Jesus, American Idol, and a Major Response

In my previous article I wrote about American Idol’s use of a popular Christian song, “Shout to the Lord.” When I posted the article I anticipated that a handful of viewers woud read it since my site, compared to larger, more popular Christian sites, possesses a small viewership. However, the response has been overwhelming, surprising, and even exciting:

  1. World Net Daily (WND) picked up on my article, placing the American Idol story as their top story on Thursday, April 10, 2008
  2. Numerous blogs, news organizations, and other websites quoted from the WND article or my site
  3. More comments have been submitted to my article about American Idol than to any other article
  4. The number of viewers to my site dramatically increased by 1,385% according to Google Analytics
  5. People at my work, my site’s hosting company, an SEO forum I frequent, and others commented to me about the WND publicity
  6. American Idol performed the song again on Thursday, using the unedited lyrics, a change that one commenter said I helped bring about

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American Idol Gives Back, but Takes Away
American Idol: Idol Gives Back

American Idol Gives Back, but Takes Away

I watched this year’s American Idol: Idol Gives Back charity fundraising program, looking forward to some humor and good music. My heart leaped when Ryan Seacrest announced the final song would be “Shout to the Lord,” a song made famous by Darlene Zschech and Hillsong. However, when the song began, I realized that while Idol may be giving back, Idol producers also took away.

The song’s first line is, “My Jesus, my savior, Lord there is none like you.” However, producers changed the second word, making it “My shepherd, my savior.” The chorus talks about nature responding to the “sound of your name” and “the promise I have in you.”
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