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Cheating on David Archuleta

Posted by fenfan123 on Sunday, May 5, 2013

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Photo credit Pamela Pike

I have a confession. I have strayed, cheated on the man who has held me in thrall for the past five years. I do it every evening, furtively, making eyes at this guy in vest and shirt, singing and dancing and making my heart go kaboom.

Dear Reader, are you confused by my rambling? Are you going “huh”?

You might have guessed that, this being The Voice, I must be talking about David Archuleta. Big sigh! Yes, him! So, he is the enthralling one.  Then who’s the other guy?

I give you Exhibit A.

I just can’t stop watching. I didn’t quite understand why. Not at first anyway. I had never been a fan. His voice does not compare; no, no, not by a long mile. The dancing? Yes, that might be it. But Mr Archuleta can boogie too. We’ve all seen glimpses of that.

Then one night, after several repeats deep into the early hours – bingo!

Mr T doesn’t wear a tie. His vest is less snug, the trousers a looser fit. But let your imagination run just a bit.  Then squint a little.

Can you see it now? Shirt with rolled up sleeves, perfectly knotted tie, body-hugging vest, almost sprayed-on pants. And boots! There they are, with pants tucked in.

Like this.

You understand now, don’t you? I might be watching JT sing and dance but all I see is David Archuleta. The only voice I want to hear. The only guy I want to see – making a big splash everywhere. In 2014.

Until then, I am going to cheat a little by watching JT and transforming him into that one and only guy for me. The brain is a powerful thing, don’t you think?

******

Fenfan is a Staff Writer for The Voice

98 Responses to “Cheating on David Archuleta”

  1. MT said

    Fen,
    Love this! I was actually watching that video and thinking of David, comparing performance styles, wondering how David would sound singing that song and performing like that with a full band and back up singers. And then I read the rest. LOL How funny that you started watching that video, so fascinated, and then realized it reminded you of David.

    David, see what you are driving us to? (How many days left?)

  2. jans11 said

    Fen, what a cute post! :) Everyone I see and hear, I always compare them to David. Just can’t help it! But, with David, there is no comparison, he outdoes them all! ♥ Yep, he does!

  3. Betty (Bit) said

    Fenfan, whilest the wild chat room carried on tonight, how did you ever have time to stick this in? Love it. And thanks.

  4. pocoelsy said

    Fenfan,
    I have to confess I never heard this song in full and worse never watch the vid before your post !! I’m living under a rock lol !! But yeah now I understand what you’re talking about !! like MTand Jans, almost everything I come across reminds me of D!! I always wondering how would D sound on those songs, how would he move, whip his head, roll his soulders, flirt with his eyebrow !! haha ok I stop !! I’m so bias noone compare to our guy !! 10 months until he’s back then we’ll know how he’s gonna treat us !! we have to get ourseleves prepare for the “things” to come in 2014 !! mentally/physically lol

    Oh thanks Fen I enjoy the article very much <3

  5. marlie7 said

    Fenfan – I had to laugh at your cute post. While watching the video, I could see your point, but I COULD NOT listen to the song. Timberlake’s voice is like a 12-year-old boy and just doesn’t…you know….compare! LOL. But thanks for the little treat. I do like the stage moves of Timberlake.

  6. Marlie7 said

    PS – That top photo – oh!

  7. bluesky4home said

    Uh huh…sure, DA. “When they pass around the chocolate….” (*_*)

    Well, that little phrase there (with accompanying emphasis) is enough to put the chocolate makers out of business.
    JT could use a little of that there “chocolate”.

    Fenfan… such a fun article!! It is easy for us to remember that there simply is no replacement for David Archuleta.

  8. potluck8 said

    I really don’t pay much attention to JT, however I think he sounded better on this one than the last song , too girlish

  9. bluesky4home said

    And: JT moves his head to the side for emphasis. DA began doing it (as I understand) to help to relax or encourage the vocal chord. What began as a necessity and to help him breathe has become an excuse for us to stop breathing.

    Somehow, JT’s move just does not pack the same punch. Sorry, JT. Sometimes weaknesses become strengths and then… watch out.

  10. tawna21 said

    Fenfan what a fun article. Yep!, for sure, there is no one who compares to David Archuleta! It will be sooo interesting to see who he brings back to the stage in 2014!

    I really like David’s newer way of dressing, since his ‘Bench make-over’, but I could really get into him dressing in somewhat of the style that JT has on in the video – not the hair though, nope, nope, nope on that, I love the post Bench hair.

    Back to waiting…. haven’t found a replacement…. really don’t want to.

    #DA2014

  11. emmegirl14 said

    Fun article fenfan! And yes, the brain IS a powerful thing, lol!

    Love the premise – big band, mic, tux. Classy.

    Would I mind seeing D doing something like that one day? Nope. :)

  12. Angelica said

    Cheating on David Archuleta!!! Well, ain’t that a shame. I would NEVER do such a thing/*couph*Acha*couph* ;) Seriously, Fen, I love the image of David looking so cool and confident with some sophisticated new moves at the mic stand. He has it in him, we’ve already seen many glimpses of his natural charisma onstage. As BeeBee from Planet Hunkerdown once described it, he has the Thing and the Thang and he knows how to use both!

    Also love your two example vids of David and JT. Here is my fave performance by David from that tour, showing off some pretty deadly grooving

    And another performance from JT on SNL I actually like even better than Mirror that has more dancing. Squint eyes, as Fen instructs and insert David of course.

