I was mindlessly browsing Facebook today and came across this gem. Performed as the opening number during the Finale of the American Idol Farewell Season, it brought an immediate smile to my face and a glorious warmth to my heart.
Gracing the stage with their infectious personalities and gorgeous voices, these singers gave new purpose and meaning to Barry Manilow’s great song, “One Voice“. It almost seemed that the song was written for this iconic moment.
Say what you will about this show, no one can deny that it was a trailblazer for the plethora of music – driven reality shows to follow. And, it paved the way for a new generation of entertainers.
So many careers were born on this show that it almost pointless to name them all. Y’all know the major players – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, David Archuleta, David Cook, Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia but many many more have enjoyed enormous success in various forms.
I absolutely love these vibrant young singers. Their entire life is there for the taking and I wish each and every one of them the very best. Always and forever.
I hope Fox will invest in future live musical opportunities featuring these singers, thus bringing them back into our homes. Somehow, I sense that they will.
You can stream Barry Manilow’s One Voice on Apple Music. And, as always, your comments are always welcome. Come take a trip down memory lane and share some of your favourite American Idol memories.