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Is Chris Daughtry A Dirty, Rotten Song Stealer?

March 26, 2006 12:40 PM by Joe Blackmon

Daughtry_lineChris 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.

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68 Responses to “Is Chris Daughtry A Dirty, Rotten Song Stealer?”

  1. Terrible Teresita Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 1:05 pm


    It doesn’t happen often. In fact, it rarely happens at all. What’s that expression…? … “once in a blue moon”…?


    I was wrong.

    Making matters even more troubling is that I was doubly wrong, wrong in two assertions.

    I was wrong in that Chicken Little got egged on the results show. I really thought he’d milk the sympathy (and granny) vote to a sickening degree. You know, one of those characters that you’d want to see every week– even though he’s so ugly that he’s cute, and he really does have large balls. I’ll miss Chicken Little.

    I was DEAD wrong about Chris. Two weeks ago, I thought it was a teeny-weeny cop-out that he took the Red Hot Chile Peppers’ version of “Higher Love” instead of doing his own interpretation of the Stevie Wonder song. Last week, when he sang Mr. Cash’s “Walk the Line” in rock fashion, I got “goose pimples”. Imagine my horror when I learned I was duped in that he out and out stole Live’s cover of the country song. MTV says that in a pre-show interview that Mr. Daughtry attributed the feel and sound of the song to Live, but the attribution was clipped from what was aired.

    I know from singing karaoke that it’s easy to sing another artist’s version of a song. First of all, you think that no one has ever heard the song sung that way and that everyone thinks you’re a wonderful interpreter. Second, singing a cover lets you swing either way in your delivery.

    The bottom line is that IT is not YOU. The bottom line is that you have no creative energy of YOUR own. The bottom line is that you are a fraud, and you do not deserve to be an American Idol.


  2. Anonymous Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    The Chris haters are trying to find excuses so people won’t vote for him, because they know he could easily win AI. You are right, he never said he was gonna make it his own. People need to read more, you ignorant pigs.

  3. art vandelay Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    ah, he sure is smart to create such controversy! he will surely be one of the top “products” that will be found in this game show.

  4. Terrible Teresita Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    Is it really smart, though? It is resourceful, but what if you’re found out…? I think Mr. Daughtry wants to win this competition more than any of the others, but, in the end, he’s going to look like a fool.

    Nothing comes THAT easy.

  5. OldRockerChickDonna Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    OK, I can’t figure out what the big deal is on Chris doing I Walk The Line. EVERYBODY on the show did someone else’s song… hello? Does it matter if it was a version done by Johnny Cash or by Live? Nope. And he definitely did mention it would be a different version, but he didn’t say “I whipped up this new version…” Point in fact is simply that Chris kicks it, is very appealing with his family values, singing talent, and let’s face it – those eyes are smouldering hot! Yep, he DESERVES to be the winner this year, even though there are so many incredible performers on AI5. The choice is definitely going to be tough for America but I’m hoping they don’t forego giving a rocker the chance to keep on rockin’ us. Best of luck to Chris; he always gets my vote!

  6. Jan4 Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    I really don’t mind any of them singing whatever version they like. What I do mind is the judges damning some for staying in their comfort zone, and praising others for never leaving their comfort zone. These poor kids don’t know which advice to take at this point.

  7. Anonymous Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Blame the judges. Don’t blame Chris.

  8. Terrible Teresita Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    OK, so you love those smoldering eyes. I have no problem with them, either.

    The problem– as ugly as it is, though, is that the other contestants put forth their own rendition of the songs. Some renditions, to be honest, were better than others.

    Mr. Daughtry stole other artists’ renditions. It was easier and neater for him that way. Do you really want him to be YOUR next American Idol?

    Please, put to rest what you see from his Adam’s apple down to his toes.

    Also, please look up integrity and truth in your dictionary.

  9. Mindy Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    This is insane… who cares who originally sang the song or if he said who did or not? I had never heard Live’s version before, so it was new to me and even if I had heard it – so what? They do not have to tell who’s version they are modeling their’s after… DO NOT HAVE TO!! I’m so sick and tired of hearing about this non-issue… THEY ARE ALL COVERING SONGS!! This is the most ridiculous non-story I have ever heard…

    My opinion is that, since Chris is such a front-runner, people are looking for a reason to run him down. Last year it was Bo’s arrest records… I guess since the Smoking Gun hasn’t located a criminal file on Chris, that this “controversy” will have to do…

    Anyone who thinks this is an issue needs to grow up and get over it. If you don’t want people covering other people’s stuff, make the contestants do original material.. otherwise – SHUT UP about it!

  10. Terrible Teresita Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    I think we should all first think what is a performer? Does it come from within or do we copy someone else? What if the copy-cat sounds better than the guy or gal singing from within? Does it matter?

    You’d better bet your sweet apple dumplings it does. What will poor Chris do when he’s told, by a record executive, come up with your own stuff.

    Will he pull it out of a hat?

    We all know that the real world is not the sane as the American Idol stage.

    It isn’t, and I’m sorry.

  11. Robert Canary Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    I am getting sick of AI not being up front about how ‘in the biz’ some of these people are…Chris and Tayor have been singing back up, and in Chris’s case, appearing on TV Movies of the week…

    And one other thing…These judges need to decide what the are judging…Voices or performance..because this keeps comming up between Simon and the others… I believe they are trying to find the complete package, not just voices…Barry Manilow can barely sing in tune, but I HAVE seen him in concert and its a pretty entertaining show…

    Look at Country star George Strait..from what I know, and heard, he is a great Country music singer if you’re into it…but I watched a DVD of his concert at my sister’s concert and it was about as exciting as watching turtles sleep…

    American Idol..singer or complete package???

