1. ezwriter says

    Referring to “Contigo en la Distancia” as a “Luis Miguel track” is kind of like calling, I don’t know, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” a “Britney Spears track.”

    Yes, he recorded it, but it’s an old classic from the fifties, recorded by tons of singers over the years. I think the original artist was Lucho Gatica, from Chile.

    As to this performace…in this era of Auto-Tune, it’s nice to see a young singer capable of putting a song across live using just his own voice and a simple acoustic guitar accompaniment.

  2. sean says

    David Archuleta proves why he is the best male pop singer in the business today with this stunning performance. Wow, just wow.

    Jive Records needs to step up their game – this dude is a winner, and deserves the best team of songwriters, songs, producers and promotion at his disposal. Wow, just wow.

    Oh – that hooded/closed eye look only adds to the smoldering sexiness of his performance… sexy as hell, if you ask me.

  3. Midnight Dream says

    Well, well… it’s about time you bitches woke up to the fact that David is one muy caliente singer! I’ve always recognized the latent hotness and the sexay Latin beast behind that shyness – and does he ever bring it with this song. I don’t have to understand a word – I feel every note, I feel the passion… Gimme more David, gimme more!

  4. robert says

    A beauty – both the song, and the singer… David has a Christmas cd due out on 10/13… he’s rumored to be singing one song in Spanish, and one in French on it… I think I’ll be buying a Christmas cd for the first time in years… if anyone can make Christmas tunes sexy, he can.

  5. Scot says

    That was awful. I think people who thought this was good most likely don’t listen to very much Latin music. Enter the title into youtube. You’ll understand what I’m talking about.
    Luis Miguel did an incredible version of this song, The Tito Puente Orchestra did a great cover also. It’s considered a bolero and it’s from 1953. Many Mexican singers have recorded it, including Christina Agulera.
    Archuleta’s voice is too imature for this song right now, give him time.

  6. JT says

    Oh, now Scot. I love David Archuleta. I think he’s such a little hottie and I like his voice. There are a zillion songs I’d love to hear him cover. But I suspect you might know this area well, and might have a point. I know how much it irked me when people were praising that Andrea Bocelli doing (ruining) Nessun Dorma.

  7. nic says


    christina aguilera is not mexican. nor is she mexican-american. i listened to mexican music since i was a kid while my mother had her radio tuned to mexican stations. if you can’t tell the difference between cuban-americans and mexican-americans, why should anyone trust your taste in music? the musical genres are derived from different sources.

  8. calkid says

    @ Nic

    Christina Aguilera is of Ecuadorian and Irish descent not Mexican or Cuban.

    David Archuleta was good, not great, but not bad. I couldn’t really understand his spanish though.

  9. nic says

    luis miguel is mexican, tito puente was puerto rican with cuban influences, and christina is of ecuadorean decent. david archuleta’s mom is of honduran descent, while his father is of spanish, irish, etc descent. not everyone who speaks spanish is mexican.

  10. part 1 says

    i beg to differ scot. i am latino, and have listened to a hell of a lot of latin music, all my life, but that doesn’t give me a leg up in being able to discern great vocals or authenticity when i hear it…. archuleta has the phrasing and pronunciations down cold, the tone and all the nuances are spot on in this rendition.


  11. part 2 says

    the power, and magic of this performance lies in the very fact that david makes you understand the fire, the longing, the passion in this song, without understanding a word. he has an endearing quality of vulnerability that distinguishes him from luis miguel, and other male singers in the pop game. miguel is the more stereotyical ”macho” latin singer… david has traces of that, but his vocals are more fluid, strong, yet appealingly vulnerable… men and women eat that kind of tenderness up.

  12. part 3 says

    the mark of a master singer is being able to convey and relate the message of a song, through the sheer beauty and power of the vocals. david transcends the language barrier here, and goes straight to the listeners senses – powerful stuff. and who says you must have to grow into something, or have experience of it to be able to sing about it… if we applied that same line of reasoning, haley joel osment wouldn’t have been so convincing in ”the sixth sense”, cause it’s doubtful he had ever really seen dead people… singing and acting go hand in hand, in that the great ones are able to get inside the character, inside the song, and use their abilities to relay the message in a way that is utterly credible, and authentic. the overwhelming opinion in the latin community, and the latin press is that he was and did both. and the mainstream media is beginning to finally see the light… this dude ain’t no joke, and i predict that very soon, there will be a major shift in what is recognized on the charts and in the media as real talent… archuleta is going to be leading the way.

  13. Recognize. says

    I don’t have to know much about Latin music to know when I’m hearing good stuff – and this is some mighty good stuff David is laying down. The only immaturity I see is the stubbornness and pride on many people’s part who had this guy all wrong from his days on Idol, and the attempts in the media to slant coverage to diminish him… it didn’t work, and those who still refuse to see what is staring them in the face are to be pitied. Archuleta is one heckuva badass singer, who can sing anything… anything.