    Coincidentally, two weeks after I received this article from Fenfan, HG of SoulDavid posted a great write up involving David and JT. You can see it here. http://souldavid.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/come-back-comeback-soul/

    Maybe I been living under a rock, but with all this comparing/contrasting of the two recently, I just noticed something. I must have viewed it a couple of hundred times and it never registered. Kari has just 2 clients: David and Justin Timberlake. What?!! I think my head just exploded! :-O Considering how well JT’s career is going right now, AND the fact that I’d love to see David carve out a cool, well-groomed class act for himself when he returns, I’m really good with this.

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  13. marlie7 said

    Angelica – I NEVER noticed the JT references from Kari – and yes,I’ve seen them, too. They just never kicked into my brain!

  14. bebereader said

    Fenfan,
    You make me smile; your writing is like a breath of fresh air! We won’t tell anyone you cheated; it will be our little secret. lol

    Nice song by JT but I too can’t help imagining David in his place. #DA2014 can’t come soon enough!

    Angelica/Marlie,
    I never made the connection either!!

  15. emmegirl14 said

    Jeez louise, I assumed Kari’s JT references were him but never made a professional connection, duh! Looooving that!

    Thanks for the HG link Angelica. Would love to see the “soul man” return 2014.

  16. jans11 said

    #5…Marlie, I agree with JT’s voice sounding like a 12 yr old! I had to cheat and turn off his video! I couldn’t handle it! I’m so used to David’s BIG voice, that I sometimes wonder how on earth some of the singing stars even make it. And then some don’t even want to give David the time of day! Urrg!

    #12…Angelica, I made the Kari connection and I’m so hoping there is a BIG connection there for David in 2014!!! :) Fingers crossed!!

    #DA2014

  17. funfee said

    Fenfan, that was so much fun, thank you! I was watching the JT video and really enjoying it … but then watched the David video and .. just nobody compares to him for me!!! He has really spoiled me for anyone else. I can enjoy other singers but there is just not that connection that I feel with David. My husband can’t understand how I can listen almost exclusively to David and makes snide comments about my lack of variety but HE JUST DOESN’T UNDERSTAND!!!! It’s hard to settle for anything less when you’ve already found perfection :)

  18. Fenfan, girrrrl !! love how you write ♥haha you’re not cheating,you’re just reaffirming that ” ♫♪nobody does it better♫♪ than David Archuleta!!

    I love this…”You understand now, don’t you? I might be watching JT sing and dance but all I see is David Archuleta. The only voice I want to hear. The only guy I want to see – making a big splash everywhere. In 2014.
    amen!
    It’s always interesting to see what other artists are doing nowadays.Frankly.I can’t quite figure out where JT is going with the big band”look” when his genre of music is kind of..the same.) And the backup singers,kind of overpower him.
    Davids voice is so strong and full and powerful, he can be heard over screaming fans,and the MOTAB choir and orchestra as ‘backup singers” well, you know what I’m sayin’♥ I enjoyed seeing the two videos, one after the other, and the one from SNL.
    JT is a good dancer,but David…. Davids got those natural moves..(gahhh!) and the built in charm and charisma that can’t be beat.♥

    Fi..♥
    “It’s hard to settle for anything less when you’ve already found perfection”

  19. Suzy-Q said

    Funfee, So true, so very true!!!!!

  20. fenfan said

    Glad you guys are having fun with this post.
    JT vs DA – yes – no contest! We know who will always come up on top.
    It really makes me happy to see that I am not the only one who sees David everywhere I look.

    #3 Betty(Bit) – Angelica worked her magic while we were having fun and passing soap around in Chat. See you again there soon.

    #9 Bluesky “JT moves his head to the side for emphasis. DA began doing it (as I understand) to help to relax or encourage the vocal chord. What began as a necessity and to help him breathe has become an excuse for us to stop breathing.” Wow I didn’t know that. A good move in more ways than one! LOL

    #12 Angelica I’ve been watching that Suit and Tie video too. But I prefer the dancing in Mirrors. Somehow I think it’s more David. And the Kari connection – now that you mention it – yes she does seem to have only two clients. And I just saw she is going on a world tour with JT!

    #14 Bebe – thank you so much for not telling! LOL

  21. betsy said

    Cute article, Fen. :)

  22. djafan said

    Fenfan, Thank you for the fun article.

    The mind is a powerful thing, I see David everywhere and relate everything to him, always lol I saw JT perform Mirrors on the Fallon show and just kept thinking, why is he so popular??? David runs circles around him, IMO. But I do have to admit that the role out of this album after not having one for so many years, 7 I believe has been brilliant. Promo, promo, promo, and not any kind of promo creative out of the box promo. I would love to see the same type of creative promo for David for his re introduction to the world, aside from us uber fans.

    The Kari and JT connection has been on going for some time now lol Can’t believe you guys didn’t know or maybe I spend to much time on twitter lol.

    Angelica, those were some interesting tweets you picked up. Don’t know if you remember that Mietra is David’s good friend and Kari knows her, hmmm.

    Kari also gave Bowersox some JT tickets and Gina was there too.

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour 15h
    @crystalbowersox @jtimberlake so glad it worked out you guys were in town and could come! Great seeing you and Gina!

  23. bebereader said

    Posted by @davidarchievenezuela

    OMG! New picture of @DavidArchie for @benchtm we wanna see it official NOW! pic.twitter.com/b83wWswDkn

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    It’s not official and a bit distorted but we’ll take it! :)

  24. djafan said

    Bebe,

    Wowza!!!! David is “owning it” in that there picture. What could it be for??? Bench don’t hold out on us!!!

