David Archuleta returned to his native Murray, Utah, for a big hometown welcome that included TV and radio interviews, an autograph party, a rally with over 10,000 fans and his singing “The Star Spangled Banner” before a sellout Jazz vs. Lakers playoff game audience.
At 8 a.m., Archuleta stepped out of a black limousine with a characteristic shy grin and wave to his fans at Fox affiliate KSTU. “My gosh. I wasn’t expecting everyone to be here. I thought I was just coming in to a studio,” said the 17 year-old finalist. He later sang Dolly Parton’s “Smokey Mountain Memories.”