Originally posted on 2/26/08

There have been a lot of comments posted around the web recently about David’s humility. People think it’s an act. They point to the fact that he has won previous competitions and that he has no doubt been praised endlessly for his talents, so how could he possibly not know how good he is?

There are a few factors to consider here.

1. anyone who has ever been a performer, or who knows one intimately, realizes that talent and recognition, and even confidence in one’s abilities, does not equate to anything like security. In fact, it’s almost always the opposite: Performers are notoriously insecure.

2. David only matured into a young adult very recently. Anyone remember what that was like? Security? Self-assuredness? Hello?!? He’s a completely different person–and performer–than he was even a year ago. Of course he knows he has talent and ability, but the persistent insecurity about whether or not you’re good enough, even in the face of all the accolades, is not only common but age-appropriate.

3. David may have gotten lots of praise from the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus, and senior citizen groups, and the regional radio station fundraiser, and yes, he did win Junior Star Search, but to a young kid who sees his entire future in being a singer, there is nothing even remotely to compare with American Idol. I might suggest that the experience is even more amazing and surreal when indeed you do realize, deep down, that you are destined for greatness.

And let me say one more thing from a person who, as a kid, had a pretty sizable performing talent: You never get used to the reaction of the audience. It’s why performers endure everything to go back for more. It’s truly astonishing every single time. David just seems to be someone who is completely open and guileless about showing it.