David Archuleta Plans To Finish School While Working On Music

American Idol runner-up David Archuleta says now that the competition is over, he plans to finish school while working on his music career. The 17-year-old singer did some class homework while on the show this season, but now says he hopes to fully wrap things up with high school.

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David Archuleta can Still Beat David Cook at the Grammys and Beyond

Sure, David Cook pulled off that jaw dropper over David Archuleta on “American Idol,” but David Archuleta can still beat David Cook by winning more showbiz awards in the future and by having a longer career.

Some people think David Cook has an edge right now because he’s more “cool” in that rocker way, but David Archuleta has a secret and maybe more powerful advantage: He’s a more romantic figure. Female fans ache for him. Even crazy ole Paula Abdul admitted getting “goosebumps” when he sang those I-gotta-have-you-or-I’m-gonna-die power ballads.

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Cook Won the Battle . . . Will Archuleta Win the War?

While David Cook beat out loveable, 17-year-old David Archuleta by 12 million votes, crowning him this season’s American Idol, it is speculated that the loser may win bigger in the future. Los Angeles Times reporter Tom O’Neil feels the younger David has what Cook is lacking – the ability to seduce the audience.

While Cook is ingenuitive, with a rocker edge, and musical talent, Archuleta may fair better in the age-old congeniality category. Sources continue to praise his romantic angle – the fact that he has what puts any male pop sensation on top of the charts . . . female adoration.

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David A. on Dad: Rumors Were “Really Weird”

What David Archuleta wants to know is, why in the world wouldn’t he be able to fetch a glass of water for himself?

“I heard one thing where [my dad, Jeff] refused to give me water or something like that and that’s the weirdest thing,” the American Idol runner-up said Friday in a conference call with reporters. “I mean, I am 17 and you know, if I want water, I am pretty sure I would just go get it anyway.”

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‘Idol’ Runner-Up Mulls Music, Medical Career Options

American Idol‘s high-school sweetheart David Archuleta chatted with reporters Friday, following Wednesday night’s finale. USA TODAY listened in on the conference call with David Cook’s runner-up.

Q: After the finale, you said you felt a sense of relief. Why?

A: This whole thing has lasted so long. The first audition was in January, and we hadn’t been living at home since the beginning of February. And with this final week, it was the busiest of all, and it was hard to find time to even rehearse. So Tuesday night, it was such a relief to just feel good about what I did, and the fact that that was the last impression I gave on the show.

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Fast Food Bidding War for David Archuleta Begins

He may not have won “American Idol,” but David Archuleta already has his hands full… sorting through employment offers from fast food chains.

Dateline Hollywood has confirmed that seven different Subway stores three McDonalds locations, and an astonishing 27 Arby’s franchises are bidding for Archuleta’s services starting in 2010 once his brief music career has inevitably faded.

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Older Votes May Have Cost Archuleta ‘Idol’ Crown

It’s a question that likely is gnawing at every David Archuleta fan in the aftermath of the “American Idol” finale: How could the 17-year-old Murray kid with the golden voice and vast teen following lose on television’s biggest show?

After all, from the first live episode where he effortlessly sang “Shop Around,” Archuleta quickly captured the imaginations of millions of 12- to 15-year-olds with his cherubic face, soft grin and soulful voice.

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