For two straight weeks, the American Idol judges have lavished praise on Chris Daughtry for turning old standards into current-sounding songs. Last week, it was Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" that Randy Jackson said Chris "made it your own". This week, his "originality" and creative genius was lauded by the judges after his modern version of Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line".
Chris is not making songs his own. He's doing covers of covers. His "Higher Ground" was a copy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' version done in the late 80's. His oh-so-original "I Walk The Line" was previously arranged, performed and recorded by Live on their Awake: The Best of Live CD.
I'm not saying that Chris is taking credit for these arrangements. For all we know, he mentioned that in his interview, but it ended up on the cutting room floor. But I think the producers and judges are definitely trying to make it appear as if Chris is a musical genius who can make any song his own. He is undeniably The Chosen One. He is the one who gets the light shows, the fog, the pimp spots. He is the one they showed playing his guitar in the pimp-mercial last week. And as much as I understand that it's good that Chris is sticking to what he does because in the real world, he's never going to have to sing a Broadway tune or a 50's tune, he is taking the fun out of the theme nights by doing the same style every week. It's getting boring. If they have another Broadway night (which they probably won't because there really aren't any 90's band rock covers of Broadway tunes that Chris can borrow), don't be surprised to see Chris doing something like "We Will Rock You" from the similarly-titled musical. Meanwhile, the Un-Chosen One, Bo Bice, had to sing "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin last year.