Reuters is saying that American Idol runner up, David Achuleta has inked a record deal and will have an album out later this year.

While I definately preferred David Cook, I was certain that the younger singer would land on his feet. In fact, often times, the runner up ends up better off. In fact, he joins past “Idol” also-rans such as Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken who have leveraged their stardom on hit television show “Idol” into record, film and Broadway fame.

Aiken, of course, got the best deal, in my opinion … starring in Spam-A-Lot.