David Archuleta Announces Two-Year Mormon Mission, Breaks Down on Stage

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David Archuleta broke down in tears last night following a major announcement: he's leaving the music scene for a couple years to pursue a higher calling.

The former American Idol runner-up told a crowd in his home state of Utah that he's taking an extended professional break in order to fulfill his two-year obligation to the Mormon church, saying:

"It's not because somebody told me that I was supposed to do it, not because that 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."

Watch now, and join us in wishing Archie the very best of luck...

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Thats The Best Thing You Will Ever Do Archie :) I really So Admire you :) IT was a very big desicion you have ever made :) , YOU DID A VERY GOOD DESICION :) you'r really a very good MOdel every member of our church :) .. GOOGLUCK FOR YOUR MISSION ARCHIE :) .. Someday I will Go on a mission TOO :)))

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Career wise, this is the worst decision he will ever make. He will never regain the foothold he has now, which isn't much. He has really bad management....REALLY bad.

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David..Don't forget about us while your gone!!

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David ur the one beautiful thing in my life that brings me instant peace when i am stressed. Now what am i gonna do? I may be dead in two years. Well if u must i guess we can't argue with God. I will miss your silky smooth voice but mostly your sweet spirit.

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I am so proud of him he is such an amazing kid and I think this will be a good thing for him!! Good luck!!

David Archuleta Biography

Giving Thumbs Up David Archuleta finished second on the seventh season of American Idol. The adorable, talented singer suffered from vocal chord paralysis... More »
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David Archuleta Quotes

He's been my role model. Just a great person to look up to. He's been my big brother through this.

David Archuleta [on David Cook]

He's given me a lot of good advice and helped me from making any dumb decisions. He understands more than anyone what I want in music, and I've felt really blessed to have someone like that.

David Archuleta [on his controversial father]