Sunday, April 3, 2011

American Idol Faceoff: Who Sang It Better? (Top 11 Redux Edition)

This week, they performed songs of Elton John - a theme that was last tackled on Season 3. It's interesting how less than half of them covered songs that were previously done on the show compared to the 10/11 overdone performances from last week's Motown.

Oh, and notice how one song got covered so many times - currently the most covered song on American Idol history along with Against All Odds - that 4 of them went on to become JUST runners-up on their respective seasons, one 3rd placer and the other one got eliminated on a Top 13 season. Cursed song? Let's see the fate of the contestant who covered it this season.

Again, this is just for fun, that's why I'm making things here interactive!

American Idol Faceoff - Top 11 Edition after the jump!

click on the names to watch their performances

I'm Still Standing
Diana DeGarmo (Season 3)
Naima Adedapo (Season 10)




Tiny Dancer
Jon Peter Lewis (Season 3)
Stefano Langone (Season 10)




Rocket Man
Jon Peter Lewis (Season 3)
Paul McDonald (Season 10)




Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Von Smith (Season 8)
Robbie Rosen (Season 10)
Jacob Lusk (Season 10)




Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Justin Guarini (Season 1)
Clay Aiken (Season 2)
Jasmine Trias (Season 3)
Bo Bice (Season 4)
David Archuleta (Season 7)
Jorge Nunez (Season 8)
Pia Toscano (Season 10)




94 comments:

Anonymous said...

Give me a break! Who is voting for Gaspy Archuletta? Get real!

Anonymous said...

First off, the reason you can hear him breathing is because of his partial vocal paralysis. Second, it's "Archuleta." If you're going to insult someone, at least spell their name right. :)

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta did such a great job on this song!!

Anonymous said...

David is an amazing singer. If he and another person sing the same song, he sings it better. Doesn't matter who it is or what the song is.

Anonymous said...

I got chills when Archuleta got up, came down stairs and proceeded forward. The audience started to get up from the front row. His version was slowly moving toward climax and then BAM! the best version I've ever heard.

Anonymous said...

Funny how those who insult David Archuleta can't help but reveal their own ignorance at the same time. It always makes me happy they aren't a fan.

china80 said...

Just heard all versions once again just to be fair - although I alread knew the answer.

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!!!! DAVID ARCHULETA did an outstanding job with "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"!!

It was filled with emotion and the vocals were exquisite.

Anonymous said...

To the Archuleta hater, are you freaking dyslexic? His name is spelt up on the poll and you go ahead and spell it wrong while you were trying to insult him/his fans. Good job, we need more people like you in the world. /sarcasm
Ps. I'd like to see you do your cover of DLTSGDOM and then we'll see whos being insulted xoxo

Robbie said...

DAM, lagi na lang may fanwar dito kapag tungkol kay Archie. Wahahaha. It's a good thing I'm an Archie fan. :P

Anonymous said...

Clay is better than any other Idol. None of this stupid polls will change that. The sparkling cows always, always vote Clay down, but this won't change the fact that Glambert is still less than platinum after one year and a half of his first CD, when Clay got double platinum in the first month of sales, almost triple platinum over time.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone joke about Archuleta's breathing? It's due to vocal paralysis. Would you make fun of a person's walking if he's in a wheelchair? I think he's done an amazing job compensating for his paralysis.

SherylNotCrow said...

Hands down, David Archuleta did the best job! His voice brings out so much soul and emotion when he performs...I could listen to his music day and night, and never tire of it! Fan for life!!! :)

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta sings better with a vocal chord paralysis than most people do without! Love the way he sang this song!!

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta without a doubt.
Best idol contestant in the history of idol,
as Randy said "the best singer of season 7"

Bookaholic said...

David Archuleta sang it best, no question about it.

I want to like Clay, but I think he over-sings songs, is a bit ott for my taste. David 'lives' a song vocally. He's just 'gone' in the moment, out there in the zone when he sings. He transports you with his music and that exquisite voice. He takes you out of the world for a space of time. It's a unique and memorable experience.

