David Archuleta Announces Plans To Serve On A LDS Mission

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08:  David Archuleta performs during the 2011 "Make A Difference" benefit concert at the Ronald McDonald House on November 8, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)

American Idol alum, David Archuleta, announced to a hometown crowd tonight in Salt Lake City that he’s  decided to go on a full-time LDS mission.  The crowd cheered as David cried.

A Mormon mission is typically a two year commitment.  That would mean David would disappear from show business for awhile while he serves.

David is wrapping up his “My Kind of Christmas Tour”. The last date will be December 21st in Beaver Creek, CO.

David says he’ll embark on his mission the first half of 2012. There are no details yet on where he’ll serve. 

However David decides to follow his heart, good luck to him.

Source: @FanScene

David Makes his Announcement

After, David Sings O Holy Night

  • hoa_teca

    It’s a really brave act.

  • Niall

    Huh. Depending on where he’s sent he might be giving up most of his social networking, which would really put him out of commission. I am thrilled about this choice because I’ve long felt he needed to do something non-entertainment business related after a childhood that ended with AI and dropping out of school. I think this will be very good for him.

    I assume serving a mission means he’ll become one of those young men in suits who walk neighborhood to neighborhood trying to get into your house to talk about the Book of Mormon? ;)

  • Anonymous

    there are all kinds of LDS missions, so it’ll be interesting to hear where Archie gets assigned to.

    This is a major life decision, but as I said in the headlines thread, I’m not at all surprised that he is doing this, as he has always shown strong commitment to his religion. And, on a practical note, he isn’t signed to any label now, so he doesn’t have to worry about getting out of any contracts, etc., so this is as good a time as any for him to do this. He can always pursue his music career in 2 years — he’ll still only be 23 yrs old then.

    I wish him much luck with this!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck to David A.

  • Anonymous

    Well, let’s hope in 2 years the pop music waters will have shifted and real music, real singers and real musicians will come back into vogue and he’ll have another chance.  I’m not a fan of David A.’s music style, but am a fan of real singers without voice enhancements.  I’m hoping real hard that one day we’ll get back to that.

  • Anonymous

    I am a very proud David fan.  This obviously was not an easy decision to make. I think this experience will be a great one for David. I also agree that David can still continue to pursue music after his mission is over. He will still be a young man.

  • tierbee

    Aw, he’s such a good egg. Wishing him the very best!

  • LK11

    It will be interesting to see what it really means. He could be going to some remote area and knocking on doors, which would be really good for him. Part of me hopes that he gets to use his singing, but that might lend itself to the crazy fans stalking him. It will be interesting to see.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, go Archie.

  • LK11

    I just returned from the concert. It was a very emotional thing. Many people were sobbing– for some it was a very happy thing and for others it was not a happy thing because they won’t be able to follow him. He has talked about wanting to do this for a long time. It IS a very brave thing to do.

  • callmecrazy

    Aweee Archie….so proud of youo/He just turned 21 and am wondering if he waited til then to go on his LDS mission.  A two year break away is gonna be hard for us fans but we have his music to bring us endless happiness.  And will eagerly await his return…..o/

  • Violet W

    I was watching a livestream. Wow.  I could see it was very emotional for everyone. I’m still stunned myself.  But I’m proud of David for staying true to himself and following his heart.  I hope we can all stay together for him because this will be the mother of Archudroughts.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh!  I feel sorry for Archie that he was raised in a crazy assed cult religion.  What a waste of two years of his life if he spends it door to door pushing something that isn’t even real.  If he’s helping people in need then that would be okay.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Yeah, kinda how I feel right now.

  • Anonymous

    On a personal note, I’m sad that he’ll be cut off from using twitter or making vlogs. No new music for two years…

    But can I just say that his decision to go on a full time mission, the way he let his fans know… WOW. Gutsy.

    I don’t think I would have appreciated it had I found out about this through a PR statement or something.

    Good luck Archie! I can’t wait for whats to come. ‘Night!

  • Jordan Kesler

    He’s definitely helping people in need. I think two years in this type of service will build a foundation for the rest of his life and career. He is such a good kid and will do wonders wherever he is sent. http://mormon.org/missionary-work/

  • Anonymous

    What’s going to happen with that music video he just shot in Hong Kong?

    I guess David felt he needed this.

