January 06, 2009 02:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Utah Governor, Jon Huntsman Jr. had some major competition at his inauguration on Monday when last season’s American Idol runner-up, David Archuleta arrived to sing for the governor’s swearing in ceremony. The singer performed the National Anthem, again, at the request of the governor, four years after the then-14-year-old sang at Huntsman’s first inaugural ceremony. (Keep reading to see a video of the event!)
This time however, David Archuleta drew a big crowd of screaming teen and pre-teen girls and the young lad’s appearance had changed drastically from his school boy look four years ago. As with all young boys who turn to men, his voice had also mellowed. The experience of being on American Idol and performing on tour had bolstered his confidence and David Burger from The Salt Lake Tribune wrote, “The highlight came when his voice soared at the end of the song, on the lyrics ‘Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave’, hitting the high notes that have doomed many an anthem singer at baseball stadiums.
After singing, David Archuleta was rewarded with screams from his young fans and a pat on the back from Thomas Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
David Archuleta left the ceremony by cutting through the Capital, followed by a mob of school skipping girls. David Archuleta met his fans in the State Reception Room and gladly responded to fan requests, placing cell phone calls to friends, or hugging daughters and mothers while signing autographs of his self-titled CD.
Governor, Jon Huntsman entered the same reception area a half-hour later to greet well-wishers and the media, but his fan fare was none like that of the young singing sensation, David Archuleta. There is nothing like having your thunder taken awayby an 18 year old boy!
Check out the changes in David Archuleta in this second You Tube video!
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