Chris Daughtry: Idol elimination “was the best thing that happened”

Chris Daughtry’s shocking elimination from American Idol 5 was, he says in restrospect, “the best thing that happened.”

That’s because, as he tells MTV News, “Now I get to put a band together and write my stuff and put the album out that I wanted to put out. So I got what I wanted out of the whole process.” He says that, now, the pressure to succeeed isn’t as great as it would have been had he actually won. “I would definitely say if you win the competition you have something to live up to,” he said. “In that respect, I agree, but I don’t look at it as there is less pressure on me, because I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure I put out what people want and expect out of me.

Chris has named his band “Daughtry,” and says that he did so because if he performed under his name, “I would have been considered a pop artist, or I would have probably looked at myself that way. My favorite artists are bands, and I wanted that. I wanted that group of guys that are real tight together. And it’s not about one person — it’s a group.”

Those guys are “guitarists Jeremy Brady and Josh Steely, bassist Josh Paul and drummer Joey Barnes,” according to MTV News. Their first album comes out Nov. 21.

Chris Daughtry Says ‘Idol’ Ejection Was ‘Best Thing’ For Him; Talks LP [MTV News]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.