  • Anonymous

    He followed his heart and made a big decision. Good luck to him and I hope it all goes well.

  • http://twitter.com/annyo84 annyo84

    I served a mission for the LDS church and i definately can say that i did not waste my time. I didn’t try to push anything on anybody, i was there just to share a message of happiness, which was the choice of the people to accept or not. We do also a lot of service during our mission, so yeah, lives will be blessed by David’s decision. I respect everyone’s opinion, and i know i can’t change them, but please, if you don’t know what you are talking about, don’t say anything about the subject. Congratulations David!

  • http://twitter.com/annyo84 annyo84

    I served a mission for the LDS church and i definately can say that i did not waste my time. I didn’t try to push anything on anybody, i was there just to share a message of happiness, which was the choice of the people to accept or not. We do also a lot of service during our mission, so yeah, lives will be blessed by David’s decision. I respect everyone’s opinion, and i know i can’t change them, but please, if you don’t know what you are talking about, don’t say anything about the subject. Congratulations David!

  • Keith Kristynik

    David has always tried to follow his heart.  What can you say to that?  It’s the only way to go.  Really happy for him.  The music business is clearly not his number one priority.  And he’ll be a happier more fulfilled person staying true to himself.  I wish him great blessings and lessons in this next chapter.

  • Keith Kristynik

    David has always tried to follow his heart.  What can you say to that?  It’s the only way to go.  Really happy for him.  The music business is clearly not his number one priority.  And he’ll be a happier more fulfilled person staying true to himself.  I wish him great blessings and lessons in this next chapter.

  • Anonymous

    This was not a surprise. David’s family and friends have been sharing this information online for months, and if you look closely at this tour’s outfits, he is wearing Mormon underwear now. He’s always been spiritual, but recently became almost fanatical since mid-year and many fans saw this coming. He has also indicated that he does necessarily want a music career when he comes back.

  • Kylee

    Wow, what a major life changing experience. He will be out of the spotlight for 2 years-not sure how I feel about that. He will disappear out of the public for 2 years. When he gets back, I think he will essentially have to start over. A lot of fans will have moved on. But good for him for sticking with his faith.

  • http://twitter.com/germanyet lct

    David has gotten so much flack about being immature.  I think it took a lot of maturity to take a step like this.  Celebrities like you is what this world needs. To have the courage to put others’ needs before you.  Thank you.  I will miss your voice, your eyes, and your heart.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand it, but good luck to him. 

  • Anonymous

    Much love and luck to David, as he pursues what he apparently believes is right for his life at this time.

  • Anonymous

    Ummm, what’s Morman underwear and how do you know what type of underwear he’s wearing?  lol  Good luck to David.  Two years is a very long time to be away in any profession.

  • Anonymous

    Google is your friend – I actually learned tonight what Morman underwear is as well. I can’t stand proselytizing in general, but hopefully he learns something from the volunteer work.

  • Tess

    Sometimes its a very good thing to step back from “real” life and to take some time to reevaluate who you are and what your own personal goals are.  Whether it is immersing yourself in higher education, serving in the armed forces, doing a volunteer program, or committing yourself to your religion it is probably a great thing for your own psyche as well as being that final step that makes you into a mature adult.

    Many performers have sequestered themselves away for a time…some have been able to keep in contact during their “outside” time, others have disappeared almost totally….but the good ones have been able to come back and come back with a vengeance, many with a refound purpose and a much more mature perspective.

    Just looking at the picture from last night’s performance, Archie isn’t appealing to just the tweeny bopper set with short memories…his audience is pretty diverse and these people will probably be set to embrace him on his return.  And, irregardless of where Archie serves his mission he will be taping into, probably, a whole lot of new experiences that will enrich his life.  I’m not religious but I do understand “faith” and commitment.  So kudos to David for choosing a temporary new path and doing what is “best” for him.  I think there is a place for David in the music industry and I don’t think a two year sabbatical will hurt him at all.

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy77

    Good for him, this is what is done in his faith and what he believes in. I’m old enough to remember some of the Osmonds doing their missions and they did just fine career-wise. David will be fine too, I believe. He seems like a good guy, he’s talented and my respect for him has gone up a notch for this and the way he let his fans know. Good luck to him.

