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Imagine this is the next American Idol

February 27, 2008

The thing people may not know about David Archuleta is that when he was 11, he got to meet the finalists of the first season of "American Idol" when he was in Los Angeles to watch the season finale. He ran into them at the hotel and he got to sing for them. He says it was scary and exciting and the contestants were so positive. He says it was one of the most memorable moments of his life.

Yesterday, he sang John Lennon's "Imagine," and I have to say, this is the first time I've actually enjoyed someone messing with a song that shouldn't be messed with. He didn't do anything funky with it or beatbox to it - he just slowed it down a bit and changed a note or two, and it was breath-taking. I may have run out of words to describe how amazing this kid is - I'm actually tearing up a bit at this performance. He's only 17 years old and he manages to capture this song and its message - it's just perfection. What else can be said, really? I'm speechless

And the audience just loves him, the girls are going crazy - I think I actually heard some girl scream "Marry me!" I feel like the impact he's made on this season is so huge, even if he got booted this week, he'd still get a record deal. But anyway, Randy tells him that it was one of the best vocals he has ever heard on the show, that he's singing with such maturity that all that can be said is that he's doing exactly what he was born to do, that it was brilliant.

When Randy Jackson said, Dawg, thats one of the best vocals Ive ever heard on this show, he gave Paula a tough act to follow.

Paula tells him he's ridiculous, that she just wants to squish him and dangle him from her rear view mirror. She says that song is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and his was one of the most moving performances she's ever heard. Simon says it was very, very risky to do a John Lennon song, particularly that one, but it worked. He says David's the one to beat and that there are 19 other miserable contestants sitting there tonight.

David Archuleta is the next American idol because he made some other 10 or 11 year old Imagine that he wants to be as good or better than David, and that is what will continue to make American Idol the inspiring show it has become.

If you love music, you love American Idol.

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