The time is here. David Archuleta let us know in December last year that he was going to take two years off the music circuit to become a Mormon missionary. Now, just three short months later, he’s off! David has posted one last video blog on YouTube to his fans before embarking on his journey. It’s long, rambling in parts, but very earnest and sweet. You can see that there’s a whole lot going on with him. It’s not the easiest decision to make. Think about it, American Idol star becoming a modern-day missionary. We think it’s incredible and truly respect him for what he’s doing. David’s off to South America this week and he says, “This is a very personal decision at the same time I appreciate you guys being respectful of that I’ll be doing and what I’ve been trying to focus on…” It’s almost like a conversation with his fans, telling them that he’s still going to be around and that he wants to hear from them. So if you’re an Archie fan, have a go at the vlog and tell us what you’re thinking about his mission. We wish David all the luck!
We know a lot of people are going to scoff at this news, but let them. We actually think it’s quite admirable that David ArchuletaÂ is temporarily putting his music career on hold to become a Mormon missionary. You read correctly. The singer revealed the news while performing in Salt Lake City, Utah this week. He said he was going to put a hold on his career for two years, explaining, “It’s not because someone told me that I was supposed to do it, not because I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life.”
Archuleta added, “It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life. It’s the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges I’ve had to overcome, and the blessings, too.Â I’ve learned that to trust that feeling. I’m aware that I need to answer when He calls, and that’s the reason that I know I need to do this in my life.” The crowds response was huge as they all burst into applause which moved the young singer so much that he started to cry. We don’t blame him, because decisions like this can be overwhelming and it’s great to see support, instead of snideness, coming in. It’s not like his talent is going anywhere!
Scotty McCreery is the new American Idol! The teenaged country singer beat Lauren Alaina to win the the title which capped off a spectacular show. The two hour Season 10 finale took place at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and they really packed in as much as they could. Beyonce dazzled on stage, Jennifer Lopez sparkled in a very JLo-esque jumpsuit and old and new American Idol contestants turned up in hordes. Like Sanjaya Malakar — remember him? A lot of this seasons contestants got to sing with their idols like Tony Bennett, Tim McGraw, Tom Jones, Judas Priest …. and Lady Gaga! Jack Black rocking out? Classic!
But more than anything, we were just happy to see some of our contestants and winners of past American Idol’s. Adam Lambert who was so glam it hurt, Allison Iraheta, Jason Castro (with his preggers wife Mandy Mayhall), Kris Allen… the list goes on. We’ve put a gallery of arrivals at the event so you can memory check everyone who came. Congratulations, Scotty! Can you believe he’s just 17? What a massive moment for country music.
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David Archuleta‘s notorious stage dad just got a little more embarrassing. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, proud papa Jeff was busted in a prostitution sting last January, after Midvale, Utah police responded to complaints about a local massage parlor. The elder Archuleta pleaded no contest to a citation for “patronizing a prostitute,” paid $582 and attended counseling.
“[Archuleta] was on his stomach on the table with a masseuse in lace underwear,” the arresting officer told Radar Online. “He said he’d found the place on Craigslist…He was asked if he’d received any sexual services and he said he had.” Despite his on-scene confession, Archuleta’s lawyer now claims that no sexual contact occurred, and that the stage dad was merely seeking help with his back pain. Next time use the yellow pages!
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American Idol as a TV show is about as successful as you can get, but people might not realize just how big the empire is. Okay, some of its former contestants probably realized after it was too late that conquering movies was maybe not their thing (From Justin to Kelly to … nowhere). But if you consider their musical track record, it’s pretty impressive. Since the show started in 2002, there have been more than 200 songs by Idol alums to hit the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. David Cook even had 11 songs from his self-titled debut hit the chart in 2008 in the same week.
We took into account album sales and chart-toppers and threw in a dose of personal favorites to bring you our list of The Top 25 Greatest American Idol Alumni Videos. Some artists show up a few times (Kelly Clarkson bookends the list) and a certain someone only shows up once because his baby face is just too sweet to stare at for too long (David Archuleta, we’re looking at you…). Our methods aren’t scientific, but they do take things like over-cuteness into account.
25. Kelly Clarkson – “My Life Would Suck Without You”
The latest of Clarkson’s singles, it made our list because while it’s a great song, the video sticks to the Clarkson formula that all other Clarkson videos adhere to – shots of Kelly performing with the band, spliced with shots of Kelly freaking out on/about a guy in a series of dramatic reenactments.
24. Bo Bice – “Witness”
Bice’s hair blows so freely — in the wind, in his convertible, by the sheer power of song — throughout the video, we couldn’t turn away. Viewers loved it too, the song spent three weeks at #1 on the VH1 Top 20 in December 2007.
23. Daughtry – “Over You”
“Hi, my name is Sara. Only it’s not, it’s Jessica Szohr, of TV’s Gossip Girl. I’m sorry I just cried throughout this whole video while wrapped in a towel. Actually nevermind – that was probably pretty hot. You’re welcome.”
David Archuleta may look (and sound) like Ed Grimley, but the American Idol runner-up has a thug’s heart. Lil’ Archie was talking about rap with the DJs at Kiss 95.1 in Melbourne, FL when he surprised them by doing a bit of T.I.‘s “Live Your Life.” While his take on Rihanna‘s hook was predictable enough, his rapping suggests that he won’t be dropping a mixtape anytime soon.. Imagine a drunken Michael Cera speedreading and you’ve got an idea of what you’re in for. Check it out after the jump.
With hot young stars getting younger and younger, it’s worth knowing which ones you can be attracted to without committing a mental felony. While Miley Cyrus is still off-limits, Vanessa Hudgens is fair game. Fantasize about the Michael Cera of Superbad all you want, but crush on the guy circa Arrested Development and we’re going to have to call Dateline NBC. To help your imagination stay more Woody Allen than Roman Polanski, here’s the names of ten young stars who lost their jailbait status in 2008. Only one more year, Jamie Lynn Spears fans!
It’s Idol mania around here, with both David Archuleta and David Cook launching a chart-assault with their debut albums, and rumors that Kelly Clarkson‘s working on one right now. And of course, there are those Idols who’ll seemingly never leave us — like Clay Aiken and Daughtry. Check out videos from some of our favorites, and be sure to enter our David Cook’s “Light On” Contest. Check here for details on how David Cook can see you perform his brand-new hit single, and get some practice by watching these Idols!
David Cook — “Light On”