  • Kitwana

    Pretty surprised. No way this decision can be good for his career. With the good sales on his Christmas tour, the continued growth of his fanbase in Asia and South America, talk of new writing and acting and all the comments on his improved performance skills, David seemed poised to make a breakthrough as an adult artist in 2012. Guess that’s not going to happen. I actually think his church would have preferred he not serve a mission. No way he reaches as many people going door to door as he would doing concerts and making appearances. On the other hand, I have to give David credit for having the courage to make the decisions that make him happy. That is easier than it sounds. If going away on a 2 year mission makes him happy, then I am happy for him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.gilland Jamie Kay Gilland

    I was there tonight and it was so special, I was jumping for joy. I am so very happy for him. I am beyond excited for him. He will be an awesome missionary. He is an amazing person. I love being LDS and belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

  • Anonymous

    As a non religious person it is hard for me to understand why he would do this. What isn’t hard to understand is that David is obviously following his heart and doing what is right for him. That cannot be a bad thing no matter how it affects his music career.

  • BonnieDee

    Working on something that is completely selfless for 2 years can only make you a stronger, better person IMO.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Well, I’m not surprised. Parting with label and management probably really impacted him and faith probably helped him go through the tough times. I can see why he decided to go ahead with the mission. It’s too bad he will throw two years of youth away. But I also don’t see him ever coming back and having mainstream music career, so well … whatever. Good luck to him. He will need it.  Personally I think college would be a better option.

  • Anonymous

    I think that this is not a good move for David’s music career. He lost so many young fans anyway and the rest will now move on as young fans do not care or understand missions. I really do not know if David will have the opportunities in two years that he has now. I do not know if he would be able to sign with another label at that point or not. I do not agree with his music career choices but wish him good luck. I think it would have been better if he went to college. I do remain a fan but I am not so sure about his future in the music industry at this point.

  • Anonymous

    Watching him become overwhelmed and break down and cry got to me.  I don’t know right now if I feel happy or sad for him.  He’s rather complex.

  • Anonymous

    It’s real to him, and that’s all that matters.  

    I think that this will allow him to get to know himself.  When he comes back, if he wants to continue his career, he’ll probably have a better idea about who he is as an artist, and a clearer picture of what he needs to do in order to be successful.

  • Anonymous

     I think he will essentially have to start over.

    I think that he was going to be in this position anyway.  Right now, he really didn’t have a way to get new music out to people, so his fanbase wasn’t going to grow.  Even he admitted in that video he made after leaving Jive that he had to discover who he is, and that’s something that needed to happen before he could sign another contract, or connect with people beyond what is mostly AI fans.

  • Incipit

    I actually think his church would have preferred he not serve a mission. He is a very positive representative of his church. No way he reaches as many people going door to door as he would doing concerts and making appearances.

    Kitwana, I recall there was discussion about this when DavidA came off of Idol – and the idea that the music ‘was’ a Mission, in it’s own way, was advanced then…now it appears he wants to take this contract-free opportunity to do the regular sort. 

    IDK how that long of a hiatus will impact his career in the music field – but If this is the path that makes him happy – then I wish him well.  

  • Anonymous

    Whoa. 

    I’ve been thinking to myself lately, since I saw him singing on a skating special, that David was managing very well, ironically without a label/mgmt., to find his audience.  Kind of a Michael Buble, more mature than not audience.  And I was thinking, good for him!  Of course, I know nothing about the music “business” – I just noticed he was doing a lot related to the Christmas season.

  • windmills

    One of the tough aspects of being on AI and making it far is you get this instant, super invested fanbase, the guarantee of a certain amount of “Idol bubble” media, and the expectations that come with the Idol machine if you’re signed out of the gate. Idols often go onto that show because they love to sing and think they can make a career out of it, but it’s extra easy to lose your sense of self when the machine is working for you. So, when somebody makes a decision to take back control of himself or herself, I can only think it’s for the best. 

    David Archuleta’s always seemed like a thoughtful guy. I think it takes courage, maturity, and real honest introspection to take a step back like he’s doing. Seeing how much it means to him made me tear up. Good for him, and Godspeed. 

  • Anonymous

    It is not about different options. It is not about his music career. It seems to me it is about him being called. He feels like he is being called to serve this mission. It is not a waste of time to him or anyone else who has the same beliefs.  Just as other people’s decisions and beliefs are not a waste of time to them. I don’t have to have the same beliefs as David or anyone else but I still respect them. I respect people’s rights to their beliefs even if they don’t agree with mine. 

