David Archuleta finished second on the seventh season of American Idol. The adorable, talented singer suffered from vocal chord paralysis...

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THG's second favorite Mormon is saying goodbye.

Or not goodbye, based on the title David Archuleta has given his latest video blog.

But the former American Idol runner-up is headed off on a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at an undisclosed country and won't be around for a very long awhile to update fans on his life or career.

"It's been a very emotional last week," David says below. "It's a decision everyone knows about but it's a very personal thing and I wanted to keep it that way. So I hope you guys respect that, and you guys have so I appreciate that."

Best of luck, Archie.

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With wins in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney has a leg up in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

If he won the right to face our first African-American President, Barack Obama, Romney would become the first Mormon on a major party ticket.

While this is hardly an endorsement of Romney, good for him, and for voters embracing candidates of varying religions, backgrounds and ethnicity.

In honor of Mitt, here are a bunch of celebrity Mormons you might not know about! Who's your favorite? Read THG's Top 10 and vote in our poll:

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10. Mitt Romney. He'll never be accused of being electrifying on the campaign trail, but he wins. And least so far. Plus, he's got the hair.

9. Jon Huntsman. Another family man and GOP presidential candidate who embraces his Mormon beliefs. Doing not quite as well in the polls.

8. Amy Adams of Enchanted fame was raised Mormon. Who knew!

7. Marie Osmond and her siblings grew up in a strict Mormon home.

6. Aaron Eckhart of The Dark Knight fame was raised Mormon. Eckhart even transferred to BYU and graduated from the Mormon University in '94.

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5. (tie) Paul Walker. That's one fast, furious, handsome Mormon! And Jon Heder. Napoleon Dynamite quotes. Enough said on both accounts.

4. Katherine Heigl. While no longer a practicing Mormon, the former Grey's Anatomy star credits her LDS upbringing with shaping her character.

3. Lacey Schwimmer. DWTS pro and Mormon (as are our co-#1s).

2. David Archuleta. The American Idol runner-up recently announced he's stepping out of the limelight to embark on a two-year Mormon mission.

1. Julianne and Derek Hough. The Footloose star and DWTS pro siblings pretty much hit the genetic jackpot with looks, charm and physical abilities.

Who's your favorite celebrity Mormon?

 

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David Archuleta is about to leave the music business for two years, in order to fulfill a mission for his Mormon church, but he has released one final treat for fans before he departs.

The former American Idol second place finished has completed work on the official video for "Wait," a track of Archuleta's Asian Tour edition of the album "The Other Side of Down." It's based on the loss of a close friend.

Watch now and appreciate the sweet sentimentality of this young singer:

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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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They are, arguably, the two most popular non-winners in American Idol history - and both came out last night to support the show that made them famous.

Adam Lambert, accompanied by boyfriend Sauli Koskinen, and David Archuleta stopped to pose for photographers on the red carpet of the finale, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lambert actually made controversial news during season 10, calling out James Durbin at one point and saying the top four finisher was "trying too hard." But he was simply all smiles at the event, which was attended by a number of past contestants.

Compare these two now and vote on a fashion victor:

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Don't worry about David Archuleta, fans.

Yes, the former American Idol finalist was dropped by Jive Records last week, but he's recorded a new video blog entry in which he discusses the state of his career and sounds optimistic about what's ahead.

"It took me a while to realize that have control of my life," Archuleta says. "The decisions that I make, that's what's going to break not necessarily just my career, but my life, too. So I'm just excited where to go, the direction that I'm hoping to go now with music."

We have a feeling loyal followers will stick with Archie wherever that takes him, won't they? Sit back and listen to David expound on his future now:

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It's a sad day for David Archuleta.

The former American Idol runner-up, who captured the hearts of millions during his run to the finals against David Cook, has been dropped by Jive Records. Said a spokesperson for that company: "David was released from our roster."

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Despite his cute face and positive attitude, music is a business - and Archuleta's 2010 release, "The Other Side of Down," sold just over 63,000 copies. This was a massive drop from the nearly one million CDs David sold of his self-titled debut.

Now, more than ever, Archie will need the support of his fans. We encourage the musician to keep his head up and ask others to do the same.

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An exciting year in the life of David Archuleta has come and gone.

The singer released a new book and a new album in 2010, while also leaving his teenage years behind.

Now, in his first video blog entry in ages, the singer recounts the past 12 months, wishes us all a new year and simply chats for a solid nine minutes. It's a must-watch for all Archie fans. Enjoy...

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Might David Archuleta have graduated from adorable to downright hot?

The former American Idol finalist is no longer a teenager, as he celebrates his 20th birthday today.

This popular artist released a new album in October and has performed multiple times in honor of the recent holidays. In these clips, he sings alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Below, meanwhile, a fan has honored Archuleta with a birthday tribute.

Check it out now, and then send in your best wishes to the humble star:

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David Archuleta is really into the Christmas spirit.

The singer helped light the famous tree at The Grove in Los Angeles last month and will also be featured alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on an upcoming PBS special.

Tweeted the former American Idol finalist about the duets: “Had such an incredible experience this weekend performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their PBS Christmas Special!”

That sums it up. Below, we've posted videos of David and the group singing “Joy To The World” and “Angels From The Realms of Glory."

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David Archuleta Biography

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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]
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