When I first became a fan, I noticed David's heavier than normal breathing due to the paralyzed vocal cord. But then, I decided to 'celebrate' it coz it means that David's alive, in the world and making it a much better place! Now, I don't even hear it. Love D dearly.

Will said...

Voted for Archuleta. :p

Anonymous said...

Clay's performance of Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me during the Wildcard show will go down as one of them most memorable performances of American Idol. The link above doesn't include the judges comments. All of them including Simon were blown away! You can view it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqoKXci7wws

Anonymous said...

I meant to type 'the' most memorable! :)

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta the best.

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows Clay Aiken owns this song. There is clearly some kind of software pumping up the votes for David. He's a nice kid, but nowhere near the talent of Clay. That's just the way it is.

Marylee said...

No comparison on "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me"~ David Archuleta had everyone in the audience mesmerized with his performance. When I play it back on my DVR, I am reminded of the crowd's reaction as he delivered that powerful song~he left his heart on the stage that night & I've noticed he does that every time he performs, having had the privilege of seeing him LIVE many times since Idol.

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta hands down on this song. He blew the audience and the judges away with that song and the others that night as well. I have never heard David sing but one song badly since he was on idol. He just has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.

ArcheyFan said...

David Archuleta is amazing...I love his version of Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me.

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta hands down for me!! He sang that song with such emotion and his vocals are just out of this world! I've had the pleasure of seeing David live in concert and there is nothing like it! He puts his all into each and every performance. There is no one for me who sings live better than David imo!

Anonymous said...

This song is famous on AI because of Clay Aiken. had the pleasure to see him perform alive and his voice is the most beautiful I've ever heard, no comparison to anybody. Clay can win any poll when his fans decide to, and when they are willing to lose nights of sleep to vote, but most of the times they won't do it, it would be crazy and everybody knows that Clay has the best voice of American Idol and one of the best voices in general, very powerful and amazing.

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta has a gift that very few if any...can come close to. His brillance in everything that he sings is just downright mesmerizing!! That performance on Idol of DLTSCDOM will go down as one of his best performances ...ever on AI. It just blew me away...gave me chills and I was left shaking in disbelief of his outstanding performance. !!!

David owns this song now!

Anonymous said...

There is nobody like Clay Aiken, there will never be, no matter how hard American Idol tries find the next Clay year after year, it won't happen. That phenomenom happened only once in the life of American Idol, despite the inevitable comparisons to Clay every season.

Anonymous said...

I gotta give props to the Clay fans, you guys are just as crazy as us Archies you know! Your support of your guy is to be admired! We have a lot in common. I voted for David, but Clay is also outstanding. The fanbases all need to chill, we can love whomever we choose to, and shouldn't insult each other. PEACE.

Anonymous said...

As usual, Archie's fans have found a way to stuff the ballot box. That's a shame. David is a very nice, sweet boy, with a good voice, but there is no way on earth he sings this song or any song better than Clay Aiken. Clay has more power, yet, uses restraint many times, and his tone and range are way above the others. I doesn't mean others don't have talent.

Anonymous said...

David did an amazing rendition of the song!

Anonymous said...

I wish these polls would only let you vote pnly once and there was no way any software could get around it. Otherwise the results are meaningless.

Anonymous said...

This Archuleta fan is only voting once!

Anonymous said...

I voted ONCE for David Archuleta as I don't have any magical software that allows me to stay up and vote all night like apparently Clay's fans can ("when they are willing to lose nights of sleep to vote"). I voted for David because his DLTSGDOM performance moved me in much the same way his "Imagine" did. I find his voice somehow soothing and yet powerful and passionate all at once. Clay is my second choice.
btw, David has over 600,000 followers on Twitter. It only takes a small fraction of his fans to vote ONCE to get his numbers up. I think David, Clay and Adam all have very dedicated and passionate fans and that's great. There's a lot of talent to go around.

gddepadua said...

I like archuleta but seriously, Aiken's version was way better.

Linda said...