  • mary lavoie

    Wherever you go David ~please remember you are loved beyond your wildest imagination. Your devoted fans will be here waiting if you need us. Thank you for touching my life with your beautiful music & your genuine spirit for the past 4 years ?

    Marylee_DAangel

  • Anonymous

    he said it’s coming out soon.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this comment. I felt it deserved more than just a “like”. :)

  • http://twitter.com/KathyHKs KathyHKs

    I wondered why I started watching that ustream. Because of time zone changes, David started after I usually go to bed. But I watched and heard him make that announcement for the first time, live. My first reactions were shock, pride and love for him. This morning, I feel a little upset, too. I’ll miss him. But I understand that this is his time, as a young man, to explore a world of options for him in his life. How can I begrudge him that? Idol makes us SO invested. It’s crazy, really.

    I won’t speculate on whether he’ll return to music because I was so wrong on the mission issue. LOL. But if he returns to music, I can’t imagine that I won’t be open to it or him.

    Can’t watch that video again though. Man.

  • Anonymous

    David is a very brave young man.  It is so much easier to go on with what you have been doing than to totally change course and take a step into the unknown.  I was impressed by David when he stood up to the PTB who were pushing him to become someone that he is not and when he stepped away from Jive and management, but this is an even bigger step.  I will miss him terribly.  He has inspired me in so many ways,  That being said if this is what David wants he should do it, and he will come back stronger than ever.

  • Anonymous

    I so admire David for following his heart, his faith, and his convictions to do what he feels called to do. The video of his announcement had me tearing up, but that version of O Holy Night? Wow! Just Wow! I have heard him sing this many times, but last night was very special. Goosebumps.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder where he will get called to!

  • BAPC

    I don’t think he’ll have a career to come back to in 2014. Whats left of his fanbase will not last without any communication. But maybe he doesn’t want to have a career in music anymore outside the Mormon world. 

    Personally, I think this is a waste of his talent. But it’s his talent to waste if he wants to. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    This might be the right personal decision for David, but I hope he made it with the knowledge that the chances of him returning and picking up his music career where he left off are slim to none.

    When he gets back, he should just go to college.

  • sue

    I’m a hot mess now, thanks David for making me cry like a baby today. I knew this was coming since I been reading some rumors of it but I didn’t want to believe it. I am so sad right now but I am happy for David too. He is following his heart and as a fan that is all I can ask for. I am going to miss him tremendously for 2 years or so. I don’t know what I am going to do with out my weekly Archie fix, it’s going to suck big time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SW3H2UD35O2QAARPK324UOEASQ Jim E

    I was struck by his emotion and what looked to me like reaching out for someone to stand next to him, and maybe give him a big hug.  He had a cheering audience yes, but personally he stood alone, and that bothered me.

  • djafan

    I confess that this announcement was a huge blow to me but my admiration and respect for this young man has grown even more.  David Archuleta is extremely gifted and I believe he will have a career in music when he returns.  What David A has accomplished this last year on his own is incredible.  The lessons David has learned in the process will serve him along with what he’ll learn while he is away.  Obviously he doesn’t want to be a teen superstar or that would’ve happened.

    Us diehard fans will keep the candle lit and will let David A know we aren’t going anywhere, two years pass in a blink of an eye.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig ShreddingHalien

    The FSM would’ve never made him give up his music career. 

  • Kitwana

    I am shocked by the amount of coverage this story has gotten. Do a Google News search using his name. It is not just the Idol press or the entertainment press which is covering it but the more mainstream national media. David has not received so much attention since the Demi Lovato tour in 2009. Guess the media does still care about what some former Idols do.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Whoa! And Wow! Kind of speechless!

  • Anonymous

    When the news of his split with Jive was announced, a friend of mine who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah said she thought this meant that David would be announcing  he would be serving his missionary term relatively shortly. She explained that the pressure for a Mormon- especially a male – was great. Even if no one pressured him directly, she said, she would think he would know that most observant Mormons would expect him to do it. She also speculated that, knowing how loyal he was to the Church, that David would somehow think less of himself or that he was missing out if he didn’t participate in this ritual.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. I gotta say, this hit me pretty hard. David Archuleta is not only my favorite Idol contestant ever, but one of my favorite artists period. He’s only a year older than me, but I’ve always considered him one of my biggest role models. It’s just so refreshing to see a young man – especially in music – who has the morals he does and is how grounded he is. Reading his book and hearing his story in his own words only made me love and appreciate him more. 

