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Early Buzz Highlights from last night’s Imagine:
6:29 Archie gets situated at the piano and looks a little nervous, but still gives a quick wave to the audience.
6:31 The sway-bots kick into gear almost the second David launches into John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which was one of his defining moments while competing on “Idol.”
6:32 Casey’s mouth is agape in awe of all that is Archuleta. He’s also the first to give the Season 7 runner-up a standing ovation.
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Seated quietly at the piano, he performed another inspiring version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, once again reminding all of us that he is a force to be reckoned with. The sophistication and poise he brings to this performance is pretty amazing. How he is able to pack so much into one song and yet make it sound flawless and effortless is beyond me. He is truly a rare and precious gem in the musical world.
Great comment from MindyM: “…But hearing him tonight, the nation got a chance to once again see the magic that only this young man can conjure up. It’s like lightning in a bottle. Hold on to it, hold on fast and hard, because you may never see anything like it again.”
David Archuleta delivered a piano-led encore of his rendition of “Imagine,” this time including the lyrics “Imagine there’s no heaven” that he cleverly skipped when in competition. It was good and the best guest performance of the night. Has he dyed his hair?
With this comment from LK10: “David has sung the full version of Imagine many times. Don’t worry. He still believes in Heaven and Hell. BTW, his hair has always been super black.He is half Hispanic. His mother is Honduran. He just grew his hair out more recently.”
David Archuleta, with two more years under his belt, sounded better and far more mature revisiting “Imagine.”
Interesting comments from non-Archies:
Highlander: “Archie, in honor of Lennon/McCartney week, was channeling an early Beatles era haircut.”
and Mike $: “Archie sounded a million times better than he ever did on the show. His voice is maturing nicely, and a lot of the nasally whiney crybaby stuff is thankfully gone from it. I hate the assinine communist message that Imagine has, but the melody is beautiful and Archie sang it wonderfully.”
It was great to hear David Archuleta to sing “Imagine” again. Archie’s 2007 interpretation of the John Lennon classic will always be one of the most memorable Idol performances — ever. Man, that still gives me goose bumps.
Comment from Melanie: “Best part of the show was David Archuleta! The hair(beatle style ) and the piano he has such a great sense of what to do to honor the night. What a class act in every way not to mention THE VOICE!”
First up is Li’l David, the diminutive crooner who shot to fame during season seven, powered by a froggy voice, a poised performance style and a face that seems tailor-made for grandmas to pinch. (He made a Christmas album, for crying out loud.) He makes his first appearance this season during Wednesday night’s broadcast. More on that in a moment….
REMAINS OF THE DAVID
I’m pleased as punch to see David Archuleta return to the “Idol” stage, and I’m as fond as everyone else of his famed, much-lauded interpretation of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” But I’m still a little disappointed when I realize he’s about to play it again.
I’ve seen this on “Idol” already. Twice. The only thing different this time is his Ken doll haircut.
As expected, it’s a superlative performance. Eyes glisten. Children of all shapes, sizes, colors and ice cream preferences join hands and dance. Angels cry. Michele Bachmann and Nancy Pelosi hug and give each other pedicures. It’s all very touching.
In all seriousness, though, David’s voice — which was pretty darned good when he was on the show two years ago — sounds clearer and more striking than ever. Stardom has been very good to him.
And he still gets tongue-tied during his interview with Seacrest. It’s just like old times.
Loved this comment from Matthew: “David Archuleta is back with more mature look and skills. This time on piano, he reminded me why he was called ‘the chosen one’ two years ago. His vocal quality, technique and emotional connection to the lyrics are in his own league. American Idol should be very proud of finding this talent who doesn’t get swayed by popularity and the music trend that sells sex and shock factors.”
Remember back in Season 7? When there were actual “moments” on the Idol stage? David Archuleta came back to remind us. On the piano, Archie reprised his performance of “Imagine.” Oh, the good-ole-days of American Idol. I’m wistful. And he is still just so adorable.
Comment from griff: The highlight of the night was David Archuleta. Pure and simple. He’s a true artist.
But the contestants got a dose of undeniable talent when Rihanna and Idol alum David Archuleta paid the show a visit. Archie, who now looks older and huskier at age 19, performed a smooth rendition of “Imagine,” and has seemingly ditched his habit of licking his lips between each note. Apparently, Tim Urban whispered to Lee DeWyze, saying “He’s really good.”
On to the next performance of the night, and it is none other than the Nugget of the Decade, David Archuleta. WittleDavid is looking older, though he is still Keebler Elf height. He’s singing Imagine, for obvious reasons, and of course sounds amazing. I wish you were on the show this year, nugget. Aaron Kelly needs to take notes. After chattingwith Ryan and aw shucks-ing us for a few minutes, David gives the contestants a thumbs up (aw) and heads off.
EW’s Michael Slezak (for reals, you are not seeing things!)
