American Idol's Chris Daughtry and Stage Presence

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

May 10, 2006

American Idol's Chris Daughtry remains among the final four on the hit show. According to the Fluvanna County graduate's drama teacher, his stage presence is something that keeps viewers voting. It is something he's had since high school.

When Chris Daughtry hits the American Idol stage, many people would agree he looks right at home doing it.

"I remember in high school, he had a lot of stage presence. And I think that comes off well on camera too. The looks he gives. It's good stuff. He knows how to work that," said Daughtry's former drama teacher, David Small.

In one video, you can see Daughtry with his former band Cadence doing just that. It was shot back in 2000 during a performance at the Albemarle County Fair. Another clip shows the former Fluco belting out Bon Jovi's "Dead or Alive" back in 2001, which he later ended up singing right on American Idol.

"He's impressed me there," said Small.

Small was Daughtry's drama teacher when he performed in the school play "The Wiz." He says Daughtry even fit well on the actor's stage.

"A director's actor. He always offered up a lot of things. Rather than us telling him what to do, he would through stuff out, and from that he would mold it and work it," said Small.

No matter what stage he's on, Small believes Daughtry will shine.

"Whether he was doing a musical or whether he was doing his rock band stuff there at Fluvanna... he had it going on. He knew how to work the audience," said Small.

That presence is the thing that many predict will take him a long way.

You can catch the American Idol results show on our sister station, WAHU FOX27, Wednesday night at 9.

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