  14. Nathan says

    He’s a good singer, the only problem is any money he gains is going right to the mormon church. He’s their mainstream pop superstar plant.

    Call me paranoid if you want, but you know he’s giving them millions.

  15. says

    Hear, hear! “Recognize”! Also, whoever wrote that comment separated into 3 parts? You rock!! That’s one of the best write-ups that I have ever read, about what musical genius, real artistry and ultimately David himself is all about! KUDOS! <333

  16. joyacht says

    david has matured as a singer as proven by this performance. he is an amazingly talented singer. i have watched this performance a countless times and still get chills. love it!

  17. yes, you're too paranoid says

    Yes, you are wayyyy too paranoid Nathan. All this talk of plants is just ridiculous, ridiculous. I mean really. He’s a hell of a great singer, who happens to be Mormon. His religion, his politics, what he does with his earnings is his business. I just want him to entertain me. He hasn’t given any indication of being anything other than a young man trying to make a career, using his god given abilities. Who are we to judge him. Or his religion. His money, as far as i know, doesn’t find it’s way into his veins, into his nose, into guns and bombs… He is not to be blamed for prop 8, or held up as a scapegoat for it… I’m black, and a large percentage of my people also were against the bill… Are you going to stop listening and supporting black artists, athletes, politicians, ordinary citizens because your paranoia may cause you to think that all of them are against the bill? Same shit was said and inferred about jfk being catholic, and we know that his religion had no affect on his ability to lead and govern this nation.

    Take off your tin foil hat Nathan, and just enjoy witnessing the evolution of one of the best male pop singers we’ve seen in a generation.

  18. Nathan says

    Tin foil hat’s off, “yes.”

    I didn’t say I wasn’t listening to him. But every time I do, I think about his connections to mormonism and wonder how his tithe is spent. How he spends his money is his business, but I’m curious about what happens with that money as it leaves his hand. I have nothing against the guy, he’s never publicly shown one way or another how he feels about his gay fans. I was questioning the mormon establishment, not mormons in general.

    As for the blaming and scapegoating, I don’t believe black people were to blame for prop 8. I don’t lump people together like that. I wasn’t talking about race either. I was specifically talking about an organized church that funds and runs many organizations that spread disinformation and hate speech against gay people.

    Look to my post above and see where I scapegoat him or say I’m not going to listen to him. It’s not there. He’s probably not a “mormon plant,” that’s just for shock value. I have nothing against the guy, just the church.

  19. Griff says

    Great three part post at 5:00:55 AM!! I couldn’t agree more with you.

    Why the hell people want to find a negative remark to say about Archuleta’s performance is freaking ridiculous and obnoxious. Why should he close his eyes? Doesn’t enunciate properly? What the hell? This young artist is the best thing to happen to the music industry in decades. The crap that pollutes the airwaves today is beyond sickening to me and it is my wish to have David Archuleta be recognized for the superior talent that he is and wake up these so-called music industry geniuses to understand what real music is all about.

  20. yes... says

    I’m not turning it into a race thing,or a big political discussion either Nathan but let’s get real here… how many organizations, churches, news outlets and seats of power in government still use their funds and their power to discriminate against people of color, and continue to demonize and spread dis and misinformation about anyone deemed ”different”? Does that cause you angst, or heartburn? By rights,I and my people should really continue to be hella paranoid about how these orgs, and the people in them, how they’re spending their money, because it’s still happening. I refuse to let my thoughts on the matter dictate how I choose to live my life, or cause me to lose sleep over those who are for or against me. I’ve learned how to pick my battles, and the ones that are worth fighting for… I’ve supported and liked the music of many artist’s who’s religious and political views and affiliations were wayy different than mine, and those who professed no affiliation, and those who worshipped nature, and trees, and cows… there is a separation of church and state in our schools… I practice the separation of church and artist in my musical tastes… music should be the one area where this bs needs to talk to the hand…


  21. find a new schtick says

    was wondering when the tired and trite aiken card was going to be played. tsk, tsk, so predictable… when no other reason can be found to cast shade on archuleta, the ignorati fall back on this… naw sweetie – ain’t no shame liking someone with real talent, who has real potential to be big in the industry. please find a new tack to bandy about, cause that schtick is played out.

  22. crispy says

    Did anyone else notice that most of these positive comments are all from the same person? It’s made apparent by their neglecting to use proper sentence-case in every comment and their overuse of phrases like “recognize” and “cast shade.”

    I think it’s safe to assume it’s a black drag queen from 1997.

