Cobra Starship Make New ‘American Idol’ Connections

After working with judge Kara DioGuardi, the band recalls their meeting with David Archuleta.

[artist id="2402281"]Cobra Starship[/artist] are already honorary members of the “American Idol” family, having worked with judge Kara DioGuardi on a track called “Good Girls Go Bad.” While the band steadfastly denies that they are loyal “Idol” fans — “Hell, no!” frontman Gabe Saporta cries — they did share some strong opinions about the show and its contestants during some downtime on the set of their upcoming music video.

“The first time I met Kara DioGuardi, I was really mad at her, ’cause I thought she replaced [artist id="1397"]Paula Abdul[/artist],” Saporta told MTV News. “I’m like, ‘You replaced my girl! Straight up now tell me, are you really gonna love me forever?’ ”

We’re only half-certain he’s joking. “We got offered to work with Kara right as she was becoming an ‘American Idol’ judge,” Saporta explained. “We didn’t know who she was. She didn’t know who we were. We got hooked up with her. I’m like, ‘Who is this person?’ She’s like, ‘Who’s this annoying band?’ But we got in the room, and it was like magic, and we wrote the song in 15 minutes. It’s, like, the best song on our album.”

The “Idol” judge isn’t the only one getting some face time with Cobra. Last season’s diminutive finalist [artist id="3080429"]David Archuleta[/artist] stopped by backstage at a recent show, though at least one bandmember had no clue who he was. “[Guitarist] Ryland [Blackinton] met David Archuleta at our show three weeks ago,” Saporta said. “[He] had no idea who he was. He’s like, ‘Hey there, little guy. How are ya?’ ”

“He looked like a little short-scale Fred Savage,” Blackinton confessed. “He looked like a little man.”

Blackinton quickly backtracked off that touchy statement about the 18-year-old. “I heard his fan club, the Arch Angels, are a pretty gnarly pack of middle-age women,” Blackinton said with a smile. “So, listen: I didn’t mean anything bad by calling him a little guy. It’s just you can’t tell because I’m sitting down — and they make me sit down for all the videos — I’m 7-3. So when I saw him, I didn’t even know. I was like, ‘Hey, stand up and meet me when you have a minute.’ ”

After Archuleta took off from the show, Blackinton said he sent a nervous text to Saporta: “Is that somebody important? Did I just mess up?”

The only one to cop to some “American Idol” love was bassist Alex Suarez. “I didn’t get to meet [Archuleta],” he said. “I was really bummed out when I found out he was at our show and nobody hit me up on Twitter.”

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