  12. mare463 Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    what is the big deal about chris? what about all the wanna be’s who try to sing like mariah carey etc? he is good and different. he can sing. and that is what the show is all about. everyone that tried out for american idol tried to imitate a singer. give the man a break. everytime someone becomes a front runner all of a sudden the bashers do the bashing. chris has a voice, he can sing and he is proving it. does it matter who he sounds like? he has not given himself any kind of credit for the last 2 songs. i am sure when he hears what is being said about him, he will step up to the plate and set the record straight. give him the benefit of the doubt.

  13. MikeknaJ Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    Yes, blame the judges because Chris never said that he was singing an original arrangement.

    It’s another example of some judge ignorance. Reminds me of last season when they criticized Carrie Underwood when she sang “Piece of My Heart,” for failing to do Janis Joplin justice when Carrie was really doing a Faith Hill version of the song. Chris’ situation here appears to flow out of the same kind of unawareness on the part of the judges.

  14. Alex Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    Originally posted by musicaddict in idolfox.com

    I have read so many of posts and replies on this board and I have a few issues that haven’t been talked about enough. I only use Chris in this post because he has been such a heavy discussion lately. No one can say if he did what he did knowingly or not, or if the judges are making him their golden child, or if AI did all this for ratings. But one thing that I would like more in depth discussion on is the following:

    1.Chris isn’t showing me his range of ability in his vocals long enough for me to see if he can do different ranges with his voice. Great rockers have great range.
    2. When he sang Cash’s song, he had terrible low notes, and only till he reached the high range did he do well. The middle wasn’t bad. I would like to hear more.
    3. I would like to see him step out of his box more. Just about any bar in my city with live rock bands have lead singers that sound like him. Add the extras, lights, smoke, great band behind you and you got it. I say this because he hasn’t been varied enough for me to hear something special about him.
    4. I love rock and AI is pegging him as the rocker, but he is actually regurgitating rock that has already been made into alternative without wonderful vocals.
    5. He looks good on stage so his stage presence has the moves down.
    6. I haven’t voted for him this whole season because he isn’t anything more special than what is out there already. I thought Idol was to capture someone special. That is why the judges continue to harp on, “make it your own, no karaoke, step out of the box, etc.).
    7. Rock doesn’t only sound like a train going by or a train wreck; it has moods to it also. I want to hear that from him, please.
    8. I think that AI is stacking (genres) up against each other. I am confused as to how they can compare Chris to the others. Why they don’t give others the mood lighting on stage and help with stage presence. They should be helped with that, it isn’t what they were to be voted on or was it? It is surprising how the added features make a difference. (I have watched the shows and noticed that none have had the lighting effects that Chris has had.) It makes it look like Chris is their choice and the other contestants are just there as condiments.
    9. The program is creating stage presence over ability at this point. The judges are not music experts obviously as demonstrated recently and so should not be giving their personal opinions before the voters have picked a winner. Or is it the show picking the winner? I think we should as voters have our personal opinions and the judges shouldn’t be swaying them except by their professional opinions.
    10. The show is entertaining but the rules are ambiguous. This provokes hard feelings. I wish this wasn’t the case. American Idol would be more enjoyable if the playing field was fairer. If you have recorded the shows, go back and watch the performances. It is telling.

    The contestants are very talented this year and some are neck and neck. Sometimes, like in horse racing it is not the horse that is in front for the first 1/2 mile, using all its energy up that wins; it is the horse that has saved his energy, held back a little, and bolts out the last quarter to win the race.

  15. Alex Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    I do not think judges should be blamed. Even if you put rock expert as a judge, they may not know every version of a rock song.

    It is contestant responsibility to upfront with judges.

    Also why in the world judges keep praising contestant for originality? It is kind of pimping act by SIMON and AI PRODUCERS to make chris as AI WINNER.

    They are intend on manipulating viewer and votes.

    One more thing. Simon rejected Taylor from the beginning. He hates Taylors popularity. That is why he is overly critical of taylor in every chance he gets.
    DRUNK DAD,Party Performance….His comments are not at all connected with singing. Listen simon , we like taylor appearance , so if you don’t iike it let somone be the judge.

  16. ShoJ Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Nobody in this competition has written the song they performed on that AI stage. Take that into consideration people, before you peg Chris Daughtry. Long-winded comments, especially those lacking in intelligence convey nothing but the author’s own ignorance. This backlash is the result of people, who disliked Chris from the beginning, taking advantage of any opportunity to malign him. Others, who say they used to like Chris, were never really fans in the first place given that they are so easily swayed. Chris has no shortage of votes or fans.

  17. MaryS-NJ Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    “The Chris haters are trying to find excuses so people won’t vote for him, because they know he could easily win AI. You are right, he never said he was gonna make it his own. People need to read more, you ignorant pigs.”

    “This backlash is the result of people, who disliked Chris from the beginning, taking advantage of any opportunity to malign him. ”

    No actually it isn’t, and those kind of defenses make thoughtful people who LIKE Chris but have reasonable doubts about this situation resentful of those who would label those reasonable doubters as “haters”. You do Chris a disservice by doing so.

    I certainly don’t hate Chris. He isn’t my favorite, but he has been, until recently, *one* of my favorites.

    I don’t care if he – or anyone else – chose a recent cover of an older song. I may form opinions about their ability to adapt to different styles based on that, but that’s part of what makes each performer different. I assume the AI clears to rights to *all* the arrangements the contestants perform, and I hope this controversy isn’t a function of not having the rights to LIVE’s version.