  23. says

    Oh, Crispy. You’re like the wingnuts who can’t accept that Obama is president. Coming up with any and every ludicrous theory to dismiss the obvious. It is your right (and, I may add, your funeral) to fail to understand Archudomination, but you’re pissing into the wind if you think you’re gonna convince anyone who gets it to come to the dark side.

    David’s technique here is flawless, but the deep satisfaction so many are feeling from this is possible only when technique doesn’t get in the way. And that’s a critical factor. Beyond his gorgeous instrument and god-given talent, David’s genius is his unerring sense of taste. One of the things that makes this performance so riveting is not what David does, but what he doesn’t do. That kind of power — beauty rather than bombast — is just lost on certain people. For those who need to be hit over the head, or who can assess quality using only the bluntest of measurements, David’s appeal will forever remain a mystery.

  24. Bill says

    Dude needs to open his eyes when he sings. His version of the song was beautiful, but I remember one of the guest star coaches on Idol told David to open his eyes when he sings,,,,guess old habits die hard. He leaves the audience left out when he closes his eyes like that, like he’s singing to himself.

  25. Attila says

    What a tool and a fool you are Crispy – does your name infer the condition of your brain? You were pwned by Rascal. It’ll be alright honey, happens to the best of us. Call out the right person and direct your bitter queen and childish vile in their direction. His dad and his actions have nothing to do with him. We don’t get to pick our parents or our families. Betcha you have some real winners climbing up your family tree.

  26. crispy says

    Attila is it now? At least you’ve learned to capitalize the start of a sentence.

    And sweetie, there was no pwnage. The only thing that someone who uses the phrase “Archudomination” will ever pwn is their own miniature cock.

  27. Attila says

    Such a paranoid, crude little cretin aren’t we Crispy? ”Pats Crispy on their pointy little head”… There, there now, hee hee. Why, how will the rest of us be able to hold up under such a powerful gift of insight,of observation and scrutiny, such as you possess? Skills of your magnitude must be shared with the world! Get thee out of thy mom’s basement, and apply for a position with… hmmm…the CIA or NASA. Why give it away for free, honey – so run off and do your duty…the safety and security of the free world is counting on you!

  28. crispy says

    Really, that’s all you got? Mom’s basement? Honestly, that’s about as cliche as Archuleta’s singing.

    I guess I shouldn’t expect much from the last 2 remaining Archuleta fans. At least the rest of ’em had the good sense to know a dudd when they saw it and move on to Gokey.

    You and Rascal enjoy fellating each other.

  29. FunMe says

    crispy seems to have an ax to grind against Arculeta’s father or the young man.

    You are accomplishing NOTHING here.

    So go outside and take your petty problems somewhere else.

  30. crispy says

    Accomplishing nothing? I’m having a blast! Being ganged up on by Archie fans is every bit as amusing as you’d think it would be. It’s like being mugged by special ed kids.

  31. nic says

    wow! who would have thought that little david doing a bang-up job at the ALMA awards would elicit such a negative back and forth. that beep, beep, beeping i heard earlier was the short bus full of rabid archuleta fans backing up onto towleroad.

  32. Alex Sarmiento says

    I never liked David Archuleta on American Idol 2008, and I still can’t stand him. He’s a competent singer, but that’s all there is to him. I find it funny that he’s singing a Latino song when he comes from a religion that practically white-washes everything that it touches.

  33. Kuwait says

    Poor, poor Crispy. You really have a hard on for this kid, lol. Nothing said here, pro or con, is going to make or break Archuleta’s career. The power is not in our hands. It never ceases to amaze me, though, how some people can be so bitter and mean spirited toward Archuleta. He’s not arrogant, or egotistical, he’s not out drinking and drugging and wasting his opportunities, works his ass off, he’s young, good looking, with enormous talent and potential. What the heck has he done – besides be exactly who he is – to engender such mean spiritedness?

  34. Llazlo says

    Dear friends, despite some of the comments given thus far, David sings with his heart – something many artists have forgotten all about, or choose to ignore for the money and their unending quest for fame and popularity. I personally applaud this truly soulful performance, and hope he continues to sing just the way he does now – with the honest and intentional heartfelt beauty of the music.

  35. fail! says

    david archuleta hits – 1, so far. ”crush”, on the cusp of 2 million downloads [1.8 million sold to date] = win

    david archuleta albums – 1, certified gold by riaa, sales in excess of 720k domestically.. = win

    david archuleta awards to date – recipient of ”male rising star” 2009 alma’s = win

    crispy’s hits and albums sold to date – 0
    crispy’s accomplishments thus far in life – 0

    summary… archuleta = wins at life… summary… crispy = massive fail…

    goruntelldat! 😉

  36. crispy says

    LOL, riiiiight, because I’m competing with David Archuleta in life. That’s rich. Ooooh, maybe I’m actually Jason Castro in disguise! Buy my album, everyone.

