Mormons on reality TV is nothing new. From music to fashion, Latter-day Saints have showcased their talents across a variety of shows. Here are just 10 of our favorite Mormon moments on reality TV.
1. David Archuleta Reaches No. 2 Spot on American Idol
David Archuleta has been one of our favorites ever since his debut in American Idol’s 2008 season. Even though he ended in second place, behind David Cook, he will always be number one in our hearts.
Archuleta continues to live true to his high standards and integrity. At the time of his performances on American Idol, he was criticized for his values, in particular, his humility—skeptics thought it was an act. Immediately, David’s friends came to his defense. “People just didn’t understand how David could be shocked when the judges complimented him,” said Dean Kaelin, David’s voice coach. “People thought, ‘How could he not know how good he was?’ Not only does David have a beautiful voice, he is just a good, good kid. That was a shock to America. People couldn’t accept that he was just a humble kid.”
From the good old times, here is one of David Archuleta’s performances on American Idol:
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2. LDS Couple's Playhouse Masters Features Stephen Curry and His Daughter
For Tyson and Audy Leavitt, hosting Playhouse Masters has been one interesting adventure, but one that has built their testimony and strengthened their faith. One of our favorite memories of them took place when they were commissioned to build a playhouse for the daughter of NBA star Stephen Curry.
When talking about the experience of hosting the show, Audy bore her testimony of God and His grace:
“It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I have doubted everything about myself along the way, including my health, my appearance, my likeability. I have left my beloved job as a stay-at-home mom to become a reality TV show host. I have felt inadequate, guilty, self-conscious, exhausted, and more out-of-place than I ever have before.
“But I have also never doubted God's plan for me since He reminded me that I am, ‘Not of them who draw back.’ I have learned so much about God's tender mercies, His Grace, and just how sure His promise is to prepare a way when we try our best to accomplish what He asks of us.
“I don't know the whole design of His plan in regards to our business and our show, but I do feel like there is a greater purpose than playhouses and television and I look forward to finding out what it is. One thing I know is that we can put all of our faith and trust in God. If we follow His promptings and move forward in His direction, He will provide the means and the way to get to His final destination. I can't wait to see where it takes us.”