    Anyway, my perceptions of this situation are colored by the fact that I’m in the business of protecting my employer’s intellectual property. If someone uses our content and “look & feel” without permission, we would send them a cease & desist letter. Also, I work in a quasi-academic setting, and if someone who worked there plagarized, they could be fired. There’s not tolerance for taking credit for someone else’s work without proper attribution. I can’t help but take a very dim view of that kind of conduct, no matter who does it. It has nothing to do with being ‘ignorant’, it has to do with integrity – or the lack thereof.

    I’ve been inclined to give Chris the benefit of the doubt, and will do so for now despite my irritation that some of his fans’ label others as ‘haters’ and ‘ignorant pig’. Nobody actually knows if Chris credited LIVE because we didn’t see it. He may have.

    We do know that if APPEARED that he was being given credit for the arrangement by the judges at the very least. The judges seemed to have not a clue – which makes them look foolish.

    It may all be due to the editing, and if so, we don’t know the reasons for that. If they did so, they made Chris look bad, and hopefully will correct the situation soon.

  18. brianne Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    If it’s originality everybody’s looking for, they should be listening to established artists or going to see garage bands,or something. But this is AMERICAN IDOL. As my boyfriend says, it’s just “glorified karaoke”, anyway. And,honestly, i don’t know what’s the difference between Chris doing Live’s version and doing a karaoke take of the original; at least it was more original than doing a bad Cash impersonation,or something. And I mean,if i was on there and I had The Eurythmics’”Sweet Dreams”, I’d most likely do the Marilyn Manson version or find a way to integrate them; same thing with Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” as performed by Guns N’ Roses, and it wouldn’t be to take credit for originality, but just because i personally like those versions better and feel they’re more “me”. Maybe Chris just liked Live’s version better. They are his favorite band,afterall,and i think that version suited him well. But really, why should it matter what version he chose to do? Look at all of the established “artists” out there who just cover other people’s songs or,worse,have writers write their songs that they get credit for(which is how it ends up when people win Idol,anyway). But this isn’t some “Battle of the bands” thing where people come with their own material and are judged on originality (though i still feel it was more original to do that version). And, just for the record, he’s been in bands like Absent Element (their CD is available through their website and Ebay, so maybe it would be more fair to take a listen and then judge)for YEARS and the only reason he’s not an established artist is because he just hasn’t been fortunate enough to be discovered. That’s why he has to be in this over-hyped karaoke contest. Really,though, i think he’s too original–not to mention too cool–to be on this show, and i’d actually be upset if he won because they might change him too much (I loved Bo Bice on the show and thought for sure he was the rebirth of Southern Rock like Skynard, but i’m sorry,but i don’t know what is up with his sell-out pop CD,but i just don’t feel it. Should’ve stayed with sugar Money. Their CD was AWESOME. “Papion” rocked); unless his “unwillingness to compromise” is strong enough to withstand even Idol producers. Personally, I’d prefer to see him come in at #3,so he gets the exposure he needs, but can make it on his own and do his own thing. Still,though,i guess it would be nice to see him win,though,because he is my favorite…plus,it would just be nice to hear what the haters would have to say then.

  19. freebird Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    As I recall the judges were praising Chris for being true to himself and refusing to compromise. They were right in that, he wasn’t going to start singing country or even Manilow’s version. The comments were NOT all about how original his version was. But it was , not many of us have heard Live’s version of that song so it was orignial alright. I’ve never heard Live’s version of I Walk the Line but I thought Chris singing it totally rocked out over hearing Johnny Cash sing it. He can sing. He didn’t ever lay claim to the version so I just don’t get the big deal here.
    I’ll agree with the comments that the judges are all over the place –one day saying you’ve got to be original and the next saying things like you didn’t do Janis justice or talking about how the singer took on a big name and had much to live up to. I’m keeping in mind that the judges are human just like anyone and if we had to listen to a playback of each of our own conversations and had someone there to critique each contridictions and rude comment I think we’d all be in trouble!

  20. Anonymous Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    Bunch of losers with boogers hangin’ out their noses who have nothing better to do than to hate on someone who is obviously talented, attractive and something more than they will ever be…………..geez!!

  21. brianne Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 11:48 pm

    Besides, Chris’s version wasn’t EXACTLY like Live’s, anyway. I have the CD with their version and it’s not exactly the same. I admit the beginning is exactly the same, starting out really,really low and then raising an octave,but the musical arrangement is different and when he goes off into all the “vocal gymnastics” at the end,that’s all Chris. Ed was more subtle, wheras Chris belted it out. And no offense to Johnny Cash or Live, but i personally prefer Chris’s rendition of it. And as far as i’m concerned, i don’t care who’s melody,or whatever,he decided to use; he still made the song his own because he put HIMSELF into it. He sang the song for his wife whom he’s away from, so he FELT it. Instead of just hitting notes,or whatever,this guy actually puts his heart into everything he sings. He has a PASSION for music and he knows who is as,both as a person and as a musician and ,to me at least,that’s what should separate the legitimate artists from even the best karaoke singers. Even Simon seems to see that.

    PS Actually, maybe Bo’s CD isn’t really THAT bad. I guess I just got so used to “Freebird” and Sugar Money’s “Recipe for Flavor” (that is an awesome CD,though), but maybe i could give it another try with an open mind. He did get married and became a Daddy,so that could explain all the love songs. Hopefully, his next CD will be more rockin’, though. But if Chris wins, i hope he still refuses to compromise who he is AT ALL because I like who he is and wouldn’t have him any other way.

