‘AMERICAN IDOL’ STAR DAVID ARCHULETA WILL STOP SINGING TO SERVE A TWO-YEAR MORMON MISSION

American Idol runner-up David Archuleta says he will take a break from his singing career to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The contestant from the 2007-2008 season made the announcement during a Christmas concert Monday in downtown Salt Lake City. The Deseret News reports that the 20-year-old Utah resident says he’s not quitting music, but feels a strong call to serve the church. Deseret has more:

After the initial storm of applause, Archuleta said serving an LDS mission was his choice.

“It‘s not because someone told me that I’m supposed to do it, and not because I no longer want to do music, but because it‘s the feeling that I’ve felt I need to do this with my life,” he said.

Archuleta is well-known for in 2007, at age 16, having been one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. He finished the season as the runner-up.

A video of the concert on Archuleta’s website shows him crying as he tells the crowd about his plans:

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