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Archuleta Gets DUI -- Daddy Under the Influence

3/26/2008 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Last night, Simon Cowell lashed out at someone after David Archuleta's performance, and we know who.


A well-placed TMZ spy tells us Simon went after David's dad, Jeff, for the kid's song, "You're the Voice" by John Farnham. Simon said, "I don't think that is you at all and I'd be amazed if you chose the song yourself." Our spy says Simon was blaming the fiasco on daddy dearest, adding, "It's exactly where the gun was being aimed."

As TMZ first reported, Jeff Archuleta is the ultimate nightmare stage dad who was so bad when David was a contestant on "Star Search," he got banned from the lot.

Almost no one even heard of the song David sang. Simon said it sounded like David was singing something at a theme park -- which would make Daddy Jeff a real Dumbo.

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76.

Atlantaguy    

Let's face it, while David is a great singer, he comes across as an emotional train wreck waiting to happen a lot of times when on stage. He almost acts like a puppy that's been beaten but is still trying to wag it's tail or something. It's obvious that SOMETHING is going on at home that's kept him at an emotional 12-year old level.

Stay out, Dad. You obviously didn't make it in life - let your kid follow his own path and HOPE that when he gets older he doesn't decide to dump you in a home and forget you exist. The past will always come back to haunt you.

2346 days ago
77.

*KC*    

OKAY.. soo David is my favorite i am a HUGE HUGE, possibly one of the BIGGEST David Archuleta fans and honestly i believe David chose this song for the simple fact he does have a diverse unique choice in music which i love! and they get a list of songs to choose from and i seen the list on some website and Madonna and Mariah songs were on there and some others but honestly could you see David singing a song by them or of that sort? umm noo! if you are a david fan or even if your not obviously you should know that..soo i DO believe David chose this song..

and another thing.. weather David has family issues or not nothing in that poor boys life is going too be privite again.. which is sad and i hope they can keep some sort of privacy! he's sucha great boy, humble, awesome personality and obviously the biggest sweetie you could see! and i would absolutly HATE and i underline HATE too see hollywood try too distroy him but i think he's WAY BETTER THAN THAT! AND ACTUALLY HAS A GOOD HEAD ON HIS SHOLDERS!

GOOO DAVID ARCHULETA!! YOUR MY AMERICAN IDOL!! =]

2346 days ago
78.

sad day    

THERE IS NO PRIVACY IN MUSIC INDUSTRY!! OR ENTERTAINING PERIOD.
YOU WANT TO BE UP ON THE TOP, YOUR JUST A TARGET FOR ALL THE GOSSIP COLUMES TO GET AS MUCH DIRT ON YOU AS POSSIBLE.
TO SHOW ALL YOUR FAN'S WHO YOU REALLY ARE!! IF YOU HAVE ANY DIRT OUT THERE AT ALL THEY WILL FIND IT, BLOW ALL OUT OF CONTEXT.
ALL ABOUT THE MONEYYYYY. YOU TAKE THE MONEY OUT AND SEE IF THEY BOTHER....

2341 days ago
79.

sad day    

You go Jeff Archuleta. You watch over you son all you want. Hell, if Hollywood had a chance they would eat him alive. Then when is all burned out throw hime to the birds.
Three chear's for you. LOVE, David sprint, attitude, shy, modest demeanor. Not to mention his talent.

2341 days ago
80.

quelyn    

Uh, ok, so where is the story about a DUI?

2340 days ago
81.

doug    

It is really sad that you Americans act like you do. Why do you always have to pull down successful people from aspiring? Are your lives so pathetic that you must pull others down with you? Whether hes Arthur or Martha, that shouldn't be any of your business, whats more sickning is that the majority of your people like to think they are people of god.... That is revolting! LEave the KID alone you big losers, get off your computers and bring up your kids properly so they don't make other people miserable like them that they have parents like you. Karma, no wonder why you silly dummies!

2272 days ago
82.

Schratboy    

Any doofus parent that would wear a stupid ball cap to his son's performance says a lot about this meat head's consideration. He has none. Well apparently despite David's parental shortcomings he's still a wonderful and delightful young man.

2337 days ago
83.

sad day    

Don't believe this TMZ gossip. I'm sure if you actually talked to Jeff and David it would be something totally blown out of paportion.
Jeff Archuleta must be doing somethng right!
Look at David, he's doing pretty good. I think David Archuleta is his own worse enemy at time, with his confidence. He even mentioned that.
Also, this is got to be a hugh stress factor with the competion and all the Gossip Garbage out here on him. Also he is the youngest there. It don't appear that everyone is all that nice to him either. I been seeing things on the shows. Looks a certain person gives him. Not to mention, Fox cutt him out a couple of camera shots. What's up with that.

YOU GO JEFF ARCULETA....I do know you have his best interest at heart.

PEACE

2337 days ago
84.