  22. Donna Lane Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 12:43 am

    This is an outrage!! This man has no integrity to steal someone else’s song and not give them credit. He will NEVER get a vote from me! I DEMAND he be disqualified!!! An American Idol is a ROLE MODEL and this cheat and low-class garbage is no role model!! I am tired of these low-lifes appearing on this show.

    I still am baffled why these other scandals get attention and still no article on the Clay Aiken “sleazing for cheap gay sex on the internet” is still not being written up.

  23. brianne Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 1:10 am

    This is a cover show. EVERYONE is “stealing” someone else’s song. And if anyone’s actually listened to the Live version,they’d know it’s not exactly the same. He, Barry and the band changed the musical arrangement and all the vocal stuff at the end where he really gets into it and belts it out, that was all him really feeling the song. Live kept it much more subdued. So,basically, he just did his own interpretation (which i personally preferred)of their version, which should really be no different than doing his own interpretation of Cash’s version, so i don’t really understand why all the controversy. And as for originality, I’m sure if he had the opportunity to do an original song, he’d jump at the chance because he’s been playing in bands and doing his own music (“Breakdown” is AWESOME)for a really long time,so,honestly,i think it’s sad that such an original artist is reduced to doing covers at all. I agree with the judges; he should be on the radio and touring right now. I personally think he’d be better off making it on his own with Absent Element, anyway. But if he actually wants to win this, i’d hate to see his dreams smashed because of something like this.

  24. ShoJ Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:21 am

    RE: “No actually it isn’t, and those kind of defenses make thoughtful people who LIKE Chris but have reasonable doubts about this situation resentful of those who would label those reasonable doubters as “haters”. You do Chris a disservice by doing so.”

    I never wrote that reasonable doubters are haters, and I don’t believe that. That much should be discernible without a need for an explanation. What I do believe, based on statements and comments that I have read in the past 5 days, is that there are people taking advantage of this issue to bring him down, because they don’t like him and didn’t in the first place. Again, I don’t believe that of everyone, just the ones who type hateful comments. It is because of the people spewing hate that results in fans being protective.

  25. chrisFannnnn Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 5:37 am

    Hello…everyone knows that no one performs original songs on American Idol. That’s completely missing the issue here, and the issue under discussion is Chris’s integrity, originality, and “make it your own” wow factor.

    Let me supply an easy analogy: Remember when Fantasia sang “Summertime” on Season 3? It wasn’t an original song, but she cranked out a very, very original rendition. The judges heaped praises on her saying how she made the song her own. Now imagine if it was discovered that Fantasia ripped off this magical performance? Not so magical anymore is it? In fact, I’d be pissed at Fantasia for fooling me into thinking that she did it by herself.

    Now apply this to Chris Daughtry. Get the point?

    I like Chris though. Go Chris!!! I suspect there must be a reason for this, otherwise I’ll be pissed…

  26. MaryS-NJ Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 7:40 am

    “I never wrote that reasonable doubters are haters, and I don’t believe that. ”

    I did not see any qualifiers in your comment. You didn’t say “some” people, just “people” disliking Chris from the beginning are making an issue of this. Not all of us dislike Chris. That being said, I appreciate your clarification.

  27. dave Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:11 am

    Man give it up people let em sing whatever he wants to sing. Chris is good but KATHARINE SHOULD WIN THIS THIN CUS SHE HAS IT ALL THE VOICE,LOOKS AND MARKETABILITY

  28. Robert Canary Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:48 am

    The problem with CHRIS is that every song he sings he turns into an alternative rock song…they call that staying true to himself..well, you just can’t be a one note singer to make it ‘big’…Madonna, Elton John, Beatles, even Barry Manilow have stayed around because they can do other styles…if CHRIS becomes a one note singer he will be about as
    successful as HOOTY and THE BLOWFISH..meaning, he will get old fast…and he already is ‘old’…He is the BEST on the show I agree…but I don’t see much of a career for him after two-three years..he will be a flash in the pan, pretty much like IDOL Rubbin Studdard. Another one who couldn’t show depth past what he knew…

  29. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    As I have said on other posts, there is no way to defend this. Chris just needs to clear all of this up in the next episode, and be done with it.

  30. John Adona Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    I’m just curious about two things. First off, Bary Manilow stated that he only knew the Johnny Cash version that “everyone else” knew. He said he hadn’t heard the other version. He didn’t say that Chris came up with his own great version. It was like he was acknowledging the existence of this “other” version. Also, the band somehow had to be able to accompany Chris in the rendition he chose. Yes, it was clearly modeled after Live’s version, and so was the band’s accompaniment. It would seem the band would have had to be aware of what they would have had to play to get this to work. So it is quite likely that the existence of this version had to be disclosed, and that Chris was really not ripping Live off. I believe Live’s take on this song is great. But not only did Chris vary his performance soemwhat from Live’s, I believe his vocal, over all, was actually superior. In light of how well he actually sang it, let’s give him credit for that, which I believe is ultimately what has to be judged in this context. Thanks.

  31. DELICIA Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 1:49 pm


  32. molly Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:01 pm

    Chris never told Barry Manillow “I came up this version of Johnny Cash’s song”. I think people are making too much out of this. It’s interesting that this has truned into some scandal but you never here anything about Clay Aiken’s scandal. If I didn’t read the message boards or go to the supermarket and see all the tabloid headlines, I would never think that Clay Aiken was involved in some scandal. You never here anything about in the media, yet if this happened to anyone else it would be on the front page of the news.

