David Archuleta: Life After Idol

David Archuleta: Life After Idol

SINGAPORE : Known as the shy boy with a squeaky clean image on “American Idol”, David Archuleta had a stunning run in Season 7, finishing second in the finals last year.
In less than a year, the 18-year-old has emerged a big star with his first solo tour in the US and a self-titled debut album that’s been gaining popularity among audiences from all ages.

You’d think with all the experience on “Idol”, performing on stage in front of large crowds would come naturally for the teen star, but Archuleta admitted that he was at a lost at the start of his tour.

“From the first show, I was like ‘Oh my gosh. How am I going to be able to move around the stage. And I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to do.’”

In addition, Archuleta , who was used to performing shorter renditions of songs on “Idol”, had to do up to 17 numbers in one night during his concert, and wasn’t sure if his voice “could hold up till the end”.

“But it seemed like the more I did it, the stronger my voice got,” said the “Crush” hitmaker, who is Singapore as part of a promotional tour in Asia.

“To see how my endurance has grown, how my voice has strengthened, it’s been really neat to see that… And I’m just so glad to be able to overcome that and to have these opportunities to go on tour and to sing.”

He added, “It was crazy to think that everyone there came to see me, like they actually did come to see me perform. It was so out-of this world, so surreal to me.”

Archuleta , whose fan base consists mostly of legions of screaming teen and pre-teen girls along with their mothers, shared that some of his older fans are somewhat embarrassed about raving over his music.

To his older fans, Archuleta said, “You’re never too old to listen to the music.”

“Maybe you’re too old for me, but… as long as you don’t put it that way,” he joked.

So Archuleta fans – young and old – be sure to catch the star’s performance at the newly-opened Iluma Media and Entertainment Centre at Bugis on Tuesday at 7pm. Archuleta might just perform his unreleased song, “Zero Gravity”, a fan favorite during his US tour.

On the amazing response to the song, Archuleta said, “It’s just crazy because they’ve never heard it before! But I think that’s part of what really drew them to it – the excitement of the song and the energy.

“For me, I had so much fun (doing it on the tour). I’m always jumping around and stuff and it’s so cool to see everyone else jumping too. The thrill, it’s just amazing!”

And if you are crossing your fingers that “Zero Gravity” will be released soon, you might be disappointed as even Archuleta doesn’t have an answer to that.

“It’s all up to the (record) label if they want to release it after the response,” he said. “It was a song that people thought wouldn’t work out but we decided to put it in the show for the tour anyway so we can have something fun.”

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~ by archuletafanscene on April 7, 2009.

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