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‘American Idol’ notes: David Archuleta interview (City Winery Atlanta 12/10), Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Alaina, Simon Cowell

Originally posted Friday, November 29, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

David Archuleta, about to turn 29, has a birthday planted right between two major holidays: Christmas and New Year’s. 

That was just fine with him as a kid.

“I didn’t want to make a big deal about it,” Archuleta said in a recent interview to promote his City Winery Atlanta Christmas tour appearance December 10. (Tickets sold here  but looks sold out) “I didn’t have to get as much attention.” 

He also admitted that decisiveness was not his strong suit:  “I didn’t know what I wanted for my birthday.”

But Christmas itself remains a joyous time for Archuleta, which is why he has released a deluxe version of his second Christmas album “Winter in the Air” with three extra tracks.

He added “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole, an a cappella version of “Still Still Still” and a cover of N Sync’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” with help from members Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick in the video. His “aw shucks” sweetness has not changed from his time on “Idol” in 2008. 

“It’s meant to be cheesy,” he said. 


Archuleta has done multiple Christmas tours in recent years and it works for him. “It’s become a thing I do and I love it,” he said. “I like to provide a place where people can gather and have fun and sing along while also having some more sacred moments as well.”

He has plans for an album of originals in 2020 he has largely finished. But he said he has struggled with indecision, a major bugaboo of his. 

“I get paralyzed,” Archuleta said. “I have these mental walls I run into. Why does this keep happening? Sometimes I go and do some therapy to understand why I keep freezing. I left my fears get to me. I worry too much. I would get frustrated. I’m an adult. Why does this keep happening? I’ve always been a worrier, very self conscious.”

He realizes this causes him to miss opportunities. “I want to live my adult life the fullest, he said. “Try new things, push myself forward.” 

This issue not only affects his professional life but also his personal one as well. 

Archuleta, currently single, wouldn’t mind having a family at some point. “I just think it’d be beautiful,” he said. “Once again, fears come up. Uh oh. If I get close to someone, something wrong or bad will happen.”

He has not gotten onto dating apps, though his sister met her husband that way. “I have set up profiles,” he said. “But then it gets to the point where I need to put up a picture. I stop.” 

He worries that someone wants to meet him merely because of his fame. “To be honest, I’m often more afraid of the people who like me than than those who don’t,” he said. “I worry I will disappoint them.” 

He said his next batch of songs address this. 

Archuleta is also happy that Kelly Clarkson has found success with her talk show. “She has the right personality for that,” he said. “She’s personable and herself.” 

When he was just 11 years old, he attended the “American Idol” season one finale that Clarkson won six years before he came in second. “Before the results, I met and got to sing with her,” he said. “It was a fun moment.” 


David Archuleta

8 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2019

City Winery Atlanta

650 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (you may have to go on third-party sites to get tickets because it appears sold out)