David's vocal paralysis is what gives his voice that amazing unique and silky quality. His "Don't Let the Sun Go Down" was an amazing moment on AI.

Anonymous said...

People need to stop getting angry over the fact that David's winning the poll and accept that it's dedicated fans voting, not software. If it would have been anyone else, I would have dared you all to say something. Clay and David both did an amazing job, but whenever I hear Clay's performance I wonder if someone stole away my tear ducts, whereas with David's I remember that they are still there.

Anonymous said...

both of them were good! para walang away! :D

Anonymous said...

If Clay isn't winning it's because his fans aren't voting, not because us David Archuleta fans are using some kind of "magical software". I think everyone has the right to their own opinion so just as I wouldn't diss on Clay to make David's version look better, I expect others to respect the fact that I like David's version better without dissing on him to make Clay's version look better as well.

KietChayrox said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

Anonymous said...

Once the machines kicked in the Gaspy vote went into overkill. This poll is meaningless.

Anonymous said...

Seriously? David A. fans want everyone to believe they aren't using some kind of software or voting nonstop on this poll! You're kidding right? Every poll he is in they do the very same thing. The results are never conclusive because of the spamming. Ask America who they remember singing DLTSGDOM the best and I'm positive it will be Clay Aiken.

Anonymous said...

I'm a David A. fans and I don't have any "kind of software to vote nontop on this poll"! Come on people just vote for your person and quit being so negative!!! David did an incredible job on that song!! Clay also did well and so did Pia but David A. gets my vote(not votes)!!

Anonymous said...

Seriously, I am a David Archuleta fan who has voted one time and one time only for David. I also don't have any kind of magical software that allows me to spam any kind of poll. I respect Clay and his fans, I only wish they could do the same for David and his fans.

Anonymous said...

Clay fans respect David A., but we aren't stupid.

Anonymous said...

I can only vote one time and my vote goes to David Archuleta. His performance of DLTSGDOM was stunning and his vocal was outstanding. When David sing he make me feel what he singing about that is called connecting with his audience. I have been to his live concert many times and will continue to do so. I love David's voice and he connect with every songs he sing with the audience.

katy said...

I like DA & he seems sweet, and maybe 1 or 2 of his fans only voted "once", but someone or two is using machine voting. I have supported him, but hope his fans don't become like the Glamberts who vote against Clay anywhere they find him in a poll (& prob sometimes DA) With Clay they are so certain their guy was slighted by Clay, but never really knew that he was just expressing one opinion one time about one song. But then I guess CA is not allowed to express an opinion. Of course anyone who simulates sex on stage, has a new very "best" friend in Piggy Hilton, & gets drunk making a fool of himself (not the 1st time)is a great role model to worship. And a couple of the most amazing moments on tv were when Clay sang DLTSGD. Watercooler moments, YES.

Anonymous said...

David had by far the best version of DLTSGDOM. I am David's biggest fan EVER but I only voted for him once on this poll. David wouldn't approve of cheating so I wouldnt do it. I think that he can rock any song and everyone was impressed with his version. Nothing but respect for the other artists but DAvid is simply the best.

There is NO excuse to be making fun of David being "gaspy" you can hear breathing because he has a partially paralyzed vocal chord. It is a medical miracle that he can sing at all, especially as beautifully as he does. David accomplishes more with only 1 vocal chord than anyone here can do with two!

Anonymous said...

Funny how Bo Bice surpassed Clay Aiken in the poll. All bark, no bite.

Enough of the this argument, Pia Toscano out sang everyone.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it's not Bo Bice fans that are voting in this poll. Clay fans have been through the AI polls for too long now to know that the numbers are never what they seem. It's all a game to see who can beat him. It's old. Very old.

Pia the best? Now that's funny!

Anonymous said...

Why is it funny? Why do you think Pia's performance is inferior compared to Clay or Archie? It's just as technically outstanding as Clay and as emotional as Archie's. It's like Clay's vocals + Archie's emotions = Pia's performance.

Anonymous said...

