By Ashley Spencer
J-14: What was it like being back on the Idol stage?
David: It really freaked me out! My mind left when I was talking to Ryan. I thought through what I was going to say, but then my mind totally went blank. It was pretty bad. And It was scary having the judges there –Â you feel like you're going to be judged too. But I was so glad to get to sing "Imagine" again. I haven't sung that song that much. I think I've performed it once out of all the tours I've ever done, and that's it.
J-14: Our readers have been tweeting about how much they like the new hairdo you debuted last night. Why the change?
David: I've always had it generally the same, so I just wanted to do something different this time. I feel like people always associate me with the same haircut all the time — I want to show people that I'm in a new phase right now. It's a new time for me!
J-14: What was it like meeting this season's contestants?
David: They were all really cool people. Lee Dewyze was so friendly! My sister loves him, and I think he's a really talented guy. I was really impressed with how cool he was and how he treated me.
J-14: What do you think about Aaron Kelly? Ryan has called him "David Archuleta" because of the similarities between the two of you.
David: I feel bad that he gets compared to me! No one wants to be compared to someone all the time. Aaron's his own person, and I think he has a great voice!
Which performance stood out to you this week?
David: I really liked Katie Stevens' performance Tuesday. It amazed me how much she connected to the song. People are always like 'young people can't connect to music,' but I think she proved that wrong.
J-14: Do you have any predictions for who's going to be season nine's winner?
David: Crystal Bowersox has been pretty consistent every week. I know she's been one that everyone's been looking at. I like Siobhan's awkwardness — she has a genuine sense to her that's just cool. I can't pick just one person!
Photo: Jason Imber
Love J-14? Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for fun, exclusive videos with your favorite stars.