    I’m saddened that he’ll be stepping out of music and “real” life for two years, but at the same time I understand that this means a lot to him. He will certainly make a terrific missionary and I’m sure he will get so much out of it while helping so many people. I’m religious myself, and while I’m not too familiar with Mormon missions I can understand faith and being called. You can argue that he’s helping people by doing music, and while that’s true, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t do this. He’ll be able to reach people in a whole different way, and we still have plenty of YouTube videos and all his songs to hold onto for these two years. He’s already touched so many people, including me, with his music; now he can help others. Still, I will most certainly miss him during this time. I hope he never gives up music, because as far as I’m concerned I’m a fan for life.

  • http://twitter.com/KathyHKs KathyHKs

    That was incredibly sweet and well said, idolgleek92.

  • Anonymous

    When David A. was on Idol, he always chose to perform songs that had messages of peace, goodwill, and social awareness. He auditioned with “Waiting on the World to Change,” and went on to perform “Imagine,” Another Day in Paradise,” “Angels,” and “You’re the Voice.” I don’t know what an LDS mission entails, but I hope David gets a chance to fulfill his sense of humanitarianism. Best of luck to him.

  • larc

    This might be the right personal decision for David, but I hope he made
    it with the knowledge that the chances of him returning and picking up
    his music career where he left off are slim to none.

    That possibility is very real and it bothers me a lot.  While I can’t help but admire David for his ultimate dedication to doing what he thinks is right, two years will be a very long time for him to be out of the public eye.  But there’s also a chance that time will help him to gain a clearer vision of where he wants to go with his music.  With any luck, that could benefit him and us in the long run.  That’s what I’ll hang onto.

  • larc

    When Mormon missionaries show up, I always thank them nicely and tell them I have my own church.  I’ve never invited any of them in.  But if David rings my doorbell, I’ll make an exception!  ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I wish him the best and it appears this is the direction his heart is leading him.

    Not gonna lie, I get bugged by them constantly banging on my door. I don’t try to convert people to my religion and I don’t appreciate others doing it to me.

  • ronnie

    I’ve never understood the mass like for him, to me, his voice is nasally and unremarkable.  So boring, Darren Criss is having the career David should be having if he was more outgoing and exciting.

  • HappyDaisy

    Saw this on a newswire and came right here.

    This news is extremely sad and troubling.  I feel so sorry for David.  He deserves so much better.

    Why 2 years? Arbitrary, controlling. Why not 2 days, weeks or months?  Insane.

    David is misguided and is being used.

    My heart hurts for him, he looked so pained.

    David will be in my thoughts and I wish the very best for this gifted, beautiful person.

  • Anonymous

    I won’t pretend that I’m not upset at this news — for purely selfish reasons. But in the past few years I feel like David has given so much of himself to his fans thru music and tours and tweets and vlogs that I cannot ever begrudge him doing something that he believes in so deeply.

    He has such a beautiful heart. I sincerely hope he returns to music when his mission is over but even if he does not I feel like I’m a better person for having known him. He has the kindest soul of anyone I’ve ever met. The world needs more people like him.

    Good luck and only the best to him.

  • Kitwana

    Darren Criss is 24 years old and is 3 years and 10 months older than David Archuleta. You don’t know how David will be when he is 24. He is far more confident and outgoing at 20 than he was at 17 on Idol. When he finishes his mission, he will still be only 23 and younger than Darren is now. Given the opportunity, there’s still lots of time for someone with his talent and connections to writers and producers to make it in the industry. The national media attention given this story is a good sign. If nobody cared, this story would not go far beyond the traditional Idol media.

  • Anonymous

    This is the first I’ve seen David be compared to Darren Criss. I guess to each his own. There is nothing remarkable about Darren Criss or his voice in my opinion. While I think that David truly has an amazing voice. He is a truly gifted singer in my opinion. That is why it is such a great thing that we have so many choices as to what artists we choose to follow.

