Anyone watching last night’s American Idol — anyone with a beating heart, anyway — had their knee socks charmed right off after watching 16-year-old David Archuleta adorably sing his way through Bryan Adams’ “Heaven.” Granted, he hasn’t quite pulled out the vocal fireworks that several of the other semi-finalists have during Hollywood Week, but can any of them claim to have torn the roof off of “And I Am Telling You” in front of Kelly Clarkson herself? No joke; check the clip below:
And that’s not even scratching the surface — after the jump, we’ll dive into the rather overwhelming amount of YouTubage on this freakily talented kid…
There are still some clips floating about the internets of Archuleta’s tenure on the 2003 reboot of Star Search, where he won the Junior Singers competition. While it’s all really impressive for a 12-year-old, his take on Alicia Keys’ “Falling” rates pretty high on the Do You Really Know What You’re Singing? scale of Makes Me Uncomfortable, and the shot of his parents mouthing the words along with him just makes it worse:
Much more impressive, though, is Archuleta’s sweet and subtle take on John Lennon’s “Imagine”:
Oh, and Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”:
And the Christmas perennial “O Holy Night”:
You get the idea. We’ll see tonight whether all this, er, practice was enough for David to make it to the Top 24 — oh, who are we kidding, of course he makes it to the top 24 — but, is it just me, or do you get the feeling there’s a VHS tape stashed in the Archuleta family attic of a sonogram of David singing “Broken Wings” in his mother’s womb?