Pia's vocals are not even in the same league as Clay and David. Not even close. No one will even remember her in a couple years.

Anonymous said...

While I like Clay Aiken's voice, I voted once for David, whose voice I just love, regardless of breath sounds or not. I listened to Clay sing this song but my complaint with his version is that he sang it while smiling, and I just didn't get it at all. The connection to the song was all wrong.

david1984 said...

I think David has more votes because he has more fanatic fans than Clay which I don't mean I don't like Clay because he was my favorite for any performance before season 7 when David Archuleta appeared.kk..I didn't really notice that he had heavy breathing and still don't..it's not that noticeable I guess...anyways I think Clay and David did an awesome performance of DLTSGD but I loved David's better because it was moving and so beautiful...I bet David sings live way better than the male pop singers out there...I just think he sings better than anyone out there IMO..kk...but I do love his voice so that may be y<3

Anonymous said...

I do think David's version is the best. I also prefer his voice over the others including Clay's, but that is my opinion. We all have our opinions and we are entitled to them. To see a few people on here saying some unkind things about any one is really so silly and very immature. Clay and David are both such talented people. It is too bad it has to become a competition among fan bases and it gets so ugly...really turns me off. All I want to do is give my opinion and I don't care what anyone else thinks/says. David Archuleta sings from his heart!

Angelica said...

I voted once with my magic finger for David Archuleta. I watched the YT version by Clay. David's performance has more emotional power and I love the way he goes into a song and takes you with him. His voice is insanely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

"As usual, Archie's fans have found a way to stuff the ballot box." Hmm okay or Archuleta has a stronger fanbase than Clay. Your statement is ridiculous, please don't comment again. Even better, please leave. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Clay's version had my vote until season 7, David Archuleta made me "feel" the song which blew me away then and still does.

I've voted one and am really surprised the the Clay fan's comments, to say the David fans intentionally come to these polls to vote against Clay is absurd. I vote for David to support "him", he not only has over 600,000 followers on twitter he also has over 1.5 mil friends on Facebook, no machines or magic at work here just us Archie's supporting our idol, David Archuleta!!!!

Bookaholic said...

David wins most polls coz he's fantastic and has a huge, dedicated fan base.

Take me, for example. I had gotten kind of turned off to popular music, had stopped listening to it and stopped going to concerts for some years. David made me love it, again. I've seen him sing twelve times in five states thus far--and have airline tickets to see him again in July.

I went to Salt Lake City this past December when David sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at their Christmas program. There were several fan get-togethers. At the Thai luncheon, there were people from TWENTY-SIX states and several foreign countries. I doubt people fly from all over the country, all over the world to see Clay. I've met David fans from Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, etc. It happens everywhere I go to see David. People show up from Texas, New York, California, everywhere. I don't think that is a common occurence.

You can downplay David's votes all you want, but the fact is, like it or not, David has a ton of dedicated fans. That is where his votes are coming from--the large number of supporters--not some weird computer program.

David may not be your cup of tea, but he's OURS and we love him.

Anonymous said...

For someone who said "Everyone knows Clay Aiken owns the song " 1- Elton owns the song , Clay just sang it, 2- David did great job.

Anonymous said...

Face it. The only reason Archuleta is winning this poll is because he has TONS of fans spreading the word about this throughout Twitter and other Archuleta fan sites.

The Claymates are so butthurt about the fact that nobody really remembers Clay Aiken that they have to resort to making half-baked assumptions about some 'magical software' that they created because he's garnering the most votes. And what's funny is that you attribute this only to Archuleta fans; if it was Glamberts you'd be in the same rut. Take your unquantifiable allegations elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you say, facts are facts and David IS winnig this poll. Whatever you may believe, he is still ahead of EVERYONE by a huge margin. And for me, that's just the way it should be.

Anonymous said...

*winning

Anonymous said...

I just watched Clay and David's performances. Clay was good but David was a million times better! The way he sang it was just perfect, slow at the beginning and rising at the end. Clay overdid it from the beginning.

connie said...

