Watch Chris Daughtry Mentor on 'American Idol'

Chris Daughtry mentors Dalton Rapattoni on "American Idol"

Chris Daughtry mentors Dalton Rapattoni on "American Idol"

Chris Daughtry is a busy man. No sooner did he announce the release of his band, Daughtry’s album, It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far than the news broke the American Idol alum will be portraying Judas in Fox’s The Passion.

Daughtry fans will get a double dose of the Season Five alum on Thursday night (Feb. 18) when he teams up to duet with contestants Dalton Rapattoni and Lee Jean.

How did each singer do?

“You’re going to have to tune in,” Daughtry told Billboard.

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In a clip released by the show, Rapattoni reveals that he was an early fan of the Idol, and the first CD he ever owned was Daughtry's first album.

"I've literally dreamed this," he said of his excitement sharing the stage with the North Carolina native.

Perhaps Rapattoni prepared for this moment by listening to hits like "It's Not Over," "Home" and "Crawling Back to You," which are all included on the greatest hits album. 

The release of It's Not Over and the accompanying record, Walmart-only release Acoustic Live -- 2015, offers a new generation of Daughtry fans a look back at the past 10 years of the band with a glimpse into the future with two new tracks, “Torches” and “Go Down.”

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“It’s not over,” he said of the record. “It’s the best stuff so far and it’s a nice intermission between the fourth and fifth album.”

As an added treat, the band made a decision to do some shows last year and capture the recordings for the accompanying special acoustic record.

“Our fans have been asking for an acoustic record for years, so this is a perfect opportunity to give them that without technically recording an acoustic album,” he said. “It’s a live experience so it’s not recorded, and edited. It’s a recorded acoustic album. It’s a little bit the best of both worlds.”

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Daughtry also took precautions to make sure the live album didn’t just include versions of songs available on the Greatest Hits album, released last Friday (Feb. 12) via 19 Recordings/RCA Records.

“I went through every show that we recorded and just wanted to find the most special moments,” he said.

He based his decisions on audience response during specific songs like “18 Years” and “Baptized.”

“There are songs on there that are considered deep cuts and were never singles but were probably more fan favorites,” he said.

“They get the acoustic album and they also get the live experience as well,” he said. “We never released anything live, so I’m really stoked and hopefully people will go to Walmart and get that version because  I think it’s a really special addition to the record.”

Looking ahead, Daughtry said the band is just about finished with album No. 5 and it could be out as soon as this year. He added that the new songs are a return to the rock-based guitar music that was muted on Baptized.

Although he said that that album is home to some of the “favorite songs I have ever written,” he acknowledges the sound of that album may have confused the audience.

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“I still feel like we could have brought the guitars up in the mix a little bit more, and it would have probably been a little less alienating too for our core fan base,” he said. “We definitely kept that in mind.”

With that said, Daughtry hopes the two new tracks on It’s Not Over will give listeners a clue as to where the band is headed in the future.

“It’s more of a hybrid of where we have been and where we are going as opposed to a departure,” he said.

Tonight (Feb. 18) the second group of singers will have the opportunity to duet with Daughtry, Haley Reinhart, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Kellie Pickler and Constantine Maroulis.

Watch Daughtry with Dalton Rapattoni in a sneak peek below.


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