While the singer retracted those comments a bit, we'd imagine they still stung folks like Randy Jackson. But the American Idol judge said the following in response:
â€œI love Chris. I think he made an amazing record that he sold extremely well,â€ Jackson said. â€œHeâ€™s a testament to the fact that no matter where you finish on Idol - even if you finish twelfth - if you make a great record and you got that kind of exposure, the public will resoundingly buy it. But the bottom line is there would be no Chris Daughtry if there wasnâ€™t American Idol.â€
Jackson went on to say that American Idol is still a great opportunity for young singers trying to break in to the business:
â€œI did A&R at record companies for fifteen years. No company was out looking for these kids. Iâ€™m sure you can ask any of the winners or the runners-up: were you trying to get a record deal before American Idol? Iâ€™m sure they will all say â€˜Yes.â€™ Were you successful? Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll all say â€˜No.â€™
So now weâ€™ve got all these people, and guess what brought them here? The quickest rocket ship to the top.â€
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