I don’t think the season 7 runner-up missed a single note tonight while sitting at the piano and delivering a tender, haunting ”Imagine.” Still, why did the producers have young Archie repeat the seminal performance he gave back in the season 7 semifinals? Why not let the kid trying something different? I did enjoy the way the SwayBots malfunctioned during the performance — falling out of sync, turning to bizarre stretching and clapping exercises. A-
Comments from non-Archies: From scoop: Loved David Archuletta last night. I’ve always enjoyed his unique sound and was surprised how much more mature sounding he has become. Two years can do a lot for a young person. Maybe the age limit should be raised to 18. Who knows what Aaron Kelly will sound like 2 years from now. In my opinion, there’s still no comparison between the two, but I think Aaron may surprise us a few years from now.
From Cat: David Archuleta was an absolute joy to listen to and I’m glad they had him reprise “Imagine”. Somehow along the way his voice has gotten even better. He’s also become quite a handsome young man.
And from our very own SnowAngelz:
abanana77: I also loved the piano accompaniment! Like when I first saw the piano I almost died of shock/nerves because it really surprixed me and I had not prepared myself for the possibility that he would play the piano. BUT afterwards (after I had ressurected myself from the floor in front of the TV) I think it was really smart because it also made it different from his first 2 performances of the song.
Zoe: WAY TO GO DAVID!!!! You NAILED that performance!! Even have the Beatles haircut going on there, haha. Piano chops for the win!! So very proud of our guy!!!!!
Ninaf: Hi All, stopping by to say 1 thing: THE PERFORMANCE WAS PERFECTION!!
Happy: ….”take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night, and pay no worship to the garish sun..” (I can’t help it….. when I get all giddy I like to quote Shakespeare… ) … the boy done good!
Refnaf: Flawless…. what a joy to see him sing again!! … I heard that he was not wearing socks!!!…must watch again
Betsy: Can’t believe he reinvented Imagine again. Loved that his hands were on the giant screen behind him for the majority of the performance. AI getting a little artistic. Or maybe just a rogue cameraperson!
TOfan: I’ve just rewatched, ahem, a couple of times and I think what strikes me most is how much he made Imagine his very own tonight. The first version, though stunning, did remind me a little of Eva Cassidy’s … this was David all David and nothing but David in all his glory. And how smart and wise and BRAVE to accompany himself on piano on such a big night. And how he sacrificed some of his own volume to turn and connect with the crowd. Love, love, LOVE him.
Beebee: A link to download A NICE, JUICY, BIIIG HD mp4 of David’s magnificent “Imagine” from last night….JUST in case you want (neeeeeeeed) it. You all may already have nabbed this, but just in case you hadn’t, here ’tis: DOWNLOAD mp4 HERE
I had high expectations for last night’s performance.
And I even had the opportunity to see David perform during his Christmas tour and know the progress he’s made since AI.
Silly me. Oh, yeah, the hair, the clothes, all the outer package, is, of course, vitally important for the visual as a performing artist. It’s fun to watch the banter going on about the hair—best I heard was he looked like Zachary Quinto (not a bad comparison, that.) Cutest comment was from a teen who said he went from looking like a square to a “V” in body type. LOL.
But it was the depth and breath of his vocals, the exquisite tenderness of his melodic line and phrasing, the sophistication of a singer/musician proclaimed loud and clear with him at the piano that I hadn’t anticipated.
And that grand piano at his sole direction bringing forth his music to underscore the subtleties of his voice and the story he was telling. Well, that my friends, was beyond my imagination.
Organic, yes. It is as if, with this performance, I see for the first time the direction David has chosen for his music. I felt like his personality, his dreams, his emotions were set out deliberately for all of us to hear, to see, to share.
It was indeed a cover of a “sacred” John Lennon song. An anthem. And, in that performance David paid homage to the great John Lennon, a tribute, as Jive tweeted yesterday. And a gift to his fans and an eye opener for anyone first hearing him sing or hearing him again after AI two years ago.
I know it is just one performance, one step, but for me it was a giant leap in many aspects, and, amazing that I say that because I am a fan.
I await his album and the direction he has taken to show us who he is, his music, his message.
And from Twitter:
From L.A. Times’ Richard Rushfield:
@richardrushfield: Just chatted w @davidarchie post show. Damnit I love that kid. Still the best
From AI8’s @AlIisonIraheta:
David Archuleta’s new hair is sooo hot! even the Chinese boys look at it and say “Dayyyyuuuummmm!”
@joejonas: Must say.. David Archuleta did a great job on American Idol tonight.
From IDF (via Archuleta Phillipines)
viking80: David is just that good. and these are not just words or sentiments from invested fans. he is one of the most naturally gifted singers i’ve ever heard. his is not a talent that must come with the razzle dazzle, strobe lights, smoke and mirror affectations many singers must rely on in order to distract you from the fact that they cannot sing. he is a stark reminder in today’s music scene that the art of singing is alive and well and on its way back. pop music has been dumbed down so much in the last few years that people i think are forgetting what a genuine singer sounds like – and david is a genuine singer. autotune and lip synch are tantamount to blasphemy when used in conjunction with him. his aol sessions were equally superb, and had many asking the same thing, lol… dude is just a stone singer.