It’s pretty much common knowledge these days that even if you are the runner-up on American Idol, you are still just about guaranteed to have a successful music career. However last season’s American idols second-place winner David Archuleta has decided to wait on those benefits and launched his post Idol music career 2 years from now. That’s because the Utah native, who was brought up as a Mormon announced to fans at the Salt Lake City stop of his concert tour that he has decided to go ahead with his plans and serve a full-time Mormon mission.
Archuleta said “It’s not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore. It’s because it’s what I feel I need to do next in my life. It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life—the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling and answer when it calls. That’s the reason why I know I have to do this in my life.”
Archuleta has just one stop left on his concert tour this Wednesday, then the musician will start making preparations for his mission. It is a strict undertaking: Aside from the standard uniform of dress shirt, tie, nametag, and book, missionaries must be up at 6:30 a.m., remain celibate, and refrain from all entertainment. That means Archuleta will not be able to see who the next 2 seasons of American Idol contestants are. Nevertheless, Morman missionaries are allowed to write letters or use email to communicate with family and friends; they get 2 telephone calls home a year, on Christmas and Mother’s Day.
It’s refreshing to see someone put their faith ahead of their career especially when you’re pretty much guaranteed millions of dollars as an American Idol runner-up.