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If you’re reading this, you’re a fan of David Archuleta. And not just any fan, a big fan, an ODD fan, because regular fans don’t go to fan sites. Right? So, why do we do it? What is it about David Archuleta?
In a conversation with another fan the other day, all of David’s wonderful attributes naturally came up. I mean, honestly, can you talk about David without going on for hours if you’re in the company of another fan?
Conversations usually begin with a discussion about his amazing voice and his most recent songs. Phrases like … beyond amazing … so incredible … like melted chocolate … and smooth as butter … are usually heard. Eventually, we run out of words to describe his gorgeous voice and the topic turns to his most recent photos and photo shoots.
What hasn’t been mentioned about David’s good looks? We have covered his smile, his eyes, his ears, his eyebrows, his chin, his fabulous jaw-line, his nose, his dimples, his flawless skin … AND THE HAIR!! OMG! THE HAIR! (Yes, I know, I have a thing for the hair. haha) But apart from individual traits, there seems to be a consensus among fans that when you put all those beautiful parts together you get one gorgeous young man who doesn’t seem to realize he is beautiful.
At the end of our conversation, I was remembering all the comments with a smile when it suddenly occurred to me that we spent as much time talking about his clothes and his looks as we did his wonderful voice. And I thought, “What is it that really keeps me here?”
Is it still his voice and character, or because he’s gorgeous? Of course, it’s hard to separate the two because with David it seems to be a little of everything. But I can’t deny that he is a pleasure to look at. So I decided to try to dissect “THE WHY OF IT.”
For me, it started with American Idol. David was only 17 years old, 16 in the audition and Hollywood rounds. Oh yes, he was a real cutie pie, but I’d hardly have called him handsome. He was adorable. That’s all, just simply adorable, and he stayed that way for a very long time.
I fell in love during American Idol in 2008 with a 16/17 year-old boy who sang like an angel and captured my heart. Just looking at him made me smile, almost the same way that looking at my grandson’s face does. His sweet face and his smile just melted my heart every time I saw him. He was literally a bundle of joy who, in some unexplainable way, made me happy. When the show ended, I realized I wasn’t ready to let him go.
Well, you all know how the story goes from there. I discovered YouTube!!! And fansites!! And chats with all of you guys!! Life was good! The ODD just kept growing like a well-watered plant!
Day after day, while I was reading articles and waiting up for concert footage, David Archuleta just kept digging his way deeper and deeper into my life. There were videos and concert recaps to enjoy, new concerts and events coming up to get excited about, and ALWAYS … my “David friends” to share it all with.
And theeeennnn … while I wasn’t looking, he grew up. During the My Kind Of Christmas Tour a new David showed up. Oh My Stars!!! He was dressed to kill, came out slinking onto the stage, smooth as silk, singing a jazzy little number and flirting with the audience ↓ and I thought,
“Where the heck did little David go? Who is this guy?”
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In sudden shock, I realized that David was no longer just that little cutie-pie I fell in love with. This was a man who was taking the stage by storm and driving the ladies out of their minds. You could tell by the SCREAMS in those first videos that I wasn’t the only one he caught by surprise! I’m not even going to get started on the Bench BTS videos and photos, the pink shirt and the fan, or the Rainbow music video.
So now, I am faced with adjusting my ODD to encompass this new development. Well … honestly? It wasn’t all that difficult. It took a little while, but I eventually got there and was able to accept that not only was I a fan of his voice and character, but I started to really appreciate what a good-looking young man he had become.
So while I still don’t completely understand my ODD, I have accepted that it is a work in progress. As David continues his musical journey and takes us all along with him, he will change and grow in many ways. Just as I began by loving his voice and sweet smile, then moved on to also admire both his character and good looks, I will probably always love what comes next.
It’s what just naturally happens when you become an ODD fan of an amazing artist and person who is “The Total Package.”