  • Anonymous

    Many performers, bands, and musical groups have taken several years off to make an album, be with family, have a baby, etc., and they have come back to music.  Their career may have taken a different course than before, but many have come back to good careers.  I wouldn’t write David off yet.  If he wants to do music when he returns, I think there will be a place for him.

  • Anonymous

    wow – the emotion before he even begins to sing OHN.  i hope he does feel called (not pressured).

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    So happy for David. So sad for me. God bless you David in your endeavors.

  • http://twitter.com/cruzceleste Andrea

    I will be really sad because I was really hoping to heard good news on the music department, but he had always being comited to his church and his belief. It is a brave decision, he is leaving everything for this, his family and his career, and I know that it won´t be meaningles for the people that he will be helping.

    Wish him well…

  • Anonymous

    I must admit I’ve always had a soft spot for David.  His voice just slays me.  My girls 20 and 15 are real fans.  They think he has one of the best voices they ever heard.  My youngest daughters favorite song of his is My Kind of Perfect.  They were both discussing him when I gave them the news. They were stunned.  Hopefully they will be receptive when he returns to music. I know I will.

    I have such respect for this decision.  It takes courage and conviction to do something you know many will never understand.  I think going away and making sure that music is what he wants will be a good thing. Serving this mission will serve him well.  I recently read an article about the success of these young Mormons after they go on these missions.  It will mature him, test his mettle. I may miss him making music, but I don’t think for a minute that it will be the last we hear from him.  Godspeed David.  

  • http://twitter.com/cruzceleste Andrea

    lol hope so, and I hope he comes near my country so I can get him to sign my copy…

  • LK11

    “It’s too bad he will throw two years of youth away.”

    Most LDS young men serve a mission at 19, so this is late. David gave up his youth when he was 16 yrs old, and honestly, 21 isn’t that young. My son came home from a mission at 21 and got married to his high school sweetheart. LDS kids grow up more quickly than your average young adult, in big part because of the mission.

    I have a husband who served a mission, one son who served a few years ago and one who is currently on a mission in Florida among the Haitians. I can tell you first of all that the two years goes so quickly. It is over in the blink of an eye. Also most LDS young men feel it is the best two years of their lives. I know it is hard to understand if you aren’t in the church or especially aren’t religious, but it is incredible service that will make him a better person.

    If you believe in the bible, it says to “preach the gospel to every creature”. They are not shoving it down people’s throats. They are offering what they believe is true and if people don’t want to hear it, it is their choice.

    As far as David’s career, that is probably not his concern. He feels like if he does what he is supposed to do (God’s will), that things will work out. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will come home and be a big star, but I am pretty sure it means he will always be able to do what he loves in some way. Just my opinion.

  • Anonymous

     I think David is probably the nicest and sweetest person I have ever met. Some people see that as a weakness. Which is certainly not the case. I think David is a strong person. I don’t think he would be pressured into doing something that he didn’t believe was the right thing to do.

  • Anonymous

    I agree Kitwana. I can’t believe the coverage this story has gotten today either. David’s going on a mission and leaving his music career has been on all the major entertainment news outlets today. It is too bad that David’s music and his album TOSOD did not get this kind of media coverage.

  • shell29

    “Archie” is all growed up.  **sniffle**

    In all seriousness, I have so much admiration and respect for David and his decision to serve a mission for his church.  I admire his commitment to put his faith first at this time in his life and to do what he feels called to do.  I was touched by the emotion he showed as he made his announcement-it obviously means a great deal to him.

    I know the news may be bittersweet for a lot of Archie fans.  This doesn’t necesarily mean the end of his music career.  He might never have another hit single or become a hugely successful recording artist, but I think he’ll always have a career in music as long as he wants one.  Some fans may have moved on since his Idol days, but I don’t think there will ever be a shortage of people who’ll want to listen to that gorgeous voice of his.   If anything, the missionary experience could help him grow even more as a musician, singer and songwriter.  He’ll definitely grow as a young man.

    If he wants to continue a career in music after this two year break, it will be waiting for him when he returns-even if it happens to be on a smaller scale.  Sometimes there are things in a person’s life that are more important than fame, fortune, sold out concerts or record sales.  All the best to you David as you prepare to serve your mission.

  • Anonymous

    My wish is that David be sent to some outlying place where they never heard of him…where nobody will ever interrupt his mission with silly requests for autographs and photos.  He deserves a break.