  25. Where did that come from!?? holy smokin’ moley!!!

  26. Jen A Iowa said

    Fen, loved this article! I too have a penchant for the SNL JT Mirror performance. In fact, I was watching it about once a day on my DVR until he was on Ellen. In the Ellen version, the back up singers came up front and center with him and really rocked out the last chorus. For me the live version is 10,000 times better and more interesting than the recorded version. And yes, I totally agree that JT’s voice doesn’t even come close to David’s. JT is cute, has good stage presence and a nice little keyster but he doesn’t compare to Mr. Archuleta.

  27. MT said

    Sky,
    “Where did that come from!?? holy smokin’ moley!!!”

    hahaha Couldn’t have said it better! (I’d love to see the original of that pic.)

    That sure should sell a lot of whatever they’re selling!

  28. emmegirl14 said

    Repeating sky, “holy smokin’ moley!!!”

    You’re right dja, “owning it” and making sure you know it! (I noticed that mietra tweet too)

  29. pocoelsy said

    Hi
    Come out to join you all !!! SKY “holy smokin moley” on that bench pic.!!!, thanks Bebe for postting, spazzzeey.

  30. jans11 said

    23 picture…there is no way to be able to cheat on David looking at that picture! Wowza! ♥ :)

  31. MT said

    Ok, well I found out where that pic came from. JR has the Bench video it came from posted on TDC. (bottom of the thread) I had forgotten about that lovely video. :) Nice!!

    http://www.thedavidchronicles.com/2013/04/always-something-there-to-remind-me-of-davidarchie/

    Thanks, JR!

  32. MT said

    *sigh* Rough week already. I’m glad it’s Tuesday. Are we having NA chat tonight? :D

    I’m missing “Mr. Holy Smokin’ Moley” up there.

  33. bebereader said

    {{{{{MT}}}}

    Nandito Ako tonight, from the beginning
    10PM Eastern


    credit TV5Philippines

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  34. betsy said

    Okay, I am totally cheating on D with Jon Secada. I’ve always liked him and I like him again.
    I’m Free & Angel are my two favorite oldies. (Oldies lololol. Early 90′s oldies) haha. I bet a million bucks that D and family are fans.
    As I don’t have a million bucks, I’d welsh on that deal. But I think I’m right. :)

  35. MT said

    Betsy,
    I looked up Jon Secada on YouTube. He also sings Angel in Spanish. Beautiful!

    (It’s okay, David, I’m not cheating on you. Just checking him out, just a lil’ bit. haha)

  36. MT said

    Awww Thanks Bebe ♥ I needed that hug.

  37. Abrra said

    Fenfan

    As I told you privately last week, I had a similar idea in mind about the JT/DA connection. I guess my thought is usable for a comment here, now.

    I find myself inserting David in to music related news when I come across it. When I hear about Justin Timberlake coming back to make music after taking a break for acting, it does my heart good. His fans have not left him and he has added more fans because of his acting. Justin Timberlake’s brand is bigger than ever, as well as his popularity. David did the same thing, only in a slightly different order. He built up his career in singing and acting and then went away on his mission. David will reconnect when he is back.

    You gave us a fun article by adding in the videos for the visual impact of “swagga” they both possess. ;)

    Abrra

  38. Angelica said

    Fen, I agree the Mirror moves are much more up David’s alley. And of course, JT, nor anyone else has a voice like David. One thing JT does have is tremendous confidence in what he does and who he is. I would love to see David become more comfortable in his own skin off stage, which is going to be vital for his career to move forward. Here is JT doing the “History of Rap” with Jimmy Fallon. I’m hoping David will be invited on his show when he gets back.

    And here is JT on Jimmy Fallon very recently, promoting his new CD. It has been I think, 7 years since he put out an album but I would bet it does win some Grammys. That’s another thing I would like David to do when he returns…take his time, work with a good team and great production and don’t rush to get something out there. Except the Spanish album which could be done quickly and give him some revenue to work with from sales and tour.

  39. cq#DA2014 said

    Totally agree with you Angelica. David is great just the way he is, but confidence on (I think he does have it on stage, but sometimes still holds back) and off stage. I am thinking that the experience he is having in Chile might bring out that confident man that we all know is there. I’m so excited to see the kind of man David will bring back from Chile. I’m thinking this mission was so important to him that in a way it really held him back, so now that it’s been completed , he will be ready to take his career to the very top. Nothing holding you back baby, the sky the limit!!!

  40. Angelica said

    Cq, I totally agree with you, that the mission hanging over his head was holding him back and he even made comments early on that, he WAS doing his mission with his music. How long was that burden to be endured? What decisions did it affect and would continue to affect? Men in the LDS Church don’t spend their whole lives serving a mission. They serve 2 years and then get straight to work on their secular ambitions and goals for the rest of their lives. Hopefully he is growing and learning a lot about himself and his ability to hold his own in any situation. When he accomplishes his mission he will be unencumbered and free to fly. Then like you say, “Nothing holding you back baby, the sky’s the limit!!!”

    I doubt he has lost any of his legendary morphing skills.

  41. beloirti said

    #16 Jan11–(now that I write that it doesn’t look sp right) Looks like a good snow day instead of your name (no disrespect intended). Back to David’s voice vs JT. No comparison in my mind. 1st word that comes to my mind is “depth”. It’s hard to describe. You “have to be there”….1st ever for me was when he spoke (and sang) at a Women’s Conference in SLCity with our Senator Hatch a few years back. I was astounded at the power that came out of that little person. He almost could get away from using a microphone!

    That leads to a constant worry I can’t shed (Just call me worry wart–soon I’ll have as many handles as Gladys). When he went on one of his longish tours, there came a point where he had to protect his voice a bit between shows. He puts everything he has into every song whether first or last. I kept a prayer in my heart that his vocal chord would stand up under the pressure…He never complains. He’s having too much fun. I only heard him once mention how sore his throat would get on tour. He’d sound so hoarse that I’d think he could only get a croak out, but no, that voice was still there. A gift for sure.

