They don't come sweeter than David Archuleta. I know Paula Abdul got a lot of flack for saying she wanted to decapitate the boy and dangle his head from her rearview mirror (as a compliment), but after spending time with him this week I know exactly where Paula is coming from. By the end of our hour together, I was looking all over MTV for a hacksaw.
David just released a (fantastic) new Christmas album, so I thought it would be fun to don a set of Holiday sweaters, load up a satchel with recycled promo CDs and go caroling around MTV with the "Idol" runner-up.
Who cares that it's only October?!
The mere fact that David and his team agreed to our silly idea shows what a cool guy he is. I can't think of many celebrities who would be willing to throw on an ugly, itchy sweater, walk into strangers' offices and belt out Christmas carols for fun. (Although I will admit that the wardrobe took a fair amount of cajoling on my part. I might have to leak the video of his reaction when I said the words "Christmas sweaters." Priceless.)
I took David around to Archie fans here at MTV. And, as I expected, they all turned to goo as soon as he appeared in their doorway, ready to serenade them with his angelic pipes. But his appeal spread over to innocent bystanders as well. Look at the faces of everyone he came in contact with at MTV: That's what pure, unadulterated joy looks like. (The only "Humbug!" was from James Montgomery, but he's always a grouch when it comes to anyone other than Stephen Malkmus.)
I could go on and on about how much fun I had with David, whether it was watching his face light up when we talked about our mutual love of Allison Iraheta (who he calls "spunky") or how endearing his non-sequitors were (I tried my best to leave them fully in tact in the edit). And I almost passed out when he texted my dinner recommendation to none other than "Idol" contestant Carly Smithson!
Selfishly, it was a dream come true to get to harmonize with the "Idol" superstar. His voice, rich and nuanced, sounded just as brilliant in person as it did on TV. Normally, I would make fun of my old pal Jeffrey for being such a drama queen, but damned if I didn't also choke up when Archuleta fully immersed himself in a brilliant "O Holy Night," despite being surrounded by DigiBeta tapes in a drab office. (And a jerky MTV News correspondent in a sweater and Santa cap.)
In other words, I defy you to watch this video and not have a smile on your face. Like kittens, a fresh pair of socks and snagging a cab within five seconds of being outside, David Archuleta is an instant jolt of immense joy.