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Nice guy David Archuleta is having a whirlwind year
By John J. Moser | Of The Morning Call
“American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta is so nice and polite that even asking him if he’s truly as nice and polite as he seems flusters him.
“Oh! What do you mean?” he says, laughing, in a telephone call last week from Los Angeles, where he was preparing for his first solo tour, which Sunday brings him to Allentown’s Crocodile Rock.
“That’s an awkward question. I guess so. I guess that’s just the way my parents just raised me, I don’t know. I guess that is the way I act. I try to be nice to people, especially if it’s the first time you’re meeting them or the only time you’re meeting them, the first impression really matters to them.”
Archuleta also is so nice that he answered the question most of you reading this wanted to know: He doesn’t have a girlfriend and, in fact, a month past his 18th birthday, hasn’t even had his first kiss.
“Yeah, I’m not really involved a whole lot with girls right now,” he says, laughing again. “There’s not really even time to watch TV or anything, so why get a girl in your life when that can make things even more complicated? I think it’s just about waiting for the right time, ’cause I think there are other things that I should be focusing on right now.”
So the boyish crooner doesn’t have a girlfriend — but here’s what he does have: a self-titled album on Jive Records — the home of Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown — that debuted at No. 2 and has gone gold. He has a double-platinum hit single, “Crush,” that was the highest-ever debut for an “Idol” song not performed on the series and the highest debut in 2008, and a new song, “A Little Too Not Over You,” climbing the charts (No. 52 this week). He’s also had a recent appearance on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show “iCarly.”
Not bad for finishing behind David Cook last May by a margin of 12 million votes out of the record 97.5 million cast.
But suggest to Archuleta that, with his spot-on tenor, he is more talented than Cook, and his modesty flares again.
“Oh no!” he says, laughing again. “I thought Cook deserved to win. I thought he was a great example of an American Idol, because it’s not just about the singing and stuff — I think it’s about the person, too, and I think he’s just a great guy.”
Archuleta says life is great anyway: He’s happy with his album, especially since it was cobbled together while he was on the road with the “Idol” tour.
“That wasn’t like a whole lot of time, especially because I wasn’t ever in one spot for very long, having a show almost every day for three months,” he says. “But it was interesting, that’s for sure, and definitely not the way I expected to work on my first album. I thought, [in a singsong voice] ‘Oh, you know, I’m going to take my time and try and write songs for the year and see which ones are good.’ But there was like no time to do any of that kind of stuff, so it was pretty crazy. But it was fun.”
He also got to work with hit producers and writers Andreas Carlsson, Desmond Child, new “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi and former ‘N Sync member J.C. Chasez. He also co-wrote a couple of songs on the disc, as well as a pre-order song and some B-sides.
“All the songs, the writers I worked with were really cool because they all were concerned about just me getting the most out of it,” he says.
Archuleta says fame also has meant he’s missed a few things. A high school senior from Murray, Utah, he likely won’t be home for the graduation ceremony. “I haven’t graduated yet, so I don’t know if I missed it,” he says. “But I’m missing out on all of what my friends are doing and stuff.”
Asked whether he got to go to his prom, he answers in a dejected voice, “No, I didn’t.” But he laughingly describes how he sneaked back to a dance last month.
“That was fun,” he says. “I kept it really under wraps. Everyone was pretty much my age … It’s the other kids, it’s the sophomores this year that I didn’t meet before this whole thing happened, they’re the ones who freak out, kinda, ’cause they didn’t know me before.”
Meet & Greet at Steamtown Mall (97BHT):
Blog from Eli’s Myspace!!
February 27, 2009 – Friday
What a night at the Starland Ballroom. ENERGY!! ENERGY!! ENERGY!! WOW, what an amazing night…absolutely unreal!! Thank you for an unforgettable memory. The energy you all were putting out was unlike any other I have EVER experienced. I only hope that you felt the same from us… we were SOOOO into it. How about David!?!?!? He was unbelievable tonight… he was so into it (just like the rest of us). We all talked about how good everything felt tonight! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I am speechless… I dont know what to say ) You all ROCK!
