pills, you can be forgiven a typo here and there. Reading about the fall and subsequent hospital hopping made me nauseated! I hope you heal well and quickly.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

Oldie two points:

First I need to disagree – “David Archuleta doesn’t think he’s done anything worthy of writing a memoir. The publisher, Penguin, does” David is in control, not Penguin. David says no, it is no.

Second – “The book will be published as part of a series about successful people of Hispanic origin” that I can admire.

NGTUMUN: you get around to different forums and blogs you should know better. A few might be nicer, but most that I have encountered are far meaner, without even being vulgar. Also, this isn’t the first time the Archie faithful have descended on us, but it is the most friendly time. Typically they misread a statement by Rodney and then go ballistic. Literally ballistic. You’d have to read it to believe it, but it is comical. Which leads me to poke at them, knowing that it is a ticking time bomb.

Although of all the former Idols, David Archuleta is probably one of the more blessed, at least in one aspect. He may lack the number of fans that some have, but his fans are far more devout. Sure that annoys us when honest reporting is slammed by those that are blind to reality, but it is good for him.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
9:54 pm

Thanks for forgiving my typos. I am BORED. I am looking forward to tomorrow night so I can at least watch Idol. All this free time and not being able to do any thing is driving me completly loco.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
9:56 pm

Watching Castro sing and play his little ukelele was amusing.

Deirdre

March 8th, 2010
10:00 pm

Cheap shots? what cheap shots? Disagreeing with an opinion is not a cheap shot.

Not…….this is one of the friendliest blogs around and you know that. We have opinions and we state them. Then a fan appears to tell us how wrong we are. We defend ourselves and the fan gets upset.

See this is how it works. People can have friendly disagreements. It doesn’t make them bad, or rude. But some people want to live in a world where everyone agrees with them all the time. THAT, imo, is boring!

oldie

March 8th, 2010
10:01 pm

As I said, it’s also a business. I won’t read the book, but I’m glad he accepted the offer.

I have visited this place only occasionally, but I disagree about “honest reporting.” It would be more honest just to say that you cannot stand someone than to keep writing passive-aggressive little pieces about that person. Wasn’t his summer tour with Demi Lovato supposed to fail because of some carefully handpicked fact about ticket sales in Atlanta? Well, it didn’t.

But perhaps his second album will fail. Then again, Jordin’s second album sold less than 50,000 copies in its first week, and she’s still with Jive. They will be releasing new songs from the album, and she’s working on new songs.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
10:01 pm

Going back and re-reading some of the posts, it is interesting how the labels get placed on us. First, we have a thoughtful, friendly, engaging discussion, then someone disagrees with us and questions our open mindedness and suddenly we are unfriendly. Well by we I mean either I am or Deirdre is because there isn’t A LOT going on from anyone else.

I’m going to call BS.

Ncdafan and oldie, it was very fun blogging with you.

Fanofdja, don’t take anything in life too serious.

Harm Jason Castro… LOL. Now if you all really want to see me bash someone stick around for that one.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
10:05 pm

BTW… “but I disagree about “honest reporting.’” one of the last invasions we had was David Archuleta fans being critical of Rodney for stating sales numbers. No opinion of his was offered, just numbers pulled from a sited source. That is what I reference.

Not trying to get the last word in, just clarifying what it is that I’m referring to.

oldie

March 8th, 2010
10:22 pm

Don’t have time to look for that post, but the album has sold approx. 730,000 copies, “Crush” has sold 1.9 million copies, and the Christmas album sold approx. 230,000 copies, I think (meeting the label’s goals). Many sources have had these numbers wrong.

As for a “viable” career, he toured most of 2009 (I thought that’s what musicians do), and the solo tours were sold out, and the tour with Demi Lovato was also successful.

I just hope he will be successful enough to have a long career because I really like his voice. The numbers don’t matter to me that much, but the cheap shots are getting old, and you hope they would at least be based on checked facts.

Nice chatting with you. I don’t like Idol, so I won’t be seeing you that often…

oldie

March 8th, 2010
10:31 pm

No, disagreeing with an opinion is not a cheap shot.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
10:37 pm

I really don’t normally post this much (or maybe I do) and I don’t always try to get the last word in, usually I’ll have some back and forth and them drop it. However…

“The numbers don’t matter to me that much” Great! You are the fan that all Idol’s dream of. David seems to have more of you than most and it is a blessing to him.

Cheap shots: to be honest with you, in case you do come back, I really only take cheap shots at David to get under the fans skin. However, the moose bit wasn’t a cheap shot: who can compare to Teddy on a moose, in a lake? Not I that is for sure.

How it started is simple: when I’m told repeatedly that David Archuleta will be bigger than Elvis and the Beatles, something goes off in my head that there is something crazy. Then fans read too much into what is reported by Rodney, and then start to assume odd things, I don’t hold that against Archuleta, I hold it against his fans. They are a blessing to him and to me, because they are entertaining (but still crazy).

And yes, crazy is a cheap shot, but I see it for what it is. I don’t claim to be nice, I leave that for others.

As always, I’ll see you the next time David makes the news, because, as has been proven over the last year, he isn’t going anywhere… and he isn’t bigger than the Beatles.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
10:38 pm

JT, Castro was amusing playing his little ukelele while singing Over The Rainbow at the stupid televised Bachelor wedding.

I don’t have enough energy to argue with some of the bloggers, so I won’t.

oldie

March 8th, 2010
10:48 pm

Well, I don’t think he will be bigger than Elvis and the Beatles (but I hear Adam Lambert will). I hope he will have a long career.

As for the numbers, I am not following you. He has been doing great so far in terms of both record and ticket sales, which people habitually ignore. Perhaps the second pop album will be a total failure. That would make many people happy.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
10:49 pm

I just don’t get why some people go gaga over celebrities in the 1st place. They are people like you and I. They haven’t a clue as to who you are and probably don’t care about you. It’s ok to admire people, just don’t expect everyone else to be as crazy about them as you are.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
10:55 pm

My previous post was not directed to anyone in particular. I don’t understand why some people go over the top over someone that they have never met. I have met a handful of celebrities in my life, for the most part , they all seemed like everyone else, I detected no super human powers associated with them.

JTesla

March 8th, 2010
10:58 pm

Harm, you must not have seen Christina Hendricks at the Oscar’s last night GAGA! She’s not a person like you or I.

Speaking of Adam Lambert, I can’t link the recent picture I saw of him, but he’s either compensating for something small or hiding something big. Now back to Christina.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
11:28 pm

Who is Christina Hendricks? Where would I know her from? I may know who she is and not be familiar with her name.

Harm

March 8th, 2010
11:43 pm

Nevermind! Redhead-Mad Men!

everett

March 9th, 2010
1:06 am

Archie’s going to publish a BOOK? Wow! Hope it comes with a free box of Crayons.

Cyrus

March 9th, 2010
1:28 am

Warriors! Come out and plaaaay-aaaay!!!!

JTesla

March 9th, 2010
1:30 am

;)

How’s it going Everett?