David Archuleta Unveils the Inside Scoop About American Idol and More Exclusively in Habbo.com

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American Idol® Season 7 Runner-Up Opened Up with Fans and Chatted in a Live Interview in the Largest Virtual Community for Teenagers

It was a lot of fun getting to talk to all of my fans in a personal way on Habbo. I don't usually get to really connect with the fans one on one too often, so it was fun to just kind of chat and hang with them without all of the craziness

Habbo (http://www.habbo.com), the largest global online virtual world for teenagers, today announced that singer David Archuleta's exclusive video footage will be available on Habbo.com starting tomorrow, Friday, March 27, by 12 p.m. PDT. Archie fans can log in or join Habbo.com for free to follow the "Archuleta Countdown" before his must-see virtual world debut on his fan group page (http://www.habbo.com/groups/archuleta).

Archuleta took a break from touring to check into the virtual teen community and treat his growing fan base to the live in-game chat in the new American Idol Theater. Also, in a live interview, he provides the inside scoop on his American Idol experience, favorite dessert and new album, among other secrets revealed.

"It was a lot of fun getting to talk to all of my fans in a personal way on Habbo. I don't usually get to really connect with the fans one on one too often, so it was fun to just kind of chat and hang with them without all of the craziness," said David Archuleta.

As runner-up from Season 7 of American Idol, Archuleta has been busy promoting his Gold-selling debut album, David Archuleta, and embarking on his first solo U.S. tour. Fans will be able to download David Archuleta wallpaper for free for their group page and get a one-of-a-kind virtual badge for joining his group.

Register now for free at Habbo.com to check out the interview in its entirety, which will be available exclusively on Habbo.com by 12 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, March 27.

About David Archuleta:
David Archuleta is best known for being runner-up in the 7th season of American Idol. He captured the attention of more than 30 million viewers and has become well-received by critics and fans alike. His self-titled album, David Archuleta, debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 chart in November 2008 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The album has produced two singles so far, including the hit, "Crush," and the most recent single, "A Little Too Not Over You." Archuleta was recently named to Forbes' list of "Breakout Stars of 2008."

About Habbo:
Habbo is a richly colorful, multi-dimensional virtual world and community for teens. Users join by creating a fully customized online character called a Habbo. From there, they can explore many public hang-outs, participate in a variety of activities, connect with friends, decorate their own rooms, and have fun through creativity and self expression. Currently there are Habbo communities in 33 countries on six continents. To date, 126 million Habbo characters have been created and 11.5 million unique users worldwide visit Habbo each month (source: Google Analytics).

Now approaching its eighth season, AMERICAN IDOL continues to dominate the television landscape, averaging more than 30 million viewers per episode. The latest record-breaking installment of the nation's most-watched television show laid claim to the most text messages ever received (78 million), as well as a mind-blowing 31.7 million viewers for its finale episode. AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder and CEO of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America.

About FremantleMedia North America:
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative television programs for network, cable and syndicated platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (FOX), "American Idol Rewind" (syndicated), "American Idol Extra" (Fox Reality), "America's Got Talent" (NBC), "Celebrity Family Feud" (NBC), "The Osbournes: Reloaded" (FOX), "Hole In The Wall" (FOX), "Farmer Wants A Wife" (The CW), "The Phone" (MTV), "Rock The Cradle" (MTV), "Can You Duet" (CMT), "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" (Oxygen), "Match Game" (TBS), "Family Feud" (syndicated), "Million Dollar Password" (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" (CBS).

About 19 Entertainment Ltd.:
Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment and music brands of today. The company has attracted a unique team of exceptionally creative executives, who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist management. 19 Founder/CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and the HBO series "Little Britain USA." 19's unique talent includes legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, and IDOL alumni Chris Daughtry, David Cook, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and soccer icon David Beckham.

About CKX, Inc.:
CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, the Company has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, the operations of Graceland, the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali and proprietary rights to the IDOLS television brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in more than 100 countries. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at http://www.ckx.com.

Media Contact:
Susan C. Mills
Edelman Public Relations for Habbo
susan.mills (at) edelman.com


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