‘American Idol’ notes: David Archuleta’s show “PTSD,” Bobby Bones, Kelly Clarkson, Katharine McPhee

Originally posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Fame did a number on David Archuleta’s noggin a decade ago.

He opened up with Yahoo Entertainment about some of his post “Idol” struggles.

"You’re basically a character on a TV show, and parts of it are worked so that it fits the TV show -- but they’re using your personal life," Archuleta says about what he terms his post-traumatic stress disorder following season 7 of Idol. "So you become this character, but it’s with your own name, parts of who you actually are, but other parts that are portrayed in a way that you’re not actually. Then everyone feels like they know you, and they know what you are, and they know how to treat you, and have certain expectations. … This was years ago, right? But there’s still certain things about us that we still had certain little tics that we’re paranoid about certain things. … Eight, nine, 10, 11 years later, we’re still kind of stuck in some of those patterns of thinking."

He also said he became paranoid about his own family members after the press and producers depicted his dad as a manipulative “dad-ager.” He eventually went to a therapist (recommended by Melinda Doolittle) that actually specializes in working with reality stars. He said it helped him. 

And amusingly, he said the record label after he was off the show wanted him to be the “white Chris Brown” and “urban” and “edgy.” He couldn’t be remotely “edgy” if he tried. 

He didn’t get nearly this deep with me earlier this year before a stop at the Atlanta City Winery but did talk about some of the difficulties he faced regarding “Idol” and the related pressures. 


Sharna Burgess and Bobby Bones celebrate winning during the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars.' (ABC/Eric McCandless)
Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC

Bobby Bones, the exuberant country radio host who happened to just inexplicably win “Dancing With the Stars” last week, will be a full-time “in-house” mentor to the “Idol” contestants season two. He did some mentoring last season during the celebrity duet portion.

The “Idol” celebrity judge audition portion finished up in Los Angeles earlier this month and the Hollywood round will either shoot next month or January. ABC has yet to announce a return date so it’s hard to tell whether ABC will make it a longer season than last year. 


Kelly Clarkson performed “Heat” on a chilly Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Katharine McPhee attends the 2018 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway on October 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Princess Grace Foundation-USA)
Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Princess Grace

Katharine McPhee will be going to England early next year to do a stint on “Waitress”as pie maker Jenna in a role she played earlier this year on Broadway. 

She has been on vocal rest recently after straining her voice during her Broadway run. So she made her London announcement “Love Actually” style. 

View this post on Instagram

see you in london! @waitresslondon 😉

A post shared by Katharine McPhee (@katharinemcphee) on


The Hollywood Christmas Parade this past Sunday was a veritable “Idol” reunion. Among the performers: 

Archuleta(season 7), Ruben Studdard (season 2 winner), Blake Lewis (season 6), Mikalah Gordon (season 11), Elliott Yamin (season 5), and Kimberly Caldwell (season 2).

The parade will air on the CW December 14 at 8 p.m.


Clay Aiken Tweet of the Week

He is in super promotion mode for his Broadway show with Ruben Studdard. 

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

About the Author

Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.