    #3 Fenfan I enjoyed learning about chat the other night. I learned more tonight. I tried to find the Nandito Ako chat room. I searched all over for the gang…to no avail. Kept turning on the chat for Unplugged to see if they’d show up there. Finally (after it was over), Gladys happened in and shared the link so I’ll be set next time. Very next site I pulled up? One that had the directions of where to go! What is it with me and computors? I panic and it freezes!…..but I’m getting my toes wet!….Sorry I’m going on and on. For all I know this isn’t the right place for it so,
    Hello! Goodbye! Til next time. B

  42. Abrra said

    Here is the link to the Nandito Ako chat room. The video runs continuously.

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

    Below the main video screen is a small library video. Click that for “on demand” viewing. You can skip forward and back ward among the episodes.

    Welcome to The Voice Beloirti :)

    CQ & Angelica

    Confidence? Swagga?

    Abrra

  43. fenfan said

    Ok I think I can stop watching that JT video and keep looking at that pic at #23 instead. Mr A needs to show us that “Mr. Holy Smokin’ Moley” more often!

    Oh and who can forget Mr Confidence – the most popular guy in Chat!

    But it would really be nice if DA trots out some dance moves like JT. LOL

    Yes Angelica I have seen those Jimmy Fallon videos. They are really quite funny. I can see David doing something like that. After all, didn’t he do such a good job with that “What’s in the box?” video?

    #37 Abrra I am totally with you there – inserting David in to music related news.

    Lately I’ve been seeing him in that Pink and Nate Ruess duet “Just Give Me A Reason”. When Nate comes bouncing out stage front to sing his part, I see David slinking forward like he does in that Mr Confidence video and then I think DA can surely sing that better!

    I think I need help!

  44. angelofdja said

    Fenfan, No help necessary! Although Abrra’s candy jar has all “kinds-of-help” that has saved me many times!
    I have learned to carry my ODD with pride! I just figure it’s all the rest of the worlds problem if they don’t “get” my disorder! LOL!

  45. MT said

    Angelica,
    This >> “I would love to see David become more comfortable in his own skin off stage, which is going to be vital for his career to move forward.”

    I completely agree with you and CQ. When he gains the same confidence in who he is off stage the way he has it onstage, there will be no stopping him! I’d love to see him on TV feeling free & confident enough to let loose and have a good time playing around the way JT was in those videos. :)

    I can’t wait to see the “new & improved” and (what was it Kari said?) “bigger and better than ever” David. ♥ Can’t wait, can’t wait. :D

    Abrra,
    When I click on the Mr. Confidence vid (lots of confidence & swagga going on there!) it says “set to private” Is it just me? :(

    Fen,
    LOL Mr. Confidence is definitely the most popular guy in chat. ;)

    Beloirti … Welcome! :)

  46. angelofdja said

    MTand Abrra, I am getting that same message.

  47. Abrra said

    Thanks MT for alerting me . I’ll fix it to public when I get home from work.

    Sorry!

    Abrra

  48. angelofdja said

    Thanks Abrra :-)

  49. MT said

    Thanks Abrra! :)

    Oh, and WAY off topic but I saw this posted and you guys have got to see this. AMAZING!! Would love for David to have a MV this creative. (It’s not a MV but I think it would make a great one!)


    credit: TheVocalVault

    Hope you guys don’t mind me sharing this here.

  50. djafan said

    Abrra, I totally agree with this.
    “I find myself inserting David in to music related news when I come across it. When I hear about Justin Timberlake coming back to make music after taking a break for acting, it does my heart good. His fans have not left him and he has added more fans because of his acting. Justin Timberlake’s brand is bigger than ever, as well as his popularity. David did the same thing, only in a slightly different order. He built up his career in singing and acting and then went away on his mission. David will reconnect when he is back.”

    And that is a perfect example of confidence and swagger :)

    Angelica,
    I’m a viewer of the Jimmy Fallon show. JT and Jimmy have a blast and are so entertaining. But it stops there for me. I think David surpasses JT who is in his thirty’s on stage presence, swagger, sex appeal all without trying lol and there is no comparison with the vocals IMO.

    Bel,
    “1st word that comes to my mind is “depth”. It’s hard to describe.” It is hard to describe but it/he blows me away every time. By the way what a treat it must have been to be at the Women’s conference. I have that entire speech with the singing on my ipod under talking playlist lol I listen to it regularly.

    Cq,
    “I am thinking that the experience he is having in Chile might bring out that confident man that we all know is there. I’m so excited to see the kind of man David will bring back from Chile. I’m thinking this mission was so important to him that in a way it really held him back, so now that it’s been completed , he will be ready to take his career to the very top. Nothing holding you back baby, the sky the limit!!!”
    I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! Well said.

    Fenfan, I need help too!!!

    Angelodja, lol We are card carrying ODDER’s!!!

    MT,

    Kari did say “bigger and better than ever” David. ♥ Can’t wait, can’t wait. ME EITHER!!

  51. djafan said

    Nice David Archuleta mention by USA Today!

    Worst song choice: Team Shakira

    Don’t sing John Lennon’s Imagine in a singing competition. Just don’t do it. Unless you completely rearrange it, or you’re Idol’s David Archuleta.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/05/07/the-voice-recap-may-7/2142975/

  52. djafan said

    And they have a hyperlink using David’s name to his performance of Imagine, shout out got nicer :)

  53. Abrra said

    I set the video in #42 to public.

    Enjoy!

