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.