Rocker Chris Daughtry says American Idol lost its lustre

THE BAND DAUGHTRY: (From left) Bassist Josh Paul, guitarist Josh Steely, frontman Chris Daughtry, drummer Elvio Fernandes and guitarist Brian Craddock.
Chris Daughtry.

Chris Daughtry might have landed his huge showiz break after his stint on American Idol - placing fourth in Season 5 in 2005 - but even he has to admit the show has lost its lustre.

"I'm not sure if it still has impact anymore, as compared to (my competition days) nine years ago," said the father of four.

In an exclusive interview with M, 34-year-old Daughtry, who fronts his eponymous US pop-rock band, talks about the challenges of making a music career in a digital world and what fans can look forward to when Daughtry hit Singapore later this month.

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Ayumi Hamasaki out to reclaim her crown as Empress of J-pop

RESILIENT: Ayumi Hamasaki is back in Singapore after more than a decade and hopes to reclaim her position as empress of J-pop.
RESILIENT: Ayumi Hamasaki is back in Singapore after more than a decade and hopes to reclaim her position as empress of J-pop.

With doe-like eyes, delicate features, crystal clear vocals and an effortless sense of style, Ayumi Hamasaki ruled Asian showbiz in the late 90s.

Indeed, the Japanese pop diva, now 36, enjoyed such popularity she was dubbed the "Empress of J-pop".

At her peak, the superstar was outselling Hong Kong's Heavenly King Leon Lai on his home turf and earning millions by endorsing cosmetic products.

But since then, things haven't been exactly smooth-sailing for Ayumi.

"I've had a lot of setbacks in the past 16 years," she admitted to M in an interview.

But she is back and looking to reclaim her crown.

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Thailand on their minds

Their Under-23s impressed at Asian Games, but Lions will be ready for Kiatisuk's men at Suzuki Cup

OPENER: The Lions (above) will kick off their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign on Nov 23 against Thailand at the new National Stadium.
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Asstar looks set to shine in Race 5 in Durbanville

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Juve v Roma referee to be rested

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As crazy as he is, Keane's views of Alex Ferguson and some of his former Man U teammates are true

Roy Keane.

With the beard of a serial killer, Roy Keane is madder than a March hare in a Manchester United jersey. But that doesn’t make him wrong.

The Aston Villa assistant manager (left) is back with a second autobiography, The Second Half, and quick to slaughter one sacred cow after another, taking down Sir Alex Ferguson, his former United team-mates and the Class of ’92.

At the risk of siding with the modern game’s equivalent of a mad axeman, here are some of Captain Crazy’s more scathing attacks and why our writer Neil Humphreys mostly agrees with him.

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Other excerpts from Keane's book the second half

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Bach is back

CLASS ACTS: Johann Sebastian Bach (above), Ludwig Van Beethoven and Mozart.
CLASS ACTS: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven (above) and Mozart.
CLASS ACTS: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Mozart (above).
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Pointless this game

Even if England rattle in 10 goals, they will receive little credit

"We scored 13 against San Marino last time, but I don’t remember getting a great deal of praise or satisfaction about that." - England manager Roy Hodgson
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