    Abrra

  54. ronaleem said

    Fen:

    Thanks for your article. I watched all the videos and read all the comments and I just have to say–I don’t like Justin Timberlake’s performing style! Despite JT’s talent and the obvious hard work he’s put into his act, I still have to say it. Maybe it’s because I wouldn’t be listening to music if it weren’t for David, and therefore haven’t developed an appreciation for a wide variety of performers. Or maybe it’s because JT is older, flashier, more care-worn, and less I don’t know—wholesome? light-exuding? innocently charismatic?–than David. JT’s dancing style seems really jerky to me (it makes me nervous!); his voice is okay, but not exceptional; his overall persona is sorta oily; and he radiates no light. To me, he gives the appearance of being a past-his-prime Vegas singer who tries too hard.

    JT is a performer. David performs from his soul. Just my two cents.

  55. djafan said

    Get your twitter ready!!!

    McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr 2m
    All @davidarchie fans tweet Happy David Archuleta Day at 8:00 pm EST May 8 to celebrate 5th Anniv. of David Archuleta Day on American Idol.

  56. djafan said

    Ronaleem,

    “older, flashier, more care-worn, and less I don’t know—wholesome? light-exuding? innocently charismatic?–than David. JT’s dancing style seems really jerky to me (it makes me nervous!); his voice is okay, but not exceptional; his overall persona is sorta oily; and he radiates no light. To me, he gives the appearance of being a past-his-prime Vegas singer who tries too hard.”

    I think you may have just hit it on the nail for me by listing the many reasons why no other singer has captured my attention BD or AD.

  57. MT said

    Rona, Dja,

    As much as I, like you both, have loved David for all the reasons you listed and many more, he will not remain the innocent 18, 19, or 20 year old we have known. He will continue to grow personally as the years go by, just as he will grow professionally. His experiences as he ages cannot help but affect him as a person and as an artist.

    As much as I have loved who and what David was, I am excited for all that he will become. Whatever changes are in store, you can be assured that he will not morph into someone far out of character with who he has always been. He will just be “more David.” A new and even better David. (Because I know he won’t be a worse David, it follows he will be better than ever.)

    I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

  58. djafan said

    I like you lots too MT,

    I hear what you are saying but maybe our interpretation differs some? This is what I interpreted.

    wholesome – not perverted or vulgar

    light exuding – he glows

    innocently charismatic – natural charm, no pretenses, doesn’t fake it

    I think he will keep these qualities as he matures, gains life experience and becomes a grown man. I don’t think he’ll ever have to try to be charismatic. Actually I don’t see him as an innocent, never have. He said that part of his mission would help him grow in ways he hadn’t been able to and I can’t wait to see and hear who he brings back in 2014 :)

  59. Abrra said

    Here is the video shown at the Bench launch event. The image in #23 was a screen cap from this video.


    @BenchLaunch ( posted by JR4DA2012)

    Abrra

  60. MT said

    {{{Dja}}}
    Ahhhh .. Thanks for explaining your interpretation. I guess I did read them more literally thinking more of “wholesome and innocent” so I see what you mean. It might because I had just read a comment elsewhere saying they don’t want David to change and I was already thinking “but he will change, he has to” and kind of brought that train of thought here.

    One thing we all agreed on is that we have loved who he was and already know we’ll love who he becomes. :)

    Abrra,
    Thanks for the vid. I sure do love me some Bench pics. :)

  61. MT said

    Ok, just realized I didn’t clarify something I said there. When I said “but he will change, he has to” I mean because no one stays the same forever.

  62. bluesky4home said

    “I doubt he has lost any of his legendary morphing skills.”

    Oh, Angelica!! You sly creature, you!
    Morphing skills? What? Who remembers those feeewwww moments *cough* when DA puts a face on his face and suddenly we are lost. Cause we haven’t got a clue: Gobswiped. Slampeded. Muffelpinned. And ……. And breathless to boot! (All by his twilit-piercing, cardiac-stomping, sparkle twins. Just sayin’)

    Aha! Truth is, shyness is just his “cover”. His alter-ego. His, “Clark”, as it were. Born with the ability to R.U.N. (Reinvent Unlimited Nuances) faster than a speeding beat, channel passion more powerful than a locomotive, and leap tall “bridges” with a single vocal chord… well, it was necessary for him to “cloak” himself as a mild-mannered young man.

    As you say, Angellica: the stuff of which legends are made.

  63. ronaleem said

    I have felt a little bad for my ¬critique of JT. Perhaps it sounds somewhat mean-spirited, but I hope not. Maybe I could have done without the “oily” and “Vegas singer” parts. However, I still don’t like his style.

    Djafan: Your interpretation is correct. I was trying to state the contrast I see between JT and David, or maybe more accurately, I was trying to state what David is by defining what JT isn’t. Thanks for articulating what I didn’t.

    MT: You are so right about David not staying young. That’s the only David I know, and I want him to stay that way. But he will grow and mature and have life experiences, both good and bad. It’s inevitable. However, I believe he will make the best of those experiences. I agree with both you and Djafan that David will return as a more refined version of himself, and I share your excitement to see that man and what he becomes. You’re right, what he becomes can only be good

  64. Angelica said

    I said,

    “I would love to see David become more comfortable in his own skin off stage, which is going to be vital for his career to move forward.”

    At no time did I say JT was a better singer, performer, or more charismatic, sexy, or appealing than David.

  65. beloirti said

    MT, that dance video was fascinating. I would love to see how they did it to make it look so weird.