  33. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    Look everybody this thing is so big now that you can’t ignore it or it’s never going away. So, as I said before Chris just needs to set the record straight and move on. You can’t just say well he did nothing wrong and sweep this whole thing under the rug.

  34. daughtrysucksbigtime Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    I am not so inpressed by Chris. I think he sucks. He did steal the song, he did not put his own spin on it or rendition of it. If the Judges were so good at their job, the would of known that! If Chris was so honest, he would of corrected the Judges.

    I think Chris will be shown the exit door very soon. There is nothing special about him. Been there done it before with has been wantabee’s.

  35. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    From what I heard, Chris gave credit to Live, but it was edited out. You never know what you’re seeing on these Reality Shows – if they are fact or fiction. The FACT is, I didn’t like Chris singing the song, period. He started too low, which is what most of the contestants do, so they can sing big at the end. Just once, let somebody sing an entire song well. Then I’ll be impressed. But for now, this big uproar about Chris is just plain stupid. It’s just a tv show. Give the guy a break.

  36. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    I really don’t care that Chris did a Live version, I don’t think anybody does. The problem I see is that this is a competition and he probably got a lot more votes than he deserved, because MOST people were misled to believe that he redone the song. But, he in fact only did a cover just like the others did. Imagine if this was the final two. That could majorly skew the votes. And that’s just not fair to the others. Now I know all the die-hard Chris fans are going to vote for him no matter how good or bad he does. But, there are alot of people who could be swayed to vote for one way or another.

  37. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:50 pm

    I really can’t believe that people are saying that Chris already has proven he should be the next idol. It’s a little too early to say that. I mean this guy may tank the next 3 weeks, and someone else may shine. C’mon guys, I think that is just crazy to say that. To me there are at least four people that could win this thing.

  38. Mike Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    I am not really a fan of Barry Manilow’s….however, I do think he deserves praise for his work with all of the preformers on Idol. He seemed to really care and wanted to be helpful. I heard he flew in to help them on his own time. I still do not personally care for his music style but my opinion of him as a class act has gone up tremendously.

  39. Alex Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    Why chris fans defending CHRIS?

    The intention is clear. They do not want to say it is “LIVE” version. They had time to say “different version”. 4 times he said that. Why not say his rendition is based on “LIVE” version?. Every one does cover or someothers. But no one took credit for rendition and making it their own and never compromise on what he does. Well he cheated us one week earlier when he sang carbon copy of RHCP’s “Higher ground”. And he got kudos for making it his own. People gave him a pass because atleast he mentioned RHCP. In this case he and AI blatantly hid LIVE’s name. And also got credit for being Original. This is a competition. Any extra praise will get million votes. Basically what AI and simon is doing is pushing to way top , so even if he have few bad weeks , he will be there at the end.

    There is two crimes committed here.

    1. Taking credit for LIVE’s rendition. It is plagiarism in the part of AI and CHRIS. (AI knoes he was singing based on LIVE’s version).

    2. Misleading people to get votes. This is a fraud. He should be sent to jail.

  40. Raven Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    Since it has come out that

    (1) Chris credited live and it was edited out, (per MTV AND Chris’ wife) and that

    (2) Judges ALWAYS praise singers for “making it their own” and never before did that imply they arragnged the song themselves (so why would they change the meaning of that for Chris?)

    This is now a non- issue. Strange how there are so many people so obsessed with bringing Chris down. He’s not my pick, but I respect his strength and integrity in dealing with all this BS that is being said about him.

  41. Raven Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    Something to point out- Maybe Chris’ giving credit to Live was edited out so you couldn’t hear it, but unless you hear and see with your own ears and eyes CHRIS HIMSELF SAYING “THIS IS MY ARRANGEMEN”, you have no right to accuse him of any wrongdoing.

    This is one reason why a prosecutor has to prove a suspect guilty to get a conviction. They can’t just prove that they didn’t hear the person say they were innocent.

    Get a grip, people.

  42. Alex Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    The problem still persist.

    Even if AI edited out , Chris was standing there getting credit for originality and misleading people.

    The whole idea is conceived by AI , CHRIS and SIMON to push CHRIS ti top.

    He could have stopped simnon or he could have said Ryna my arrangement was based on LIVE.

    He did n’t.

    The easiest excuse is IT GOT EDITED OUT. what else they can make up? That is the only way he can escape that.

    AI wanted to CHRIS to win , they won’t abandon him that easy.

    He better not take credit on TUESDAY. Pimping act by simon has to be stopped. Ofcourse no one can stop simon from favouring his choices. He decides for AMERICA.

  43. Sunluvr Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    I fail to see what the deal is with Chris Daughtry’s cover of either RHCP or Live’s covers of other people’s songs. Gang – in case you haven’t noticed EVERYONE on IDOL is singing a cover of someone else’s song and virtually never do they vary from the original by more than a note or a key change. The fact that Chris D sought out covers of these songs that were out of the mainstream and not the “standard karaoke cover” of the song makes him more original than 99.9% of the IDOL contestants in this year or past years. Hard to deny the fact that they guy has an amazing natural voice and that he knows how to use it.

  44. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    Chris D better start walking the line. Freudelent activity does nothing to enhance his bald image. He is nothing more then a common thief. I don’t know why anyone thinks he is so great, he is an average singer. Why I bet you, my cat meows with more range in his voice then Chris gives in any performance. Chris is uneventful, he is forgetable. There is nothing wow, or oooh my bad about him. He succcccccccccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

  45. Alex Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    That is corect that every one singing some ones cover. What is the problem here though , he took the credit for originality for twoweeks in a row. He should have atleast let jusges and viewers know it is based on LIVE version when he was talking to RYAN. Basically he was in cloud 9 as simon overpraised him past two weeks fo rthe things he does n’t deserve.

