What’s wrong with the American Idol kids these days? If American Idol Season One crooner Justin Guarini was offered a position in Boyz II Men, do you think he would have turned it down? (For what it’s worth, I don’t think Guarini would have turned down a spot in All 4 One)
The answer is no; and that’s why the situation surrounding American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry is so puzzling. Daughtry was the fourth to last contestant to get knocked off (I think; I never really watch American Idol). He was the Idol who sang the a cover of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”; only it was revealed that the cover was exactly the same as a version performed by the band Live (thus, a cover of a cover – a huge faux pas in the world of rock n’ roll). And then, for some inexplicable reason, Live actually performed on American Idol with the prematurely bald singer (ruining my opinion of them forever; I loved the record “Throwing Copper”).
So where does that leaves us?
The band Fuel (“Shimmer” and “Hemorrhage in My Hand” are the hits you would know; if you pay attention to fake grunge, modern rock radio these days) actually offered Chris Daughtry the spot as lead singer (who knew they lost their original singer?). They did this after seeing Daughtry cover one of their hits on American Idol. Daughtry turned them down.
This brings up a bunch of different issues; I don’t even know where to start. First off, why the hell would Daughtry turn this offer down (to be exact, he said that he appreciated the offer but he would be pursuing other options). I mean, this is fucking crazy. You weren’t even in the final three of American Idol, and you’ve got the balls to turn down a gig like fronting Fuel.
Who the fuck do you think you are, Chris Daughtry? Unless you imagine yourself singing in a karaoke cover band for a quarter of the door at some shitty Midwestern bar, why wouldn’t you take this gig? Fuel isn’t even that bad of a band. They actually have an established audience (I actually own their debut album Sunburn; don’t tell anyone that, please). That would have been a pretty good gig for the guy who finished 5th on American Idol.
And, on that same note, what the hell were the guys in Fuel thinking? I don’t know what led to them getting rid of their original singer (shit, he may have died for all I know), but scraping the bottom of the American Idol barrel? Please guys, get a clue.
We’ll have to see how this all works out, but I can’t see it turning it out well for either party (maybe, in that respect, it was a blessing in disguise).