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TV Review: American Idol – Covais Gone, Inflated Praise for Daughtry

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Last night Kevin Covais was ousted from American Idol. This kid had to go. I understand that his high school is almost finished preparing for their spring musical, Little Shop of Horrors, and they need Kevin to go there and pretend he isn’t a loser while getting chomped on by a muppet plant.

Alright, I know that is a little bit harsh, but come on. This kid skated by on the novelty factor for too many weeks now. He just isn’t a polished singer and he lisps when he sings. The good news is that he is 16 and has the chance to figure out some things in the coming years. I am betting that once his 15 minutes runs out he will get sad and brooding for a while and start listening to rock music. A better thing couldn’t possibly happen to this kid. Listen to some good tunes, learn to play an instrument, and give it a real shot.

Seriously, could any of you imagine what this kid’s first album would have been like? No? Well then he isn’t a possibility to be a winner on the show.

Now, on to Chris Daughtry. I still think he is the best singer this season, but we need to get someone with some musical knowledge on this show. Randy Jackson, Simon, and of course, Paula, all got fooled this week by Chris Daughtry. They were flinging compliments around like he had just re-written “Stairway to Freaking Heaven”. Hasn’t anyone else in this world heard of the band Live with albums like Mental Jewelry, Throwing Copper, and Secret Samadhi? They already re-wrote “I Walk the Line” in the alternative rock way that Chris Daughtry performed the song. So, while I think Chris did a good job, let’s not get too crazy here. He was covering a cover version of the song just like he did last week with “Higher Ground.”

And honestly, doesn’t it bother anyone else that he was a fan of “Higher Ground” and didn’t know that the Red Hot Chili Peppers borrowed that song from Stevie Wonder?

I still think Chris is going to win, but if everyone would wake up a little bit, I would appreciate it. He is by far the best American Idol contestant this season, but he isn’t even close to displaying the kind of musicianship that many of the great band leaders in this country show on a daily basis. Lots of bands do cover songs every year and they do amazing things with them. Chris hasn’t done anything but cover the cover versions of songs that are already out there.

Good? Yes. Groundbreaking? Not a chance.

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  • sal m

    i agree with your evaluation of chris, but disagree with your call about him winning…he’s a bit one dimensional, and i’m not sure he appeals to a broad enough group.

    he’s not that original and he’s not all that interesting to watch as a performer.

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    the judges seem to love chris for the “knows who he is factor”.

    trouble is, knowing that you like to sing every song as if Nickelback wrote it might not get you through to the end.

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Yeah, I know who Chris is: a person who rips off the work of others and doesn’t bother to give them credit. He’ll probably win, because this is America, but god, I hope not.

    Every AI season I’ve watched has ended up disappointing me – a point comes along where the show becomes almost completely unenjoyable. Last year, Bo Bice was the one who kept my interest. This year, it’s Taylor (along with a couple of others). The rest – and hearing what mainstreamers have to say about it (as happens each season) – just depresses the hell out of me. I’ll probably watch for as long as Taylor is on, but that’s about it.

  • http://counter-point.blogspot.com Scott

    Mark my words…Chris won’t win.

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    I pray you are correct, Mr. Saleski, but based on what?

  • Arch Conservative

    Has anyone seen the sex tape of Kevin Covais and Katharine Mcphee that is rumored to be circulating ont he internet?

  • http://counter-point.blogspot.com Scott

    oooo. Sounds hot.

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Not. I’ll pass.

  • http://counter-point.blogspot.com Scott

    Oh, come on. Katharine McPhee man! Yowza!

  • Rich

    I deeply thank you for writing this article. I have been fighting with my cohorts for weeks on end debating this EXACT thought about Chris. His chance of winning is high, and if he won I wouldn’t be disappointed. But let’s not get out of hand here – he’s still a cover singer and isn’t doing anything to “make the song his own” here. He’s doing Nickleback covers of Chili Pepper covers of Stevie Wonder. Puh-Leaze. He can fool them but he can’t fool us!!!!

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    Yes Rich! Exactly what I was saying. I don’t dislike Chris in any way, but I get a little bit crazy when they start praising a singer as an artist before he has proven that he is an artist.

  • Rene

    Let’s hear people weigh in on the totally fake Kellie Pickler. She’s about as genuine as the color of her hair. Talk about someone who shouldn’t win.

  • ANNA

    THIS SITE IS STUPID!!! AND WHOEVER WROTE THAT ABOUT KEVIN HAS NO COMMON SENSE WHATSOEVER!!! HE IS A REALLY TALENTED LITTLE GUY!! YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THAT! HE IS ONLY SIXTEEN HE STILL HAS ROOM TO GET BETTER! AND FOR A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD I SAY HE HAS THE BEST VOICE IVE HEARD!! BUCKY AND LISA ARE WORSE THAN HIM!!!

  • Ty

    Anyone else STILL FURIOUS THAT AMERICAN IDOL WON’T ALLOW THE LOSER EACH WEEK TO SING THE SONG THEY WANT TO SING INSTEAD OF LAST NIGHT’S SONG???????

    Every single week of AI since AI season ONE I have been hoping for this, but we never get it.

    When Kevin was voted off, I would have LOVED to see him sing “If I ever fall in love again” by Shai…the clips we saw of him singing this in Hollywood week were fantastic.

    Why can’t AI cast-offs get the PROPER send off??????

  • Ty

    “Randy Jackson, Simon, and of course, Paula, all got fooled this week by Chris Daughtry.”

    Actually, I think they know (at least Randy who works with more alternative types than Simon Cowell who I suspect doesn’t do much in the industry considering he makes $30mil A YEAR from AI and produced that American Inventor show)

    and if they didn’t like him, they would have pointed it out. Since they like him and are trying to set up a Paris vs. Chris final (I would rather see Taylor vs. Chris), they are going let these things slip.