Erica Emery of Hanover and Erica Robertson of Spring Grove say they watched nearly every episode of season seven of American Idol together, rooting on David Archuleta.
Friday evening, they were together again, at Penn State York’s Pullo Center, waiting for David to take the stage as part of WLAN FM 97.7’s Birthday Barnyard Dance.
Erica Emery, 15, wearing a Thing #1 t-shirt to distinguish her from her friend Erica, said she’s heard two songs off David’s upcoming album — “Something About Love” and “Elevator” — and loves both.
“I think it’s going to be great,” she said of the upcoming album, due out Oct. 5. She expects it to be even “more emotional” than his first album because he co-wrote most of the songs.
Erica Robertson, 14, wearing a Thing #2 t-shirt, left no doubt why she thinks David Archuleta is something special.
“He has an adorable face. And to-die-for eyes,” she said. “He’s totally hot, and I love his music.”
As for his loss to David Cook in the season seven finale of American Idol, she admits “I was in tears the whole time.”
And there was nary a tear in the house — at least not from disappointment — as David played to a crowd made up mostly of shrieking teens who weren’t bashful about shouting out “I love you, David” throughout his seven-song set.
The crowd included Franki Berarducci of Pittsburgh, who traveled four hours Friday to watch David perform live for the fifth time. She had also seen him perform in Hershey, Wilkes-Barre, Strasburg and her hometown.
She was something of a rarity in that she didn’t become a David Archuleta fan through American Idol. Instead, she slowly became a fan of his first big post-Idol hit, “Crush.”
Before long, she says she knew the words to every song on David’s first album.
And she says she’s already listened to the 30-second snippets of every song off the upcoming album on YouTube.
Now, she’s a fan of American Idol, too.
“I regretted not watching season seven because I missed someone so amazing,” she said. “I don’t want to miss someone else like him.”
Nine-year-old Matthew DeRose, his 7-year-0ld sister Maria and their 6-year-old brother Michael were all smiles after the pre-show meet-and-greet.
Why David Archuleta fans at such a young age?
“He sings good,” explained Matthew, of York. “And he has great hair.”
He was also in great voice Friday, judging from the reaction of his adoring fans.
David treated them to both of the aforementioned songs off his new album as well as “Crush” and “A Little Too Not Over You” from his debut album.
And David was his typical, jovial, upbeat self, praising Pennsylvania fans, praising the Pennsylvania weather and even bursting into a rendition of “Happy Birthday To You” when someone in the crowd shouted out that it was their birthday.
The fans didn’t leave disappointed.
“David rocks and rules,” proclaimed Tiera Mummaw of Lititz. And, have no doubt, she wasn’t talking about season seven rocker David Cook.
Ashley Cepull’s mom said her daughter was dancing around Thursday she was so excited about attending Friday’s show.
“I loved it,” Ashley, 17, of Dallastown said. “It was even better than I anticipated.”
Editor’s Notes: For a pre-show interview with David, go here.
For a blog on what David and his fans say about the judging changes on American Idol, go here.
And check back later Saturday. I’ll be adding lots more photos from the show.
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