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.
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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.