  • alterego7

    I wish he would have chosen to go to college, like most kids his age.  A formal education is something that will always benefit him.  He has spent so much of his youth working. 

  • jonnyk

    Each of own.  I never get Lambert, Beaver or even Buble appeal.  He sounds so nasally and unremakable.

  • jonnyk

    Two years are short. He will gain significant life experience from a mission; Life experience that most of us will never know in our life time.  You will be surprised when he reappears in the music scene with serious and mature music.  Heard that his team is preparing some projects to fill his absence.  In two years, music trend will change and maybe all sleazy pop will disappear and so does Beaver.

  • http://twitter.com/Ardy6348 Royal Myers

    I have loved this kid (young man) ever since the audition of Idol, not only for his wonderful singing, but also the positive effect he has on people through his personal example.  I think he has been letting his fans know changes were imminent the last few weeks and months…I’ve always felt that in the present music industry, David’s real challenge was making “pop music” that tapped into what most people loved about him on Idol, his soulful ballads that have a positive message.  TOSOD, which was a positively themed “pop” album and which got pretty positive critical reviews, was pretty much totally ignored by Top 40 radio execs and DJ’s…and was very poorly promoted by his own label, Jive Records.
     
    I pray that David’s experience is a great one that will both make his happy and fulfilled…and that when he returns, he will have the opportunity to make the music his is meaningful to him and his fans.  I’ve always felt the contemporary Christian music (i.e. Amy Grant, Micheal W Smith) would be a powerful venue for him to pursure, and one that he and fans…old and new…could really embrace.
     
    Best wishes to you, David.  I will look forward to your return to mainstream music if that’s what you decide to do.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    Sorry, can’t figure it out, what’s FSM?

  • Anonymous

    Well at least Niall isn’t still calling him “gaspy.” Which always made me angry. Up there someone compared him to Darren Criss. I will go further and compare to Katherine McPhee. Six years later and she hasn’t given up. “Smash” may be one and who knows, David may come back to one as well.

  • tomr

    The tears right after the crowd reaction seem to indicate the amount of pressure that David was under.  The crowd affirming the decision is just what he needed.

    The mission will help his music career in two ways.  He will gain much through his experiences to contribute to his songwriting.  He will hone his communication skills which have always been a little awkward (although endearing).  He will come out at the end a better man (and he’s well down that path already) and refreshed ready to take on the demanding music scene once again.  His fans/followers will not abandon him.  He is, and probably always will be, my favorite Idol.  Best wishes, David, and enjoy whatever lies ahead!

  • Kitwana

    Funny how the American Idol website has not picked up on this story. Lots of free PR for the show yesterday in the media covering the story.

  • Kitwana

    This comment from David’s official site captures why I am sad to see him leave for two years. I do think that with David’s fans, it is more than the music.

    padmango / December 21, 2011
    Good luck David. I’m happy that you’re happy. I will miss the new music, concerts, book signings and TV appearances that you would have made in the next two years. However, I think that what I will probably miss the most is the 100 vlogs and 616 (minimum) quirky tweets that you would have made over the next two years. I always found these to be so uplifting and fun and I know that they brought joy, happiness and insight to many of your millions of fans around the world on a daily basis. Thanks for everything.

  • djafan

    Kitwana,

    It is more than the music.  David A’s voice and person are one for us.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VZNDXVM5FTDXYLIYIPGRPIIE asma47

    Well, I believe that God will help him and if he wants to come back to his career in music he will be successful. His loyal fans will be waiting for him to come back. Who knows after he is done with the mission, all of the members of the church will be more interested in his music and buy his albums. If David is so involved with his church and his belief I hope the members of the church will also interested in his music and will help him to have a good career in music. I’m not a mormon but I’m interested and support David. So I hope he will get all the support and help from them too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VZNDXVM5FTDXYLIYIPGRPIIE asma47

    After reading your comment, now I realize that. I thought he was wearing a kind of long john/thermal underwear because it was cold. I was so preoccupied with his performance, his voice and his handsome face that I forgot about anything else. Whatever he wears he always look handsome.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQCWW24PLTXSVX4VWYV66WFGL4 Georgina

    With the looks of it I see that many of his fans may be a bit disappointed. And he’ll start wearing Mormon Underwear as part of doing the mission.