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!)
Seventh season, American Idol runner up, David Archuleta’s self-titled debut album sold 183,000 copies during the first week of its release and debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart according to Nielsen Soundscan data. His debut sales were even higher than that of the sixth season runner-up Blake Lewis, who sold 98,000 copies of his debut album, “Audio Day Dream” the first week it was released, debuting at No.10.
American Idol runner up, David Archuleta will perform alongside hundreds of balloons and Hanna Montana star, Miley Cyrus in this year’s Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade. Other performers set for the annual Turkey Day festivity include Trace Adkins, the Cheetah Girls, James Taylor and Darius Rucker, according to a press release.
David Archuleta, the American Idol runner-up, has just recently finished shooting his guest spot on Nickelodeon’s iCarly which willair next February. He plays himself on the show, but doesn’t sing. iCarly star, Miranda Cosgrove has a web show and David is her special guest in the episode titled, America Sings.
David Archuleta, last seasons American Idol runner up, has signed with Azoff Management, the music powerhouse that also manages the likes of Christina Aguilera, Morrissey, the Eagles and Neil Diamond.
The American Idol season seven runner-up, David Archuleta is making his debut in an episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly. In the episode titled “iRocked the Vote,” Archuleta, 16, plays a contestant on an Idol-style show called “America Sings.” He gets a huge spike in votes after winning support in an iCarly webcast.
The America Idol runner up, David Archuleta is no runner up when it comes to chart topping.
David Archuleta from American idol is working on songs for his debut album with Rock Mafia Productions, the Santa Monica based factory behind the Miley Cyrus hits,”7 Things and “See You Again.”
During American Idol 7, David Archuleta’s dad became a major story of the season. Many in press classified him as a stage dad, and things really got heated when reports surfaced that he had been banned from going backstage by American Idol producers. When asked if it was hard to hear the press criticizing his dad, David Archuleta said, “I hadn’t really heard much of it until later on. I tried to stay away from the press and my dad also. He understood that I didn’t like to hear anything going on in the news about me good or bad, just because I didn’t want it to distract me or let it go to my head or anything like that. I just wanted to stay myself and how I was at the beginning of the competition before all this happened. I wanted to keep who I was, the normal teenage David.”
David Archuleta continued, “In interviews and stuff it started coming up and it was just kind of strange because there were really weird things. I heard one thing was like he refused to give me water or something like that. That’s the weirdest thing. I mean, I’m 17 and if I want water I’m pretty sure I would just go get it anyway. Another thing was like he made me cry during one of the recording studios or something like that. I can’t remember really. Just weird things like that. I’m old enough to have enough control over myself. Then the next thing is he’s a great guy. There isn’t really anything he’s done that’s bad like the things that have been spoken about him.”
David Archuleta also added, “You know, my whole family has been such a great support and they’re the ones who’ve kept me grounded and allowed me to be who I am today. No one understands what I’m here for more than they do. They get what I love about music and how it’s changed my life. They’ve witnessed what it’s done for me and so they understand what I want to do while I’m here.”
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After 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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