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David Archuleta: Why I Didn’t Perform On The “American Idol” Series Finale (VIDEO)

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David Archuleta took to Instagram on Saturday to explain why he didn’t perform on the “American Idol” series finale. See photo below.

Archuleta was one of more than 50 former “American Idol” stars who returned for Thursday’s farewell episode. While many gave performances, the season 7 runner-up only appeared on stage for a few seconds during the opening group number. That upset many fans who were hoping to hear him sing.

But according to Archuleta, the reason behind his brief appearance simply came down to scheduling. In a lengthy Instagram post, the singer wrote, “I know a lot of you were bummed I didn’t sing in the idol finale and asked why I didn’t sing. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to. I’m way bummed I wasn’t able to be more a part of it!! :( :( :( but it wasn’t because they wouldn’t let me. It was simply that I thought I wouldn’t be able to until a few days before.”

“I’m glad I was able to be there and still be on stage for a moment with everyone. We sometimes wish things would have gone differently, but life doesn’t always go the way we hope it to at first,” Archuleta continued. He went on to say that coming back “reminded [me] of the stressful and overwhelming moments that broke me down a lot of times, but also of the many good people that helped me get back up. I was reminded of the moments that changed my life on the show.”

Noting he planned to write a blog post about the experience, Archuleta went on, “I’m glad I got to be a part of it all throughout the years… I will say not being stressed and having so much attention, I was able to enjoy the time backstage saying bye to everyone and meeting the people that worked behind the scenes. I love meeting the people who are also a part of the show in both big ways and small ways that no one else ever sees or hears about.”

Archuleta added, “Thank you all for your concerns. Yeah, I am sad I didn’t sing but also happy I was there. Really, if I had sung I would’ve taken someone else’s spot and I think it worked out how it needed to. Someone else needed to give out what was in their heart this time. It was Trent and La’Porsha’s time to shine most anyway. (And boy, did they shine. What a great final finale!) No worries, I will keep finding ways to sing up ahead as long as y’all keep supporting.”

The former contestant’s explanation is in line with what finale producer Nigel Lythgoe said prior to the show. He told The Hollywood Reporter of the show’s plans, “David Archuleta was unavailable, and then he called up two days ago and said he could come and be in the opening.” Lythgoe further noted on Twitter, “He was unavailable. I wanted him to sing ‘Imagine.’ Then he turned up.”

But at that point, it was apparently too last-minute to adjust the schedule. As Gossip Cop reported, season 7 winner David Cook performed a David Bowie tribute with fellow victors, but fans didn’t get to see him reunite with Archuleta. See the full Instagram post below, and see if you can spot Archuleta in the finale opening video.

Hey y’all, I know a lot of you were bummed I didn’t sing in the idol finale and asked why I didn’t sing. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to. I’m way bummed I wasn’t able to be more a part of it!! :( :( :( but it wasn’t because they wouldn’t let me. It was simply that I thought I wouldn’t be able to until a few days before. I’m glad I was able to be there and still be on stage for a moment with everyone. We sometimes wish things would have gone differently, but life doesn’t always go the way we hope it to at first. I’m so glad I could be there! I was reminded of the stressful and overwhelming moments that broke me down a lot of times, but also of the many good people that helped me get back up. I was reminded of the moments that changed my life on the show. I’m glad I got to be a part of it all throughout the years. I’ll write a blog in the next couple of days to share more thoughts with y’all. I will say not being stressed and having so much attention, I was able to enjoy the time backstage saying bye to everyone and meeting the people that worked behind the scenes. I love meeting the people who are also a part of the show in both big ways and small ways that no one else ever sees or hears about. Thank you all for your concerns. Yeah, I am sad I didn’t sing but also happy I was there. Really, if I had sung I would’ve taken someone else’s spot and I think it worked out how it needed to. Someone else needed to give out what was in their heart this time. It was Trent and La’Porsha’s time to shine most anyway. (And boy, did they shine. What a great final finale!) No worries, I will keep finding ways to sing up ahead as long as y’all keep supporting. Thank you for your continued support and concern! It’s nice to know people still care enough to ask. I got a picture with one of the talent escorts backstage, Cinthia here. I guessed her ethnicity on one try. Can you guess it? ;) (check back for an edit update to find out where she’s from) #idolfinale #backstage #thanks #americanidol #cinthia

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