American Idol star "excited' about Vietnam shows

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David Archuleta, runner-up in the seventh edition of American Idol in 2008, says he is "excited and a bit worried and stressed" before his first shows in Vietnam next week.

The 20-year-old American singer, who along with the 2008 American Idol winner David Cook were on Forbes' list of "Breakout Stars of 2008", told Thanh Nien's reporter in America that that he will perform most of his own compositions to fans in Vietnam.

"These songs are beautiful messages about life," said David, who started singing at the age of six. He released his second album, "The other side of down," in 2010.

David, whose song "Crush" reached second in the Billboard hot 100 chart in 2008, told Thanh Nien that the Idol contest changed his life though he finished the show as the runner-up.

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For the two shows in Vietnam, called Idol Music Event 2011, David Archuleta will perform with music band Archuleta and his father at the Military Zone 7 Stadium in HCMC and the Giang Vo Exhibition Center in Hanoi on July 22 and 24 respectively.

The concerts, which are part of David's Asian tour covering Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia, will also feature top local singers, including Vietnam Idol 2010, Uyen Linh, and runner-up Van Mai Huong.

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