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Archuleta Saw "Angels" Way Before Idol

4/9/2008 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Archuleta made it seem like he just found the song "Angels" for his performance last night -- shame, shame, everybody knows your name -- it's been in his repertoire for years!


Check out a pre-"Idol" David singing (and perfecting) the Robbie Williams song back in 2005. This isn't the first time he's pulled out one of his old standards either -- he did the same thing with "Imagine."

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76.

meko    

Go David Archuleta! your simply the best! You did awesome job last night!

2203 days ago
77.

jwipe    

How come you brilliant detectives don't mention the fact that Robbie Williams is Simon's cousin (by marriage). Ooooh - scandalous. Well to me, that makes David even smarter for picking it. You guys really get more and more lame every day. You're starting to bore me.

2203 days ago
78.

Reta    

DUH!! Hasn't ANYONE ELSE noticed that this kid has a lisp??? It's driving me nuts to hear him when he talks...makes me think of those Donald Sutherland commercials or Babwa Wawa....and what about newscasters like Tom Brokaw? The airwaves seem full of lisping folks and it seems (to me) not to be against lispers, but it seems as tho speaking CLEARLY would be a prerequsite for holding a microphone!!
Listen to him next time, and see if you don't agree...reminds me of a three year old begging for a lollipop...and in that goofy grin...that's a "momma, ain't I cute?" face, isn't it? Well, cute don't cut it, grow into a MAN for a few YEARS...maybe have some whiskers to shave off, get some speech therapy, and then we'll see what's left...until then ARCHULETA please go away and lease the "ballads" to real men!!!

2203 days ago
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Maddy    

"I just HAPPENED across this song and fell in love with it!"


This does make it appear he was unfamiliar with it. I have no problem with the contestants singing a song they are comfortable with, but do have a problem when they pretend they have never heard of nor performed it before.

Not a fan, but seems like a nice kid.

2203 days ago
80.

SAM46    

Isn’t that obvious why some people don’t like David A. because he doesn’t sing rubbish, if he did and dressed like clown then he would be popular among some people.

2203 days ago
81.

Jennifer    

UGGG .... I liked this kid at the beginning but his "aw shucks" routine has run it's course for me and now he's just plain irritating. Even comes across as phony considering he acts like this is all new to him when we know he's been on Star Search and flown all over the globe to sing at different events. Can you say PROFESSIONAL? Of course, that's 99% of the contestants this year but the rest of them don't act like they were born yesterday.

2203 days ago
82.

NJKnight    

The story isn't about how he'd previously sang the song, it's how in the video introduction he said "I just happened across this song and fell in love with it!"

It's rather disingenuous.

2203 days ago
83.

jp    

There is a lot of hated generated here by TMZ. It's nonstop hate. I honestly think people are trying to come up with the most clever lines to outdo one another in poking fun at David.

One thing for sure, Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood will probably showcase this bogus story.

2203 days ago
84.

CORY    

WHY pick on this kid? He's just a kid! He has AMAZING (natural) talent and will have no problem making a career out of his talent. I can't believe how many negative people there are on this crappy website; but I guess negativity inspires negativity. Leave the kid alone; he's more talented than any of you. Why don't you people go on national television (on the number 1 show on television, at that) in front of millions of people (with a father like Macauly Culkin's watching you from the side of the stage) and try to act naturally. Maybe he's shy. Leave him alone. I think he's tremendous.

2203 days ago
85.

cwl    

He never said that he just found this song but if he did who cares. For those few that think that this kid has a "decent" voice or that he cant sing at all, clean the wax out. This kid has a superb voice and he shows alot of class on the show. LIke it or not it wil come down to him and Cook in the final two. Also I think that its time that Ms Ireland with the nasty looking tattoo went home.

2203 days ago
86.

Cindy    

HE NEVER SAID HE JUST FOUND THIS SONG. HE SAID THAT HE WAS THINKING OF INSPIRATIONAL SONGS AND THIS ONE STUCK OUT. YOU GUYS ARE REALLY STRETCHING TO FIND SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS KID.

2203 days ago
87.

Cindy    

HE NEVER SAID HE JUST FOUND THIS SONG. HE SAID THAT HE WAS THINKING
OF INSPIRATIONAL SONGS AND THIS ONE STUCK OUT. YOU GUYS ARE REALLY
STRETCHING TO FIND SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS KID.

2203 days ago
88.

Cindy    

HE NEVER SAID HE JUST FOUND THIS SONG. HE SAID THAT HE WAS THINKING
OF INSPIRATIONAL SONGS AND THIS ONE STUCK OUT. YOU GUYS ARE REALLY
STRETCHING TO FIND SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS KID.

2203 days ago
89.

winner    

well TMZ...if u wouldve payed attention to american idol last night...you wouldve of heard that it was about songs that inspire them...and david archuleta picked "angels".....if he wouldnt of sung it before than it wouldnt of inspired him obiously he was inspired by it cuz he had sung it before.....duhhh

2203 days ago
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TeresaSD    

You know, all of you bashing David A----it's just a shame you just don't get him! This kid reflects something in us that makes us feel really really good about life and in each other. Those of you that do not "get him" are really missing out. You guys really sound like miserable people. Maybe one of these days, you'll "wake-up" and get a chance to feel the joy that David brings to our lives. In the meantime, it is your choice to stay connected to your hatred. You are the ones loosing out.

TMZ--this includes you! Leave David A. alone---your negative publicity makes you look really really pathetic.

2203 days ago
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