    Part of the blame also goes to SIMON and judges for heaping praise on him for something he do not deserve. It just looks like they just want him to win.

    And also i do not think he is that special. there are many rockers are as good or better than him. They are dime a dozen. This guy is not original. He sings in one note and that is high note. Angry screamer.

    He does it well to hide the messy vocals.

    All i wonder is when AI become ROCKSTAR?

    One more thing this guy CHRIS failed in ROCKSTAR:INXS audition.

    Go figure!.

  46. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 6:49 pm


  47. Alex Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    Most of the attack towards CHRIS come from anger towards SIMON and AI.

    They are pimping to be great when in fact he is a one note wonder.

    Simon hates Taylor.

    SO he is running out of choice for who fits the mould he likes.

    In his eyes , Chris resembles a winner. So he pimps him more.

    He knows if he does n’t do that , Taylor will win( The one he rejected in every chance he got).

    Taylor’s popularity scares him. Why people in the audience booes him every time he opens his mouth against taylor? They know. he is the enemy of TAYLOR.

    Chris is a pawn in power struggle between SIMON and American people.

    SO all the anger turn towards CHRIS.

    I bet it won’t be the end. Even AI admit they edited it out.

    The more simon praises Chris about being original, The more people get angry on CHRIS.

    He can’t win.

    Simon destroyed chris. Not america. simon invited anger towards chris by promoting average CHRIS.

    Chris is not bad but at the same time he is not great.

    Chris get Light show every time and make it look like rock concert. Judges forgot this is singing competition and simons says that to taylor and tells Chris , your vocals are bad but thats ok.

    If this is n’t pimping , what it is?

    Even if chris wins , there will be many people angry at him forever for not being honest. He can’t say he can’t control the judges comment. His integrity at stake.
    It is no longer just AI. It is about moral values.

    Also he has to follow the rules and play a non rock song. he has to prove he is allround singer. I know lots of rockstart who has more range than Chris one note wonder.

  48. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    I think it’s important to be honest about the situation regarding Chris, and not let it be simply about whether we like him or not. We still don’t know for certain if he gave due credit to Live for the rendition in question. If he didn’t, he should have mentioned that the version he was about to perform was inspired by them. Once that was in place, he was then free to give it his best shot, which I believe he certainly did. Even though his rendition was modeled after Live’s version, there was plenty of Chris in it, and was in no way a simple carbon copy. Many have gone as far as to say that they liked Chris’ version even better, as did I. Hats off to live for recording their rendition. But Chris offered no less of a variation on it than anyone else in the competition has in whatever they have sung thus far. Again, Chris still had to pull off the vocal, and I believe he certainly did. He didn’t lip-synch Live’s version. Credit was certainly due Live. But we still can’t say for sure that it wasn’t given. And after his performance he couldn’t keep interrupting the judges by saying, “Oh, but it’s Live’s originality you should be complementing”. As true as that is to a great extent, it just was no longer the place to make an issue of it. Some reports say he did credit them. So the issue is not whether or not we like Chris. It’s more a matter of whether or not he really did anything wrong. If he didn’t (IF he didn’t) acknowledge Live, then that was incorrect. But did he sing the rendition to the best of his ability, and do so with great competence? I really believe he did. There are more than a few who have heard Live’s version, who prefer Chris’performance instead. With all due respect, I believe that should speak for itself.

  49. Deanna Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Chris wasnt the only one to not sing an original version…I loved his performance…He credited RHCP and he probably credited Live but that got cut…

  50. brianne Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 1:13 am

    Really, “walk The Line” is still a Johnny Cash song,afterall. Live just did their own interpretation of Cash’s song and Chris did his interpretation of their version of Cash’s song, but it is still a Johnny Cash song, so technically,it’s not really fair to accuse Chris for ripping off of Live because he covered their cover. I mean, if it was “original song” night and he tried to pass off a lesser known ORIGINAL LIVE SONG as his own ,then i’d understand all the hype. But it is not a Live song and i doubt they even really have any rights to it. Songs usually “belong” to the songwriter, so it’s most likely they had to pay royalties to Johnny Cash for doing HIS song. And besides,look how many established “artists” just cover other people’s songs. And sometimes, they make them original (Marilyn Manson’s version of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”,for instance), but most of the time, they just sound like copies. And look how many times songs like “Drift Away” have been covered by EVERYONE, to the point where people almost don’t even know who the original singer/songwriter was. And that’s “real singers” who should be writing their own original songs, which i’m sure Chris would if he had the chance to because he’s been doing it for YEARS.But he is on a cover show, so if he wants to do the version of a cover he likes better, i say more power to him. Go Chris!

  51. evelyn Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 2:59 am

    ok so what if live did a version of the walk the line they must not have done a good job or it would have been a hit song. i do believe chris should record and make that song a hit lets see who sells more live or chris.

  52. Tombraider Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 3:50 am

    I am 54 years old and love Rock. I served in Viet Nam listening to Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Montrose, Triumph, and so many more. I have been listening to all types of genre ever since, and I got hooked last year on Idol, because of Bo Bice; is is one of the most down to earth gentlemen on the face of the earth. I came out a big time fan of Chris this year, and I work ministering to youth who have alcohol and serious drug problems. You see in AA you have to face the truth; in fact that is the cornerstone of every twelve step group.

