David Archuleta singing “Imagine” is the best so far. Something moving… something inspiring… and one of the best songs sang in American Idol History. Definitely David Archuleta will land in the top 12.
David made up for his lack of relating to the message of the song by juicing up the vocals. It was a great performance. However, I do believe the judges comments(Paula and Randy’s, in particular) we a bit over-the-top. He’s a great vocalist and a nice kid, but give it a god damn rest.
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The result was David Archuleta emerging as the clear leader. As Simon said after the teenager’s performance, he’s the one to beat. Though it’s early, Archuleta already has the judges raving and the girls in the audience squealing.
Archuleta is the youngest male still here, and younger guys tend to struggle as the competition wears on. But he has the poise onstage of a longtime performer, and the confidence of someone who’s been doing this for a long time.
That was evident in the judges’ reaction to his version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Paula gushed, “I want to squish you, squeeze your head off and dangle you from my rearview mirror.”
Just listen to this youtube video of David Archuleta singing “Imagine”
and this is David Archuleta singing Imagine at the age of 13.