  66. jans11 said

    #41, Bel, haha, sometimes I even think of a date when I sign my name. :) The 11 is my birthdate and 11 is my address and zip! And when I look at the time it’s usually something 11! Uncanny! I say it’s the angels watching out for me. :)

    #42, Mr Confidence! I was lucky enought to see that in person, but I was on the other side! I’ve tried to find myself, but it’s too dark and the spotlight goes over the crowd too fast! I even tried to stop the video to find me to no avail!

    #43, I remember the “What’s in the Box” video…never underestimate the power of the Archuleta! Never know what he’s going to do!

    #49, WOW!!!!!

    #51 Love the USA Today mention. I thought the same thing when I watched it! I was telling him, “no, that’s David’s song”!!! haha

    #54 RightO!! David performs from his soul! For some reason, I have never cared for JT. Don’t know why. Only heard him sing once on tv and thought his voice was weak, but he had a good band and he was a pretty good entertainer. Like I’ve said time and again, David has me spoiled. To me there will never ever be anyone as good as he is!!

  67. Angelica said

    Bit, you have mail. :)

  68. cq#DA2014 said

    #49 Derek Hugh on DWTS is amazing. He’s one of the reasons I love to watch that show so much, that and I love dance.
    One way for David to show the world he’s back and heading toward superstar power is for him to have a guest star on such a BIG tv show, like DWTS when he returns. Don’t know if that’s even possible because most that guest star are biggies already, or, have a big, hit song…still hoping.

  69. MT said

    Angelica,
    I get you. While JT is no where near as amazingly talented in terms of singing (and charisma), his ability to be relaxed and confident, to let go and have fun both on stage and off is a huge plus for him.

    While I’d love to think that David’s shyness doesn’t have an impact, I don’t think that’s the case. When he actually lets go of the nerves in interviews and appearances, I think it will take his career up another notch, for sure.

    Oh, and I really hope he lets go of his inhibitions when dancing. He often puts his head down and seems embarrassed when he dances. He should realize by now that every move he makes is loved by his fans. So bring on the moves, David! :)

    JMO

    Cq,
    haha If David went on DWTS it might actually kill me. My ODD might explode. But what a way to go! :D

  70. MT said

    PS We’ve seen enough of David to know he’s got a great natural rhythm. We’ve seen how smooth he moves in the Rainbow MV. and seen glimpses of his dancing (short bursts) on stage. Remember the Douggie? And the shoulder moves and little slide back thing he did when singing Riu Riu Chiu? He did some nice ones in Feliz Navidad, too. He’s holding out on us. He’s got the moves. He just needs to let go and show us ALL he’s got! Don’t know if I’d survive, but I’d like to give it a shot!

    Just a little glimps: see video below. And while you’re enjoying the dancing check out the eyebrows at 2:56. haha, Also check out the walking dip at 3:42. LOVE that!


    credit:Kristina Jardine

  71. 70. cute video MT, love that one. boy oh boy, don’t think there is anyone of us who doesn’t want to see David ‘cut loose” when it comes to dancin’ The man has perfect rythmn.eek!
    It’s easy to forget too,that JT IS
    31 years old,
    was a Disney Mouseketeer,
    and has a lot of ‘choreographed’ moves from his “In Sync” days.
    I think those things have gotten him much further along in his ‘singing’/acting career, than his voice aloneever could have. He has some good moves….but David, ahhhh David barely has to move but a shoulder, or his hips,or his head,or his legs, and you can feel the natural rythmn and dance potential (beast! ah oooooh!! )that lies within. Some part of him is always moving, when he sing and he feels every single beat. Oh and lets not forget how he did that subtle Michael J move in TOSOD.The Christmas tour, we saw him break out of that no dancing, in a big way.It was a giant step.Just wait till he really lets loose. lkjgl;ksajfskjkj;kjfks;f!
    Now with that in mind if you’ll excuse me, I have to go lay down a minute. o->—-<

  72. bebereader said

    Regarding Justin Timberlake, I just remembered that I saw him in concert back when he was the front man for pop boyband NSYNC. They were my daughter’s favorite band in 2002 and we took her and a few of her friends to see them in concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC for her 11th birthday. Justin Timberlake was the youngest one in the group and the fans’ favorite.

    But individually, he didn’t stand out to me. None of them did. Maybe you had to be eleven years old to appreciate them. They put on a great show; I liked their songs a lot and their voices blended well together. They were funny onstage with a lot of stage presence. They were young kids and learned how to handle themselves; every single dance move was choreographed. It was obvious that they had a lot of training. Maybe more training than real talent.

    Born in 1981, JT was, at that time, about the age David is now. I don’t remember thinking that he had any depth or charisma. The audience was comprised of kids with accompanying parents. As young as David appears at times, he seems more mature to me than JT did back then.

    This video may be from the concert we went to. The beginning is actually very comical. You won’t see JT on stage closeup until about 4:46.

    Fast forward eleven years later and JT is now a married man, in his early thirties with business, stage and acting experience. He has been performing since he was nine years old in The New Mickey Mouse Club, then Star Search (which he didn’t win, by the way) and then joining NSYNC when he was 14. I don’t know how much is natural, but the confidence you see in him comes from almost twenty years of performance experience. It’s not surprising that the backup singers overpower him; he got his training singing in a group.

    David is learning everything on his own and has both talent, charisma and natural dancing moves. Imagine what he will be like in ten years!!!

    #41 Beloirti,

    Welcome to The Voice! I’m sorry you couldn’t find us on Tuesday night for Nandito Ako chat. I’m the Moderator for the NA chat and would have loved to welcome you to join us. Every Tuesday between 6 or 7PM Eastern, I post a link to the chat room in the comments of the current article. I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.

