Add a former American Idol top three finalist to the fast-growing list of Archie devotees. Season 5’s Elliott Yamin told at last night’s ASCAP Pop Music Awards that he’s rooting for young David Archuleta to take the crown this year. “It would be really cool to see a young kid like him win,” he said. “I really love his songs, and musically, he’s very talented. He plays the guitar, piano… it’s nice to see [Idol] bringing out the creative sides of those kids.” As for the other male contenders? “No one’s really impressed me this season,” Yamin maintains. “David Cook is okay, Michael Johns is alright, but it’s anybody’s game at this point.”

As for himself, though still mourning the recent loss of his mother, Yamin was in good spirits walking the red carpet at Hollywood’s Kodak theater, relishing his time out of the recording studio. The velvety-voiced singer is hard at work on his second album, which he hopes to have out by the fall, and has recruited Janet Jackson’s man Jermaine Dupri to lend a hand with production. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he adds,” Yamin says. Also on his wish list: D’Angelo. “I’ve always wanted to work with him, and I’ve said it in interviews lots of times. Still, we’ve never heard from him.”

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