March 11, 2008 08:16 PM by Joe Reality
During the American Idol semifinalists rounds, the judges raved over David Archuleta. After Archuleta sang “Imagine,” Randy Jackson called it one of the best vocals ever on Idol, Paula Abdul wanted to squeeze his head off and dangle him from her car rear view mirror, and Simon Cowell crowned him as the one to beat
It wasn’t only the judgeswho were singing David Archuleta’s praises. Many in the media also anointed Archuleta as the virtually guaranteed ultimate winner of American Idol 7. With such a stellar performance of “Imagine,” most were likely expecting another homerun for Archuleta during Beatles theme week.
However, during the American Idol top twelve performance show, the golden boy’s nerves got the better of him. With the highly prized final performance slot waiting for him, it looked like David Archuleta was set up for another knock out performance. Viewers at home were likely already anticipating Randy yelling “Dawg,” Paula exclaiming “You’re a star,” and Simon Cowell telling the other contestants they might as well pack it up and go home.
However, this time David Archuleta didn’t deliver. And we’re not talking just a couple slight pitch problems like last week, but possibly one of the worst performances in Idol finalist history. During his performance of “We Can Work It Out,” David Archuleta forgot the words to the song on multiple occasions and his vocals fell flat.
Instead of raving over the golden boy, the American Idol judges were not kind. Randy Jackson said it wasn’t on point, felt forced, and didn’t work for him. Paula Abdul said it wasn’t David’s best week and pointed out that he forgot the lyrics. Simon Cowell summed it up best by calling it “a mess.”
Could David Archuleta’s flub lead to one of the most shocking eliminations in American Idol history? Based on his incredible previous performances, it would be a real loss for the American Idol 7 competition if Archuleta was the first finalist to go home. Fortunately for Archuleta, he also had plenty of company in mangling the Beatles. Hopefully, viewers will take into consideration all of his performances to date and keep him around, but on Idol anything can happen.
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