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Local woman remembers competing against David Archuleta

Local woman remembers competing against David Archuleta

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Marc Giauque reporting

Murray's David Archuleta has beaten out thousands to make the top three on "American Idol." But in Utah, he's beaten the competition in other contests.

For example: Mandy Neff still dreams of auditioning for the show that has now made Archuleta famous. A few years ago, she says he beat her out in a local "Star Search" competition.

She knew she was in trouble when she first heard his voice.

"I got chills. I was like, ‘OK let's go home now.' He's a sweet kid," she said.

Now she admits she's happily telling her friends Archuleta beat her. She's hoping the young star wins the whole thing.


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