    You can not make a mistake and then just run from it or cover it up. Young people compete the best they know how on American Idol. Last time, Chris said, I am going to take Stevie’s Higher Ground, along with RHCP’s version and make it work — IT WAS AWESOME. It would have taken a few seconds for him to say, I am going to do Johhny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”, with Live’s take on that song and make it my version for American Idol. Something that important does not stay on the editing floor unless everyone is on drugs of some kind. When we use cd’s we must have bought them, give credit to the artist and label; as it is their work. I am so sad that about a third of Chris’ feedback is from upset fans on his own sight, and third made up of his fans trying to say it is alright to steal from another artist. Chris would not have had a song to keep him in his comfort zone, had it not been for the artist genius of Cash and Live period. He has went from a rocker in my book; to the cover artist and posser known as Chris Daughtry. Perhaps this is all an atempt to get out of Idol to take the job with Fuel; whatever reason, I was taught if you start something finish it. And, no matter what do it honestly, because when you don’t, you could lose the things that you love.

    I have peace in my heart for Chris because I forgive him, but I will not vote for him again clear and simple.

  53. Chris Daughtry Fans Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 4:00 am

    Chris is true to any music and even if it seemed as if he copied Live, he still sang it better and more his way.

  54. GOD HELP THEM Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 4:17 am


  55. Anonymous Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 10:06 am

    Honesty is the best policy. Everyone needs to look at this situation from the other contestants view point. Would the Chris fans like it if one of the other contestants had done this?

  56. Rico Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    Here’s the one thing most people are missing, watch the clip again. Barry says “I had never heard this rendition before”. He did not say “Chris’s version” which tells me Chris was pretty upfront with Barry. Unlike the previous week, it was edited out. You can’t blame the dude becuase the judges were not familiar with the Live version. What is he supposed to do, interupt the judges. Face it, he had never seen the opening clip, had no idea it was edited that way and honestly, before going onstage infront of the whole country, he was probably to jacked up to notice. Deal with it.

  57. diamond Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    You know it is really sad to see so many judgmental attitudes but I’m especially sad to have read the comment from the 54 year old who is ministering to youth. As I’ve said so many times before, the truth behind this entire mess with Chris is unknown. I have just recently heard that there indeed was a credit given to LIVE and it was cut. But even before this news it was just so disheartening to watch people believe the worse without a stream of fact to support them. Evelyn, I applaud you for what you are doing in ministering to youth but I am concerned about your judgmental comments. To face reality and be honest in all you do is indeed the noble and only way to live. But your comparison… There is a definite difference. Your youth were given the opportunity to defend themselves even if their denials were lies. Those falsities were then addressed by yourself and their alcohol and drug abuse problems proven before were they not? The media and definitely not the public audience that have labeled Chris a ‘thief’ do not have this proof, and to base rather you will support someone on the basis of an ‘assumption’ is not by any means the correct thing to do. For this reason, I will and can only base my support for this obviously talented youngman on what I know and have seen of him thus far and that is that he is a very humble and sweet person who loves his wife and his family and who seems to have loads of integrity. He has been part of a band, has written and arranged his own music and to believe that he wouldn’t have established a muscians integrity just is a bit far-fetched to me. Had he been trying to deceive the public audience then why wouldn’t he have started this deception the night he sang RHCP’s version of ‘Higher Ground’? I just don’t see it. It just makes no logical sense.
    I personally believe that another problem is that everyone is reading way too much into the comment of ‘originality’. Since Season 2 I’ve heard this term used on various idol candidates and never has it been blown so completely out of context. It’s all in the interpretation and mine is – and I assumed everyone elses’ was too but I guess I wrong – that Chris put his own spin (no matter how subtle to some of you) on the song which he did. He did ‘MAKE IT HIS OWN’ by putting his own flavor into it. I don’t for an instant believe that the term was dubbing Chris as the arranger of this version of the song.
    As for interrupting a live show to correct the judges, I say three things:

    1. If Chris took the comments as I did, he wouldn’t have thought it was necessary to such a thing. He wouldn’t have taken it as they were giving him original credit for the versiion of the song.

    2. If credit had been given and was edited out, he wouldn’t of been aware of it until the show was actually airing. Which leads me into number three

    3. It seems that everyone is forgetting that this is a television show and each of these idols are ‘under contract’ with the show which in reality makes them their puppets. Sad but true. Even if Chris wanted to come out and clear up this whole mess, it would have to be approved by the television idiots. I’ve worked on shows like this so it’s knowledge not assumption on my part.

    Give the guy a break. I honestly hope he’ll figure someway to clear this up so he and his family (who are suffering because of this) can find some peace.

  58. Anonymous Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    Again, it is at least curious that the band was able to play behind Chris with an accompaniment much like the music from Live’s version. One would have to ask how the band was able to do that. It didn’t just happen by chance. It seems this version had to be known about ahead of time. Then Chris used this version, adding his own personality in places where it really counted.

  59. MaryS-NJ Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    “Most of the attack towards CHRIS come from anger towards SIMON and AI.”

    I think that’s a big part of it. It wouldn’t surprise me if the reference to LIVE’s arrangement was cut because the lead singer of LIVE apparently has said publicly that he hates American Idol, and I think it would be unlikely that LIVE would give permission for their arrangement to be used.

    The problem is, even if this is a gray area from a copyright perspective, it leaves Chris hanging out there possibly to cover the AI producers’ butts. IF it’s true that Chris credited LIVE but that was edited out, then the producers MUST own up to it.

    I’m curious to see what happens this week. I can think of several possibilities:

    1) AI confirms that it was due to bad editing and apologize to Chris and the American public. This would be best for everyone, but it will make the producers look manipulative and the judges stupid.

