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Keith Johnson, Deseret News
"American Idol" finalist David Archuleta rides around Murray High School's track during a pep rally on May 9, which was designated David Archuleta Day.

So, regardless if David Archuleta wins or comes in second on "American Idol," he has the support of the Osmonds.

"I think David is an amazing talent," Donny Osmond told Deseret News TV critic Scott D. Pierce before the Osmonds took off for a United Kingdom tour. "I think the whole country's in love with him. I've had a chance to talk to David and he's just the most humble kid in the world."

But will humility help or hinder Archuleta if he decides to pursue a career as a recording artist?

5 Browns: Gregory Brown of the Alpine-based, Juilliard-trained 5 Browns, whose most recent album "Browns in Blue" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Classical Music chart, said he would like to see Archuleta lose a bit of his shyness.

"He is very shy," Brown said during a phone call with his brother, Ryan, from their home in New York. "But I, for one, would like to see another side of his personality. However, he has done well. And we hope he wins."

Ryan Brown said if Archuleta becomes a solo recording artist, there is another challenge he will have to face — ennui after a performance.

"We don't have this problem very much because we travel as a family, and, luckily, we like to be around each other, but we know a lot of musicians who play a sold-out show and then go back to an empty hotel room. They have no one to talk to. And they don't have anyone to hang out with."

There's also the fact that Archuleta is still a high school student, Gregory Brown said.

"Getting an education was important to me," said Gregory Brown, who is enrolled in the doctorate program at the University of Utah. "Three of us were still in school when our career started. We were juggling touring schedules and our schooling. I had to work with the teachers because we were going to be gone for months at a time. And I had to make friends fast so I could get notes from them from time to time. And we flew home quite a bit so we could catch up and take exams."

SHeDAISY: Magna native Kristyn Osborn, who along with sisters Kelsi and Kassidy comprise SHeDAISY, which hit the scene with the platinum-selling "The Whole SHeBANG" in 1999, said Archuleta will have to cope with the spoils of fame.

"I've seen many kids come through that valve," Osborn said during a recording-session break from her studio in Nashville, Tenn. "They have the quick success, and they are offered everything.

"He's going to see things he's never been exposed to. I can totally relate, because I grew up in a bubble, too.

"But if he keeps to his principles, he'll be fine. Avoiding pitfalls isn't as hard as everyone makes it out to be. He seems like a well-grounded boy. And as long as he remembers that, he'll be fine."

Regardless of what course Archuleta does choose, both Ryan and Gregory Brown want him to win.

"He is incredible," Gregory Brown said. "And we're all rooting for him. I do believe he's going to win."

Osborn said she usually doesn't watch "American Idol," but she was compelled to this season because of her aunt.

"All of her kids attended Murray High," Osborn said. "And we get e-mails from her. So, I watched him. And, though it sounds funny, I am proud of him. And he has a good chance to win."

On a spiritual note, like Archuleta, the Browns and Osborn are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And they have found ways of staying true to their beliefs.

The Browns make it known in their contracts that they don't perform on Sunday. Osborn relies on her family and her up-bringing.

"We even do firesides when we can," Ryan Brown said.

In addition to the Browns and Osborn, other celebrities are pulling for Archuleta.

Kenny Ortega, director of the uber-successful "High School Musical" movies, said he's all for Archuleta.

"He's fitting in good, doing what he's doing right now," Oretga told Deseret News movie critic Jeff Vice during a "High School Musical 3" press conference at East High School. "He's got the whole world in his hand. I'm rooting for him. He's stupendous. What an amazing kid. Charisma, talent. You know, just as charming as can be. What a fantastic kid, really."


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