“Here I Am” is written by one-time Backstreet Boys writers Lindy Robbins and Tom Leonard. And boy does it show. It sounds like a Backsteet B side reject, a dreary piece of soppy with banal lyrics about “now I found a place to live… here I am…waiting for you.”
No wonder both reportedly panned the song to the Herald-Sun.
“Look, it’s an Idol song — it’s kind of not something I’d choose to release,” Corby said. “I’m being diplomatic. This competition has made me look like I’m into pop, but I’m not.”
Quizzed on tonight’s show both singers claim they were misquoted. Both of them? If I was the journo, Kate Adamson, I’d be checking my notes.
Christine Sams in the Sydney Morning Herald must have also had her wax full of ears. She quotes Corby as saying, “It really sucks, because if I win, I don’t want to release something like it … it’s quite worrying actually.”
Seriously, in all the years of Idol have we ever had such dross? Oh wait, yes we have.
Casey Donovan, winner of 2004, was lumbered with “Listen With Your Heart” penned by Dianne Warren. Idol tried to pass it off as being written exclusively for the winner but it was later found to be recorded as a gospel song by Ce Ce Winans.
In 2005 Kate DeArugo released “Maybe Tonight” as her winning song. Try humming a few bars of that.
Even the evergreen Damien Leith’s “Night of my Life” from 2006 is hard to remember.
Only Guy Sebastian’s 2003 “Angels Brought Me Here” was truly deserving as a song worthy of launching a career. Fittingly it sold 128,000 copies in its first week well ahead of Donovan (35,000), DeArugo (20,000) and Leith (16,000).
No doubt whoever comes second will take comfort from the fact that second placegetters Shannon Noll and Anthony Callea have forged a career with music that reflects their true style and time to record a decent album.
“Here I Am” is turgid.