David Archuleta on post-‘American Idol’ PTSD, healing and how reality TV nearly destroyed his family – I felt a lot of weight. Maybe more of the weight came from that than even the actual show. I was just like, “I don’t like attention, but here I am in front of millions of people, and now they’re involving my family and creating tension. They don’t know how it’s affecting my family’s personal relationships. They don’t know what’s going on in my home. They don’t know how this is affecting us, and how people look at us. But they’re OK with that, because it makes their show juicy.” As a 17-year-old, I really took that personally. If I tried to defend my dad, they didn’t believe me. It was like, “Well, you’re not trying to help me. You’re just trying to create the dramatic moment in this interview. And I don’t want to get contentious, but I am going to respect my dad whether you think he is a dirtbag or not.” My dad can be a pain sometimes, but one of the things I’m so grateful for was when I was signed and the record label literally wanted me to be a “white Chris Brown.” That’s what they told me one time in a meeting: “We see you as a white Chris Brown, and we want you to go into that.” They wanted me to be “urban” and “more edgy.” They were like, “You wanna make it big, don’t you? Well, this is what you gotta do!” Once again, I didn’t know how to speak up for myself … so my dad would go to bat for me – Via Yahoo
So yeah. Pretty dramatic headline on Lindsey Parker’s interview with David Archuleta. He wasn’t feeling it. Check out these twitter exchanges.
Here’s an Interview that Didn’t Make David Archuleta Mad – What is it like navigating this career and industry, especially for someone who has had a start at a young age?
Yeah, I feel like I’m still trying to find my own, trying to figure it out. But I feel like I’m not afraid to try and be myself, whereas before, I always felt like I had to someone else. I thought, I had to be cool, to be edgy, and to be hip. Because that’s what they told…I was told to be the white Chris Brown. And I mean, I tried a little bit, but it wasn’t going to work, because I’m not Chris Brown. I’m David. So, I felt like I was a failure because I couldn’t be cool, I couldn’t be what it takes to be successful. And so, I was like, Okay, I’m just going to be myself and enjoy that for as long as it lasts. But I guess I’m not cool, so I won’t last very long. But I’m still here and I’m grateful for that. – More at Mega Man including a gallery of Black & White photos.
Maddie Poppe Interview
The American Idol winner chatted with a local Iowa station. She reveals why she recorded TWO Christmas songs. She’s hoping to have her post-Idol debut album out by May. She expects to be on tour with a bigger artist this summer, but couldn’t say who.
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The Voice Snapchat Series with Noah Cyrus Continues
Y'all… #VoiceOnSnapchat is heating up! ?
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The Voice: Fun Facts About The Four Teen Contestants On Season 15 – The Voice is known for having one or two great young singers each season, several who have gone on to win, including last season’s 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli, who was coached by Kelly Clarkson, and 17-year-old Danielle Bradbery from Team Blake Shelton. This year there are four young women who have made it into the Top 11 and will perform tonight for America’s vote: Team Jennifer Hudson‘s Kennedy Holmes, 13; Team Kelly’s Chevel Shepherd, 16, and Sarah Grace, 16; and Team Adam Levine‘s Reagan Strange, 14. – Read more at Parade
Advice That Every Artist Should Hear – The Voice 2018