The odd gifts American Idol 7 runner-up David Archuleta has received from fans include an avocado slicer and an egg slicer.
The 18-year-old, looking refreshed and energetic in a casual getup of green checked shirt and jeans despite a long flight from the United States, says: “I received them from two different fans in two different states, and I was like, ‘erm… I couldn’t figure out why my fans would give me such stuff.”
Other fans have tried to demonstrate their affections more explicitly. At an interview at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Monday morning, the boyish-looking singer recalls one fan who grabbed and tried to kiss him: “I tried to push her away without sounding rude, but she just wouldn’t let me go. It was pretty scary and crazy.”
Archuleta, who was in town to promote his self-titled debut album released in the United States last year, held a showcase at Illuma shopping mall at Bugis yesterday evening.
He leaves for Malaysia today as part of his Asia tour.
Meanwhile, Archuleta admitted that he was at a lost at the start of his tour.
â€œFrom the first show, I was like â€˜Oh my gosh. How am I going to be able to move around the stage. And I donâ€™t know what to say, I donâ€™t know what to do.â€™â€
In addition, Archuleta, who was used to performing shorter renditions of songs on â€œIdolâ€, had to do up to 17 numbers in one night during his concert, and wasnâ€™t sure if his voice â€œcould hold up till the endâ€.
â€œBut it seemed like the more I did it, the stronger my voice got,â€ said the â€œCrushâ€ hitmaker, who is Singapore as part of a promotional tour in Asia.
â€œTo see how my endurance has grown, how my voice has strengthened, itâ€™s been really neat to see thatâ€¦ And Iâ€™m just so glad to be able to overcome that and to have these opportunities to go on tour and to sing.â€
He added, â€œIt was crazy to think that everyone there came to see me, like they actually did come to see me perform. It was so out-of this world, so surreal to me.â€
Archuleta, whose fan base consists mostly of legions of screaming teen and pre-teen girls along with their mothers, shared that some of his older fans are somewhat embarrassed about raving over his music.
â€œMaybe youâ€™re too old for me, butâ€¦ as long as you donâ€™t put it that way,â€ he joked.
So Archuleta fans – young and old – be sure to catch the starâ€™s performance at the newly-opened Iluma Media and Entertainment Centre at Bugis on Tuesday at 7pm. Archuleta might just perform his unreleased song, â€œZero Gravityâ€, a fan favourite during his US tour.
On the amazing response to the song, Archuleta said, â€œItâ€™s just crazy because theyâ€™ve never heard it before! But I think thatâ€™s part of what really drew them to it – the excitement of the song and the energy.
â€œFor me, I had so much fun (doing it on the tour). Iâ€™m always jumping around and stuff and itâ€™s so cool to see everyone else jumping too. The thrill, itâ€™s just amazing!â€
And if you are crossing your fingers that â€œZero Gravityâ€ will be released soon, you might be disappointed as even Archuleta doesnâ€™t have an answer to that.
â€œItâ€™s all up to the (record) label if they want to release it after the response,â€ he said. â€œIt was a song that people thought wouldnâ€™t work out but we decided to put it in the show for the tour anyway so we can have something fun.â€