American Idol’s David Archuleta Undergoes Vocal Surgery

David Archuleta
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After canceling his spring tour and going on vocal rest due to hemorrhaging vocal cords, David Archuleta shares that he’s undergone vocal surgery and is now in recovery.

“Hi all. An update on vocal recovery,” the American Idol season 7 runner-up posted on Instagram. “I just finished a follow-up meeting with Dr. Nasseri who just performed a vocal surgery on me yesterday.” The singer also posted a photo with him alongside the doctor.

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David doesn’t recall the specific term for the condition that prompted the surgery, but he describes it: “Can’t remember the specific term of it but something with nodules and blood vessels on and in the cords.”

“The surgery went really well”

The singer checks in with some good news. “Today was the checkup on how things are looking. The surgery went really well so just have to continue resting and healing. I feel great so far as far as all-around health. Will have to take things easy for a while is all. A few weeks at least.”

“I will have a follow up in a couple weeks,” David writes, revealing that he hasn’t spoken in 6 weeks! “I haven’t spoken since Feb 7 and I will continue vocal rest taking it a week at a time. Thanks everyone for your concerns and well wishes during this recovery time!”

Dr. Nasseri, throat doctor to the stars and singing shows

FYI: Dr. Nasseri is based in Los Angeles and the throat doctor to many well known singers. He’s also consulted on singing shows like American Idol, The Voice, and X Factor. He went on camera in 2011 to explain Lauren Alaina’s vocal issues that supposedly almost resulted in her leaving the competition.

In a tweet, David noted that Dr. Nasseri is the same doctor who found and treated his vocal paralysis at 13 years old. “Here we are 18 years later,” David writes.


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David canceled his “OK All Right” tour for the third time

David abruptly canceled his first concert date in Los Angeles just hours before he was set to take the stage. At first, the singer cancelled a few weeks worth of shows. But ultimately, in order to make sure his cords healed properly, David canceled the entire tour.

“I am still healing from my vocal issue and it’s going to require a lot more time than I originally anticipated. I want to be sure to heal so I can come back without having done anything that could do permanent damage,” David wrote to fans after canceling the tour.

“I am so sorry for any inconvenience this causes. I really thought the third time was the charm. My team and I are extremely sorry for the last minute notice and understand the inconvenience this may cause. Automatic refunds will be issued, please contact point of purchase with questions.”

“Third time was the charm” refers to David canceling the “OK Alright” for a third time. The COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellation of the first two attempts.

Bonus Content: David colors his hair for the first time

David posted a clip of his trip to the hair salon, where he colored his hair for the first time. Maybe he wanted a new look? Or maybe….watch the before portion of the clip VERY carefully. Is that gray hair? DOES YOUNG DAVID ARCHULETA HAVE GRAY HAIR?  OK. graying young is definitely a thing. BUT STILL. 


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