'American Idol' Contestant David Archuleta: Michael Stipe Feels Your Pain

Did John Norris and Michael Stipe know something we didn't? Yesterday, we caught up with R.E.M. in Austin, where the band is making its first-ever appearance (really?) at South by Southwest.

Just a few hours before America collectively gasped at what shall henceforth be known as the David Archuleta Debacle, our own John Norris unknowingly asked a rather prescient question, and Stipe offered an answer which might comfort the dimpled teen from Murray, Utah.