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Chris Richardson — I Don’t Want To Be

Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson — I Don’t Want To Be

The Elliott Yamin comparisons just won’t ever end for Chris Richardson huh? Simon had some great comments about the singing, but I think Chris had the most energy so far. Go girls vote!

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ElliotFan
ElliotFan

Wasn't it Chris who said that Elliot was his favorite idol? Gotta give the man props for that, at least!

If that is the case, that would explain his preoccupation with picking songs that Elliot did. Unfortunately for him, IMO, he doesn't have the vocals that Elliot does so it's not working as well as he had probably hoped.

Already pre-ordered Elliot's CD!! Can't WAIT!!

katjagotya
katjagotya

wow i didn't realize how many people don't like him lol.

honestly, elliott was one of my favorites last season too but i did think that chris's version was definitely more appealing to me (and i myself am a singer, by the way). i never even thought about the elliott comparison, just the justin timberlake one. i do agree that chris didn't have the best vocals but i was still impressed by him. that's just what i think.

also, since we're all judging singing singing style and talent.. i'm curious about your thoughts on mine lol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBQSprq5kbU

vlollis
vlollis

I know! I love all the props to Elliott too!
And if Chris would stay away from Elliott's AI 5 song choices, then we'd quit comparing, right?
And what's so bad is that he's TRYING to sing the same version as Elliott...i was just waiting for Chris to belt out that one part just like Elliott but thank goodness he didn't do it. haha

Chris if you wanna move on in the competition, quit trying to sing like Justin T. singing Elliott!:)

takai7
takai7

Please pick a song that Elliott has not sung last season. I can't help but compare you to him and there is no comparison. Find your own music and I will start to pay more attention to your singing. Your song choices are distracting.

shasta
shasta

Simon told him he thinks he’s better than his audition showed. Yeah, sorry, he’s not. And I wish he would stop singing songs Elliott sang. I could let him get away with “A Song for You” and maybe I would give him a pass on “I Don’t Wanna Be” but this dude sang “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” during Hollywood week and that was too much! So let’s see, he’s from Richmond, VA, showed up to auditions in a green shirt and has sang 3 songs all covered by Elliott. Yes, I’m sure that’s all a coincidence. (rolls eyes emoticon would be inserted here if I knew how.)

GinaBina29
GinaBina29

LOVING ALL THE PROPS TO ELLIOTT.....CANT WAIT TILL MARCH 20TH!!

donnalynn
donnalynn

I completely agree...from his very first audition, when he sang A Song For You, I just couldn't help but compare him to Elliott..to which there is no comparison. Then he goes and sings another song Elliott did last year, and again, not nearly as well. And I kept thinking the whole time, why would he wear a suit and then sing this song??? It made no sense. Last year Elliott wore a tie almost every week, but the week he sang this song, he wore a hoodie!

We miss you Elliott!!!

artymom
artymom

O.K. I admit it...I am a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Elliott's but let's face it... it's hard NOT to compare him with this year's crop, especially when they CHOOSE to sing the songs he sang last year. Sorry. Chris, even with your own "vibe" (whatever it is) you are not cutting it. Not with this song, anyway. Any doubts? Check out http://youtube.com/watch?v=RSeDMFQePGI I hope the boys start picking their own songs that go with their own "vibes". Sigh.

GinaBina29
GinaBina29

Gardengirl I couldn't agree more with everything you posted!!!! You are soo right. I know Elliott was last year and I need to just get over it BUT HELLO like 4 people sang songs I have heard Elliott sing and they sounded horrible. It is hard not to compare when they are doing songs he just did last season. I just hope these guys do MUCH better next week because at this point I can only see a couple who have any talent at all! AND if Chris does ONE MORE Elliott song I really think I am going to LOOSE IT! :O)

feaqs
feaqs

Elliott's soulful/hip version of this song: http://www.googlx.com/idolforever/media/mp3/elliot-a-280603.mp3

Bo's rockin version of this song: http://www.googlx.com/idolforever/media/mp3/Bo-042605.mp3

Listen to both of these versions...then listen to Chris R's MP3 version (not the video but the audio)...and you can see how lightweight his vocals are compared to the two former gentlemen.

Chris needs to stay with the lightweight fluff Pop stuff that is more adapted to his limited vocal ability.

feaqs
feaqs

POST 21: NINA

Here's a link to Elliott singing the song: http://www.googlx.com/idolforever/media/mp3/elliot-a-280603.mp3

And here's a link to Bo (rockin') the song in his season of AI: http://www.googlx.com/idolforever/media/mp3/Bo-042605.mp3

Personally, if you listen to the mp3 (not the video) of this song by these 3 guys...I sure you should be able to hear how week Chris R is compared to Elliott's soulful/hip version and Bo's rockin' head bangin' version!

