Missionary Position

American Idol’s David Archuleta Leaving Pop Music For Two-Year Mormon Mission

david-archuletaWe had always hoped that David Archuleta might follow the same path as Clay Aiken—they’re both shy, gay-faced products of the American Idol machine.

Archuleta, who had been seen at New York’s gay dance club Splash last year, denies he’s an Adam Lambert type, though. But we still hoped Archie would at least perform on Broadway like Aiken did in Spamalot.

Alas, we shall have to wait to see him practice the discipline of jazz hands and pop eyes.

David announced tearfully to fans on Monday night that he’s putting the brakes on his musical career to serve a two-year mission with the Church of Latter Day Saints. The Utah crowd predictably hooted and hollered their support.

The always-clever TMZ pretended they were breaking his coming-out announcement (ha ha) and later quotes him as 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.”

When he’s back, we suggest he heads straight to The Great White Way and demands the role of Elder Kevin Price in Book of Mormon. He’ll have lived the part by then, after all.

Photo via Nick Stepowyj