After concert tidbits from a fan who talked at length with Jeff……….bbrrrrr out in the cold too! (excerpts from FOD )
-He asked if I had a favorite song. I said I could never ever pick, but “Zero Gravity” really caught my ears. He said he was surprised to hear me say that, but happy to hear I liked it. He explained to me why so many songs he wrote didn’t make the album. You see, at last minute they brought a ton of songs to the label who was like “Uhm, you can put two of those on the actual album”. So they picked ALTNOY and Don’t Let Go
Talks about ‘Falling’
-We talked about falling and how amazing it is. Jeff then told us the story that I already knew about “falling” (But it gave me chillllls hearing it from him). But i didn’t know this, maybe some of you don’t: At first David did not want to record “Falling” cause he said he’d only sing positive and uplifting song. So they added the two lines on the end of the song to make it positive :”There must be something more to what my life may have in store….keep on pressing through ’til the end”. Now it’s positive. I find that fascinating. David is AMAZING
-I asked him about more albums. He said 2 are in contract and the next one definitely is a Christmas album. I already knew that, though.
Writing with Daniel Bedingfield
-He talked about how Daniel Bedingfield is amazing and very good with David, and he will be doing more writing with him…
He then shook each of our hands individually and thanked us for our support and told us to drive home safely. He’s AMAZING. And he beams with pride over his son. It’s just an incredible thing to be a part of. I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a devoted fan.
Hannah Montana news
Well, not really news but it is the picture that everyone is talking about atm – check out the tie!
Seattle Times – American Idol 8: A Race With No Horse
smart guy to mention ZERO GRAVITY.
“American Idol” so far: a race with no horses
I thought Seattle Times arts critic Misha Barton made a great comment yesterday: “I need a horse in this race!” I agree completely! Because of either a lack of talent or the change in format, I’m just not getting a buzz from any of the six who have made it through so far.
In previous years, it’s been fun to latch onto a favorite around Top 24 time and become emotionally invested in their fate. Sometimes there’s even a nice battle of genres.
In Season 6, that contestant for me was Melinda Doolittle — as it was as well for Misha, I believe. Melinda was humble and amazingly talented — still is, in fact.
Last season I was blown away by David Archuleta’s version of “Imagine” (performed this week last year) and he became my “horse.” One week later, David Cook emerged as almost a counter-punch to Archuleta with his version of “Hello.” At that point it was easy to see a two-horse race between the cherubic balladeer (which was an over-simplification, of course) and the unshaven former bartender/rock front man (also pigeon-holed unfairly).
And both Davids — along with Jason Castro, Carly Smithson and Michael Johns — were in late February far more compelling and inspiring than the six pictured above.
But how much of the disappointment with the field so far is about sheer talent, and how much is about the new format? With the change in format, after next week we will have seen front-runner Danny Gokey perform live before the judges only once, as opposed to three times if we used last-year’s format.
Maybe I just need to give this format a little more time, so I get to know the singers better.
I hope that the final group of the Top 36 that takes the stage on Tuesday produces the “American Idol” version of Seabiscuit, a thoroughbred that inspires America during difficult times.
Speaking of the Davids … Check out these vids
I think part of the reason I keep bringing them up is that I miss the level of professionalism they brought to “Idol” last season. If you too like to revel in their success, come along with me for a little Then and now feature, brought to you via the wonder that is Youtube ….
David Cook then, performing “Hello” on March 4, 2008:
David Cook now, performing his song “Declaration” on Feb. 24, 2009:
David Archuleta then, performing “Imagine” on Feb. 26, 2008
David Archuleta now, performing a song he co-wrote (but never recorded) called “Zero Gravity” on Feb. 25, 2009:
Sign The Petition – David in Malaysia
Click this link to sign the online petition: David Archuleta in Malaysia
PETITON AT 300 NAMES AND COUNTING!
Ready to spazzzz? As it stands now, Jeff confirmed with a fan at the VA Beach concert that “Kuala Lumpur” is on the Asian Promo Tour stop list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7-8 songs for each stop!!!!!
So, it could be 10 April, folks…..
(As reported by Team Archie)
But, we still need an official confirmation from Sony Malaysia or David’s Official Sites. Meanwhile, you got ideas? Questions? Skills? Email Us!!!!!!!!!!