Again, I feel Chris R is doing himself a disservice singing songs that will undoubtledly compare him to much better singers. He needs to stay in the "lightweight fluff" catagory that is Bubblegum Pop. He's all flash and nothing else.

gardengirl
gardengirl

I Don't Wanna Be? Yes, he does wanna be...He wants to be Elliott,and he's not. He's getting on my nerves.

This has started out as the Elliott Yamin season. Knocks Me Off Me Feet, A Song For You, I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know, I Don't Want to Be, Never too Much.

It just proves how awesome Elliott was and all these other performances are just not up to par.

I hope Chris finds his own place and stops trying to repeat last season.

jonidepp
jonidepp

WTF was that? It was wierd! He looked like he was trying to do a hip-hop version of this, but dressed like WHAT? And his actions looked like howdy doody! Charisma? Zip! he just looked and sounded utterly ridiculous. I have NO idea how this guy got here over much better singers (like Tommy Daniels for one.) He absolutely has NOTHING. Not even looks in my book anyways.

nina
nina

The only person that I remind singing this song is Bo Bice.
Elliott? I like him, but he passed unnoticed in this song.
Bo was much better. And Chris needs to get better a lot.

vlollis
vlollis

Yeh, Chris will be better off if he stays away from Elliot's AI5 repertoire. (I sure do miss Elliott)....

When i heard it mentioned that Chris sounds like Justin Timberlake, it came to mind that he sounds more like Justin singing ELLIOTT'S version of a song.

Hopefully Chris will branch out and find his own style.

Dilondon
Dilondon

He is making a mistake with the Elliott song choices (it MUST be contrived) all that does is prove just what a great singer Elliott was - this guy is just average and somewhat annoying vocally.

EdyeP
EdyeP

He was nervous at first, but he's got a good voice and he pulled this song off..his way. I like Elliot, how can anyone compare the two? They are very different and I like them both. Elliot's time on Idol has past, let's support Chris.

WestSideSunDance
WestSideSunDance

vocals were kinda bad, and not to mention his choice of wardrobe.. what's up with wearing a suit when your singing that kind of song.. haha

johnsmitny
johnsmitny

can someone help me identify the shoes he was wearing? they look really cool and classic.

Mona
Mona

Very depressing that this Virginia guy is being compared with the incomparable Elliott Yamin. What's with his song choices? For EY fans, it's painful...I'm rooting for Melinda and Lakeisha (sp?).

ucanhavmycake78
ucanhavmycake78

"So which song will he pick from Elliott’s AI5 repertoire? - feaqs"

I'm afraid it's going to be Elliott's "Trouble" from last year's Elvis week.

:-P

elektra
elektra

his voice sounded squeaky to me. but he might sail through.

abbala
abbala

I really don't understand the appeal of this guy. I don't think he is good-looking - kinda creepy, and bad skin to boot. I wouldn't harp on that if the "Justin Timberlake look-alike" comments weren't all over the place. Aside from that, I really don't think his voice is anything spectacular and his movements on stage were jerky and distracting. Yuck.

steph
steph

UM that sounded like a Kid's Bop recording of that song...but he is F'ING charismatic and it was the most entertaining performance thus far. And can we talk about how his Dad is the most rhythmically challenged person in America.

feaqs
feaqs

If this was a singing competition...he'd be going home. But alas, it's not...so all those who think he has "the look"...they will keep him floating thru the competition.

I'm sorry, but Chris R is like the "Jasmine Trias of AI6"...I don't see it or get why he's even in the top 24. There were much better "singer" that got cut.

The tone of his voice is flat, unaffected, nasally (?), off pitch,...plus he does wierd body movements....yada yada yada.

But hey...he has the look!! So which song will he pick from Elliott's AI5 repertoire? 8-)

AlliHeathe
AlliHeathe

i lovee him, one of my favorites with blake & sligh, he was one of the best of the night, but that's not saying that much today, anyways he was still very good

Zack
Zack

I've liked Chris R. since seeing his audition. Although he wasn't terrific, I thought he did very well tonight. And as kyo2590 said, the song doesn't match his style. Next time should be better.

GinaBina28
GinaBina28

I guess i just need to get over the whole Elliott Yamin thing... I loved him last season. And if you are gonna do a the same song as another contestant from the past...i dunno ...it better be at least as good as if not better and for me this just wasnt....

oscar90
oscar90

Yeah i agree with the poster above, i thought he sounded really bad in the beginning, but i liked it midway through the song. So far, he and Brandon are the only ones who have shown promise.

copswife32
copswife32

Yeah kyo....The beginning i thought craaaap this guy is butchering this song... but then he got better. Now I know I'm an old woman ...but rockin out in a suit coat?

lester
lester

Admittedly he's got the looks ,but America, vote for the whole package, the voice being number one. In fairness, he was not bad. As a matter of fact, it was very original.

halobob
halobob

I thought the performance was good but I have to agree with Simon, the vocals weren't great.

kyo2590
kyo2590

Not really a favorite... Kinda butchered the song and I love the song. Just not his style.