David is among Idol Tracker’s picks of David Cook, Adam Lambert, Casey James, Kellie Pickler.
5. David Archuleta: Here’s another portrait of an Idol charmer: It takes no more than two minutes to walk from the “Idol” stage doors to the parking lot, but for Archuleta, who came in second to Cook on Season 7, that can take more than half an hour. That’s because the well-mannered Archie insists on hugging and catching up with each and every member of the crew, from the producers to wardrobe staffers, security and even the dude at the craft services table — all people with whom he’s on a first-name basis. In truth, not even the burliest stagehand can resist Archie’s dimples, nervous laugh and aw-shucks shrug to anything even slightly out of his comfort zone, and neither can this seasoned “Idol” observer.