Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. American Idol is in the midst of its 18th season, looking for the latest aspiring singer to join its long history of superstars that have gained successful careers from the competition since it launched in Throughout the show's year history, viewers have seen singers from all genres and of all ages take the crown--and also a mix of celebrity judges helping the contestants through the competition, starting with OGs Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul leading all the way up to the current panel of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Seacrest became the lone host of the series following Dunkleman's departure in season 2. The final two contestants were both male this season, with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard both competing for the win.
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David Archuleta -- The Emotional Announcement We All Saw Coming
Archuleta was born in Miami, Fl. At one point during the speech, Archuleta appeared to break down in tears as he explained his unique calling to serve. He said these were the reasons he knows this is what he needs to do with his life as the crowd screamed and gave him a standing ovation. Archuleta, 20, says the mission will begin next year and last two years.
David Archuleta: I'm Not Gay!
David's middle name, which he fully lives up to. However, he pretends that it's actually James so that everyone else won't feel like too much of a failure. According to New York's The Vulture , Archuleta was beamed down directly from Heaven, so this topic doesn't apply to him. He entered the Utah Talent Competition and had a panic attack, but won. Then went on the the second season of Star Search and won.
Once the reigning king of American Idol, David Archuleta now finds himself on independent labels with LDS connections only a mere four years after leaving the show. It may seem a fall from grace for a singer who once savored pop culture omnipresence, but Archuleta always seemed destined for such modest pastures. At his core, Archuleta is impossibly polite and utterly lacking in sex appeal, things that ultimately hinder a singer's ascension up the pop charts, but he does have skill and a vanilla charisma, two gifts on display on 's Begin. Throughout it all, Archuleta performs with a professional aplomb exuding sincerity, yet manages to skirt any deep emotion.