  73. Abrra said

    WAYYYYYYYYYY off topic but this will be fun for those who do play Candy Crush. I was looking on YouTube for help to solve a level and came across this. ( I don’t cheat, despite what Angelica says) I am merely trying to “improve” my chances to win a level. ;)

    Abrra

  74. djafan said

    (((MT)))
    “but he will change, he has to” There is no getting around this, it’s part of life. I see those comments where they don’t want him to change, I don’t understand that line of thinking. All I see is the huge successful life ahead of him in anything he does, he is that good.

    Bluesky,
    “Aha! Truth is, shyness is just his “cover”. His alter-ego. His, “Clark”, as it were. Born with the ability to R.U.N. (Reinvent Unlimited Nuances) faster than a speeding beat, channel passion more powerful than a locomotive, and leap tall “bridges” with a single vocal chord… well, it was necessary for him to “cloak” himself as a mild-mannered young man.”

    You are so good ♥

    Angelica,
    “I doubt he has lost any of his legendary morphing skills.” Morphing skilllllllls! He’s probably doubled them by now.

    Ronaleem, :)

    Jans, “Like I’ve said time and again, David has me spoiled. To me there will never ever be anyone as good as he is!!” I’m able to enjoy and be entertained by others but it ends there :)

    Cq,
    “One way for David to show the world he’s back and heading toward superstar power is for him to have a guest star on such a BIG tv show, like DWTS when he returns.” I’m hopeful in this area because I think there will be lots of peeps curious to see David after being away for two years.

    MT,
    “He should realize by now that every move he makes is loved by his fans.” David said once that he is self conscious but during the MKOCT I could see him letting go more and more. His cousin Vanessa said that David is holding out, that he’s a good dancer and I’ve seen glimpses of that since the beginning.

    Sky,
    “but David, ahhhh David barely has to move but a shoulder, or his hips,or his head,or his legs, and you can feel the natural rythmn and dance potential (beast! ah oooooh!! )that lies within.” Yep!!!

    Bebe,
    “David is learning everything on his own and has both talent, charisma and natural dancing moves. Imagine what he will be like in ten years!!!” I knew JT was older didn’t realize in his 30′s now, huge difference. I can only imagine and this video is one of my favorites for imagining :)

    Check him out!

  75. bluesky4home said

    72. Bebereader:

    You are so right! JT has major skills at dancing, etc. DA, I do not think, has that kind of dancing skill. Before you clobber me….
    I just mean that every time I have seen him have to do “choreographed” moves, he is awkward. His mom tried, etc. JT looks like a dancer who sings. I work with people & movement for a living. DA is not really comfortable with choreographed moves.

    But… let him feel the music… and he will, I believe, explode with his own moves. Give him just a few parameters, guidelines, and let him take it from there. It is like how he improvises with music: let him improvise with movement as well.

    I have no doubt he will amaze, as he always does. And the “movements” that he just cannot hold within? Those are the ones I want to see.

    Hey.. I have my life insurance up to date. No worries.

  76. beloirti said

    I made a comment about David having more depth than JT….#72, Bebe, I did really notice I couldn’t hear JT when his background singers sang. David has the ability to blend in and not stand out when he singing with someone. If he feels shy he is sometimes a bit softer than I’d like. But when he “owns” it, he does have the ability to stand out strong when it is appropriate.

    (Nice to meet you, moderator. Thanks for the invite)

    Abrra! Candy Crush ! Fun-neeee!

    Sky, I like what you have to say about David’s moving.

    Hope to say hi on Tuesday. Betty

  77. bebereader said

    Today was David Archuleta Day!
    Had to share this!

    credit ZuperArchie

  78. MT said

    77.Bebe,
    I still love that video. ♥ Happy David Archuleta Day!

    Betty,
    Re: how they did that weird dancing video in comment 49. If you run it all the way to the end, the last 30 seconds or so show’s how they did it. They actually build a room and were turning the room while they danced!! How cool is that!

  79. jans11 said

    74..Dj that is my all time favorite of David dancing too. :)

    Love David Archuleta day! Hard to believe it’s been 5 yrs already!

    Welcome to The Voice Betty! ♥

    I’m heading towards Nashville in the morning! Touched base with Emi and will meet up with her. I’ve met so many great David fans! David makes our life so nice!! :)

    #DA2014

  80. Angelica said

    Love all the discussion on David and dancing.

    Bebe, I think you’re right with this observation about JT and NSYNC. “Maybe more training than real talent.” Like others have said here, I don’t think choreographed dance is for David.

    And Bluesky, “But… let him feel the music… and he will, I believe, explode with his own moves. Give him just a few parameters, guidelines, and let him take it from there. It is like how he improvises with music: let him improvise with movement as well.”

    Sky, “…but David, ahhhh David barely has to move but a shoulder, or his hips,or his head,or his legs, and you can feel the natural rythmn and dance potential (beast! ah oooooh!! )that lies within.” LOL, did you have a nice lie down? All better now?

    MT,

    Finally got to watch the vid you posted in #49, cool stuff and great editing there! I posted a video a few days ago and removed it till I could convert and download a better version. This is just…well, you just have to watch it.

  81. MT said

    Angelica,
    Wow! LOVE that video! There are some amazingly creative and talented people out there. This is the type of creativity that I would love to see incorporated into David’s music videos. He deserves something spectacular like this to go with “that voice.”

    It’s coming. I don’t know if it will be in one year or five years or ten, but it’s coming. And I’m waiting for it.

  82. fenfan said

    # 75 Bluesky “JT looks like a dancer who sings.” I can’t agree more. I have been watching his Mickey Mouse Club videos (OMG WHY!!!) and a documentary about the Club – that was a great “school” for kids to learn to be singers and dancers.
    So JT took 20 years to become what he is today. I hope we don’t have to wait 20 years for David to grow into his full potential. I don’t think I have the time to wait that long. LOL

  83. beloirti said

    I just came across this. I wonder why I haven’t seen it before?

