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Archuleta, runner-up to champ David Cook in season seven, has posted a new video update on his journey serving with the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints): looking happy yet wistful, the 20-year-old prepared to say goodbye to his Bieber-esque ‘do, per church tradition.
“You have to keep it short and clean, and nicely cut, so I’m going to go do that now,” the singer and sometime actor said of his impending haircut. “This is the last time it’ll be this long for the next couple years.” He added: “I kinda need one anyway.”
Archuleta, who hails from Murray, Utah, announced his faith-inspired musical departure in December at the Salt Lake City concert stop of his My Kind of Christmas Tour.
“It’s not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore,” he told the crowd. “It’s because it’s what I feel I need to do next in my life. It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life — the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling and answer when it calls. That’s the reason why I know I have to do this in my life.”
As part of the LDS full-time mission, Archuleta must follow a code of standards including a conservative dress code (ties, dark pants, white dress shirts), an early wake-up call of 6:30 a.m. and two phone calls allowed per year, on Christmas Day and Mother’s Day.
See Archuleta’s hair announcement below.
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