    Anyways, welcome back, Ms. Thang. Three snaps up! Can I get a talk to the hand?

    It kills me that David Archuleta’s 2nd biggest fan is a black drag queen from 1997.

  37. TyInTenn says

    W-o-w! Did you catch that smile at the end. What a moment for him! Can you imagine how that must feel. Never really followed him on AI – but could learn to love him. A bit more grown up but makes you want to lick that suit (nice suit by the way) right off of him and hold him tight all night long. Powerful.

  38. cracking up here says

    hah – good one extra crispy! i think it hilarious that his 3rd biggest fan is a self hating, sexually repulsive and repressed little bitter box never was, who probably jacks off to images of archuleta nightly… with your stank attitude, what living, breathing, sentient human being – note i said human being, so animals are fair game for you, would ever want you? thin line between love and hate bay-bee, and methinks you’re confused.. come on, you know you want him.. you know you do, hee hee.

  39. crispy says

    If you re-read my comments, you’ll note I have nothing against Archuleta himself. Just his cray-zee Claymate-like worshipers who say things like “our David.”

    Yikes. Someone needs a restraining order pronto.

    As for me, tonight when I snuggle up next to my hubby of 5 years (who btw is a triathlete with a rockin’ bod), I’ll be sure to ask him what he likes about me. But I’m pretty sure he’s going to say it’s my phenomenal taste in music.

  40. JT says

    I won’t even get mad at that, Crispy. All I can say is that hopefully, maybe someday, both you and your boyfriend will learn to love everything truly Archuleta-icious!

  41. Scot says

    I stand by my opinion – that was awful.
    Part 1 says “archuleta has the phrasing and pronunciations down cold” Not even close. He speaks spanish like he learned it in school, not from family as an everyday part of life. Maybe because my family is from southern Mexico we didn’t pronounce our R’s, we rolled them. When I had to take spanish in school my teachers knew we weren’t speaking border spanish. Also his phrasing sucks. He’s stressing verbs rather than adjectives or nouns. Try that in regular speech and see how strange that sounds!
    This song’s bottom line is basically – nothing is as good when you’re not here. I don’t get that from improper phrasing. Maybe you should listen to the song rather than just hear it.
    Part 2 writes “his vocals are more fluid, strong…” more fluid /strong than what? This kid sings like a little boy, and hey, guess what? THAT’S WHAT HE IS!
    Maybe he “transcends the language barrier” for people who don’t speak spanish or have never heard the song before, but a “master singer” REALLY, SERIOUSLY? Maybe in ten, fifteen years but certainly not now. Winning some stupid amature hour contest doesn’t make him a “master singer” – oh wait, HE DIDN’T WIN, DID HE?!
    Most of us don’t need a Rupert Murdoch money-making-machine to tell us who our idols are. Most real talent today and years gone by wouldn’t do well on a show like that. You should keep in mind that when you’re watching idol you’re watching amatures. Maybe they’ll do well, maybe not. Who can say. Karioke doesn’t appeal to most of us. But you should just keep on watching and voting and making the king of homophobes-Rupert Murdoch more money. I’m sure he’d thank you (as long as he doesn’t know you might be gay).
    As a side note, I’m glad he’s singing in spanish. Its always nice to hear a new spanish song. I just think that there are ten singers I can think of, off the top of my head, that would most certainly do a MUCH better job of singing that particular song, because, like I said before, THAT WAS AWFUL!

  42. nic says


    you are not well in the head. this is not a new “spanish” song. name those 10 singers “off the top of (your) head” who could do a “much better job.”

  43. Scot says

    Nic, you’re right. I meant spanish SINGER. If you read my originial post you would have noticed that I noted this song is from 1953. Here’s ten(or more) singers who I’m sure would do a much better job of singing this song. 1. Sting – who sings in spanish and Portugese, 2. Julio Iglesias, 3. Enrique Iglesias, 4. Carlos Ponce, 5. Cheyenne, 6. Juannes, 7. JenCarlos Canales, 8. Ricky Martin, 9, Los Indios Trabajaros (sp?) 10. Elena Verdugo, 11. Lucero, 12. Anna Gabriel, should I keep going? Hell, even Marc Anthony or Selena would probably do a better job.(except she’s dead and I don’t really like Marc Anthony’s voice)
    I would really like to hear Sting sing this song. His spanish is meticulous.

  44. Jay says

    To the person who told him to open his eyes. You just don’t have a clue, do you. Guess you are taking to heart what Andrew Lloyd Webber once said on American Idol. Get over Idol… David Archuleta has moved way past that. I think we can do without your nit-picking snippet of a comment.

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