March 26, 2006 12:40 PM by Joe Blackmon
Chris Daughtry is the latest American Idol finalist to come under fire from fans and the media. The accusations being hurled at Daughtry suggest that he took credit for a new version of the Johnny Cash song “I Walk The Line” when the credit should have gone to the band Live. We confess that we were among those millions watching that had never heard Live’s version and thought that Daughtry had just offered up one of the most original takes on a song in American Idol history.
Shortly after Chris Daughtry’s performance, fans were posting on Reality TV Magazine and various other Internet sites exposing the truth about Daughtry’s version of the song. A Reality TV Magazine reader posting under the name “SKID” immediately pointed out “Chris did NOT make the song his own as everyone would like to believe. He just "covered a cover" like he did last week. Go listen to the version of "I Walk The Line" by the famous group ‘Live’. I love how people are giving him credit for this, what a farce.” What was initially regulated to Internet message boards has also now become a major story in the media, and Daughtry is being labeled as a dirty, rotten song stealer.
Daughtry’s fans have been quick to point out that it’s very possible that he was upfront about where his version of the song originated and that part of the segment just got edited out. In the clip preceding the song, Daughtry told Barry Manilow that he was going to do “a very different version” of “I Walk The Line,” and never made any claims that it was his own original version. It was the American Idol judges that heaped the praise on Chris Daughtry and credited him with “making it his own version.” If Daughtry had previously stated his rendition was based on the “Live” version, then he wouldn’t have needed to correct the judges because he would have been under the assumption that disclosure had already aired.