    2) AI (and Chris) say nothing hoping it will blow over. But this will leave lingering doubts about Chris to some viewers.

    3) Take the “look over there!” approach …make a small dismissive comment about the contraversy then try to deflect attention elsewhere. They could make fun of Paula’s bizarro comments and behavior, Kellie’s “ballsy” comments or feign Shock! at Taylor’s visit to the Playboy Mansion to attend that charity function last week.

    I think the latter is most likely because AI can wiggle out of any blame, keep the “drama” between the judges, and make the other front runners look bad in comparison to Chris, a win-win for the producers.

    Not that I’m cynical or anything… [/sarcasm]

  60. John Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    Chris can’t blame it on AI editing and escape. Because he was standing infront of judges without saying anything when judges praised him about his originality.

    And he did n’t even open his mouth when he was talking to ryan.

    Chris may be fan of LIVE. In this case he was intend on taking credit for the way he sang. That is a vottom line. What made him think he is original?. A week before when he copied not by note of RHCP rendition , judges parised him original.

    he is just get used to pimping.

  61. brianne Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Well,hopefully,everyone’s happy now that Ryan cleared up the “controversy” and Simon changed his mind about respecting him because of his unwillingness to “compromise”, but now he wants him to. Now he knows exactly what “everyone” thinks of him. Really,though, i think he’s too cool to be on this over-hyped Karaoke contest, especially after his AWESOME performance tonight. Chris ROCKS, that’s all there is to it. It’s just too bad he didn’t wait until the next season of Rock Star,though, because then he’d get praised for always rockin’ out and could’ve ended up in a band with freakin’ Tommy Lee and Jason Newsted, which i honestly think he would’ve fit right into:(. But,oh well,his own band,Absent Element is freakin’ awesome (I’m listening to them right now), so hopefully, this show will give him the exposure he needs to get them signed. He would be better off making it on his own,anyway,though. And,then,in a way,the “controversy” could actually help him more than hurt him (look what it did for JD Fortune).Plus,it’ll give him more credit in the Hard rock world,which is where he really belongs.

    But,anyway, Chris,i say just keep doing what you’re doing–never compromise–because it’s better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you’re not and your REAL fans love you for who you are. And if the AI producers/judges can’t,you’re better off without them. Still wish you the best,though,because it would be really nice to actually see somebody i like win, especially by staying true to who they are and getting support from their real fans. But if you don’t win,don’t fret because it’s not the end of the road. I think your journey has really only just begun.

  62. Anonymous Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    At this point the controversy is a non-issue. Ryan was able to get the situation out in the open, and Chris acknowledged that it was Live’s version…no more mystery. Now the competition has to go forward. I don’t know if he helped his cause tonight with the Creed song. Strangely enough, someone had some suggestions on the internet for all the contestants as to what they should and shouldn’t sing tonight. For Chris, the comment was that he shouldn’t sing anything by Creed. We’ll see tomorrow how America voted.

  63. brianne Says:
    March 29th, 2006 at 12:43 am

    Well, i personally thought Chris ROCKED last night. But it was a tad intense for the average American Idol viewer (maybe a bit scary for some), so i guess we’ll see tonight just how many Metalheads (like me) have been converted into AI fans and vice-versa.

  64. Nodnard Says:
    April 4th, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    All you people who hate Chris are a bunch of whining babies! Let him be and do his thing. He did a Johnny Cash song. It was Johnny’s song so it deserves to be labeled Johnny Cash’s song. Not live’s. They are all doing other artists songs. Nobody is claiming that he created the version. Oh yeah, Chris is gonna win AI,and by slight chance he does not. You’ll hear more from him anyway. L8

  65. kim Says:
    April 17th, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    those of you Chris haters, you are wrong about Chris, he`s going to be the next American Idol! some of you dislike him, but there`s millions more who love him and are voting!

  66. Preston Says:
    May 11th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    All of you are so off base with this. Yes, they are ALL covering songs. But what Chris is doing is a copout. Stevie might have done “Higher Ground” before the Chili Peppers, but it was STEVIE WONDER week, not the Chili Peppers (like that would ever happen.) Doing a version of “I Walk the Line” by the band Live during 50′s week is a copout – I wasn’t alive in the 50′s but I’m pretty sure Live was not around. Oh, and he was plain AWFUL when he did “Broken,” “What If”, during country week, and his last week on the show. The first song was so dull and boring, and his voice sounded terrible in the second song. But I think the real reason Chris got kicked off is his attitude. He became arrogant – if the judges criticized him in any way, you could see ANGER in his face. He became cocky – his little thing about “boxer briefs?” C’mon… Dude, if you want to be a heartthrob, you can’t act like you know you’re one. Lastly, and most importantly – all Chris does is cover songs, and he’s great at that. His voice is very nice and pleasant to hear. Chris’s only chance of success is to take up Fuel on their offer. Anyone that has heard any of his songs with Absent Element would agree – his voice is great, but it needs to be singing a song people know.

  67. Mark Says:
    May 15th, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    The reason for Chris getting voted off and not being liked is the fact that metal heads and rockers dont vote. He could easily be in a metal or hard rock band. But people (not me) dont like his style. I personally wanted him or Taylor to win. But Chris deserves to be givin another chance. Katherine cant sing her songs and forgets the words. Ha Ha shes so bad and guilty!

  68. Johnny Says:
    February 9th, 2007 at 12:06 am

    If he would have said he based it on Lives version he would have been DQed


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