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."

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David Archuleta Biography

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]