Billboard ranked all of the “American Idol” contestants according to song and album sales and radio play, but we asked you to vote on which singer is really the best. Hundreds of thousands of votes were cast to pick your favorite male and female “Idol,” David Archuleta and Carrie Underwood (see individual male and female results here). And over the last week, you turned out in droves again in the run-off vote between David and Carrie. So who is your ultimate favorite idol? The votes are in…. and the winner is David Archuleta with a whopping 92% of you picking him over Carrie’s 8%! Congrats, David.
Winning our poll is “really flattering,” Archuleta tells Billboard.com. “I guess the fans I have are just really supportive. I think it’s cool that people consider me their favorite, especially because it’s Billboard. I check Billboard every week and I’m starting to get the magazine more, and I have a Billboard book, so it’s just funny that this is from Billboard, too. It’s not just some teen website, you know? It’s Billboard. I think that’s cool.”
What does he think of getting more votes than Carrie Underwood? “It’s crazy,” he says. “Carrie’s just so successful. She’s sold millions and millions of albums and she has a great voice and a great personality.”
All you Archuleta fans will be heartened to hear he’s got a new album on the horizon. “We’ve been talking about releasing a single later this summer and then having the album come out this fall,” he details. “I think I worked to get more lively grooves into some of the songs. Except for “Touch My Hand,” there wasn’t really anything on my last album that made people move. It was more light and fluffy and fun because that’s all we really had time to do. I didn’t really have time to go through the songs and say, ‘This song has a story that needs to be said. This song really shows who I am.’ So it’s been nice having more time to think about what I want to say and share with other people so they can say, ‘Hey, I think I’m getting to know who David Archuleta is.'”
Get your fill of “Idol” related Billboard goodies below.
All-Time Top 24 “American Idols” List
Full Male & Female Poll Results
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