Dammmmm!!! You haters! if you don't like Archie, why are you wasting time voting and make comments... so many retarded people now a days, so stupid and ignorant or probably just plain jealous of him... hmmmmm.. dammm retards!!

Anonymous said...

Ok I'm coming clean. I own the magic software. I have voted 310,347 times for David Archuleta and will continue to add about 15,000 votes every hour. I decided to throw in a few 10,000 votes for Bo Bice because I'm clearly here to vote AGAINST Clay Aiken.
-Clay fans its time to face reality. MANY MORE people like David Archuleta's version better.
END OF STORY!

Anonymous said...

hahahaha

I'll come clean too, I came here to vote for Archie just to have a vote against Clay...OMG!

Please Clay fans get over yourselves! I like Clay just fine but David Archuleta is my favorite idol just like obviously he's the idol of many many others.

Anonymous said...

"You can downplay David's votes all you want, but the fact is, like it or not, David has a ton of dedicated fans. That is where his votes are coming from--the large number of supporters--not some weird computer program.

David may not be your cup of tea, but he's OURS and we love him." OMG THIS ILY XOXO

Anonymous said...

"Ok I'm coming clean. I own the magic software. I have voted 310,347 times for David Archuleta and will continue to add about 15,000 votes every hour. I decided to throw in a few 10,000 votes for Bo Bice because I'm clearly here to vote AGAINST Clay Aiken.
-Clay fans its time to face reality. MANY MORE people like David Archuleta's version better.
END OF STORY!" And this ;) xoxo

Anonymous said...

There are many great idol versions but Bo Bice shined the most of this song. the power in his voice just proves it. SO my vote went to Bo Bice..

Anonymous said...

Clay sang it first. Archuleta sang it better. 'nuf said.

Anonymous said...

Even though that's how David breathes, He did a great job still... He's very talented... And a good role model and inspiration to everyone.... :) I LOVE HIS VERSION... It put tears in my eyes that night he sang that song. Filled with emotions that will surely touch your heart and you relate with it....

Anonymous said...

Bo's vote are coming from the same bunch/machine as those that used to be recording illegally at TBWE. They got caught right after midnight one day, according to the mods there, and NO votes are coming in for him this month, unless after reading this they try to cover their tracks and vote again. LOL Why in the world fans of others, and Clay's former disgruntled fans, try to make him lose every single poll, I don't know. Anyone with a musical background knows Clay can sing this song and any, better than either Bo or David. I don't dislike either of them. It's just a fact. Liking one more than another is understandable, but vocally, it's Clay.

Anonymous said...

Clay's version is the best.

LaLiliana said...

My vote goes to David Archuleta. I just liked his performance more than the others. I like his voice, his tone and his phrasing better. He really is a master vocally in that respect. I don't know about range or any of that other stuff but David definitely does it for me. The other Idol fans would do well to support their Idol and enjoy their performances and move on. It is just a poll after all.

archangel48 said...

Before season 7, I was a supporter of Clay's DLTSGDOM.
Then came The VOICE. I am impressed with David Archuleta for many reasons. Top of the list is his ability to bring any song he sings straight to that one little part of the heart that feels. I love the sounds that flow from that beautiful instrument of his.♥

Anonymous said...

I believe that David Archuleta sang the song better.More to my liking is all.
My vote has nothing to do with Clay Aiken, or anyone else on the list. Really people!

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken nailed DLTSGDOM to the wall!! Flawless!!!! One of my favorites from AI2...

Anonymous said...

this poll is over as it was based on last week's idol

Dork Angel said...

A little late to the party, but yeah David A all the way!

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta is the one to vote for. D-Arch sings a song like no other. It's in the interpretation. You don't have to be the greatest singer (which he is) you also got to be able to feel the song and make the people around you feel the song. It is my opinion AI needs to take the song out of play. No-one has every won with the song. It's hard to see why cause it's a really great song, but it makes you wonder if the song has bad Carma. "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" lyrics could actually make some people vote against you just because they think you are pushing them to vote for you.

