09/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

David Archuleta's Crush: Shawn Johnson? Singer Won't Say But Friends Speculate

"All my friends keep saying, 'You should try to hook up with Shawn Johnson,'" confessed "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta with a giggle.

It was 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, and Archuleta had managed to squeeze in a quick chat between signing autographs and walking a press line in Tampa, Fla.

Our topic of conversation -- Archuleta's real-life crushes - was prompted by the outlandish success of his first single, "Crush." Not only was it the top-selling digital download of the week, but "Crush" also hit No. 2 on the U.S. pop singles chart today; the best chart debut in 18 months, according to Billboard.

So, I just had to ask: Does Archuleta have a "Crush" of his own? "I'm just afraid to mention anything now," confessed Archuleta. And he's right to be afraid. Recently, after one of Archuleta's female friends attended his show, she received a deluge of hate mail from Archuleta's fans. "They said, 'You're not good enough for him, and you're ugly," Archuleta said, shuddering. "You can see why people want to keep things to themselves." Despite the fact that his rabid fans harassed his guest, however, Archuleta continued to defend them. "They're just really protective," he concluded.

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