Cindy    

First... all those who know the family personally say that Jeff isn't a demanding stage father. I'll believe them before some 2nd rate report trying to make a name for themselves. 2nd... David is only 17. In my opinion as a parent, a parent SHOULD BE very involved in a positive way at this state in his life. 3rd... I absolutely LOVED the song, both by David Archuleta and by John Farnham. Personally, I think it appeared as though Simon didn't like the song more than the way David sang it. Maybe Simon doesn't even like John Farnham.

2337 days ago
85.

AI sux    

Unfortunately, all snarkiness about Jeff is VERY TRUE. He has put so much pressure on David that those of us who actually KNOW them, can verify with total clarity that Jeff is truly the prototype of the “Stage Father from Hell”

Lupe, on the other hand, is a beautiful, loving, sweet mother who is home taking care of her other children while Jeff is left to dog his son from hour to hour and place to place.

The story on the net about Jeff’s hammering David and making him cry is absolutely true. We understand about tabloids and their desire to spread the dirtiest of stuff, but in this case, the news is really the news.

We so hope that the producers will get on to Jeff and get him out of the way. Jeff’s ugliness comes from the fact that David is the family’s meal ticket. Truly. And has been since he was a very young boy.

Re: any of you who might think that David’s innocence and sweetness are phony — well, if you knew him you would know that he is as he appears — genteel, kind, caring, and loving but under so much pressure that I hold my breath every day that he won’t implode.

I am simply too old for the task, but perhaps a couple of you others with comments could get together and create a diversion while another couple of you throw Jeff under a bus. He is just along to live vicariously through his son and push, push, push him to ever greater heights.

Unfortunately, I know that the ugliness of Jeff that as portrayed in the press is absolutely TRUE. David is the meal ticket and so must be pushed, pushed, pushed. Think “Daddy Dearest” and you’ve got a pretty good picture.

We can hardly wait until David is of age and can emancipate himself from Jeff. Again, Lupe is a delight but the exact polar opposite of Jeff. Think about it, here she is in Utah holding down the fort while Jeff is strutting about being “David’s Dad” and creating mischief wherever he is. Give me a break! He’s a creepazoid (I don’t even know if that’s a word). What I have written is true, comes from my grandmotherly side, the side that just wants to protect David from Mr. Over-Bearing
GUIT LIVING OF OF DAVID, JEFFFF!!!!

2336 days ago
86.

tina    

do a search on phillip and you will see he is lying and trying to get attention

trying to sue taco bell
http://wcbstv.com/watercooler/Drugs.Watercooler.Taco.2.275369.html

trying to sue toyota
http://www.sanepr.com/Toyota-Motors-Dealership-Being-Sued-For-Sexual-Orientation-Harassment_23039.cfm

and he is mentioned all over youtube for making funny videos, all to get attention of chris crocker

when ANYONE makes an ASSUMPTION with out doing research or basing their belief on "what someone else said" there is a problem --please just do research and stop feeding the rumors

david is an overnight sensation and everyone is wanting to attach themselves to him for their ticket to fame and they should each be very very ashamed of themselves

2334 days ago
87.

AI sux    

Tina honey,
For your information David Archuleta is Phillip's bottom boy. The reason why i say bottom boy, that's the way David like's it. LOLOL It's a gay thing and yes, I'm gay.

I do work for two paparazzi company's. David is lying about it all. He is in contact will, phillip. I'm sure Simon is figuring it out. We can find the little scamer, Phillip, who like young boys. I know one thing David has poor judgement in guys thats for sure. Because, if David and Phillip actually got together like living together. Phillip, would later break up with him and sue David for PALOMONY!!!! Phillip would clean up on David I'm sure. This is better buy the day.

Yes, were going to go after Phillip, David's not saying anything and it's hard to get at David right now. Plus, David, don't want to ruin his career. We will break him down. You can count on a paparazzi getting threw to him eventually.

Phillip come out, come out where ever you are!! We will find you evenually!!!!!

2333 days ago
88.

i hate tmz    

i disagree with simon. it wasnt davids best preformance, but the song is good.
and im pretty sure david picks all of his own songs. im sure his father helps him out or whatever, but what business is that of ours.
oh and by the way, if your going to hate on him, PLEASE leave his religion out of it. religion has nothing to do with it. so just... just give up tmz, you have no dirt. nothing at all.

2263 days ago
89.

Keri    

Are you KIDDING ME???I LOVE DAVID ARCHULETA IN A WAY NOBODY ELSE UNDERSTANDS.His voice is so comforting and beautiful.His dad cannot give him talent-it comes naturally.I listen to his voice every night before I go to sleep, and my ultimate dream is to meet him, someday.So all you haters, keep those comments to yourselves.You all on here make me SICK.I wish I could barf on you!!!!!!!!

2302 days ago
90.

david brown    

I feel bad for David, No wonder he cries alot. He has a talent that his father had drilled into him to perform his best, not because he enjoys doing it. he will probably end up like Michael Jackson, or dead at 19.

2301 days ago
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