"American Idol's" David Archuleta on the new season

Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:29pm EST
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By Shirley Halperin

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "American Idol" Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta doesn't watch much TV, but he wasn't about to miss the momentous Season 10 premiere! In fact, he and the rest of the Archuletas made it family night and sat together as the world was introduced to new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. "It feels like the first season of American Idol is starting again," he says. "That same excitement is there."

Ever the half-glass-full optimist, a chat with the lovable dimpled Archie is nothing if not an uplifting experience, and this time was no different. Read on to hear more of his thoughts on Season 10.

THR: When is the last time you and your family sat down to watch "Idol" together?

Archuleta: We never do that, but what's interesting with this season is my family was excited to see it, too. When I was on the show, they got overwhelmed by the whole "American Idol" experience, but they're still fans. It's almost like that fresh start brought this new, fresh excitement back.

THR: What did you think of Jennifer Lopez?

Archuleta: It was really fun to watch her. She's someone I've grown up respecting by watching the "Selena" movie and my mom enjoyed listening to her music. I just loved seeing a Latina on there representing.

THR: A lot of people were commenting that she was being too easy on the contestants, what did you think?

Archuleta:, you understand the nerves that people feel, so you can't help but feel empathy for them. They're performers, and I think ladies naturally have that nurturing side to them. As you saw with Paula, she was always nice, but she got a little more tough as she went along, realizing, you get over feeling bad for them and start giving them real critiques. I think she did a really great job for her first time. It's not easy to tell people to their face and be honest if you crush their dreams.   Continued...

<p>Previous season runner up David Archuleta arrives for the finale of Season 8 of "American Idol" in Los Angeles May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>