BLACKFOOT — Singing sensation David Archuleta brought the Christmas sprit to Blackfoot Friday night with his "My Kind of Christmas Tour."
And for those who got to meet Archuleta before the concert, Christmas came early.
Approximately 30 people attended a VIP meet and greet with Archuleta prior to the show Friday night and got autographs, photos and a mini-private concert.
A group of brothers, sisters and cousins from Blackfoot also got to meet Archuleta. Their grandma, Karen Clark, gave her grandchildren VIP passes for Christmas. The kids, ranging in age from 10 to 20, were all in agreement—"we have the best grandma in the world."
For junior high students Maryn Tueller and Annie Stoddard from Rexburg, the experience was amazing.
"We love David," Tueller said. "This was awesome."
Both girls have seen Archuleta in concert before, but this was their first time meeting him. They said they liked that they were able to meet and talk with David and they felt more connected to him as a person.
"He's so humble," Stoddard said.
Archuleta performed various Christmas songs in front of a sold-out crowd. He sang both traditional holiday songs as well as an assortment of his own pop favorites.
Prior to the performance Archuleta spent a few hours checking out Blackfoot. He stopped by the Idaho Potato Museum, Rupe's Burgers and made a surprise appearance during fourth hour seminary classes at Blackfoot High School.
Archuleta, who is from Sandy, Utah, rose to fame on season 7 of American Idol, where he finished second. His debut self-titled album was released in 2008 and a follow-up album, "The Other Side of Down," was released in 2010. In 2009 he released "Christmas from the Heart" and is featured on the new Mormon Tabernacle Choir holiday album "Glad Christmas Tidings."