Eunice, a fellow fan has submitted her story of meeting David in Dallas during the Idol Tour! Eunice is a Malaysian currently residing in the US and she shares her experience of meeting David with us!
In case some of you have not seen the classic video of David and his “Perfect Water” yet, here it is:
I get excited just hearing him say “Malaysia”! Please tell me I’m not nuts.
Thank You Eunice!!Let’s hope that in future, fellow fans at AAM might be able to have the privilege of writing our experiences of meeting David in person too! 😀
Enjoy the story below! Don’t forget to check out Joyce’s brilliant write up on ‘Why David Archuleta’ too!
I watched American Idol off and on for a couple of seasons. Last March, while cooking in the kitchen, I had my tv on. It was American Idol season 7. I heard this unique and distinctive voice, so I ran out from the kitchen and there was a cute, little sweet teenager singing. I think he sang, ”Shop Around.” Wow!”, I said to myself. What a voice, there is something in his voice. He draws people to him. He makes the song alive. That was how I become David’s fan. I voted for him weekly. I had mixed feelings about the final performance. I wished he won but at the same time, I was worried for David. I was sad after AI. I felt a loss and was desperate for David’s news. I was delighted to find out that the American Idol tour would be in Dallas on August 25. I was not sure if I would attend. So in July, I got in touch with a lady from Fan Blast. She was gathering items and stories to make a book for David. I was supposed to send her the Malaysian T-shirts (Batik) but due to my heavy schedule I missed the dateline. That was when I decided to meet David. This Puerto Rican lady, wrote to me and shared her experiences meeting David at American Idol concert in Washington DC. She gave me another David’s fan’s (from Mississippi) email address and phone number, stating that she would be attending the concert in Dallas.
I live 20 minutes from where the concert was, American Airline Center in downtown Dallas, Texas. On August 25th, I arrived there at 12.50 pm. I found a shade on the right side of the entrance. There were just a couple of people there. I stood by 2 young ladies standing by the rails. They told me they were waiting to see DA. Later, a young mother with her 4 year old daughter joined us. She is Jason’s fan. The crowd grew larger as the time got closer. The security guard came over and he told us that the 2 Asian ladies were the first to arrive, so the line would start from where they were. I told him I just like the shade. We talked for a while. I asked if he had heard David’s singing. He said ‘no”, but he heard he (David) is a good boy. I told him the reasons I came to meet him.
Realizing the time was late, I called the lady from Mississippi, we met and I joined her and some FOD group on the left side of the entrance. I had a great time getting to know the FOD bunch. They came from Hawaii, San Antonio, and from other states. “Wow”, a group of devoted fans. Linha, the lady from Mississippi, drove all the way to Houston the night before for the AI concert then drove up to Dallas to attend the concert again. She told me she flew to Washington DC too. We got to know more about each other and took some pictures.
Around 2.00pm, there were shoutouts/cheers from the fans. The buses drove by, and we all waved. At 2.20, the fans screamed, David Cook came out first to greet and sign autographs. Then Jason, followed by Kristy Lee. It seemed ages waiting for David. At last there was a loud applaud and out stepped David Archuleta. He waved and went over to the right side of the entrance to greet the fans. That was where I was earlier. “What a Bummer!” I would have been the first to greet him. “Awaaw”, I should not have left the spot. Well, I would not have met this great group if I stayed there. We waited patiently and watched David as he interacted with the fans. He was very patient. Since the crowd was mostly families: Grandparents with grandchildren, young working adults, college students and senior citizens and a handful of teenagers. It was on a Monday, and it was also the first day of school for the semester. We were all well-behaved and orderly. David Cook came to us, I was quiet. Then Kristy, and Jason. I did not interact with them. I was waiting for David Archuleta. I had a gift bag with Malaysian T-shirts, a fan/hat (batik) a book and a bottle of water. I did not even read the label on the bottle, until I saw it on youtube. This bottle of Perfect water was given to me 2 days ago. I thought David might need some water later since it was a hot day.
Well, David finally came around to us. I just stared at him as he spoke to my friends. He was wiping his sweat off constantly. He did not crack jokes, he looked pale and lethargic. Later, it was confirmed he was sick the night before. I wasn’t sure how I felt when he came to me. He was shy and looked at me. He was standing 2 feet away. I called out, “Hey, David, I have some gifts for you from Malaysia.” David stepped forward immediately, and I handed him the gift bag. He looked into the bag, just like any teenager would. I told him what was in the bag. He picked up the bottle of water and asked me, “What’s this?” I wasn’t sure what to say, and told him it was just a bottle of water. He asked, “Is this from Malaysia?” I said “No, just some water.” He asked, “Can I drink it? It is ok to drink right, nothing bad?” He then drank the bottle of water. I did not expect him to drink it then. I guessed he must be really thirsty. I took my camera and took a couple of pictures. Then I asked him about school, he told me he was working on it. That was it, a lady came and interrupted us. I was satisfied that I got to give him our Malaysian souvenirs. I watched him interact for a few more minutes. By then it was about 3 pm. David was heading to the end of the line. I said bye to the FOD group. I told them I would not be attending the concert that night. I wished I had but I knew I wouldn’t be able to stand the crowd. Moreover, I was too weak to stay up so late, for I was still recovering from a surgery.
I walked past the security guard. He recognized me and asked me if I got to meet David. We chatted briefly. I walked to my car and I felt so happy and contented. I met David Archuleta personally. Wow! What an unforgettable experience. I went to my favorite restaurant on the way home and sat down to recall my experience. I am so privileged to meet David, a very special young man. He is not only gifted but has a sweet and humble spirit. A handsome young man in real life, with beautiful complexion, big adorable eyes and smile. He has rich wavy hair. He is shy and reserved. He is sensitive and personable. What else? He is a RISING Superstar. He is a great role model for all children and teenagers. I may not have the opportunity to get that close up to him in the future and I am so glad I met him on August 25, 2008.
p/s: There’ll be some updates soon regarding the International Archies Day and Kylie has some stuffs in store regarding the Album so stay tune! Have a great day!