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Published: Thursday, Oct. 7 2010 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

It seems I share the same concern that many on this site are showing- David doesn't quite seem to have the Gravitas that others have had in the past- can't quite picture the PBS show next year being as big a draw- still, Pres. Monson probably approved the choice and Mack Wilberg always surprises so we shall see...

Cedar Hills, UT

@M&M's... Archuleta has been performing for years. You don't have to be over 40 to be an "incredible, professional, seasoned" performer. Have you seen him perform live? No Auto-Tune necessary. How about his performance of "Imagine" on A.I. Still, to this day, the judges admit as one of the best performances on the show... ever. Mack Wilberg wouldn't agree to just any guest artist unless he feels he/she wouldn't do justice to the material. I trust his taste, and am looking forward to another amazing artistic achievement. Plus, how nice is it that the concert this year will feature a native of the state (who is also LDS)? While I've loved the guest artists in the past that have come from all around the globe, I like that the concert will feature someone from our home state this year. Finally, his Christmas album from last year is sensational, and includes some creatively challenging lesser-known tunes that he, frankly, hits out of the park. I think its a great announcement - and am looking forward to going (if we get tickets).

Cedar Hills, UT

....plus, to all those that think he's a "reject" or "also-ran" from American Idol: he is one of the most commercially successful runners-up on the show. His debut album outsold last seasons' winner and highly promoted runner-up, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. He also has outsold recent winner Taylor Hicks and is in line to be the most successful runner-up outside of Clay Aiken. Not many artists in today's digital age can claim gold status for their first album, and platinum status for their first single... but he did both.

Big John
Genola, UT

Let's see. Just looking at the singers: Natalie Cole, Brian Stokes Mitchell, King's Singers, Sissel, Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Angela Lansbury, Gladys Knight, and . . .

David Archuleta.

"One of these things is not like the other . . ."

Maybe PBS has decided not to broadcast the show and the choir has signed a contract with Nickelodeon?

Beverly Hills, CA

If the guy wants to go on a mission, leave that decision for him and his family and God. Sheesh.

Albany, OR

Times are tough, people. We're in a recession. If David Archuleta is all the church can afford to bring in, then so be it. Better times surely lie ahead for future concerts.

Oak Hills, CA

I think it was a missed opportunity to not get Andrea Bocelli, who is a good match for the choir-- see the Lord's Prayer that he already did with them.

Murray, UT

I attended the Natalie Cole concert last year. Natalie was good but let me tell you folks, David will out perform her ten times and knock your socks off. David should have won American Idol hands down but unfortunately there was an anti Mormon bias against him in the final vote. Critics who cover the show were calling him a goody goody and too cute. They wanted someone with more "edge". Well, David has been a huge commercial success ever since.

Draper, UT

Can't believe some of the rude comments I've read. It makes me ashamed to be from Utah. David will be great. I went to his Christmas concert last year and it was fantastic. He's also recorded a PBS Christmas special with Orla Fallon this year.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

rhed - they are not rude comments they are our opinions of his selection to perform with the MoTab at the Christmas concert. I don't happen to agree that he is a great talent and I am entitled to that opinion. Apparently, you like him, good for you.

Next subject...

San Bernardino, CA

Lame. Looks I'll forego my usual habit of picking up each year's Christmas CD.

Syracuse, UT

Can I remind you that are critical of this years guest artist that this is a gift to the community. It's not like you've ever had to pay for any of the tickets. Sounds like some are a little ungrateful for this annual event and are taking it for granted that the Tabernacle Choir, who pays to bring the artists in for your enjoyment, somehow should consult you on their decision. Be grateful for this annual treasure and stop whineing.

Toronto, Ontario

I wonder if he will also be invited to the Christmas broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word".

Holladay, UT

IT'S wonderful ! In France we love him .

Downingtown, PA

I'm very happy for David. This is a huge honor. David released a beautiful Christmas album last year and also had a great pop/Christmas concert tour with a small orchestra and choir.

Lindon, UT

What a great piece of news! David Archuleta coming back to Utah in a triumphant way. As a Young Men's President I love to see young LDS people like David, continue to be a great example. I don't know if he'll be able to serve a regular full-time mission (I wish he would because I KNOW nothing compares to the experience) but he's nonetheless fulfilling a mission by demonstrating that you can be successful without compromising your principles. Thanks to the MoTab for such a fine selection. I'm no teen but I love David and I'll be on autodial trying to get as many tickets as I can. I'd love to take every one of my Young Men and Young Woman organization from my ward. Thank you Mr. Mac and brother M. Wilberg!

Northfield, MN

What wonderful news!! David will be fantastic.! I am so excite for this opportunity for him. His presence will spread love! People will come from all around the country, and beyond to see David. His fanbase comprises all ages. I am from a faraway state and am going to try to come. He is in a class all by himself. The emotion that he will bring to this performance will be astounding. His Christmas concerts during tour last year were unbelievable! His voice and heart are uniquely beautiful, and they are always working together to bring joy and happiness to others. David is on his mission.
He has changed thousands of hearts and lives by his inspiration and example. Many of his fans have become Mormons because of David. Others have been changing their lives for the better. It is not because of anything he has said about the religion, but because of how he leads his life. I would hope that those who have posted such harsh comments really take the time to listen to this talented young singer, songwriter, and person. It will brighten your day and your life. He is an inspiration for all ages.

Alpine, Utah

I can give you my perspective.

I'm 50+, male, and my family has had some close interaction with David.

I am impressed and touched by David's maturity, purity, big heart, and talent. His Christmas CD is incredible. You feel his love for the Savior and his Christmas music inspires faith in Jesus Christ. He is a perfect fit for the objectives of Christmas Concert.

He is a man of integrity. The entertainment industry can have a very detrimental spiritual effect on performers, but he has stayed close to the Lord.

Look at the content of his recently released CD. It is uplifting and interests a broad range of listeners. Just listen to it. My favorite song is "Complain" (a message of don't complain about your circumstances). I have the CD on my iPad.

My family members have been with him away from the public eye. He is the real deal.

He has, is, and will have a great impact on the Missionary effort of this Great Work. His selection to Host the Christmas Concert is no accident.

May God continue to bless David A. and all of you.

Eagle, ID

All you complainers about the MOT having David as their guest this hear....why don't you give him a chance. You have him hung and out to dry before he even gets on stage. After the performance and he is wildly successful I am sure you won't have the fortitude to get back on this blog and say..."I was wrong. He gave a wonderful performance". I for one having been trying for 5 years to get tickets and they seem to go to all you Utah people that complain about the parking, standing in lines etc. You should all be ashamed of yourselves! But....I am not going to give up. I will try again this year....for sure.

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