David Archuleta didn’t actually win American Idol, but he returned the conquering hero nonetheless.
The 18-year-old pinup idol performed his single, Touch My Hand, on the results show Wednesday.
He told recently-eliminated contestants Anoop Desai and Lil’ Rounds that they have great voices and that there’s plenty of opportunity once the show has come and gone.
He should know — after losing in a nail-biter to David Cook last spring, Archuleta already had his self-titled debut album burning up the charts by summer.
The young talent told host Ryan Seacrest he is headed off to the UK to tour. If his popularity carries over the pond — and we think it will — the Brits might be in for the second-coming of Beatle-mania.