Anonymous said...

This poll is way out of date now. We are nearly two weeks out, and the Bo Bice fans keep on voting and inflating his numbers. Let's just say that David Archuleta had a substantial lead when it mattered - during the week in question.

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta
David Brasil te adora...

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta!!!!! is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

David Archuleta can sing any song with style and control. His rendition of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down" was superb. His voice is pure and his vocals were right on. That song and many others like "Imagine" are songs that David Archuleta sang magnificently and made them his own!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that David's fans are able to vote more than once. We know that all along. I wanted to see whether "their" accusations were right. So I tried to vote twice and the answer was "we already counted your vote". So for those who easily accuse David's fans to cheat when David is ahead in a poll, please think before you do. We only vote more than once when they allow us to do such as "Musiqtone" allow people to vote 50 times a day. David's rendition was so beautiful. The expression of his face was match with the song. While Clay was singing it with his smilling face that I think because he was so overly confident that he was better than Ruben. David sang it just perfect and not too overly did it.

Anonymous said...

DAVID ARCHULETA THE MAGNIFICENT REIGNS SUPREME! (And I used to love Clay Aiken BEFORE David came along! As Simon would say, "Sorry!"

Amer Aizat said...

david archuleta is the best. no doubt, no question about it.

to archuleta haters, say whatever u wanna say, as it doesn't hurt archuleta(including his fans). it just that u appear to the whole world that u are such a jerk, talking bad bout someone else.

and thanks, u attitude make me love archuleta more.

Anonymous said...

Palm to Heart

Webmaster:

Is the "DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME" competition over? If so why are we still voting on it. And my friend you are being hacked again with those Bo Bice votes.

P2H

DAM THE NATION said...

Palm to Heart: No, the poll is not over. It will be open until this season ends. It goes with all the Who Sang It Better? poll. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Web master, If you let people use the software to vote than you let people make a fool of you. I believe that some of B.B's fans use the software to vote. I also believe that's what happening in the TBWE poll. That's why I don't vote there anymore useless.

WAKE UP! said...

that's STUPID to say that people are using software to vote. bo bice has fans too, not just david archuleta. puhlease! just because bo bice is at the point of beating archuleta in this poll doesn't mean bo bice's fans are cheating. bo has 6k votes same with david. are you saying archie fans are the only people capable of doing such? or maybe you're also using that software you're talking about? lol

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, WAKE UP!, but the person commenting immediately before you did not identify himself/herself as a David Archuleta fan. The only other previous mention of TBWE poll on this thread happened to come from a Clay Aiken fan (April 7, 2011 2:24 AM). I have no evidence that this one did as well. I'm just saying that you have no evidence that it came from an Archuleta fan either. You need to be more careful when you start throwing the word "stupid" about.

Anonymous said...

Hold on David was only 17 years old when he sang it on AI right? While at that time others were older when they sang it on AI, including Bo Bice, Pia, Clay. But, to tell the truth, David was the one who was able to make the audiences hypnotized and mesmerized by his performance. He started singing it while he was sitting on the stairs and the audiences was watching him and listening to his voice, following his movement, realizing how adorable he was. He was building the emotion, his voice was stronger and soaring and reach the climax and ended the song while everybody was still wanting the song not to ended. It was the best rendition of DLTSGDOM. I went to youtube again and again and watch Bo Bice, Clay and David's performance. I couldn't get the same vibe, feeling, chills or goose bumps as when I watch David's video when he sang that song. Clay has an amazing voice (I was so upset when he lost it to Ruben), but his rendition of that song was not moved me, especially with his smiley, almost sneering face wich was not appropriate for the song. So based on that I choose David A., David A. and David A. simple as that.

Anonymous said...

Voted for Archie (no-brainer), Robbie (sorry, don't care for Jacob's voice), and Diana. I've never heard Jon Peter Lewis sing, so can't compare Paul & Stefano with him. But I'm betting that I'd probably like Stefano better, and Paul less. Paul is definitely not my cuppa tea.

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...