American Idol is, simply put, one of the most iconic shows in television history. Since Kelly Clarkson won its first season in 2002, Idol has broken records and churned out stars at an absurd pace. This is the show that brought us not only Clarkson, but Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, Phillip Phillips, Kellie Pickler, Fantasia Barrino, and Kris Allen—just to name a few.
Several Latter-day Saints have competed on the reality show over the years, with at least six Church members making it to the Hollywood round this year for the 15th and final season, including Madilyn Paige, who competed on the sixth season of The Voice.
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As we cheer them on, here's a look back at some of the show's most memorable Mormon contestants from past seasons.
Easily the most accomplished Mormon to grace the Idol stage, then-16-year-old David Archuleta rode his amazing voice and winning smile to a second-place finish in the show's 7th season. Although he lost the battle-of-the-Davids finale to David Cook, he's gone on to be the most successful contestant from that season. The Murray, Utah native released a hit single, "Crush," shortly after his stint on the show. He went on to release several more albums and singles before shocking his fans with a big announcement: he'd be serving a mission for the LDS Church.
Archuleta served in Chile from 2012-2014, and he's since released his hit single, "Glorious," for the movie Meet the Mormons. Does anybody remember seeing him sing with the missionary choir in the April 2012 general conference?
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Learn more about what Elder Archuleta did on his mission in David Archuleta: Called to Serve, or check out the album that was released while he was on his mission, Begin. Available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.