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American Idol Runner-Up David Archuleta Relieved The Show Is Over

May 24, 2008 10:48 AM by Joe Reality

Frank Micelotta/FOXAfter the American Idol 7 finale, David Archuleta admitted to feeling a sense of relief. David Archuleta explained, “Well, since this whole thing has lasted so long, the first audition was in January and we hadn’t been living at home since the beginning of February and that’s how long we’ve been working every week for each performance each week and having to compete in a way, even though I try not to look at it as competing against other people, but more against myself. Each week and as the weeks went on, we had more songs each week to have to learn along with other things.”

David Archuleta continued, “With this final week, it was the busiest of all. It was hard to find time to even rehearse and stuff along with school and everything else going on. So on that Tuesday night I just tried to make sure I didn’t regret anything I did and so I think I did that. It was just such a relief to just feel good about what I did and the fact that that was the last impression I gave on the show. The competition is all over and now it’s time to really focus on music.”

In regards to fans that might be disappointed that he didn’t win American Idol 7, David Archuleta said, “Well, to the people who’ve been supporting me so much, I just want to thank them, first of all, just because it means more than anything to know that people are appreciating the hard work that we put into this. I want them to know that I’m just feeling great about it. The fact that Cook won, I think he deserved it so much. He just proved it week after week that he deserved to be the American Idol even early in the competition. He’s such a great guy too.”

David Archuleta added, “My main priority wasn’t to win the competition, but it was just to do my best because you can suck and people can vote, but not for you to win and that wouldn’t feel very good. I think we both gave it all. We just poured it all onto that stage on Tuesday night and we both feel really great about it. I don’t think I could have done anything better or change anything to make me feel any better about what I did. Not winning the competition won’t limit me from trying to create an album and write stuff. I think this has just been such a great opportunity to open all those doors that weren’t open and available before this all happened. To make it to the top two, I don’t think there’s any reason to be disappointed at that.”

As far as life after American Idol, David Archuleta showed that he had a good head on his shoulders. Even though David would like to make a career in music, he isn’t giving up on his schoolwork. David explained, “Every day I still have to do school and even after this interview I have to go to school. I think school’s really important. It was my main priority before this because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get anywhere with music, but I was still hoping for something. Even if music does turn out to go somewhere for me, you never know how long it’ll last. So I just want to make sure I have something to back me up on that, because I want to do music all my life. I just don’t know if I’ll be able to make a living off of it for the rest of my life. So I’d like to have to have something else to be able to do. I’m still looking at options and careers that I’d be interested in in the future.

As far as what other careers he might pursue, David said, “Lately what I find is really interesting is that ear and nose throat doctor thing, which I know would take a lot of work and education, but I think it’s just something that really interests me because it’s something that helps people who’ve had the same problems as me with the whole hearing and nose congestion and problems with your voice. It’s just like something I can really relate to people with, because it’s like I’ve had so many issues with that stuff, so it’d be great to study into that more and be able to help out with all those problems and also learn about it.”

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