  84. cq#DA2014 said

    WOW Beloirti, I think I just might even like this video for EH better than the official one of David. Very artistic and moving.

  85. beloirti said

    I felt the sam, Cq, but I didn’t know if I should say it. I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes.

  86. beloirti said

    same

  87. emmegirl14 said

    Loving the discussion!

    bebe 72- right on!!

    It isn’t so much “change” I am expecting, but growth – the growth that comes with getting older and from experiencing life. I too am waiting for the day when his off stage confidence catches up with his on stage confidence. When it does, Katy bar the door!

    It is weird to look at how talented he is and still feel that there is so much more untapped in there!!
    He has more vocal talent in the little finger of his huge hands than chart topping singers and more performance skills (rhythm and moves) in the little toe of his huge feet than performers 10-15 years older than him. Not to mention the Johnny Depp that lurks within.

    bluesky “But… let him feel the music… and he will, I believe, explode with his own moves. Give him just a few parameters, guidelines, and let him take it from there. It is like how he improvises with music: let him improvise with movement as well.”……perfect!
    “And the “movements” that he just cannot hold within? Those are the ones I want to see.”……… ye-e-e-e-ssss!

    and this should be put to music….. “DA puts a face on his face and suddenly we are lost. Cause we haven’t got a clue: Gobswiped. Slampeded. Muffelpinned. And ……. And breathless to boot! (All by his twilit-piercing, cardiac-stomping, sparkle twins. Just sayin’)”

  88. bluesky4home said

    Emmegirl14

    You speak “bluesky”!!!!! Thanks, you make me feel like “not such a nerd”.

    And by the way, I thought your reference to “.. the Johnny Depp that lurks within”, SO spot on. Gave me chills.

    (mu-fassa!)

  89. bebereader said

    Since we’re talking cheating here, can I confess? Last night I got caught in several vortexes, those of artists other than David. For shame, for shame. :) I had some time and decided to find out what the artists I liked pre-David, the ones I have been ignoring, have been doing for the last five to six years. I started off with a full Bon Jovi concert that I hadn’t seen, then to Enrique Iglesias and finally, Rod Stewart. It’s been a while since I listened to these artists who I was once a fan of.

    Was I in for a rude awakening! When I came back here to The Voice of David singing “Everybody Hurts” I nearly fell off my rocker and got hit by a bolt of lightning! I was almost in shock! As good as those other artists are, and some have been in the business for a very long time, none of them sounds as good as David. The sound of his voice affects me like no other artist ever has. It’s heavenly, rich, full, strong, always on key and a perfect fit. I was like ‘whatttttt????”

    I may stray but I’ll always come back home.

  90. gladys1961 said

    I posted a new article, there is a part about this blog, I would like to read it.
    Thanks.

    http://salt-david-city-2250.blogspot.com.ar/

  91. betsy said

    Gladys, I just read your new blog article, it was very good, (muy bueno) a nice shout out to all the blogs!

    In addition, I just saw this video and had to share. Please watch it, I almost didn’t and would have been sad to miss something so cute and great.
    I love this child. <3
    (the faces he makes while singing is worth everything)

  92. pocoelsy said

    Betsy #91
    Aww I want to give that little guy a big hug, now you make me wonder how David sounded like when he was like2 or 3 years old !! must be the most adorable and cutest thing in the world when he started learning speaking !! thank you for the vid.

    Bebe
    What you wrote #89 just got me thinking!! think of those fans who’s left D for other artists !! they will have their own rude awakening when David comes back and rediscover him again they’ll find out that , “none of them sounds as good as David. The sound of his voice affects me like no other artist ever has. It’s heavenly, rich, full, strong, always on key and a perfect fit. I was like ‘whatttttt????”” They may stray but they’ll always come back home.I believe so

  93. fenfan said

    #73 Abrra I played Candy Crush for the first time today! I got stuck at level 8 and got some time outs as well. LOLOL!!!!
    So I thought I should watch that video for some tips. Now I am an expert. bwahahahaha!!!!
    The rest of you – keep calm and continue discussing our favourite guy.
    I wonder whether he plays Candy Crush.

  94. Abrra said

    Fenfan

    There are tons of videos on YouTube, BUT they are not that helpful as the game is mainly LUCK. The best tip I can give you is work from the bottom as much as you can. You get the benefit of removing the bottom and the top ones fall on their own. Work the corner spots early if possible.

    The rest is up to that old thing called “chance”.

    Sorry for your new addiction :)

    Abrra

  95. Abrra said

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    Click to go http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  96. MT said

    Gladys,
    Great recap! I followed almost the same path. I used to visit all those sites. But I never commented until I found this place. Just like you, Gladys, I have found my home here.

    Betsy,
    That little boy is so adorable!! I love when he would hold her hand when he was singing. Too cute! I can just imagine David as an adorable little tike, singing his little heart out. So sweet! :)

    Bebe,
    “The sound of his voice affects me like no other artist ever has. It’s heavenly, rich, full, strong, always on key and a perfect fit.” <<< Ditto.

  97. MT said

    Umm, Don’t know what happened there. That should say “just” like you.

    Is the site acting wonky for anyone else? Sometimes, while I’m typing a comment, it just stops reacting and I can’t type anymore. And sometimes the chat line disappears and all I get is background. Until I refresh.

    Maybe it’s my PC. This Windows8 program does some strange things.

    ADMIN EDIT – I fix. Site hasn’t been wonky for me. hmmm…idk.

  98. Abrra said

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