The first-runner up of American Idol 2008 captivated local audiences during his two performances at the Idol Music Event in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday (July 22) and Hanoi on Saturday (July 23).
Attendees said that Archuleta outdid nearly every local artist at the show, including the first and second place singers from Vietnam Idol 2011 Uyen Linh and Mai Huong.
Leading pop icons Ho Ngoc Ha, Dam Vinh Hung also took the stage with singer-actress Ngo Thanh Van, Tuan Hung, Bao Thy and Dong Nhi.
Many in the audience said that the local singers seemed to pay too much attention to their appearances and flashy costumes instead of their voices.
Archuleta performed nearly 15 songs, most of which were his original compostions, at HCMC’s Military Zone 7 Stadium.
Local fans rushed onto the stage with many special gifts, including a khan dong (a traditional Vietnamese headress), for their idol.
The young singer shot to fame after the seventh season of American Idol contest and has a large international following—he will touch down in Malaysia following the performances in Vietnam.